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Driving around neighbourhoods admiring the Christmas lights is a popular holiday tradition for many families. We've got a great list here of some local house/street displays in Oshawa, Port Hope, Bowmanville and Pickering as well as some amazing light festivals in the area (from Niagara Falls to Barrie to Kingston and in between!) Be sure to let us know if you've come across any special displays that we should include in our list (email us at
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Welcome to the 11th Annual Uxbridge Optimist Fantasty of Lights

Christmas in Elgin Park 2018
December 8th through January 5th

This Saturday December 15, from 6pm until 9:30pm, the horses are back. It's an annual Fantasy favourite. Come join us for some free hot chocolate. The Uxbridge Optimist Fantasy of Lights and everything in it is free of charge. Donations are accepted with gratitude and much appreciation.
See you there! #UxLights

Click HERE for more details or to register.

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Sparrow Christmas Lights

5000 Christmas Lights synchronized to music as well as static display. Enjoy the sounds & lights of Christmas. The lights will be on display nightly from November 17, 2018 - January 5, 2019

Non-perishable food donations will be accepted for local food banks

765 Kenora Avenue, Oshawa, Ontario

glow christmas - The Warmth of the Season square

Glow Barrie

November 24th - January 6th

Bring together the people you love to stroll, laugh and play under the twinkle of a million lights. Our playgrounds and interactive features will entertain the kids for hours, while the adults kick back at our licensed bar and enjoy some seasonal beverages and live music. Glow’s illuminated sculptures are the perfect backdrop for selfies and holiday family photos. And don’t forget to stop by our Holly Jolly Tree Lot to pick your perfect evergreen!

It’s all the magic and wonder of an outdoor festival, hosted inside our cozy and spacious venue.

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Listen to our Lights

Saturday November 17th the Christmas Light Show begins. Every night until Christmas, 6:00pm-9:30pm. Thousands of Lights synchronized to all the Classic Christmas songs at 563 Labrador Drive Oshawa, 88.7FM on your radio when parked out front. They are collecting non-perishable food donations for Simcoe Hall Settlement House which they will donate through their children's school, to encourage some friendly classroom competition to increase the donations for a good cause. Please come out and enjoy the show and share if you are local so your family and friends can check it out too
Click here for a video clip of the display.


Winter Festival of Lights, Niagara Falls

Visit Canada’s foremost illumination festival the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls, Canada
November 3, 2018 - January 31, 2019

Each winter we capture the magic of the holiday season, Make It Your Winter Tradition!

The most enchanting of Niagara attractions, The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights, has become a Holiday tradition for over one million visitors from around the globe. Join us for spectacular light displays, the Fallsview Sound and Light Show, Holiday Lights Tours and over 3 million lights displayed along the Niagara Parkway, Dufferin Islands and Niagara Falls.


Old Scugog Rd north of Bowmanville is a popular hot spot in December to view Christmas lights.

For many years, people have been going to Old Scugog Rd to enjoy the beauty of the streets holiday spirit and holiday display of lights!

Make a visit from December 1st until January 1st to see the street light up with Christmas spirit and while you are there, drop off a non perishable food item for donation at house 3301 Old Scugog Road.

Click here to see a YouTube video of the lights.


Winter Wonderland's Frozen Fridays in Newmarket

November 30, 2018 to January 4, 2019
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive)

Join us every Friday night during Winter Wonderland (November 30, December 7, 14, 21, 28 and January 4) for our Frozen Fridays.

Each week enjoy free outdoor skating, DJ Tyler Stevenson, free hot chocolate courtesy of The Pickle Barrel Newmarket, a COBS Bread Fun Bun, free train rides on the Tim Hortons Express Train and LED or Fire performances.

Also, be sure to drop by Newmarket's coolest hang out, the Newmarket Ice Lounge, sponsored by Jay Miller Real Estate and our Mitten Tree throughout Winter Wonderland, where residents have the opportunity to donate or pick up knitted winter clothing (scarfs, hats, mitts).

Please check for more details about performances and activities.
​Stay up to date with Winter Wonderland on their Facebook event page!​


Lakeside Festival of Lights, Burlington

November 30th, 2018 to January 8th, 2019
Lighting up our waterfront over the holiday season

The Burlington Festival of Lights is the city’s longest running festival, lighting up the city’s waterfront for the holiday season. It’s a magical sight for the whole family, especially the young at heart.
The festival has gained the reputation in the region and beyond as the ‘must-see’ lighting extravaganza for the holidays.

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PH Family Holiday Display & Food Drive

Holiday Display and Food Drive in Northumberland County

Holiday Food Drive. Come out to 77 Princess Street, PORT HOPE from December 14-January 1, 2019 and donate cash or food donations. All donations go to Northumberland Fare Share Food Banks Port Hope.

The food drive will be set up all day Friday December 14, as well as our display. The main event will be Saturday December 15 starting at 10. We will have a full photo area setup with photos with Santa as well as a donation area. Santa will be here 10- 3:30, and the food drive will end at 5. We will be continuing to accept donations until January 1, 2019.

Thank you for your ongoing support this holiday season. From our family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
Please use caution in bad weather and watch for snow plows.

Check out their YouTube video here.


Walk the Gorgeous Christmas Magic Trail of Lights in Cobourg

The Town of Cobourg is pleased to present Christmas Magic, a beautiful and festive trail of more than 180,000 lights from Victoria Hall, down through Rotary Harbourfront Park and ending at the Esplannade.

This spectacular display can be enjoyed each evening, free to the public, from November 23, 2018 until January 7, 2019 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Perfect for that holiday family portrait or that Christmas selfie. Don't forget to tag the town.


Lumina Borealis at Fort Henry, Kingston

Where winter's beauty shines

Where Lake Ontario meets the St Lawrence river, in historic Fort Henry, the spirit of winter has found a place to live. Every night it howls softly into the wind, a spell concealing its beauty from anyone but those with a warm heart.

Find your path through an enchanted land, across a frozen landscape, to reignite your winter spirit.

Visit to buy tickets. Timed entry, advance ticket purchase recommended. Family friendly rates.


Pickering Family’s Christmas Lights Display Delights Thousands

Voted BEST Decorated Home in Pickering, several years in a row, as chosen by participants of the annual Mayor's Light Tour Event. It's worth the drive to Pickering to experience this incredible light display.

1289 Ilona Park Road, Pickering

Click here for a Youtube video of their display.