November 2020

Shop Locally Online & Support These Ontario Artisans, Artists & Makers

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When doing your holiday shopping, don’t just hit the big box stores and usual places for gift ideas. For those people who “have everything,” you need unique gifts. Even after the holidays and during the year for birthdays, anniversaries and gifting surprises a handmade gift is always appreciated. 

Ontario artisan creators offer gift options off the beaten path. And with the ongoing pandemic, small businesses need support now more than ever. Many are offering safe shopping or shop-from-home options, as well.

So if you’re looking for special gifts for the holidays, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got a list of gift ideas and ways to shop safely, all from Ontario artisan creators. Read on for more! 

Made With Love & Made In Ontario

Ontario makers have a stunning variety of products and options that go far outside of the box. Shopping with artisan creators for your gifts for the holidays not only supports local businesses, but can also help you score something sure to make memories.

Artisan products have the benefit of not being mass-produced, often having a handmade charm and craftsmanship that cannot be replicated on an assembly line. Let’s take a closer look at some potential gift ideas.

1. Personal Care Items

One of the most popular types of artisan goods is toiletries and skincare. Have a man in your life who’s tired of pocket knives and coffee mugs?

There are several Ontario artisan creators who offer items such as beard oil, hair care products, and skincare items that are specifically crafted for men’s needs and tastes.

For the ladies, there is also a plethora of options in hair and skin care. And everyone can appreciate a well-crafted bar of hand soap that is both decorative and functional.

Kids aren’t left out either. From bath bombs to fun soaps and creams and balms, some with glitter, there is no shortage of products for everyone.

2. Home Goods

Another fantastic artisan offering is items for your home and kitchen. Unique, handcrafted décor and furniture, handmade jelly and other canned goods, and even trendy items such as paper straws, beeswax wrappers, dishes and utensils are all offered by Ontario artisan creators.

If you have a relative or friend who enjoys the finer things in life, shopping locally will ensure that you find something unforgettable that won’t be shoved in the back of the closet after the holidays. 

3. Arts and Crafts

Ontario artisan creators also produce artwork and items such as unique jewelry that can’t be found anywhere else.

For art lovers in your life, purchasing a painting or sculpture from an Ontario maker is sure to bring a smile to their face and joy to their home or even outdoor living space. 

And artisan-made pieces are always unique, making for a gift that can’t be bought from any department store or mall. 

4. Things We Don’t Even Know About 

Quirky and odd, the ‘what’s its’ are out there too and deserve equal attention. It’s all about being open to art and maybe there is something being done out there you’ve never heard of but need to know about. Or it’s a gift for your one family or friend that marches to the beat to their own drum, either way, Ontario has some pretty cool people out there doing their thing.

Safe Shopping

Many Ontario artisan creators offer safe shopping options for the holidays. With the ongoing pandemic, this is a major concern for shoppers who want to shop for gifts while avoiding the crowds.

Some creators offer contactless pickup or curbside service at their store location. Others offer shipping, so you don’t even need to leave the house! 

Finding Ontario Artisan Creators

If you’re looking for the perfect gifts this holiday season and want to keep it local, we have a master list of Ontario makers with e-commerce and online shopping for your convenience. Many of these artisans also offer safe shopping and online buying allowing you to shop safely, and possibly in your pajamas. Did we miss your favourite maker? Please let us know!

For more things to do and see in Ontario, make sure to check out our events and attractions page, which has been updated to highlight safer experiences during this pandemic.

We also have other blog articles about what’s hot in Ontario, so make sure to browse around. You’re sure to find plenty to love!

