It’s the first of December and we don’t know about you but we’re in full holiday mode. We’re saying Christmas trees are up, the house is decked in the best holiday decor, and Christmas shopping is in full swing. But it feels like we’re missing something… Oh, all the fun-filled holiday light festivals that we have yet to explore.

Now, what are you waiting for? Get your plans in order and hit the road. There are a ton of holiday light fests scattered across Ontario that have yet to be enjoyed – by you, of course.

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Here are 5 Ontario holiday light festivals that you need to check out and will surely put you in the festive mood:

Christmas Glow Toronto


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The popular Christmas Glow festival is back in Toronto this year, but instead of taking you on a trip to Santa’s village, you’ll be taken on a trip around the world. The indoor experience will take visitors on an illuminated journey to six different countries. No passport required! Explore the wonders of the world beneath the dazzling glow of millions of twinkling lights. The best part is that it’s entirely indoors, so you won’t have to pose for photos in your winter parka.

Where: Toronto Congress Centre – 650 Dixon Road
When:  November 30th, 2022 – December 31st, 2022
Cost: Weekdays $30 & Weekends $32 (General Admission)

Winter Lights Across Canada

Make the road trip east, all the way to Ottawa this winter for the array of lights that sparkle, shine and reflect across the downtown The Pathway of Lights features hundreds of thousands of lights on Confederation Boulevard, a ceremonial route through Ottawa.

When: December 2022 to January 2023
Where: downtown Ottawa

Winter Wonders at Royal Botanical Gardens


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Stroll down the illuminated, 1.5km trail at Winter Wonders in Burlington. Experience an evening of stunning festive lights, interactive light-to-sound installations and displays that capture the holiday spirit. The Royal Botanical Gardens has transformed Hendrie Park’s picturesque pathways with all the best installations for a very festive holiday season.

When: November 23rd to January 8th – Wednesdays to Sundays (5:00 PM to 7:00 PM or 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM) closed on December 24th, 25th, 31st, and January 1st.
Where: 680 Plains Road W – Burlington, ON

Alight at Night at Upper Canada Village

Dazzling lights have taken over Alight at Night at Upper Canada Village for the holidays. Gaze in awe at over one million lights that hang on heritage buildings, trees, and fences at eastern Ontario’s largest light show. Celebrate the holidays like it’s an 1866 pioneer village bash.

When: December 1, 2022–January 7, 2023, select dates 5:00 PM to 9:00 p.m.
Where: 13740 County Road 2 – Morrisburg, ON
Cost: $15 + tax per person, $14 for ages 5 to 12

Holiday Magic at Blue Mountain

From November 18th to January 8th, check out Holiday Magic at Blue and experience the festive Village draped in garlands and bows, illuminated from head to toe in the most stunning holiday lights. You can take a stroll through its 1 km Light Trail as you shop, dine and take in the beauty of winter. Interactive displays and holiday lights will glow brightly as you experience the trail into the night. You’ll also be able to enjoy a stunning light display daily from dusk until 10:00 PM.

When: November 18th to January 8th
Where: 190 Gord Canning Dr, The Blue Mountains