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Our Ontario attractions have been working very hard to ensure the Holiday Season is still sparkly and magical, while also ensuring safety. Check out this list of the best spots to visit to make your December more festive than ever.
Gift of Lights @ Bingemans
Where: Kitchener, ON
Dates: Until January 3, 2021
Cost: Starting at $20 per vehicle
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.
BONUS: Purchase add-ons including dinner at Boston Pizza, decorating box + more.
Casa Loma Holiday Light Tour
Where: Toronto, ON
Dates: December 22 – January 21, 2021
Cost: Holiday Walk $35 per person
Experience the magic of the season at Casa Loma’s spectacular Holiday Light Tour. Wander through a dazzling lighting display in the gardens and tunnels, all decorated for the festive season. Designed as a self-guided walk, guests stroll through the property’s grounds while enjoying the spectacular decorations and outdoor lighting displays in a safe environment. All current safety protocols in place.
BONUS: Purchase a Hot Chocolate & Cookie for your walk!
Journey to Enchantment
Where: Angus Glen Golf Club, Markham, ON
Dates: November 20th, 2020 – January 7th, 2021
Cost: Ticket prices starting from $29.95
Experience the magic of more than a million lights. You will 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.
BONUS: Drive-thru food service is available for order/delivery to your car!
Ontario Place Drive-In
Where: Toronto, ON
Dates: Dec 4, 5, 6, 12, 11, 13 and more to come
Cost: Starting at $10
Looking for the perfect date night or family movie night?! Take in a holiday film from the comfort and warmth of your car at Ontario Place’s Drive-In Theatre! Limited concessions such as popcorn, candy, chocolate bars, soft drinks and water will be available for purchase upon arrival at the Drive-In.
Pathway of lights in Canada’s Capital Region
Where: Ottawa, ON
Dates: November 30, 2020, to January 7, 2021, every evening from 5:30 pm to 1 am
Be charmed by the thousands of dazzling holiday lights that brighten Confederation Boulevard, Canada’s ceremonial route that circles the heart of the Capital. Follow the route and admire the illuminated sites including the National War Memorial, the Garden of Provinces and Territories and the view from the Alexandra Bridge.
Pickering Museum Holiday Tour
Where: Pickering, ON
Dates: Until December 24, 2020
Cost: $50 for up to 9 guests
Length: 50 minutes
Come out and discover the seasonal beliefs of the First Nations Little Spirit Moon, early Scottish and Welsh settlers, and the Victorians who brought us many of the traditions we celebrate at Christmas. Note: Will follow current COVID-19 guidelines; group maximums will be observed; and members of the group must be from the same social bubble. Groups have no minimum and can be up to 9 guests.
Winter Wonders @ Royal Botanical Gardens
Where: Burlington, ON
Dates: November 18 – January 23, 2021
Cost: Included in general or member admission
Experience the magic of the holiday season under the stars as historic Hendrie Park transforms into a winter wonderland of nature and light. This unique outdoor experience guides visitors along Hendrie Park’s picturesque pathways adorned with charming festive lights, including 7 magical displays that tell the stories of unique winter wonders!
BONUS: Enjoy a light menu for some snacks and a cold brew on Craft Brew Thursdays!
Glow Gardens @ Safari Niagara
Where: Niagara Falls, ON
Dates: November 18th – January 2, 2021
Cost: $30 per car
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.
BONUS: Spot a present, snap a pic from your window, and post it to social media with #GlowNiagara. You could win a special gift from Santa!
Toronto Zoo Holiday Drive Thru
Where: Toronto, ON
Dates: November 28th to December 21st 2020
Cost: Members: $20.00 per Car and Non-Members: $25.00 per Car
Length: 15-20-minute drive-thru experience
Take a safe (and warm!) drive through the beauty of the Toronto Zoo, a 35 foot Christmas Tree, drive by Santa’s Cottage and his reindeer and bring your letters because Santa is still accepting them!
BONUS: Bring non-perishable items for donation!
Alight at Night @ Upper Canada Village
Where: Morrisburg, ON
Dates: November 27 – December 16th
Cost: $14 general admission, children under 4 FREE
Bundle up for an evening stroll through this picture-perfect postcard setting! Over 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!
BONUS: Enjoy Beavertails during your stroll & for an extra $95 take a romantic horse-drawn carriage on a private tour!
Winter Festival of Lights
Where: Niagara Falls, ON
Dates: November 10 – January 10, 2021
Cost: Free to view the illuminations, but donations are accepted with all proceeds used to enhance the lights and displays.
The most enchanting of Niagara Falls attractions, the 38th 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. Wide-open park spaces make for easy physical distancing to admire the light displays. Enjoy the festival lights from the safety, warmth and comfort of your vehicle.
For more information on Ontario attractions, including a Holiday Gift Guide, Virtual Tours, Educational Activities, Coupons and more please visit us at attractionsontario.ca.