Artisans, Creators & Makers By ‘Department’

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Clothing

https://www.muskokatyedye.com/
https://www.tjindigo.com/
https://www.copiousfashions.com/
https://alpacatime.ca/
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArabellaQDesigns

Accessories

https://www.etsy.com/shop/takealoadofffannies/
https://pastintonew.ca/
https://gosslingorganics.com/
https://www.plumagestudio.ca/
https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/MagicMirrorEarCo
https://www.overstitched.com/

Health, Wellness & Beauty

https://thehappybuddahsoapco.ca/
https://www.twosistersnaturals.com/
https://www.canoewomanherbs.com/
https://www.treehousesoap.ca/

Jewellery & Crystals

Artsy jewelry for daydreamers.
https://www.dawningcollective.com/
Native made ~ Jewelry | Art | Handicrafts | Fashion ~ Keeping tradition & culture alive ~ Family owned for 20 years ~
https://www.beadeddreams.ca/
Silver jewelry with a modern aesthetic that balances the contradiction of strong and feminine. You don’t follow convention, neither should your jewelry.
https://rebelsouldesign.com/
Handmade artisan fine jewellery and incredible vintage finds.
https://www.christinaperrisjewellery.ca/
Crystals, jewels and carvings.
https://www.shopinnercircle.ca/

Glass, Woodworking & Pottery

Handblown glass tableware, custom glass pieces, corporate awards and one of a kind pieces. 
https://artechstudios.ca/
Haliburton Forest paddles are handcrafted to the highest quality & selected from wood grown in Canada‘s first FSC certified forest.
http://paddles.haliburtonforest.com/

The best looking, most memorable, and best performing wooden cutting boards.
https://pandawoodworks.ca/

Janson Pottery is dedicated to creating handmade Canadian pottery and strives to make objects that fulfill a need.
https://www.jansonpottery.com/
Stained glass pieces and art.
https://forestcitystainedglass.com/
Selection of wood sculptures, wall hangings, and fun and handy art including wood candle sticks, bowls, and more. 
http://www.twistedpinestudio.com/

Food, Drink, Beer & Spirits

Family-run Muskoka cranberry farm selling cranberries, wine, cider, jams and many other cranberry products made on site.
https://cranberry.ca/
Global Indigenous Chocolates and Pastries. Wherever possible, products are sourced from Indigenous businesses, local businesses or Canadian businesses.
https://www.ravenrising.ca/
A hip little cafe with a passionate coffee roaster, artisan bakers and real baristas.
https://groundedcoffee.ca/
Distillery in Perth, Ontario. Proud makers of Vodka, Gin, Whisky, Bitters, Moonshine & Hand Sanitizer.
https://topshelfdistillers.com/
Producer of maple syrup and maple products.
https://williamsfarm.ca/
Charger Foods is a First Nations company that specializes in gourmet hot sauces, salad dressings and wine jellies.
https://chargerfoods.myshopify.com/

Kitchen, Home Accessories & Décor

Sculpture, printmaking & home decor.
https://www.wildhoneyboho.com/
Handcrafted home goods. Custom signs, wall decor, children’s decor, custom name signs. Custom laser work available.
https://urbannestdecor.com/
Subversive and irreverent pieces made from repurposed antique china. A contrast between dainty and audacious, giving an ironic twist to classic decor.
https://www.wolfdottir.com/
The Keeki bag is a plastic free natural way to store your bread.  It is a beeswax lined linen bag. 
https://keeki.ca/
Eco-Bee: Friends of Nature offers earth friendly, handmade, plastic free gifts.  
https://www.ecobeefriendsofnature.ca/

Candles

Eco-conscious luxury candles that encourage you to escape to a simpler, more relaxed way of life. Hand-poured in Prince Edward County, Ontario.
https://thecountycandleco.com/
Wick-it is a small business specializing in hand-poured 100% soy wax products such as candles, crumble and tea lights.
https://wickitnaturals.com/
Hand poured soy candles.
https://www.lambandkiss.com/

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Polar Drive-Through Holiday Event Brings Big, Covid-Safe Cheer to Toronto!

Currently closed due to Ontario provincial shutdown and lockdown in effect. 

Canada’s First Multi-Level Drive Through Experience, Runs November 27 to January 3

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November 26, 2020 — Toronto, ON — Two of Toronto’s premiere experiential event agencies, The Concierge Club and Impact XM, team up to bust the pandemic blues with the highly-anticipated Polar Drive. The only multi-level drive through Holiday experience is contactless and covid-safe. Polar brings guests into a magical world featuring six dazzling levels of decor. Kids will get the chance to see Santa as he spreads Holiday cheer to all who pass by! The breathtaking experience is staged at the Toronto Pearson Parkade (6145 Viscount Road), which has been closed since the pandemic began. Polar will run from January 27, 2020 to January 3, 2021 – rain, snow or shine. Tickets for the scheduled drive-throughs are available at www.polar-drive.com.

