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.

Featured Festival of Lights Events

Tree Lighting Extravaganza
Midland
November 15, 2019
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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Blumination
Blue Mountain Village
November 30 – March 29, 2020
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.

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Bruce Peninsula, Southern Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe

Light Up Night
Cookstown
November 30, 2019
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.

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Children’s Candlelight Parade & Tree Lighting
Orillia
November 15, 2019
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)

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Noella
Barrie
November 17 – December 31, 2019
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.

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Festival of Northern Lights
Owen Sound
November 16 – January 5, 2020
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.

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Community Christmas Tree Lighting
Midland
November 15, 2019
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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First Light
Midland
November 21-23, November 28-30 and December 5-7, 2019
Now in its 20th 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.

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Tiny Township Tree Lighting
November 23, 2019

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!

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Festival of Lights & Santa Claus Parade
Pentanguishene
December 6, 2019
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.

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York, Durham and Headwaters

Christmas Magic
Cobourg
November 22 – February, 2020
Rotary Harbourfront Park and Cobourg’s waterfront becomes magical when it is lit up with over 100,000 lights.

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Christmas in the Park
Orangeville
December 6-31, 2019
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.

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Kawarthas Northumberland

Ottawa & Country Side

The Big Bright Light Show
Napanee
November 15 – January 5, 2020
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.

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Magic of Lights
Ottawa
November 21 – January 4, 2020
A dazzling 2-kilometre drive-through holiday lights show. Enjoy the comfort of your own car as you wind through the sparkling path.

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Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley

Alight at Night Festival
Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg
November 29 – January 4, 2020
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 ambiance 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.

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Algonquin Park, Almaguin Highlands, Muskoka and Parry Sound

Light Up the Park
Parry Sound
November 16, 2019
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.

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Annual Tree Lighting and Carol Sing
Bala
November 29, 2019
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.

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Festival of Trees
Minden
November 22-24, 2019

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Santa’s Moonlight Shopping Party featuring the Festival of the Lights
Bracebridge
November 26, 2019
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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Northern Ontario

Festival of Trees
Sault. Ste. Marie
November 16, 2019
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.

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Kapuskasing Festival of Lights
Kapuskasing
December 3 – January 5, 2020
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.

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Festival of Lights at Science North
Sudbury
November 17 – January 4, 2020
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.

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International Cultural Festivals of Lights

Holidays: First Day of Chanukah in Canada
tba, 2019
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
tba, 2019
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