The 7 Best Christmas Light Displays in Ottawa

The Christmas season is in full swing here in Ottawa and nothing shows that more than the stunning light displays throughout the city. Why not take in the magic of the lights by checking out one — or more! — of these fabulous displays? Here are 7 to enjoy.

Downtown

What: Christmas Lights Across Canada

When: Until Jan. 7

Cost: Free

Every year, the downtown core is completely lit up with hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights each night. This display is sure to get you in the holiday spirit as you stroll through Parliament Hill, Confederation Park, Major’s Hill Park, the Alexandra Bridge and Jacques Cartier Park to view this spectacular display. It’s a great way to be a tourist in your own town.

Check out the map of the lighting route to plan your evening out.

Orléans

What: The homes of Taffy Lane

Cost: Free

This beautiful residents-made light display is done by the homeowners of Taffy Lane in Orléans, a tradition that has been around for more than 30 years and has become so popular that they have their own Facebook page about it. Virtually every resident on this tiny street decorates their home to get in the spirit. Head out for a stroll and view these beautiful lights. 

Nepean

What: Magic of Lights at Wesley Clover Parks

When: Nightly from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. until Jan. 4

Cost: $30/car

Magic of Lights is a two-kilometre drive-through holiday display that features impressive lights showcasing our favourite holiday characters and holiday scenes with the use of digital animations and LED technology. Stay warm and cosy in your car as you slowly make your way through the this lit-up forest. 

Proceeds go to benefit CHEO.

Lansdowne Park

What: Ottawa Christmas Market

When: Friday to Sunday, until Dec. 22

Cost: Free, unless you shop

OK, this one technically isn’t a lights display, but lights are a big part of this first-ever European-style Christmas market in Ottawa that’s getting rave reviews. It features local craftspeople, delicious baked goods, and holiday favourites under a canopy of thousands of Christmas lights, as well as decorated trees and Instagram-worthy decor throughout the site.

Cumberland

What: Vintage Village of Lights at Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

When: Until Dec. 22

Cost: Varies

The Vintage Village of Lights is a picture-perfect Christmas scene. When you enter the village, not only will you see beautiful Christmas lighting displays, but you can check out the other fun activities that they have around the village. From decorating gingerbread, taking a horse-drawn wagon ride, printing a card, or personalizing a wooden tree ornament, there are many activities to explore at the museum. 

Upper Canada Village

What: Alight at Night Festival

When: Until Jan. 4

Cost: $16/person

There are close to one million lights spread throughout the heritage buildings, trees, and fences of Upper Canada Village, creating a full winter wonderland experience. On top of the Christmas light displays, the village offers festive events, dining, and featured shops for everyone to enjoy and get into the Christmas spirit. It’s well worth the drive.

EY Centre

What: Glow Gardens

When: Until Jan. 4 

Cost: Varies

This family-friendly indoor winter wonderland has something for everyone to enjoy. With stunning light gardens and illuminated structures — it’s another outing with a million lights — the whole family can be entertained for hours. A vendor market is available to shop at, alongside seasonal beverages, delicious food, and live music performed during the event. Glow Gardens has something for everyone.


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