“We have a team of world-class event producers who normally do prestige events for various clients, from luxury brands to the Bieber family,” says Monica Gomez, President and Founder of The Concierge Club, and the creative force behind Polar. “The pandemic has been very hard on everyone. People just want to celebrate the holidays, see Santa, and experience the wonder of the season – safely of course. That was the inspiration behind this event. It was all about creating an unforgettable holiday experience to give people a break from life in lockdown. This marks the first time we’ve produced our own signature event for the general public, and we’re very excited to bring Holiday joy!”

Discover Polar Drive’s Holiday Themed Worlds

All guests must remain in their vehicles, where they can listen to festive music on Polar Radio FM 90.9 as they drive through. Guests are welcome to photograph, video and share the photo-friendly Holiday environments (@polar_drive and #PolarDriveTO). Theatrical staging transports guests into three larger-than-life festive worlds connected by massive, 300-foot-long sparkling tunnels, featuring thousands of LED lights.

The first light tunnel with blue and white chasing lights leads to a magical winter wonderland. This snowy white world features icicles, trees, snow, reindeer sculptures and decorations encrusted in white lights. Next a sparkling crystal cave tunnel takes you to see the real Santa! This world features the traditional colours, textures and decor icons of Christmas. Think garlands, Christmas trees, nut-cracker soldiers, and a sleigh! Then proceed through a shimmering tunnel of gold lights that leads to the grand finale – a dazzling, golden Holiday world, glittering with lights and the visual splendour of the season.

“The decor is just like what you’d find at one of our prestige Holiday events – only much, much, more,” says Ms. Gomez. “We have thousands of lights, hundreds of trees and we’ve used the same snow that’s used in the movies! It looks very authentic. When you add in the special lighting effects, the entire experience really is magical. It will definitely get you into the Holiday spirit!”

Polar Drive: Supporting Tree Canada

The Concierge Club works with Tree Canada as its cause partner to help offset the impact of its events. The Concierge Club will support Tree Canada’s carbon compensation program which plants mass seedlings nationally.

Covid Safety

Polar Drive is a covid-safe event that is permitted under Ontario’s grey zone lockdown government guidelines. During this contactless experience, guests are encouraged to follow the pandemic protocols laid out by the provincial and local governments. This is a drive-through event, and guests must remain in their vehicles to maintain proper distancing.

Tickets

Tickets are available at www.polar-drive.com where guests can view the calendar of all available time slots. Ticket-takers will use scanners to remain contactless. Tickets are $55 for weekdays (Monday-Thursday), and $65 for weekends (Friday-Sunday). The event is produced and presented by partners, The Concierge Club and Impact XM, and takes place at the Toronto Pearson Parkade.

About The Concierge Club

The Concierge Club is known for being the go-to agency for premium experiential marketing and events. The agency is an event industry leader that has worked with the world’s top brands, such as LVMH, Sephora, Arterra, HP, and many more. Visit theconciergeclub.ca for more information.

About ImpactXM

Impact XM helps leading brands tell their story through experiences that drive customer loyalty. Proprietary events and meetings provide a platform for focused brand interaction, creating an emotional connection, and deepening brand loyalty. Visit impact-xm.com for more information.

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Visual assets are available here. Additional assets will be added by Monday November 30.

Social Media: @polar_drive and #PolarDriveTO

For more information, please contact NEAT Agency:

David Weinstein, [email protected], 416 553 9454

Anne Morello, [email protected], 647 224 2806  

Tara McCarthy, [email protected], 416 732 1929

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Ice Fishing Tournaments & Derbies

With thousands of lakes in Ontario, there are opportunities for year round fishing. Check out the Ontario Ice Fishing Getaways or for the remainder of the year including spring, fall and summer fishing getaways.

