The Most Festive Places In Ontario

Tomorrow is the first day of December, and even though a trip to almost any store would have you believe it Christmas started 4 weeks ago, it is now time to hop into a full festive mode.

Nobody celebrates the holiday season like Canadians, just take a look at any major city area. Every town and city has their own holiday festivities and in this article, we will be taking a look at the best places in Ontario to bump up your holiday spirit into overdrive.

Everywhere in the article will be easily accessible with a car rental from one of our many Toronto locations.


The Toronto Downtown Core

Last weekend was the official kickoff to the holiday season in Toronto with the Cavalcade of Lights in Nathan Phillips Square. The enormous Christmas tree was lit in front of a massive crowd of excited onlookers.

The square is just one of the many places to visit in the downtown core this holiday season though, in addition to the incredible skating rink and lights at the square the Hudson Bay store windows are just down the street. While the window unveilings are not as big as they used to be, walking by the Hudson Bay storefronts on a snowy December night will have you feeling like you are walking through a Christmas commercial.

No trip to Toronto in December is complete without a trip to the Christmas Market in the Distillery District. This market has everything, incredible food, last minute gift ideas and incredible art from local artists.


The Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

Niagara Falls is a spectacular sight to see at any time of the year, it is one of Canada’s biggest attractions that people from all over the world come to experience. On November 18th, Niagara Falls became even more magical when the Festival of Lights began. 2 million lights are strung up in Queens Park with 50 trees completely covered in lights.

The Fallsview Casino is doing something new this year with a 3D Projection Mapping Show projected on the side of the Oakes Hotel. If you’re planning on visiting the Festival be sure to plan ahead, check out the official website to see what’s going on during your visit!


Christmas Lights Across Canada (Ottawa)

December 7th marks the lighting ceremony for Christmas Lights Across Canada, the incredible multimedia light show that has been an Ottawa staple for 33 years. Every Night from Dec 7th to Jan 7th lights are projected onto Parliament Hill with amazing live music and see-to-believe pyrotechnics.

The parks around Parliament Hill also get the Christmas treatment with countless trees lit up and decorations everywhere. Our tip is to get there early too see the sights, grab so hot chocolate and settling in for the show starting at 7 pm sharp.


Panorama River of Lights (Simcoe)

No list of holiday festivities would be complete without mentioning Simcoe Ontario. Nestled down by Lake Erie, Simcoe puts on the annual Panorama River of Lights. The Simcoe Downtown core turns its parks into unforgettable Christmas displays that you can walk through or tour with a horse-drawn carriage!  

The displays range from castles to Christmas trees and even famous Christmas movie scenes! This is a can’t miss for any holiday lover!

The town is proud to announce that they are saving energy by converting 90% of their displays to LED lights.