Even though winter can be a drag with freezing cold temperatures and snow, the season is made so much brighter by this magical light display. Christmas Lights Across Canada will illuminate Ottawa and put on a spectacular show. So if you're going to be in our nation's capital any time in the next month, you have to check out this incredible free light display.\nChristmas Lights Across Canada is an annual event in Ottawa that brightens up the city in the winter with the spirit of Christmas at Parliament Hill and Confederation Park, which is this year's new opening night location.\nAll along Confederation Boulevard, the route that circles the capital, 300,000 holiday lights will be on display to lead you on the trail around downtown Ottawa, through Gatineau and back again from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.\nAlong the way, you'll be able to see many important sites illuminated for the season like the National War Memorial, Rideau Canal Park, the Supreme Court of Canada, Jacques-Cartier Park, the Garden of Provinces and Territories, and more.\nView this post on Instagram #christmaslightsacrosscanada A post shared by Steve Cooper (@oughta) on Jan 6, 2019 at 1:02pm PST\nFrom 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., people can also enjoy musical acts, interactive public pianos, and free BeaverTails while supplies last.\nJustin Trudeau won't be at the opening night of the event's 35th edition, since he's at the NATO summit in England where he made remarks about Donald Trump that received some backlash from the U.S. President.\nHowever, he did release a statement about the event:\n"Tonight, Parliament Hill and Confederation Park will transform into a dazzling festive wonderland for the opening night of Christmas Lights Across Canada. For over three decades, the colourful light show has captured people’s hearts as they gather to enjoy a truly Canadian holiday experience."\nView this post on Instagram It’s the first official day of winter and the OTTAWA sign is looking winter ready! 😍❄️☃️ . 📷 @thepinpompous #MyOttawa #Ottawa #DiscoverON #ExploreCanada #winter A post shared by Ottawa Tourism (@ottawatourism) on Dec 21, 2018 at 12:27pm PST\nEvery evening, there is a production projected onto the Parliament buildings that plays from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.\nThe website says the story "follows the journey of Grizzli, Fox, and Snowman on their quest for light through imaginary landscapes" and is "inspired by Canada's nature, climate, and culture."\nThe show runs on a 15-minute loop, so you don't have to worry about missing it.\nView this post on Instagram So fun to attend the opening night of the illumination ceremony of Christmas Lights Across Canada at Parliament Hill! . . #christmaslightsacrosscanada #ig_great_shots_canada #facesottawa #pocket_family #pocket_canada #rebels_united #MyOttawa #explorecanada #apt613 #pocket_sweetness #outaouaisfun #rebelholiday2017 #gramoftheday #gotd_1723 A post shared by ☀️💢 Karen 💢☀️ (@kvallevand) on Dec 7, 2017 at 9:55pm PST\nView this post on Instagram Let’s talk burnout 🔥 around this time of year, so many people are feeling it. It’s exam time for students (me 🙋🏼♀️), Christmas has everyone running around, year-end deadlines are coming up... it’s just busy, and to top it off it gets dark at 4:30.⠀ ⠀ Here are a few of the things I’ve found that help me from burning out:⠀ ⠀ • Netflix breaks aren’t enough - you actually have to get out of the house sometimes! Go outside and enjoy the Christmas lights! 🎄 ⠀ • don’t plan around how much time you have, plan around your mental/ cognitive resources. Just because you’re awake for 16 hours a day doesn’t mean you can work for 16 hours. Which brings me to...⠀ • sleep! 8 hours, every night.⠀ • it’s ok to say no to things. I know you’ve heard this one but it’s TRUE and it’s necessary. I’ve had to turn down projects that I really enjoyed to make room for other ones.⠀ ⠀ What helps you keep your energy up this time of year?⠀ ⠀ P.S. these beautiful Christmas lights are all over the downtown until January 7! Get out to see them!⠀ ⠀ •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••⠀ #igersottawa #ottawalife #myottawa #christmaslightsacrosscanada #ottawa #ottawaphotographer #canada #canadagram #narcityottawa A post shared by Nina Danielle 🇨🇦 (@ninanearandfar) on Dec 18, 2018 at 3:30pm PST\nChristmas Lights Across Canada runs from December 4 to January 7, 2020.\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.