Twinkling lights are central to celebrating the holidays. Families light up their Christmas trees with hundreds of bulbs, and folks outline the outside of their homes with colorful lights. But, of course, part of the fun of the season is planning time to go and look at lights, whether you stay in your car during a drive-through exhibit or walk through thousands of lit-up displays. If you’re searching for family fun this season to keep the wonder of Christmas alive, here are the best holiday light displays in and around Toronto this year.
Thousands of beautiful lights are just the start of the festivities available at Glow Christmas at the Toronto Congress Centre. Walk through the Around the World display, which features lights depicting scenes from six countries. Live entertainment is on hand to keep you in the holiday spirit, and you can also purchase food and drinks on-site. One of the highlights of this event is the opportunity to get some holiday shopping done at the vendor market. There’s plenty for kids to do, so be sure to bring the entire family as children can see Santa and Mrs. Claus and ride Glen the Glow-comotive. It’s undoubtedly one of the best ways to celebrate the season from November 30 to December 31.
Cavalcade of Lights
As a long-standing tradition since 1967, the Cavalcade of Lights is an event that many families look forward to each year. The event kicks off the last weekend of November at Nathan Phillips Square and features thousands of lights, ice skating, and live entertainment. Over half a million lights surround a giant Christmas tree, all of which add up to one spectacular event. So if you’ve never been, start going this year as an annual tradition.
Light Up the Night
About a half-hour outside of Toronto lies Oakville, where the annual Light Up the Night event takes place. Head to downtown Oakville on November 18th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., hear live Christmas carols, and take a carriage ride around the historic downtown. Kids can visit Santa in his cabin, and many shops stay open late so folks can start their holiday shopping. It’s a family-friendly event that all ages will enjoy, especially as you watch the 30-foot tree light up.
Holiday Nights of Lights & Mistletoe Market
From November 24th through January 7th, the Holiday Nights of Lights & Mistletoe Market will be in full swing in Concord. Walk through over 1.5 million LED lights set to move to Christmas music. The event also features interactive activities and a holiday market where you can shop while crossing people off your Christmas list. It’s a truly festive event with lots for the whole family to do.
Santa’s Parade of Lights
There’s nothing quite like a parade at Christmastime, especially when Kris Kringle is involved. So on November 19th, take the family to Santa’s Parade of Lights in Oshawa, about 40 minutes outside of Toronto. All participating vehicles and floats must have lights, and kids can keep their eyes out for the one and only Mr. Claus as he rides his way through the streets. Be sure to bundle up and bring a few snacks as you watch the various floats.
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