Festivals of Lights & Christmas Tree Lighting

Christmas Tree Lighting’ activities signal the start to winter fun in Ontario resort and cottage country destinations north of Toronto. Celebrations of light take place in the many rural  villages, towns and cities accessible via the 400 series highways and Highway 11 north in Ontario.


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Featured Festival of Lights Events

Community Christmas Tree Lighting
Midland
November 21, 2018
Experience a magical evening of festive fun as we kick off the Winter season. Visit Downtown Midland between 5pm – 7pm for hot chocolate, crafts, music and more!

Black Friday & Tree Lighting
Downtown Gravenhurst
November 23, 2018
Visit downtown Gravenhurst for Black Friday Sales at participating shops and our Annual Tree Lighting at the Gravenhurst Opera House!

Blumination
Blue Mountain Village
December 1, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Blumination Dream Trail is a magical, illuminated winter stroll through the Village, around the Mill Pond and straight through your imagination. It’s a holiday celebration every day of the week, with entrancing nightly light shows and an experience like none other.

November

Barrie Festival of Trees
Barrie
November, 2018 – January, 2019
Barrie lights up along Kempenfelt Bay’s Lakeshore Drive on Lake Simcoe through until the spring of 2015. See the Barrie Festival of Trees and Lights photo gallery where some of the 50,000 lights which form the Festival of Trees Display at Centennial Park will be five animated displays.

Light Up Night
Cookstown
November 24, 2018
The delights of both a Santa Claus parade and a tree lighting ceremony in Cookstown Ontario (south of Barrie-north of Toronto) show an old fashioned Christmas fun feeling in a community proud of our heritage and traditions.

Festival of Trees
Sault. Ste. Marie
Nov 15-18, 2018
Three ballrooms are transformed into a wonderland of festive decorations and trees and wreaths from local businesses. Music, auctions, raffles food and drink make a memorable events for the family.

Children’s Candlelight Parade & Tree Lighting
Orillia
November 23, 2018
Hundreds of children, led by the Town Crier, carry electric candles & carol through Downtown to turn on the giant Opera House Christmas tree & light the way for Santa! Free cookies & hot chocolate! 6:30 pm, Downtown Orillia, 325-3261 (Mississaga Street, from Legion to Opera House)

Light Up the Park
Parry Sound
November 16, 2018
 Market Square Park. An annual event to start our Festive Season. Free turkey draws and hot chocolate. Music and caroling starting at 6:30 pm with a local student receiving the honor of lighting up the whole park, followed by a visit from Santa. Come join the celebration.

Candlelight & Tree Lighting
Port Perry
November 16, 2018

The Big Bright Light Show
Napanee
November 16, 2018 –  January 6, 2019
Downtown Napanee is lit up nightly with 750,000 LED lights. Get into the holiday spirit by taking in the
colourful display, having dinner at a local restaurant shopping at our one of a kind boutiques and stores.

Noella
Barrie
November 17 – December 31, 2018
Noella, will kick off with the Santa Clause Parade, Tree Lighting and The Rotary Club of Barrie Festival of Trees.Noella is a six week long invitation to soak up the Christmas spirit in Downtown Barrie. From the opening night parade and tree lighting to the Holly Days shopping campaign; from the nostalgia of an outdoor skate on the Rotunda Rink to the excitement and anticipation of ringing in the New Year at the City of Barrie’s New Years Eve party – Downtown Barrie is the place to be.

Festival of Northern Lights
Owen Sound
November 17 – January 6, 2018
Owen Sound has a History of Local resident Sally Sargent was quoted in a past Sun Times article as saying it was fairly easy to determine who worked for Noma Lites during the 1950s and early ’60s in Owen Sound. “You’d be able to drive down the street and see all of the homes all lit up with lights and you would know they worked at Noma. . . . You’d almost have to wear sunglasses when you went by some of the houses.

Kapuskasing Festival of Lights
Kapuskasing
December 3, 2018 – Mid January
Be part of the holiday magic as we transform Riverside Park into a Winter Wonderland as more than 400,000 ft2 of colourful lights set the mood for the festive season ahead. Our wish is to ensure that the annual Festival of Lights continues to be Kapuskasing’s warmest, brightest and most impressive winter holiday tradition. 

Community Christmas Tree Lighting
Midland
November 21, 2018
Experience a magical evening of festive fun as we kick off the Winter season. Visit Downtown Midland between 5pm – 7pm for hot chocolate, crafts, music and more!
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Christmas Glow
Barrie
November 22, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Glow is the largest indoor Christmas festival in the greater Barrie area. Bring together the people you love to stroll, laugh and play under the twinkle of a million lights. Glow’s illuminated sculptures are the perfect backdrop for selfies and holiday family photos. Enjoy a Christmas Market and delicious options from local food trucks. It’s all the magic and wonder of an outdoor festival hosted inside a cozy and spacious venue.

