Enjoy this winter with some festive activities in your area. Here are just a few of the events happening in Canada.
Enjoy a sleigh ride through the mystical alpine forest to Santa’s workshop and skate on the 8,000 square foot mountaintop Ice Skating Pond during Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain.
The Magic of Christmas starts on December 1st at Buchart Gardens on Vancouver Island. In its 25th season of festive Christmas displays, this 55 acre garden is transformed into an illuminated wonderland. Tens of thousands of coloured lights intertwined with evergreens and winter berries to line the walkways.
Groves Christmas Lights in Lethbridge Alberta are planning 14,000 mini-lights and 500 regular Christmas lights in their 3rd largest display. The event starts Friday, December 2 at 7pm in an effort to raise awareness for autism.
Open every day of December, the Airdrie Festival of Lights is one of Alberta’s most exciting holiday light events. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and ride the miniature trains around the frozen pond!
Take the Enchanted Forest Holiday Light Tour in support of the Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation. One of the longest running Christmas light shows in Canada, this attraction generates around 60,000 visits annually. Open from November 18 – January 8, 2012.
Festival of Trees & Lights is happening at the Manitoba Hydro Gallery in Winnipeg. Between November 25 and December 11, visitors will be able to enjoy the spectacular lights for free.
From December 1st until January 7, 2012, 300,000 LED Christmas lights glow at over 60 sites in downtown Ottawa. Parliament Hill is a must-see.
The Distillery District recreates a quaint European village from December 3-12 for the Toronto Christmas Market. Come enjoy the beer, mulled wine, a Santa’s elves workshop and the 40 ft. Christmas tree. Sit on the Ferris Wheel to get a unique vantage point of the city and all its lights.
Revel in Quebec City’s unique winter charms as the city comes alive with holiday spirit between December 22 and January 4, 2012. This year, during QuebecAdabra, you can live the enchantment of the holiday season.
Visit the small town of St. Andrews By-The-Sea to experience an old-fashioned Christmas. Strings of Christmas lights light up the Heritage District and local churches schedule Christmas entertainment for all to enjoy.
Stop by Danny Hopkins’ place in Halifax to watch his annual light show. His show is timed to the music of the local radio station 106.9.
Newfoundland & Labrador
Bay Roberts Festival of Lights is a collection of community events that celebrate all things Christmas. The festival boasts two Santa parades, one during the day and one at night.
Prince Edward Island
North Rustico transforms into a Christmas village during the last week of November and all its residents are encouraged to create the biggest displays of Christmas lights possible. One home in particular has been putting on spectacular displays for as long as people can remember. In memory of a son that passed away around the holidays, the family has been putting up a new display each year for all to enjoy.
Wishing you and your loved ones a safe and happy holiday season!