Due to Covid-19 and efforts to slow and stop the spread of Coronavirus infection, it is unknown at this time what tournaments will be cancelled or modified. Stay tuned to this page as it is updated when organizers make their announcements. 

January

February

Ontario’s Family Ice Fishing Weekend
2021 TBA
Ontario Family Fishing (OFFW) events make it easy to try fishing in Ontario waters for the first time (or the first time in a long time). Twice a year, the government of Ontario designates several days during which Canadian residents can fish license-free in any water body where fishing is allowed.

Manitoulin Ice Showdown
Wikwemikong, ON
2021 TBA

Ice Fishing Derby
Cobden, Muskrat Lake
2021 TBA
$10,000 in cash and prizes to be won!

Merland Park Annual Ice Fishing Derby
Merland Park, Picton
2021 TBA

Rotary Club of Chapleau Pike Ice Fishing Derby
2021 TBA

Lake of Bays Tournament of Legends
2021 TBA

Elliott Lake Ice Fishing Derby 
2021 TBA

Barrie Annual Ice Fishing Tournament
Kempenfelt Bay, Southshore Community Centre
2021 TBA

Annual Alexandria Ice Fishing Derby 
2021 TBA

WCFGC Fishing Derby (Horseshoe Bay)
Horseshoe Bay, Dunrobin 
2021 TBA

2nd Annual Harrison ice-derby
L’Orignal
2021 TBA

Crowe Lake Pike Catch ‘n Keep Fishing Derby
CROWE LAKE- MARMORA
2021 TBA

Island Lake Fishing Derby
Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville
2021 TBA

ORWL Free Kids Day on ICE
Constance Lake, Kanata
2021 TBA

OFAH Family Ice Fishing Day
BEL Rotary Park in Ennismore – Just North of Peterborough
2021 TBA

Beaverton Legion Ice Fishing Derby and Fish Fry Dinner
Lake Simcoe, Beaverton
2021 TBA

Petrie Island Ice-Fishermen’s Association
Petrie Island Orleans, Ontario
2021 TBA

Harbour Harvest
Nepean Sailing Club
2021 TBA

Manitouwadge Outdoor Enthusiasts Annual Family Fish Derby
Lion’s Beach Manitouwadge
2021 TBA

Friends and Family Ice Fishing Day
Lake Laurentian Conservation Area, Sudbury
2021 TBA

Pinehurst Lake Family Ice Fishing Day
Pinehurst Lake Conservation area, Ayr
2021 TBA

Dryden Winter Festival & Family Fishing Derby
Government Dock, Dryden
2021 TBA

Wellington Street Sportsmens Club Annual Family Ice Fishing Event
Wellington Street Sportsmens Club, Dorchester
2021 TBA

Lake Simcoe Championship Ice Fishing Derby
2021 TBA
Keswick

Kirkland Lake Fish Derby
2021 TBA
Fish Derby and Free Kids Fish Derby

Perchin for MS
2021 TBA
Sibbald Point Provincial Park, Lake Simcoe.

March

Wawa Ice Fishing Derby
2021 TBA
Six (6) prizes offered for top 6 fish by weight on each of 3 Derby lakes (Wawa Lake, Hawk Lake, Manitowik Lake). Random prize draws during Derby weekend, Early Bird Registration draw on the Friday of the Derby, Registration draw ($30,000) on Saturday. For further information, please visit the Derby website wawaicefishingderby.com

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Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Ontario 2020 | Getaways

UPDATE:

Ontario is in a current state of Provincial Shutdown Lockdown as the spread of the Coronavirus is rapidly rising. We encourage everyone to abide the rules and stay home for the lockdown. This is the only way  we can slow the spread and keep our health care workers and system effective and available. 

No one is sadder than us to say it, but it really is the only way to get through this for greater good.

Wash hands, keep your distance and wear your mask when out getting essentials. Bring on 2021.


Christmas and New Years Eve in Ontario 2020 

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The holiday season is about to look a little bit different this year. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t have a safe and worthwhile Christmastime adventure in Ontario. Stop searching for holidays in Ontario and start experiencing the magic of wintertime in Canada. ToDoOntario makes it simple. 

