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The Best Places To See The Holiday Lights in North America

Kevin Yu

My parents are from Hong Kong. With very little money but many hopes and dreams, they decided to leave their home...

My parents are from Hong Kong. With very little money but many hopes and dreams, they decided to leave their home...

Dec 2 4 minutes read

The holidays have arrived!

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

1. Natrel Fire on Ice | Montreal, Quebec

Enjoy the magic as pyrotechnics—accompanied by music from favourite animated films—light up the sky above Montreal’s historic Old Port. Gather the fam close and let the warmth of the beautiful fireworks warm your heart (and your toes)!

2. 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!

3. Christmas Lights Across Canada | Ottawa, Ontario

The nation’s capital snow-blanketed cityscape sparkles with Christmas Lights Across Canada, a display of thousands of colourful lights that’s now in its 33rd year. Once you’ve browsed the illuminated boutiques, restaurants and offices throughout downtown Ottawa, make your way to Parliament Hill, where a winter lightscapes multimedia show is projected onto Centre Block’s widescreen facade. Inspired by Canada’s nature, climate and culture, this 13-minute fairy tale runs nightly in a loop, from 5:30 to 11 p.m.

4. Panorama, River of Lights | Simcoe, Ontario

Indulge in some small town hospitality this holiday season with a visit to this quaint community near Lake Erie. Panorama, River of Lights sees Simcoe’s downtown parks transformed into a veritable winter wonderland with thousands of twinkling lights and themed displays. Stroll the parkland at your leisure or step aboard a horse-drawn trolley available most weekends in December.

5. 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!

6. 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!

7. 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.

8. 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!

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