The bright lights of the holidays can give even the biggest Scrooge case of the warm fuzzies. You can drive all around town and find some brightly lit houses and businesses, but here are six trip-worthy Ontario light displays worth checking out:
The OPG Winter Festival of Lights topped 1 million visitors during the 2015/2016 season (Chris Empey Photo)
This light show has been around since 1983 and stays lit this year from Nov. 19 to Jan. 31, 2017. There are millions of lights sparkling up a five-kilometer route through the Niagara Parks, Dufferin islands and surrounding districts. For an added dose of colour, check out the nightly Spirit of Niagara Sound & Light Show which is projected onto the façade of the Oakes Hotel on Fallsview Blvd.
With 160 displays and thousands of lights, expect to be awed at this volunteer-run light display in Sarnia. The lighting exhibit has been running since 1984 and has increased its light count each year, with some even switching to LED in 2011. You can view the lights nightly from Nov. 18 through until Dec. 31.
Simcoe Christmas Panorama on Facebook
The Simcoe Christmas Panorama, River of Lights is held from Nov. 26 until Jan. 1 giving you plenty of time to visit Simcoe’s downtown parks to view their winter wonderland. There are thousands of lights twinkling during the display with horse-drawn trolley rides available.
A vehicle drives through Riverside Park during the 2015's Sparkles in the Park (Nathan Zbeetnoff for the Guelph Tribune)
The city of Guelph lights up nightly from Dec. 17 until the 31st in Riverside Park. There is free parking available for those who choose to stroll around and view the lights up close or you can drive through for a cozier viewing.
Peter Lee, Waterloo Region Record file photo
Visit Waterloo Park from Nov. 25 until Dec. 31 to take in all the lights in over 100 displays this holiday season. Weekends offer trolley rides around the park and other select nights will offer schoolhouse plays in addition to the magic of the lights.
Canadian Heritage on Flickr
Since 1985, historical sites and landmarks in Ottawa have been lit up during the holidays. Christmas Lights Across Canada is a national tradition that started as a way to bring light to the darkest and coldest of nights. Parliament Hill in particular is a must-see with thousands of lights dancing off the buildings. This year from Dec. 7 through to Christmas day, there will be nightly sound and light shows projected onto Parliament Hill’s center block.
Have we missed one? Nominate your local holiday light display by commenting below or tweet @MetrolandMedia a photo of your nomination with the hashtag #mylocallights