See Ontario Christmas Getaways

Discover Ontario 

In Ontario, endless forests and world-class cityscapes abound in equal measure. With a stunning four-season palette, Ontario shines in the summer and winter alike. Whether you want to reconnect with nature, enjoy a book by a fireplace at a classic hotel or lose yourself in the thrills of Toronto’s multicultural landscape, you’ve found a friend in Ontario. The sublime scenery and warm people of Ontario Province can’t wait to make your Christmas vacation one for the scrapbook. 

Ontario Christmas Getaways and New Year’s Eve Parties 

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The most wonderful time of the year is upon us, but it is not without stress. If you’re ready to hang up your apron and put all the yuletide planning and preparing on the back-burner, our Christmas vacation and wintertime holiday options are the answer. 

Forget about getting the roast just perfect and ensuring everyone is well-fed and not too tipsy; the creature comforts of Ontario invite you to rediscover what a stress-free holiday season really means. With ToDoOntario, you can now have the cozy Log Cabin Christmas of your dreams or kiss the horrors of 2020 goodbye at Bayview Wildwood Resort with your children by your side. 

COVID-Conscious Ontario NYE Getaways 

Though back in March, we were woefully optimistic that this new normal wouldn’t disrupt the holiday season, the ongoing pandemic is home for the holidays. However, this doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice fun. COVID-friendly New Years and Christmas events are to the rescue. 

Winter in Ontario is best enjoyed outdoors. You and your family can safely enjoy a socially-distanced skiing or snowboarding holiday in one of Ontario’s finest resorts. If you venture to go even more remote, ToDoOntario has discounts on the most luxurious and romantic stays in Muskoka, Algonquin, and beyond! 

The Best Prices and Promotion in Ontario

ToDoOntario’s close relationships with Ontario’s best accommodations ensure the prices you see on our website are the lowest you’ll find. We believe that enjoying a memorable and luxurious holiday shouldn’t be cost-restrictive. Even if you’re convinced you can’t afford to attend the New Year’s Eve parties or Christmas getaways of your dreams, we invite you to browse our listings. We think you’ll be surprised by our diverse and affordable Ontario escapes. 

Spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve 2020 in Ontario 

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Take advantage of Ontario’s many delights even during a pandemic. ToDoOntario has the best offers on Ontario Christmas Getaways and Ontario NYE Getaways available online. We are collecting the safest wintertime activities across Ontario to make it easier for you to plan your holiday adventure without worry. Browse getaways now! 

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Happy & Safe Holidays!

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Holiday Festivals of Light & Drive-Thru Christmas Light Displays

LOCKDOWN UPDATE: Ontario shutdown in effect, including drive throughs. Please stay safe!

Magical Light Festivals to Brighten Your Holiday Season (and year)

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Journey Into Enchantment, holiday nutcracker, Markham

As we get through the days of dealing and living with Covid, this too includes finding and creating new ways to celebrate traditions as each holiday rolls by. Christmas is no exception and it will be here before we know it. Annual light festivals near you or worth the drive have long been a tradition of the season. If you’re lucky, it’s a winter wonderland too, making the twinkling colourful lights sure to put the Christmas spirit into any Scrooge or Grinch. 

Keeping social distance has shut-down many events this year but there are some creative people out there who have worked really hard to bring a smile to your face and warm you heart this holiday season. And this year, we need that more than ever. Many large outdoor festivals will be happening in 2020 with minor modifications for added health safety, and there’s a whole new activity on the scene involving drive-thru displays, with music, Santa and the whole nine yards. Kids, adults of any age, can still make special memories this year seeing these beautiful holiday decoration displays. 

Events like Santa Claus parades or Christmas concerts are being cancelled or modified, but outdoor light festivals, tree lightings and creative new walking and drive-thru experiences are lighting up the holiday season all over Ontario. 

If you’re looking to make special holiday memories this year, here are a few holiday nights of lights  to check out.

