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Ten events of holiday fun for everyone

1. Gifts of Lights

Kitchener’s Gift of Lights is a family-friendly drive-thru holiday light display that is two kilometres long and features a spectacular tunnel of lights, more than 60 metres in length, with over 30 full light static and animated displays. Located at Bingemans Gift of Light shines from November 17 to January 6, 2018. Priced per vehicle, admission varies.

2. Skating on Parliament Hill

Lace up your skates and head to the Canada 150 Rink on Parliament Hill in the heart of the nation’s capital, with the backdrop of the Parliament buildings illuminated in a colourful display of holiday lights. Enjoy a family-friendly skate from December 7 to 31.

3. Jingles & Joy

The Blue Mountain Village in Collingwood becomes a true holiday village, bustling with events from horse and wagon rides, live music, holiday lights and festive storefronts for the ultimate shopping experience. Come Saturday nights for the fireworks! Santa will be there. Jingles & Joy lights up the village from December 2 to January 6, 2018.

4. Victorian Christmas at Dundurn Castle

Step back in time and step into the festive season in Hamilton’s beautifully decorated Dundurn Castle . Take a guided tour through more than 40 rooms to learn about mid-19th century family traditions. The Victorian Christmas will be open from November 28 to December 31 (closed Mondays and December 25-26).

5. Christmas Panorama River of Lights – Simcoe

Lighting up the season, the Simcoe Christmas Panorama is a community tradition that draws visitors from far beyond Norfolk County to see the thousands of lights and displays throughout Simcoe’s downtown parks, every evening from November 26 to December 31.

6. Ontario Power Generation’s Winter Festival of Lights – Niagara Falls

The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights transforms Niagara Falls into a palette of breathtaking colour with millions of sparkling lights and animated displays located within an 8 kilometre route through Niagara Parks, Dufferin Islands and surrounding areas. Enjoy the view from November 18 to January 31, 2018.

7. Sparkles in the Park – Guelph

A family tradition in the city of Guelph is the annual Sparkles in the Park, organized by The Rotary Club of Guelph, transforms the grounds of Riverside Park into a beautiful display of lights and displays for all to see. The 2017 event runs nightly from December 16 to December 31, until 9:30pm.

8. Toronto Christmas Market

The Toronto Christmas Market is returning for its 8th year of holiday excitement to the Distillery Historic District. From November 16 until December 23, guests can enjoy hundreds of unique and locally handcrafted products, delicious savoury and sweet treats, non-stop entertainment, heated beer and mulled wine gardens, Santa and the elves, and an atmosphere so charming you can’t help but fall in love with the holiday season all over again.

9. The Burlington Festival of Lights

The Burlington Festival of Lights is Burlington’s longest running festival, lighting up the waterfront with over 60 festive displays throughout Spencer Smith Park, along the city’s waterfront. Enjoy the view with family and friends nightly from December 1 to January 8, 2018.

10. Christmas in Cambridge

The City of Cambridge embraces the holiday season with their Christmas in Cambridge Festival of Events. From music and lights in the village to the fun in Candyland, to the running of the CP Holiday Train and the harmonious tradition of Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night, to the treasures found at the Cambridge Christmas Market, the holiday season is a joyous one here.

‘Tis the season to be jolly! We hope you enjoy the magic and merriment of the holiday season in a community near you!