First Light
Midland
November 22 – December 8, 2018
Now in its 19th year, Sainte-Marie’s “First Light” is a must-see event with a great line-up of family activities and performers, all amidst the spectacular glow of over 5,000 candles. The magic begins when visitors approach the candlelit historic site, as a beautiful amber glow illuminates the famous 17th-century mission. Visitors can stroll the candlelit paths which lead to a variety of fun family activities. Select dates. Now in its 19th year, Sainte-Marie’s “First Light” is a must-see event with a great line-up of family activities and performers, all amidst the spectacular glow of over 5,000 candles. The magic begins when visitors
approach the candlelit historic site, as a beautiful amber glow illuminates the famous 17th-century mission.

Annual Tree Lighting and Carol Sing
Bala
November 23, 2018
We’ll flip the switch on the new lights on the tree outside the Bala Community Centre and sing a few carols to kick off the holiday season and ramp up our collective holiday spirits.

Christmas Magic
Cobourg
November 23 – January 7, 2019
Rotary Harbourfront Park and Cobourg’s waterfront becomes magical when it is lit up with over 100,000 lights.

Lights & Delights
Minden
November 16, 2018
An evening of food, music and holiday cheer as the town of Minden lights up their main street for the season.

Tiny Township Tree Lighting
November 24, 2018

The annual Tree Lighting event offers activities for kids, pictures with Santa, festive snacks and drinks, a musical performance by the Ste. Croix Childrens Choir and of course… the official tree lighting ceremony. It’s truly the best way to kick off the holiday season in your community!

Christmas Tree Lighting and Dinner
Dorset
November 25, 2018
Join in the fun for the annual Dorset Christmas Tree Lighting with a special guest tree lighter, caroling, a bon fire & hot chocolate followed by a dinner, crafts for kids and a free Christmas shopping table for kids (donations of good, new or nearly new items appreciated).

Festival of Lights at Science North
Sudbury
November 19 – January 7, 2019
Every year, in partnership with Science North, the Sudbury Charities Foundation brings a little holiday cheer to Greater Sudbury by lighting up the shores of Ramsey Lake. Bring the family and friends to see the festival of lights. The Festival of Lights is open to the public

December

Blumination
Blue Mountain Village
December 1, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Blumination Dream Trail is a magical, illuminated winter stroll through the Village, around the Mill Pond and straight through your imagination. It’s a holiday celebration every day of the week, with entrancing nightly light shows and an experience like none other.

Alight at Night Festival
Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg
November 30 – January 6, 2019
Come experience the enchantment of horse-drawn wagons through the night. Book a romantic carriage ride for two on the Pommier Carriage (rides are limited so book early.) Hop on board a life-size Toy Train. Holiday music including carolling at Christ Church, festive dining, hopping and other seasonal surprises all add to the ambience of the event. Alight at Night Festival remains a favourite family tradition, and one of the region’s main attractions in a variety of fun-filled Overnight Getaway Packages.

Festival of Lights
Perth
tba, 2018
Downtown Heritage Perth BIA presents the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS adjacent the Crystal Palace and in the Tay Basin. The fun begins at 6pm with music and a bonfire beside the Palace, followed by a fireworks display at 6:30pm sharp. After the fireworks, the Crystal Palace will opened for the mass lighting of the Community Christmas Trees. This is the BIA’s way of ringing in the Christmas and Shopping season in Downtown Heritage Perth.
More information on the Ottawa Valley Destination

Santa’s Moonlight Shopping Party featuring the Festival of the Lights
Bracebridge
November 30, 2018
The official holiday lighting of downtown Bracebridge. Families enjoy music, mascots, and a variety of children’s activities. The finale is a holiday fireworks show by the Rotary Club of Bracebridge
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Christmas in the Park
Orangeville
December 7-31, 2018
This winter wonderland features over 50,000 bulbs and dozens of unique displays. Get your photo with Santa in his sleigh at the gazebo and watch for special event nights. 

Festival of Lights & Santa Claus Parade
Pentanguishene
December 1, 2018
A dazzling display of lights awaits you during the Town of Penetanguishene’s Festival of Lights Celebration for the official lighting of the Town’s Christmas tree. Twinkling lights and candles light your way to great fun and family actives that will spark the spirit of the season for all to enjoy.

Christmas Lights Across Canada
Ottawa
December 6, 2018 to January 8, 2019
In Canada’s Capital, the winter landscape glows with over 300,000 multicoloured lights during the holiday season. The festivities begin with an illumination ceremony in early December and continue until early January. Throughout Christmas Lights Across Canada, the lights in Ottawa–Gatineau glow each evening from 4:30 pm to 2 am.

International Cultural Festivals of Lights

Holidays: First Day of Chanukah in Canada
December 3, 2018
Many Jewish communities in Canada observe the first day of Chanukah, … Chanukah, also known as Hanukkah, is referred as the Feast of Lights or Festival of Lights.

The Canadian Holiday Train of lights and Entertainment
Starts November 25, 2018
The Canadian Holiday Train a travelling light festival with entertainment will continue on its journey north in Ontario with visits to Merrickville, Smith Falls, Perth, Midhurst Barrie, Mactier MuskokaParry Sound, SudburyChapleau,continuing across northern Ontario finishing up visiting the regions of North Western Ontario in the towns of Nipigon, Thunder Bay, Dryden, Vermillion Bay and Kenora. See Holiday Train Image Gallery