Places To See Magical Light Shows In Ontario:

Holiday Magic at Blue
Where: The Blue Mountains
When: November 14 – December 25, 2020

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Never have we so needed the holiday spirt. And never has that spirit been so beautifully presented as it is by Holiday Magic at Blue Mountain. The entire outdoor Village dressed up in garlands and bows. A whimsical gingerbread house, colourful characters and magical moments around every corner.

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Journey Into Enchantment Christmas Drive-Thru Lights
Where: Markam
When: November 20, 2020 – January 7, 2021

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Experience the magic of more than a million lights. You’ll encounter dazzling animated displays, static displays, music shows, simulated starburst fireworks lights, and a spectacular tunnel as you drive through in the comfort of your own vehicle. The 1.6 km route will impress and amaze you!

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Polar Drive
Where: Toronto Pearson Airport
When: November 27, 2020 – January 2, 2021

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Conveniently located at the Toronto Pearson Airport, Polar will submerge guests in a ​multi-story​ photo spectacular suitable for ​all ages. Polar is not your average drive-through experience. This holiday season, expect more, and get more.

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A Gift of Lights at Bingemans
Where: Kitchener
When: November 1, 2020 – January 3, 2021

Gift of Lights is a family-friendly drive-thru holiday light display with two tunnels and over 300 animated and static light displays! Enjoy this holiday spectacle from inside the comfort of your own vehicle and tune into Gift of Lights Radio at 103.3FM.

OPG Winter Festival of Lights
Where: Niagara Falls
When: November 14, 2020 – January 10, 2021

The most enchanting of Niagara Falls attractions, the 38th annual Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights is Canada’s largest FREE outdoor light festival. Experience the spectacular displays with 3 million lights along the Niagara Parkway, Dufferin Islands and across Niagara Falls.

Holiday Night of Lights
Where: Toronto
When: November 20, 2020 – January 2, 2021

An immersive experience like none other, featuring more than 1,000,000 LED lights animated and synchronized to your favourite Holiday tunes. Nights of Lights is the must-see drive-through event of the Holiday season for all ages. Turn up the volume and roll down the windows because this dazzling light display is the first of its kind in Canada and only happens once a year.

Glow Gardens
Where: Stevensville (Niagara)
When: November 18, 2020 – January 2, 2021

Glow Gardens is transforming the outdoor park space of Safari Niagara into a 3-kilometer, twinkling Christmas landscape with over a million lights. It’s a drive-through, touchless light journey, creating a wonderful, warm and safe experience for the young… and the young-at-heart. Your health is our priority, and COVID precautions are in place from the start to the end of your experience.

 
 
 
 
 
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For the first time, one of the brightest holiday celebrations is coming to #Niagara! Glow Gardens invites you to cruise through 3-kilometers of twinkling #Christmas landscapes. Turn up GLOW FM radio and sing along to your favourite holiday tunes. And Santa is relying on the good boys and girls to help find his presents, lost somewhere in the lights of Glow Gardens! Our dazzling, drive-through event is a safe and warm experience for the whole family! ✨Glow Niagara✨ Nov 18 – Jan 2 at Safari Niagara EARLY ELF Sale! Enjoy 40% OFF select tickets! https://www.glowgardens.com/niagara-christmas/ Full COVID precautions in effect. #GlowNiagara #Christmasiscoming #Christmaslights

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MORE HOLIDAY LIGHT DISPLAYS TO CHECK OUT NEAR YOU IN ONTARIO

Seasky International Light Show
Where: Niagara Falls
When: December 9, 2020 – February 28, 2021
Seasky International Light Show is coming to Niagara. This visually spectacular lantern and light festival will allow you to explore over 30 magical light displays on the illuminated trail that you can walk at your leisure. Light up the darkness and bring a smile to your face!

Burlington Lakeside Festival of Lights
Where: Burlington
When: November 27, 2020 – January 8, 2021
Seasky International Light Show is coming to Niagara. This visually spectacular lantern and light festival will allow you to explore over 30 magical light displays on the illuminated trail that you can walk at your leisure. Light up the darkness and bring a smile to your face!

