Christmas is undoubtedly the most romantic time of the year. The chilly weather, the gently falling snow and the warmth of the holiday lights make everything all the more magical.
Ontario is one of the best places to spend the holidays because there are so many festive events going on every year. From dazzling light shows to cozy Christmas markets, these 9 romantic places in the province are perfect for spending a loved one with:
Winter Festival of Lights
The Winter Festival of Lights is an annual light show that transforms the iconic Niagara Falls into a winter wonderland. Guests can walk along an 8-kilometre path of lit up trees, flashy holiday displays and giant light installations. The best part? It's free!
Arrowhead Skating Trail
The Arrowhead Skating Trail is a 1.3-km path of ice that cuts through a magnificent snow-covered forest in the Muskokan wilderness. Every week, 'Fire & Ice' nights are held at the skating trail, in which tiki torches are set up along its length.
The Simcoe Panorama is a town event that consists of thousands of colourful lights and an iconic river parade, where dazzling floats make their way from one end of the river to the other. Fun activities such as light display tours and horse-drawn carriage rides are also available during this festival.
Lighting of the Lights
The Lighting of Lights is a yearly tradition held at Victoria Park in London, Ontario, in which the trees of the park are lit up with a colourful array of Christmas lights. Guests can take a winter stroll along the park walkway or adore the lights from an upper floor in the nearby city ahll.
Alight at Night
Alight at Night is one of the most gorgeous holiday light displays in the province. Every year, Upper Canada Village in the town of Morrisburg transforms into a dreamy Christmas village, complete with lights, holiday decor, festive music and fun activities.
Jingles & Joy
Blue Mountain Village
Jingles & Joy is Blue Mountain Village's annual Christmas event, in which the resort's shops and boutiques are decorated with holiday fare. During the Christmas season, several holiday-themed activities are offered, from festive dining to an epic nightly fireworks display.
Blue Mountain Resort
Scandinave Spa is Ontario's premier destination for wellness and relaxation. It is best visited during the winter, when snow surrounds the spa's thermal pools and outdoor hot springs. The spa makes for an affordable date, as $50 will get you full access to all of the spa's baths.
Christmas Magic is a lighting ceremony in which the harbourfront of the town of Cobourg is lit up with over 100,000 lights. Guests can take a walk by the water to view the incredible light displays, as well as participate in a variety of holiday-themed events within the town.
Toronto Christmas Market
The Toronto Christmas Market is one of the most festive places to visit during the holidays. Set up in the historic Distillery District, the bright lights and festive street vendors will make you feel like you've stepped foot in a European Christmas village.