Where to See the Best & Most Beautiful Christmas Lights in Ottawa

Christmas Lights

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 up 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.

Magic of Lights at Wesley Clover Park (Nepean)

 

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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.

Cumberland Heritage Village Museum Vintage Village of Lights (Cumberland)

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 its 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.

Christmas Lights Across Canada (Downtown)

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.

Lansdowne

 

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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.

Alight at Night at Upper Canada Village (Morrisburg)

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.

Glow Gardens

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Ottawa has an indoor lights festival filled with special holiday fun from December 5th until January 4th. Glow Gardens will be at the EY Centre and tickets are going fast! This indoor Christmas festival features a holiday market, play areas like a mini train and magical castle playground for the kids, delicious food bites and seasonal drinks. Live entertainment and interactive indoor lights will easily welcome everyone into the holiday spirit. Tickets are available online for specific entry times and dates. There are discounted dates throughout the month or you can purchase a season’s pass and go again and again.

Christmas Lights Across Canada

 

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With routes leading to Parliament Hill, the annual Christmas Lights Across Canada event returns from December 4th until January 7th. Thousands of illuminated lights will light up the Capital in the Parliament Hill area and a projection show on Centreblock of Parliament Hill will take place nightly. The official illumination ceremony kicks off on December 4th at Confederation Park. Enjoy music and free Beavertails that evening between 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm (while supplies last)! If you miss the opening night ceremony, you can stroll through the lights and watch the multimedia projection show on Parliament Hill every night from 5:30 pm to 11 pm (midnight on December 31!)

 

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