Christmas Lights Across Canada
Where: Ottawa
When: November 30, 2020 – January 7, 2021
The Christmas Lights Across Canada program is being transformed for its 36th edition. All Canadians across the country will be able to enjoy Christmas Lights Across Canada. Stay tuned for more details. 

Magic of Lights
Where: Ottawa
When: November 13, 2020 – January 9, 2021
Magic of Lights™ is a unique and dazzling drive-through holiday lights experience to celebrate the season. Pile everyone into the car and experience Magic of Lights from the safety and comfort of your own car as you wind through the sparkling path. At every turn, the magical route is overflowing with spectacular light displays that bring your favorite holiday themes and characters to life.

Winter Wonder at Royal Botanical Gardens
Where: Burlington
When: Wednesday-Sunday November 18 to December 23, December 28-30 and January 2-3
trusty elves have created ‘Winter Wonders’, featuring twinkling displays along an outdoor pathway at Hendrie Park. It’s open Wednesday to Sunday until January 3rd for a light show extravaganza. Each stop on the 1.5km route has a challenge and a bit of magic for young and old. Gingerbread and hot chocolate awaits and for those craving more, the Greenhouse Café has a delicious prix fixe dinner, where reservations are a must.

Festival of Lights
Where: Belleville
When: November 20, 2020 – January 4, 2021
This year’s Festival of Lights is a driving event to enjoy the holiday magic in Belleville and the Downtown District from the comfort and safety of your vehicle. Pick up some hot chocolate and take a leisurely drive along the festival route to experience 5KM of holiday cheer with lighting displays and holiday music. 

Magic of Lights
Where: Ottawa
When: November 13, 2020 – January 9, 2021
Add some light to your holidays! Magic of Lights is a holiday drive-thru light display located at the Wesley Clover Parks Campground in Ottawa, Ontario.

Christmas Panorama
Where: Simcoe
When: December 5, 2020 – January 3, 2021
The oldest light festival is Ontario, the Simcoe Christmas Panorama is a holiday festival in Norfolk County.

Lights On
Where: Stratford
When: November 19, 2020 – February 14, 2021
With the City itself as a dramatic stage, Lights On Stratford winter festival of lights will transform the downtown core with luminous art and interactive light installations.

First Light “Unplugged” – CANCELLED
Where: Midland
When: –
First Light returns for its 21st year with an “Unplugged” experience. Candlelit pathways will guide you through the historic site, including through highlighted historic buildings, dressed up for the holiday season. Experience the beauty of the season wrapped in history, with take home crafts, treats in the cookhouse and a dozen local vendors located in our Brebeuf Event Centre, showcasing a variety of products for sale. Please note that First Light “Unplugged” will be a significantly scaled down version of the traditional event. It has been modified to adhere to safety protocols and guidelines from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. Prior to purchasing online tickets, please read our COVID-19 safety protocols below.

Drive-Thru Santa Claus Parade of Lights
Where: Pembroke
When: November 28, 2020

The City of Pembroke is excited to announce that in lieu of the traditional Santa Claus Parade, they will be hosting a drive-thru Santa Claus Parade at Riverside Park. The parade will take place on Saturday November 28th from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Floats will be set up through the park lining the roads and cars will be able to drive-thru the park to see everything all lit up.

Optimist Fantasy of Lights
Where: Uxbridge
When: December 5, 2020 – January 2, 2021

Drive through fantastic light displays – over 75 light displays from community groups, businesses, schools, churches, families etc. from all around the Uxbridge area. Come and share your winter holiday with an amazing Christmas light display. 

Bluffs Winter Wonderland
Where: Scarborough
When: November 27 – December 20, 2020
Bluffs Winter Wonderland drive-thru experience will bring holiday cheer to all, as visitors will get a chance to have a meet & greet with Santa! As you drive along a 1KM decorated path inside the Bluffer’s Park west parking lot (1 Brimley Road South, Toronto), you will wind through and around the base of the Scarborough Bluffs and will pass by Reindeer Way, Snowman City, The Enchanted Forest and end at Santa’s House.


Best of the holiday season to the ToDoOntario fans and community!

Please remember to continue to travel safe, remain social distance and wear a mask. 

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