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The Best Local Light Displays (PLUS Our Favourite Holiday Markets!)

Home Group Team
Dec 4 5 minutes read

Whether you're looking for a reason to get outside in the winter, or you're curating the perfect Instagram shot – we've got you covered!  We've put together a list of local light displays that YULE not want to miss!


Plus, check out our favourite Holiday Markets – wrap up your holiday shopping and support local business, too!

Sparkles in the Park

Riverside Park, Guelph

DECEMBER 14TH until DECEMBER 31ST

Enjoy Guelph's very own Winter Wonderland from the warmth of your car, or stroll through the park and enjoy the light display up close! This event is hosted by the Rotary Club of Guelph and the support of our local community. 

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Gift of Lights

Bingemans, Kitchener

DECEMBER 1ST until JANUARY 4TH

Stay warm at this drive-through light display, featuring two tunnels and over 300 light displays! Plus, you can even tune into Gift of Lights Radio! Proceeds from the festival go towards the Grand River Hospital Foundation.

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Toronto Christmas Market

Distillery District, Toronto

NOVEMBER 14TH until DECEMBER 22ND

Indulge in gorgeous light displays, holiday treats, shopping, dining, and more in the Historic Distillery District!

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Terra Lumina

Toronto Zoo

NOVEMBER 14TH until DECEMBER 22ND

Experience an enchanting night walk at the Toronto Zoo! This exhibit, created by world-renowned Moment Factory, takes you on a magic trip through nature.

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Winter Festival of Lights

Niagara Falls

NOVEMBER 16TH until JANUARY 12TH

Canada's largest light festival has been running for almost 4 decades and attracts 1.8 million visitors every year! Breathtaking Christmas trees, light shows, sparkling displays, fountains, and more. Make it a winter weekend getaway, and enjoy the many holiday celebrations taking place across the community!

WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

ANNUAL POINSETTIA SHOW

NIAGARA ICEWINE FESTIVAL

Christmas Lights Across Canada

Ottawa

DECEMBER 4TH until JANUARY 7TH

Thousands of dazzling lights illuminate the Nation's Capital, showcasing Capital Hill, national museums, embassies, and more! A great reason to take a weekend trip and enjoy the beauty that the Capital has to offer.

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Festival of Northern Lights

Harrison Park, Owen Sound

NOVEMBER 16TH until JANUARY 5TH

Stay toasty in your car or take a stroll through the park, this annual lights display is a great place for a family outing!

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Our Favourite Local Holiday Markets


Handmade ornaments, eco-friendly home and beauty products, luxe hand-knit blankets, gorgeous pottery, and comically un-festive holiday cards – you name it, they've got it!

Whether you're shopping for family, a secret santa, yourself, or even a pet, these local holiday markets are packed with unique and thoughtful gifts, all while supporting local businesses and sustainably sourced products!  Here's our list of our favourite Holiday Markets going on this month.

The Mom Market Guelph

Saturday, December 7th  |  10:00AM - 1:00PM

Lean Strong Fitness, 101 Beverley Street

Not just for moms! This market is packed with health & beauty products, gorgeous home decor, and yes, adorable baby outfits. Prepare to swoon!

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Christmas Village Market

Friday, December 6th  |  12:00PM - 8:00PM

Saturday, December 7th  |  10:00AM - 6:00PM

Sunday, December 8th  |  11:00AM - 5:00PM

Old Quebec Street Mall, Downtown Guelph

A weekend long event with something for everyone!  Shop local products, take in the gorgeous holiday decorations, enjoy tasty treats from food vendors, and live music from some of your favourite Guelph artists. Plus, there's even a Mini Makers Market for the little ones - so cute!

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Christmas Village Market

Wednesday, December 18th  |  4:00PM - 9:00PM

Guelph Farmers Market, Downtown Guelph

Once a year, our Saturday morning staple opens up for an evening of shopping, strolling, and familiar faces. If you haven't been since the reopening of Wilson Street, we think you should go just to see the incredible new art installations!

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P.S. Check out these out of town markets, too!

Happy shopping!

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