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.

Christmas 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.

All 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.

Along 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.

From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., people can also enjoy musical acts, interactive public pianos, and free BeaverTails while supplies last.

Justin 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.

However, he did release a statement about the event:

"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." 

Every evening, there is a production projected onto the Parliament buildings that plays from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The 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."

The show runs on a 15-minute loop, so you don't have to worry about missing it.

Christmas Lights Across Canada runs from December 4 to January 7, 2020.


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