Canada is one of the best places in the world to spend the holidays. It may be cold and snowy at times, but that just adds to the magic!

Across the country, every province has its own set of amazing holiday light festivals that completely transform towns and cities into dazzling winter wonderlands. From illuminated parks and trails to festive Christmas markets, there's never a dull moment in Canada during holiday season!

Here are 28 of the best holiday light festivals in Canada:

Cover photo is of Stanley Park, BC.

British Columbia

The Prairies



The Atlantic

For holiday light festivals in BC, click Next.

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Capilano Suspension Bridge

Canyon Lights

An annual celebration in North Vancouver that turns the Capilano Suspension Bridge into a marvelous illuminated walkway with thousands of glittering lights.

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VanDusen Botanical Garden

Festival of Lights

A magical winter wonderland that fills Vancouver's iconic botanical gardens with over one million lights.

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The Butchart Gardens

The Magic of Christmas

Experience dramatic floral displays during the day and a completely illuminated green space at night, full of glowing trees and holiday displays.

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Stanley Park

Bright Nights

Vancouver's central park is adorned with colourful Christmas decorations and celebrates the holiday season with light tours, train rides and music.

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Whistler Blackcomb

Christmas in Whistler

The top ski resort in the country converts itself into a cozy Christmas village, complete with decorated storefronts and illuminated pathways.

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Grouse Mountain

The Peak of Christmas

A gondola ride takes you to the top of Grouse Mountain, where illuminated mountain trails and a glorious glowing ice skating pond await your arrival.

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Calgary Zoo (AB)


A local holiday tradition returns for its 20th year, bringing back iconic light tunnels and glowing pathways to the Calgary Zoo.

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Leduc (AB)

Country Lights

The Albertan town of Leduc celebrates Christmas by transforming an entire community acreage into a dazzling winter wonderland.

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Castrol Raceway (AB)

Magic of Lights

A drive-thru installation of lights that features an incredible holiday lights tunnel and festive displays.

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Alberta Legislature (AB)

Celebrate the Season

Alberta's provincial government building kicks off the holiday season by the lighting of its rotunda and courtyard with tree lights and illuminated statues.

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Saskatoon Park (SK)

Enchanted Forest

Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park brings back its Enchanted Forest for its 19th season and fills the grounds with bright decorations for the public's viewing pleasure.

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Red River Exhibition Park (MB)

Canad Inns Winter Wonderland

The Canad Inns Winter Wonderland fills Manitoba's Red River Exhibition Park with countless LED Christmas displays that can be viewed in a car or by foot.

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Niagara Falls

Winter Festival of Lights

Ontario Power Generation supplies Niagara Falls with over three million lights to transform the area into the ultimate winter wonderland that's free for all visitors.

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Simcoe Panorama

This small town in Ontario adorns its trees, buildings and houses with thousands of Christmas lights and hosts an epic river parade of illuminated floats.

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Upper Canada Village

Alight at Night

This historic site in Ontario turns into a cozy Christmas Village. Visitors can take an evening stroll along an illuminated 2-km path that cuts through the area.

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Christmas Magic

Every year, the town of Cobourg decorates its harbour and waterfront with over 100,000 lights, making it perfect for romantic evening strolls during the holidays.

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Toronto Distillery District

Toronto Light Festival

The historic Distillery District in Toronto becomes a miniature "city of lights" thanks to the addition of gorgeous light installations by local and international artists.

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Parliament Hill

Christmas Lights Across Canada

Parliament Hill becomes a festive "Hill of Lights" consisting of glowing trees and an epic light projection on the government buildings. This year, the theme of the light projection will be called "Christmas Lights Across Canada".

Even more to check out in Ontario:

For holiday light festivals in Quebec, click Next.

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Trois Rivières

Noël en Lumière

From mid-December to January, this Quebec festival brings the holiday cheer with illuminated gardens, a Christmas market, and over 20 live concerts and shows.

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Place des Festivals

Montréal en Lumière

One of Canada's largest winter festivals, Montréal en Lumière combines food, the arts and free outdoor shows for one epic holiday gathering.

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Old Québec


Perhaps the most Christmassy place in Canada, Petit-Champlain street in Old Quebec resemble Christmas  in France with its cobblestone streets and decorated storefronts.

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Aquarium du Québec

Festi Lumière

Located just 2 hours from Montreal, Festi Lumiere converts the Quebec Aquarium into a glowing storybook setting with over 500,000 LED lights.

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Coaticook Gorge Park

Foresta Lumina

Foresta Lumina is a multimedia nighttime experience that takes a canyon park and transforms it into a theatrical light show.

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The Desjardins Illuminated Village

This historic site in Quebec becomes a cozy winter village complete with colourful trees and beautifully decorated Victorian buildings.

For holiday light festivals in Atlantic Canada, click Next.

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Downtown Halifax (NS)

Halifax Lights Festival

Halifax rings in the holiday season with a gorgeous Christmas market where guests can get into a festive spirit with illuminated walks, holiday shopping and comfort foods.

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Sherbrooke Village (NS)

Old-Fashioned Christmas

This old-fashioned village in Nova Scotia celebrates a traditional Christmas that entails a nighttime tree-lighting ceremony and classic Christmas dinners.

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Magnetic Hill Zoo (NB)

Wild Lights

New Brunswick's Magnetic Hill Zoo turns itself into a dazzling light show filled with gorgeous lights and odd installations.

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Bowring Park (NFLD)

Festival of Music and Lights

St.John'sebrates the holidays with live carolling and Christmas light tours through the town's central Bowring Park.

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