Back to articles Special holiday light displays in Durham Region and beyond!

Categories: Family Fun Family Guides Home

One great way to get in the holiday spirit is to drive around your neighbourhood, enjoying all the Christmas lights. If you want to venture a bit further, check out some of the amazing holiday light displays in Durham Region and beyond: from Niagara Falls 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


OFL15227960 10153893161656571 403391640 n

Uxbridge Fantasy of Lights

The Uxbridge Optimist Club’s Fantasy of Lights is back for another great year. Bring the whole family to explore Elgin Park all lit up this holiday season. Local groups, businesses, and organizations will be putting on amazing displays. Admission is by donation. Fantasy of lights runs from December 10 to January 1.

15268048 590455311160279 4259056053876871484 n

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 Dec 6th, 2016 until January 8th, 2017.

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

765 Kenora Avenue, Oshawa, Ontario

15337377 594181284121015 8151235802277239213 n
14963140 10155392543214377 9216498009032269937 n

Listen to our Lights

559 & 563 Labrador Drive Oshawa, over 10,000 Christmas Lights all synchronized to music. Tune to 88.7FM when out front. Collecting non-perishable food donations for Simcoe Hall Settlement House. 5:30pm-9:30pm Sunday-Thursday, and until 10pm Friday & Saturday. Merry Christmas!

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 19th, 2016 to January 31st, 2017. Each winter we capture the magic of the holiday season, Make It Your Winter Tradition!

The Winter Festival of Lights illuminates an eight kilometre long illumination route that travels through the beautiful landscapes of the Niagara Parks, Dufferin Islands and surrounding tourist districts. As a treasured holiday tradition for people from around the world the Winter Festival of Lights is attended by over one million visitors each season.

WZ christmashouse02   Gallery

Whitby couple uses Christmas decorations to shine light on charitable cause

Every year, in the weeks leading up to Christmas, people from near and far gather in front of Barb and Harry Piwerka’s home at 11 Fencerow Dr. in Whitby to marvel at their stunning display of more than 7,000 lights.

This year, the couple decided to put that widespread attention to good use by adding a charitable element to their love of decorating, and help raise awareness for a cause that’s often overlooked during the holiday season. Both animal lovers, they’ve placed a box on their front porch, encouraging all those who stop by to donate pet food, toys, and other much-needed items to the Humane Society of Durham Region.

Plus some other local recommendations:

Mary St in Oshawa by Beatrice St.

29 Millward Cres, Ajax

Old Scugog Rd, north of Bowmanville

Ilona Park Rd in South Pickering (see article from 2013 about their amazing display)

The City of Pickering has also created a fabulous map for a driving tour of some of the local highlights.



Winter Wonderland, Newmarket

December 2 to January 8
6 to 9 p.m.
Newmarket Riverwalk Commons, 200 Doug Duncan Drive

Winter Wonderland is the most beautiful light display in Newmarket hosted for a month during December and January. Every night from 6 to 9 p.m., enjoy the light display and free outdoor skating on the Tim Hortons Skating and Water Feature.

On Saturday and Sunday evenings, children are invited to take a ride on the Tim Hortons Express Train. Please note there will not be train rides available on December 25 or January 1. Train rides are weather permitting and free of charge. ​

Join us every Friday from December 2 to January 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. for Frozen Friday. Enjoy outdoor skating, train rides, music and treats.

​Stay up to date with Winter Wonderland on their Facebook event page!​


Lakeside Festival of Lights, Burlington

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.

Y Georgina light show   Gallery

Holiday light displays that rock York Region and the season

Some rockin’ holiday displays are lighting up the region and the season.

Two “big kids” in Georgina and Markham are not only giving Christmas Vacation’s Clark Griswold a run for his money, but also sharing their love of the season with their respective neighbourhoods.

Sean Johnston first put up a synchronized display with one simple controller in 2008, but he has since “lost count” of how many strings of lights go in to what can be described as nothing less than a spectacular display at his home on Bayview Avenue in Keswick.

AND in Markham, Captain Rolph Boulevard, near Hwy. 7 and Wootten Way, is the place to go.

Tim Brunt’s truly epic synchronized display has been bringing the neighbourhood together for years, right down to a festive and fun block party complete with treats and hot chocolate for the flipping of the proverbial “switch”, which took place Dec. 2.

Fun, funky, with touches of humour and great creative flair, "the show" all runs off a computer laptop in Brunt’s basement, as well as three main controller boxes for the main lights in addition to six smaller ones for individual elements that together total 12,000 lights.


Lumina Borealis at Fort Henry, Kingston

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. Lumina Borealis is a night-time winter experience set in Fort Henry. Produced by Moment Factory, a Montreal based multimedia entertainment studio, this event is inspired by winter childhood dreams and memories. Lumina Borealis will draw people into a participative, colourful and enchanting experience that is interactive and sure to make you love winter.

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

15079029 381615292182360 1777504618783400749 n

PH Family Holiday Display

The largest inflatable display in Northumberland County!

Holiday Food Drive. Come out to 77 Princess Street, PORT HOPE from November 27 - January 7 and donate cash or food donations. Our goal is 500 donations. All donations go to Northumberland Fare Share Food Banks Port Hope.

Please use caution in bad weather and watch for snow plows. Help feed our neighbours. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Check out their YouTube video here.