By: Serge Guenette

Christmas Light Display


Christmas is coming and that means the city is coming to life with millions of twinkling lights to get everyone in the spirit and add some warmth to the start of the cold season. To help get you in the mood, we’ve come up with a list of must-see Christmas light displays throughout the city, and beyond.

  • Taffy Lane in Orléans
    Cost: Free
    This stunning residents-made light display is done by the homeowners of Taffy Lane in Orléans. For 30+ years, residents have decorated their homes to get in the spirit of Christmas. It’s an event that has become so popular it draws visitors from near and far. Parking is available nearby, making this a must-see street to take a stroll down.

  • Magic of Lights at Wesley Clover Parks
    Dates: Nightly until Jan. 4
    Cost: $30/car
    Magic of Lights is a two-kilometre drive-through holiday display that features impressive lights using digital animations and LED technology. Different holiday scenes and holiday characters are displayed on each turn and a beautiful light-covered bridge is a picture-perfect view to see. Stay warm and cosy in your car and view this one-of-a-kind lighting event, which raises funds for CHEO.

  • Alight at Night Festival at Upper Canada Village
    Dates: Until Jan. 4
    Cost: $16/person
    This full winter wonderland experience with a million lights spread throughout the heritage buildings, trees, and fences of Upper Canada Village is a must to view this holiday season. On top of the Christmas light displays, the village offers festive events, dining, and featured shops for everyone to enjoy and get into the holiday spirit.

  • Vintage Village of Lights at Cumberland Heritage Village Museum
    Dates: Until Dec. 22
    Cost: Varies
    When you enter the Vintage Village of Lights, not only will you see beautiful Christmas lighting displays, but you will be immersed in the full Christmas experience. You can check out other fun activities around the village such as decorating gingerbread, taking a horse-drawn wagon ride, printing a card, or personalizing a wooden tree ornament. This is an event that is fun for the whole family.

  • Christmas Lights Across Canada downtown
    Dates: Dec. 4 – Jan. 7
    Cost: Free
    The downtown core will be completely lit up with hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights each night until Jan. 7. This display is sure to get you in the holiday spirit as you stroll through downtown and view stunning light displays that light up the entire area. Passing through Parliament Hill, Confederation Park, Major’s Hill Park, and seeing the view on the Alexandra Bridge, there are many stops along the way to play tourist in your own town and view these magical Christmas lights. The map of the lighting route can help you plan out where to begin.

  • Glow Gardens at the EY Centre
    Dates: Dec. 5 – Jan. 4
    Cost: Varies
    This family-friendly indoor winter wonderland is something the entire family can enjoy. With stunning light gardens and illuminated structures featuring over a million lights, families will be entertained for hours. A vendor market is available to shop local products and businesses, alongside seasonal beverages, delicious food, and live music.