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The Best Places To See The Holiday Lights in North America

Max Hahne

Max services residential and commercial properties in Georgian Bay area and Muskoka...

Max services residential and commercial properties in Georgian Bay area and Muskoka...

Dec 4 4 minutes read

The holidays have arrived!

Not only do I love this time of year, but I also love seeing all of the gorgeous lights and decorations all over North America. 

Here are my top 10 Holiday light displays in Canada and the U.S., including some local favourites.

1. Blumination Dream Trail | Blue Mountain Village, Ontario

Spectacular lights. Sensational sounds. A one kilometer winter stroll through the heights of innovation to the edge of your imagination, daily dusk to 10pm! WINNER of the Ontario Tourism Event of the Year Award! 

2. WinterFest at Canada's Wonderland | Vaughan, Ontario

Become immersed in the season’s spirit with spectacular holiday lights and décor, world-class live entertainment, savory treats and fanciful Christmas activities. WinterFest activities will bring joy to guests of all ages, including ice skating on Snow Flake Lake in front of the iconic Wonder Mountain, a nightly tree-lighting ceremony, live holiday shows, strolling performers, select family rides, and interactive attractions like cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, writing letters to Santa at the North Pole Post Office and creating take-home keepsakes at Sally’s Christmas Crafts. 

3. Casa Loma A Nutcracker Christmas | Toronto, Ontario

Explore the holiday magic of Casa Loma.. at night! 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.

4. Winter Festival of Lights | Niagara Falls, Ontario

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!

5. The Magic of Lights | Ottawa, Ontario

Magic of Lights is a dazzling, drive-through holiday lights experience featuring favorite holiday scenes and characters of the season using the latest LED technology and digital animations. Experience Magic of Lights from the comfort of your own car as you wind through the sparkling path of Ottawa’s favorite holiday tradition.

6. Festival of Lights | Vancouver, British Columbia

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!

7. 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.

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.

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