December 2021

Holiday Festivals of Light & Drive-Thru Christmas Light Displays

Magical Light Festivals to Brighten Your 2021 Holiday Season 

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As Ontario re-opens, the holiday season of 2021 will have social events to celebrate this year. Christmas will be upon us before we know it. Annual light festivals near you or worth the drive have long been a tradition of the season. This year will be no different. If you’re lucky, it’s a winter wonderland, making the twinkling colourful lights sure to put the Christmas spirit into any Scrooge or Grinch. 

‘To Do’ List: Magical Light Shows In Ontario

With health and safety in mind, many large outdoor light events will be happening in 2021. This year there will be lots of drive and walk-thru displays, with music, Santa and the whole nine yards. Kids, adults of any age, can will make special memories this year seeing these beautiful holiday decoration displays. 


Outdoor light festivals, tree lightings and creative new walking and drive-thru experiences will be lighting up the holiday season all over Ontario. Demand will be high so buy your tickets and book your times early. 

If you’re looking to make special holiday memories this year, here are a few holiday nights of lights to check out. Again, if we can give any advice, it’s buy your ticket nice and early to avoid disappointment.

Holiday Magic at Blue
Where: The Blue Mountains
When: November 19, 2021 – January 2, 2022

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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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Country Bright
Where: Milton
When: December 2, 2021 – January 2, 2022

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Take a walking tour and discover the charm of a winter country festival. Thousands of lights will illuminate acres of the alluring farm and small town setting at Country Heritage Park.

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Journey Into Enchantment Christmas Drive-Thru Lights
Where: Markam
When: 2021-2022 TBA

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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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Holiday By the Bay

Where: Discover Harbour, Penetanguishene
When: December 10-11 & December 17-18

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Holiday by the Bay located at beautiful Discovery Harbour on the shores of Georgian Bay featuring an outdoor holiday light display and a Christmas vendor market. Visitors will be delighted by outdoor interactive light displays, seasonal decorations, live musical entertainment and a large Christmas tree all located at Discovery Harbour’s south visitor area.

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Polar Winter Festival
Where: Bandshell Park, Toronto
When: Wed – Sun November 25 – December 26

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Conveniently located at Toronto’s Bandshell Park (210 Princes’ Blvd), Polar will submerge guests in a dazzling photo spectacular and holiday market suitable for all ages.

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Mystical Lights
Where: Oro-Medonte
When: December 1, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Mystical Lights, a magical drive-thru event for families to enjoy this holiday season! Join Oro-Medonte Chamber of Commerce starting December 1st to January 2nd, for this festive event, and purchase a ticket for the specific day you are able to attend.

A Gift of Lights at Bingemans
Where: Kitchener
When: November 13, 2021 – January 9, 2022

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 13, 2021 – February 21, 2022

The most enchanting of Niagara Falls attractions, the 39th 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 & Holiday Fair in the Square
Where: Toronto
When: November 26, 2021 – January 2, 2022

After a sold out 2020, Holiday Nights of Lights is back bigger and brighter and as a WALK-THRU! ​An immersive experience like none other, featuring more than 1,000,000 LED lights animated and synchronized to your favourite Holiday tunes. This year the WALK-THRU takes you on a stroll through the newly built gardens at Assembly Park in Vaughan. Nights of Lights is the must-see walk-thru event of the Holiday season for all ages. This dazzling light display is the first of its kind in Canada and only happens once a year!

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Glow Gardens
Where: Stevensville (Niagara)
When: No 2021 event

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.

Seasky International Light Show
Where: Niagara Falls
When: Opening November 18, 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 26, 2021 – January 8, 2022
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: 2021-2022 TBA
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: 2021-2022 TBA
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: 2021-2022 TBA
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: 2021-2022 TBA
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 19, 2021 – January 8, 2022
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: 2021-2022 TBA
The oldest light festival is Ontario, the Simcoe Christmas Panorama is a holiday festival in Norfolk County.

Lights On
Where: Stratford
When: December 17, 2021 – January 28, 2022
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.

Eclipse Walk with Light
Where: Huntsville
When: November 7, 2021 – May 7, 2022
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.

Merry & Bright Christmas Events in Ontario Cont’d…

First Light 
Where: Midland
When: November 19, 20, 27, 27 & December 3, 4, 2021 
Sainte-Marie’s “First Light” is a must-see holiday event. Rediscover the historic site aglow from tranquil candlelight, as a beautiful amber glow illuminates the famous 17th-century mission. First Light returns for its 22nd year with an “Unplugged” experience. Experience the beauty of the season wrapped in history, with take home crafts, treats in the cookhouse and a selection of local vendors located in our Brebéuf Event Centre and museum, showcasing a variety of products for sale. Advanced Reservation Required.

Optimist Fantasy of Lights
Where: Uxbridge
When: 2021 TBA

Drive through fantastic light displays with over 75 light displays from community groups, businesses, schools, churches, families etc. from all around the Uxbridge area. 

Bluffs Winter Wonderland
Where: Scarborough
When: 2021 TBA
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.Drive along a 1KM decorated path inside the Bluffer’s Park west parking lot (1 Brimley Road South, Toronto), and 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.

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