The Best Places To See The Holiday Lights in Ontario & North America
The holidays have arrived!
Not only do I love this time of year, but I love seeing all of the gorgeous lights and decorations all over Ontario and North America.
1. Winter Festival of Lights | Niagara Falls, Canada
This spectacular celebration dates back to 1982 and is Canada's largest illumination festival. Over 1.8 million people flock to Niagara Falls every year to enjoy 15 Canadian Wildlife displays, over fifty trees wrapped in lights, the world’s largest Canadian-American Flag, a light show on the Toronto Power Generating Station, the two-storey tall Zimmerman Fountain, and a visitor favourite, Noah’s Ark!
2. Casa Loma Nights - Toronto, Canada
Explore the holiday magic of Casa Loma.. at night! Wander through the dazzling lighting display in the gardens.
This December join us to celebrate and take part in the holiday magic at Casa Loma during A Nutcracker Christmas at the Castle.
Wander through the dazzling lighting display in the gardens and experience all of Casa Loma’s holiday festivities as well as our outdoor holiday Christmas Market and performances by the Casa Loma Holiday Orchestra.
3. An Enchanted Immersive Luminous Night Walk will Light Up Toronto Zoo - Toronto, Canada
Get ready for a mindblowing experience this winter in Scarborough. The Toronto Zoo has announced the theme of the immersive Lumina Night Walk that will light up December Nights where you can enjoy an immersive experience along a 1.5 km walking path that travels into the future and back.
4. Alight at Night – Upper Canada Village - Morrisburg Ontario, Canada
Bundle up for an evening stroll through this picture-perfect postcard setting! Close to one million lights adorn the heritage buildings, trees, and fences of Upper Canada Village creating a one-of-a-kind magical backdrop for its annual Alight at Night Festival – a true winter wonderland!
5. Hershey Sweetlights | Hershey Park, Pennsylvania
Experience the magic of nearly 600 illuminated displays from the comfort of your heated car! Hershey Sweetlights is located inside of Hershey Park and is a part of Hersheypark Christmas Candylane, a seasonal festival held every year at the park that includes over 4 million lights, rides, and roller coasters and more.
6. Illumination at Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Illinois
This award-winning light show is a mile long walking tour through the 50 acre arboretum with stunning lights, music, and projections. You can even warm up by the crackling fire while roasting marshmallows!
7. Austin Trail of Lights | Austin, Texas
See Zilker Park transform into the walk-through Trail of Lights that attracts thousands of locals and tourists every year. The celebration includes two million lights, 90 holiday trees, over 70 displays, and nightly entertainment. This year marks the 55th annual celebration!
8. Busch Garden's Christmas Town | Williamsburg, Virginia
Busch Gardens goes all out for their holiday celebration, including over 10 million lights, a tree maze, rides and coasters, festive food and drinks, holiday shopping, and heart-warming shows. Even Rudolph stops to make an appearance at the celebration!
9. Denver Botanic Gardens | Denver, Colorado
Celebrate the holiday season at the Blossoms of Light at the Denver Botanic Gardens! This event has been a local favorite for over three decades and transforms York Street into a winter wonderland. You won't want to miss the spectacular 360-degree immersive light experience!
10. Disneyland | Anaheim, California
Who wouldn't want to celebrate one of the most magical times of the year at one of the most magical places in the world? As expected, Disneyland goes all out for their seasonal celebration with festive decor, classic park attractions turned into a winter wonderland, and the Season of Lights evening shows.
11. Festival of Lights | Vancouver, Canada
Hosted in the VanDusen Botanical Garden, the Festival of Lights is a yearly celebration that includes a carousel, mesmerizing dancing lights on Livingstone Lake, Santa's Lodge for free photos with Santa, and tons of selfie spots and photo opps for the whole family!