Complaining about the harsh winter weather is basically a rite of passage here in Ontario. But, with all the cold, snow, and freezing rain comes some truly magical Ontario Christmas light displays that make leaving the house totally worthwhile. So get ready to bundle up and drop the infamous "cold enough for you?" line, because you won't want to miss any of these spectacular events. \nAre you ready to give your holiday season the glow-up it deserves? With millions and millions of illuminations across the province, this winter is going to be seriously lit.\nMany of the best light festivals offer so much more than just spectacular displays, too.\nFrom free hot chocolate to horse-drawn sleigh rides, skating rinks, trains, and amusement park rides, there's so much fun to be had.\nIf you're looking for affordable things to do in Ontario this winter, or you want to start making memorable holiday traditions, then take a look at the list we've gathered below. \nYou can make winter the hottest season yet by soaking up all of this festive fun. \nSo, what are you waiting for? Grab your mitts, a scarf, and your person of choice and head out to see some breathtaking holiday lights ASAP!\nWinter Festival of Lights\nPrice: Free admission, donations accepted \nWhen: November 20 until January 12\nAddress: Queen Victoria Park, Niagara Falls, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: You can wander through 8 km of enchanting holiday light displays. Don't forget to stop and look at the falls as they light up and catch the nightly fireworks display while you're at it. It's been going strong for 37 years now, and you can see why.\n View this post on Instagram Kisses in the moonlight🌙 Here’s to 2018 being our best year yet; I love you Corey✨ Photo credit: @thekidwhosavedtheworld A post shared by Christopher Monteforte (@chris_monteforte) on Jan 3, 2018 at 6:47pm PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nAurora Winter Festival\nPrice: Starting at $17.99\nWhen: November 22 until January 5\nAddress: Ontario Place, Toronto, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: Amusement rides and Christmas markets? Check. Skating rinks and tube parks? Check. Fantastic light displays, tasty food, and more? You got it. You can't go wrong with a visit to the amazing. Aurora Winter Fest.\n View this post on Instagram Thank you stranger 🥺🤩 that’s my squad at the back☺️ A post shared by Maya (@putumaya) on Dec 28, 2018 at 2:53pm PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nGlow Gardens\nPrice: Starting at $34.99\nWhen: Various dates\nAddress: Multiple locations, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: You can sip festive cocktails from giant sparkling light bulbs as you wander through an indoor sea of lights. There's one in Ottawa and, now, in Toronto too after relocation from Barrie.\n View this post on Instagram ✨So de-lightful ✨ A post shared by Kate D (@katrindell) on Dec 22, 2018 at 1:02pm PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nMagic of Lights\nPrice: Starting at $20\nWhen: November 21 until January 4\nAddress: 401 Corkstown Rd., Nepean, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: You can go on an enchanted journey through a tunnel of lights and see charming holiday light displays from the comfort of your car. \n View this post on Instagram Only 3 nights left to check out @themagicoflights!! Visit magiciflights.com for tickets & information #TheParks #MagicofLightsOttawa ❄️ 📸 @rodwindover . . . . #lightshow #holidaylights #happyholidays #christmaslights #christmaslights #holidaytradition #familyactivity #Ottawa A post shared by Wesley Clover Parks (@thewcparks) on Jan 3, 2019 at 11:44am PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nAlight At Night\nPrice: $16\nWhen: Various dates \nAddress: Upper Canada Village, 13740 County Road 2, Morrisburg, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: You'll feel like you've stepped inside of a wonderful winter postcard as you wonder this village of lights. With festive dining, horse-drawn rides, and more the holiday magic is real.\n View this post on Instagram It's the final weekend for Alight at Night at @uppercanadavill! Take in this winter wonderland featuring over 1 million lights. Open tonight and Saturday night, tickets available at alightatnight.ca! #exploreCornwallON #greatwaterway #stlawrenceriver #uppercanadavillage #AlightAtNight #DiscoverON A post shared by Cornwall Tourism (@cornwalltourism) on Jan 4, 2019 at 6:48am PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nThe Festival of Northern Lights\nPrice: Free\nWhen: November 16 until January 5\nAddress: Owen Sound, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: In addition to incredible light displays you can also take part in a festive scavenger hunt. With awesome prizes to be won, there's no better way to lift your Christmas spirits.\n View this post on Instagram Hometown things with Hometown friends✨ A post shared by brontelynn (@brontelynn) on Dec 26, 2018 at 6:00pm PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nChristmas Lights Across Canada\nPrice: Free\nWhen: Opening December 4\nAddress: Parliament Building, Ottawa, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: More than just lights, this multimedia light display is on a whole other level of festive holiday fun. Check this out.\n View this post on Instagram More snaps from last night’s #ChristmasLightsAcrossCanada illumination ceremony. One last chance to enjoy the lights and sights of Ottawa’s Peace Tower before its renovation. #photooftheday #myottawa #discoveron #explorecanada #cbcottawa #christmas #winter A post shared by James Peltzer (@james.peltzer) on Dec 6, 2018 at 4:19am PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nWinter Lights At The Rock\nPrice: Starting at $10\nWhen: Weekends from December 6 until January 5\nAddress: 680 Plains Rd. W., Burlington, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: The Royal Botanical Gardens offer a breathtaking walk through any time of year. But something magical happens when the rock garden is covered in a blanket of sparkling lights.\n View this post on Instagram Cold nights & winter lights ✨💫 #RBGwinterlights A post shared by Shelby Clements (@shelbyxoxo) on Dec 30, 2018 at 6:42pm PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nBingemans Gift of Light\nPrice: Starting at $15\nWhen: Until January 4\nAddress: 425 Bingemans Centre Dr., Kitchener, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: No one likes the cold, so why not stay in your car and drive through this twinkling tunnel of lights? You'll be mesmerized.\n View this post on Instagram drive-thru Christmas lights!!! there were lots of pretty decorations and this tunnel is the highlight! drove 1.5hrs just to see this lol #christmas #christmaslights #christmasdecorations #giftoflightskw #rainbow #pretty #night #winterwonderland #drivethru A post shared by tiffany (@t_ffanyyy) on Dec 31, 2016 at 6:16pm PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nBurlington Festival of Lights\nPrice: Free\nWhen: November 29 until January 8\nAddress: Spencer Smith Park, Burlington, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: You can marvel at dazzling Christmas lights as they reflect off the water at Spencer Smith Park.\n View this post on Instagram I’m related to an actual angel #DMme4hernumber A post shared by Catherine Lace Murray (@catherinelace) on Dec 19, 2017 at 4:29pm PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nWinter Wonderland\nPrice: Free\nWhen: Fridays from December 6 until January\nAddress: 200 Doug Duncan Dr., Newmarket, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: You can sip hot chocolate, ride the Tim Hortons train, skate, listen to live entertainment, and more at this enchanted wonderland of lights. These activities are only available on Fridays, but the lights will be up for you to see daily until February 17.\n View this post on Instagram Almost December😁 A post shared by Elina (@elina.svirski) on Nov 30, 2018 at 6:10pm PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nSimcoe Christmas Panorama\nPrice: Free\nWhen: November 30 until January 5\nAddress: 50 Bonnie Dr., Simcoe, ON\nWhy You Need To Go: You can explore a magical display of 300,000 lights at one of Ontario's longest-running holiday light festivals. Some nights even offer free horse-drawn trolley rides too.\n View this post on Instagram Simcoe Christmas Lights 💫🎄☃ A post shared by Jessica McNally (@jess_mcnally) on Dec 21, 2016 at 5:18pm PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\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.