The holidays, whether we are ready or not, are just around the corner, which makes now the perfect time to start planning all of the cutest holiday activities. One affordable and magical way to embrace the season and boost your holiday spirit is touring around to see all the Christmas lights. Ottawa may get exceptionally cold, but at least the capital has numerous luminous wonderlands for you to enjoy. From beautiful lit-up tunnels you can drive through, light festivals, and incredible homes, there are so many places to get festive. 

Taffy Lane

Price: Free

When: December 1 until January 1

Address: Taffy Lane, Orleans

Why You Need To Go: You'll feel like you've entered a winter wonderland when you walk down Taffy Lane. You can enjoy the impressive light displays put on by local residents as they illuminate the street.


Christmas Glow

Price: Weekdays $19.99, weekends/holidays $22.99 

When: December 1 until January 4

Address: 4899 Uplands Dr.

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy these epic light displays inside where it's warm and toasty. Live entertainment, booze, and food will also be available. 


Magic of Lights

Price: Starting at $17

When: November 21 until January 4

Address: 411 Corkstown Rd.

Why You Need To Go: You can cruise through 2 km worth of illuminated tunnels and magical holiday lights. You could even rock some Christmas tunes in the car to really get you in the holiday spirit. 


Alight at Night

Price: $16

When: Various dates from November 29 until January 4

Address: Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg

Why You Need To Go: Alight at Night looks like a scene straight out of a Hallmark Christmas movie. You can cozy up in a horse-drawn carriage, sing carols, enjoy festive dining, and take in the beauty of over one million lights.


Miracle At Savoy Brasserie

Price: Prices vary

When: November 25 until December 26

Address: The Savoy Brasserie, 334 Richmond Rd.

Why You Need To Go: This Christmas-themed pop-up bar is finally coming to Ottawa and it's going to be a holiday dream come true. In addition to all of the lights, you can imagine there will also be holiday-themed boozy cocktails, Christmas music, and more.


Christmas Lights Across Canada

Price: Free

When: Early December until January

Address: Parliament Hill

Why You Need To Go: Christmas Lights Across Canada has been lighting up the country since 1985. You can head over to Parliament Hill to take the beautiful multimedia holiday display and stunning lights. 


National Gallery Of Canada

Price: Prices vary

When: Holiday hours daily December 26 to 31

Address: 380 Sussex Dr.

Why You Need To Go: You can come out to watch the tree lighting ceremony or visit the gallery anytime during the season to marvel at the gigantic tree and beautiful lights.


Vintage Village Of Lights

Price: $7.75 admission

When: Weekends from November 29 until December 22

Address: 2940 Old Montreal Rd., Cumberland

Why You Need To Go: This old-time vintage village will be covered in beautiful lights and will give you a sense of what Christmas was like in the 1920s and 1930s. You can enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, carols, wreath decorating, and more.


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