If you’re looking for some twinkling holiday magic, we know of a few places in and around Ottawa that will have everyone’s eyes lit with wonder at the glimmering light shows and displays. Here are some of the best places to see Christmas lights in Ottawa with the kids.
Taffy Lane (Orleans)
Located in Ottawa’s East end in Orleans, Taffy Lane has long established a name for itself as one of the go-to streets to see Christmas lights in Ottawa. Families from across the city can enjoy a leisurely drive along the street featuring light displays, inflatable Christmas décor and a collection for the Ottawa Food Bank. We love the efforts these local families put into making Taffy Lane a special experience for Ottawa families, and we also love how our kids can’t help but smile and squeal in delight at seeing the brightly coloured displays. You can find Taffy Lane in Orleans, off of Jeanne D’Arc Boulevard.
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Until January 5th, drive through one of the most unique places to see the lights in Ottawa. Stay in the comfort of your own car and drive along the 2 km of festive lights at Wesley Clover Park West of Ottawa (Nepean). Lights and animations are ready to create special memories for your family. Tip: Buy your tickets in advance to save some money. Tickets are charged on a per vehicle basis. Magic of Lights is open every day (weather permitting) from dusk until 10 pm.
If you’re already planning a visit to Ottawa’s East end, continue to Cumberland where the special Vintage Village of Lights is once again available every weekend leading into Christmas. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum hosts their special Vintage Village of Lights for visitors. The affordable outing (family rates are $19.25) has become a tradition for many in the City. The old buildings are transformed into a Christmas village where children can decorate gingerbread cookies, make crafts and visit with Santa himself. The Vintage Village of Lights is open on at 3 pm, but the lights don’t get turned on until 5 pm. The Village is open until 8 pm each night.
If you haven’t seen the lights on Parliament Hill, we encourage you to walk around and explore the lights in the area. However, there’s also a light show that we think your family will love. Lights will be illuminated onto the Centre Block of Parliament Hill until January 7th. The Magical Winter Landscapes show begins at 7 pm.
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Right in front of the Aberdeen Pavilion is a stunningly lit Christmas tree set in front of red lights shining on the pavilion itself creating a unique lighting experience. Even if you missed the special lighting ceremony recently, you can still see the tree and it’s bright lights any time you are at Lansdowne. Take the kids to stroll the special Christmas Market (which is also lit up outside) on weekends leading to Christmas and see the tree and its brilliance.
South of the city (about an hour or more away) is Upper Canada Village and their seasonal special event Alight at Night. Thousands of coloured lights will adorn the village as it comes alive with Christmas spirit. Visit with Santa for a special photo, and step back into history as you enjoy Christmas activities like years gone by. Alight at Night is shining their lights until the first week of January and happens nightly between Thursdays and Sundays at 5 pm. Tickets can be purchased online in advance.