Winter Carnivals and Festivals

Winter Festivals Guide

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It’s time for some ‘cool’ outdoor play! Get into the spirit at a winter festival, and be sure to plan for the holiday season ahead, as many events require advance tickets. This guide includes Holiday Lights festivals as well as Winter carnivals that are typically held in January/February each year (a great way to beat those winter blues!) with fun activities like dog sled racing, participate in traditional winter games, snow shoe, sledding and plenty of other creative winter activities.

2022 Winter Festivals Guide for GTA Families

Celebrate Winter in the GTA and Southern Ontario

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Journey into Enchantment

Drive and experience one of the largest Christmas and Holiday Light Show in the GTA! Witness 2 million lights in the comfort of your very own vehicle! Special Annual Appearance by Santa! Journey into Enchantment is an Annual Christmas event for the whole family. Journey offers a fun family-friendly twist to the Christmas holiday season.

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Winter Carnival

An unforgettable experience for the whole family with both indoor and outdoor attractions. Features: Ice Sculptures, Mechanical Rides, Bouncy Castles, Games, Magicians, DJs, Food, Shopping and live shows running daily along with our roarrrring animatronic dinosaurs. An immersive experience not to be missed!

2022 Family Friendly Winter Festivals

Jingle Bell Rock
Nov 12, 2022 
to Jan 7, 2023
Bingemans
Experience the magic and delight of Jingle Bell Rock. Wander through outdoor displays of dazzling light features surrounding a 40 foot...
Holiday Nights of Lights
Nov 25, 2022 
to Jan 7, 2023
Assembly Park
Holiday Nights of Lights is an immersive walk-through experience like none other, featuring more than 1.5 million LED lights animated and...
Christmas Light Show - Journey into Enchantment
Nov 25, 2022 
to Jan 1, 2023
Richmond Hill Go Station
Drive and experience one of the largest Christmas and Holiday Light Show in the GTA! Witness 2 million lights in the...
Cavalcade of Lights
Nov 26, 2022 
to Jan 7, 2023
Nathan Phillips Square
Experience the magic of the holiday season with the much-loved Cavalcade of Lights presented by Desjardins Financial Group at Nathan Phillips...
Glow Christmas
Nov 30, 2022 
to Dec 31, 2022
Toronto Congress Centre
Step out from the cold and into the warmth and magic of Glow Christmas! Like being transported straight into a Christmas...
Winter Carnival
Dec 23, 2022 
to Jan 8, 2023
Markham Fairgrounds
Winter Carnival is an unforgettable experience for the whole family. It is both an indoor and outdoor event featuring Ice Sculptures,...
Winterlit
Dec 28, 2022 
to Feb 20, 2023
Mountsberg Conservation Area
The wooded trails at Mountsberg are always beautiful in the wintertime but now we have made them more magical than ever!...
illumi by Cavalia
Nov 1, 2022 
to Jan 8, 2023
illumi Mississauga
Illumi – A Dazzling World of Lights is Cavalia’s latest creation: a magical and captivating nocturnal journey created with thousands of...
25th Annual Kawartha Lakes Festival of Trees
Nov 10, 2022 
to Nov 13, 2022
Kawartha Settlers’ Village
Raffle, Silent Auction, Live Auction – Hundreds of amazing items to bid on, including beautifully decorated trees, wreaths and more! Featuring:...
Terra Lumina 2022
Nov 11, 2022 
to Nov 12, 2022
Toronto Zoo
Terra Lumina is the eleventh unique experience created in Moment Factory’s Lumina night walk series. After nightfall at the Toronto Zoo,...
Eclipse – Walk with Light
Nov 11, 2022 
to Mar 18, 2023
Muskoka Heritage Place
Eclipse “Walk with Light” is a unique sound to light night walk at Muskoka Heritage Place in Huntsville, Ontario. Enjoy thousands...
Canadian Tire Christmas Trail
Nov 12, 2022 
to Dec 23, 2022
Black Creek Pioneer Village
In celebration of Canadian Tire’s 100th birthday, The Canadian Tire Christmas Trail is back to make this the Christmas of the...
Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights
Nov 12, 2022 
to Feb 20, 2023
Niagara Falls Ontario
101 Nights of Twinkling Lights The most enchanting of Niagara Falls attractions, the 40th annual Winter Festival of Lights is Canada’s...
Gift of Lights
Nov 12, 2022 
to Dec 31, 2022
Bingemans
Gift of Lights is a family-friendly drive-thru holiday light display with two tunnels and over 300 animated and static light displays!...
The Distillery District Winter Village
Nov 17, 2022 
to Dec 31, 2022
The Distillery Historic District
The Distillery Winter Village is an intimate, picture-perfect holiday experience, where friends and family gather to explore the rich history of...
Brampton Winter Lights
Nov 18, 2022 
to Nov 19, 2022
Downtown Brampton
Kick-off the holiday season with the Winter Lights Festival in Downtown Brampton Experience the joy and wonder of the City’s annual...
WinterFest at Canada's Wonderland
Nov 18, 2022 
to Nov 18, 2022
Canada’s Wonderland
Canada’s Wonderland transforms into a magical, winter wonderland for WinterFest – an immersive holiday experience for the whole family. This event...
Santa Fest
Nov 19, 2022 
to Dec 24, 2022
Santa’s Village
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – in the most magical place in Muskoka! Once again, Santa and his...
Safari Lights
Nov 19, 2022 
to Jan 8, 2023
Safari Niagara
Make this holiday season a special one by driving through our dazzling holiday lights drive-thru adventure! There is snow-much to see!...
Owen Sound Festival of Northern Lights
Nov 19, 2022 
to Jan 8, 2023
Downtown Owen Sound
The Festival of Northern Lights Will Shine Brightly Again in 2022! The events will run from Saturday, November 19th Until Sunday,...
Holiday Magic at Blue Mountain
Nov 19, 2022 
to Dec 24, 2022
Blue Mountain Village
Holiday Magic is back at Blue Mountain. By day the Village sparkles with festive décor, holiday music and fires to warm...
RGB Winter Wonders
Nov 23, 2022 
to Jan 8, 2023
Hendrie Park
This unique outdoor experience guides visitors along Hendrie Park’s picturesque pathways adorned with charming festive lights, new interactive light to sound...
Twinkle After Dark
Nov 24, 2022 
to Dec 28, 2022
Country Heritage Park
Celebrate the holiday season at Twinkle After Dark, a fully illuminated Country Walk-Through experience. Set in the beautiful country setting of...
Fairway of Lights
Nov 25, 2022 
to Jan 28, 2023
Angus Glen Golf Club
Angus Glen Golf Club is excited to bring back our annual walking light show experience, Fairway of Lights. The illuminated 1...
Burlington Festival of Lights
Nov 25, 2022 
to Jan 8, 2023
Spencer Smith Park
The Festival of Lights illuminates Burlington’s waterfront through December to early January each year. Thousands of local residents and visitors from...
Kortright Magical Christmas Forest
Nov 25, 2022 
to Dec 23, 2022
Kortright Centre for Conservation
Experience a winter wonderland filled with lights, crafts, activities, and treats for the whole family — and enjoy a visit with...
Sainte-Marie’s First Light
Nov 25, 2022 
to Nov 26, 2022
Saint-Marie among the Hurons
Now in its 22nd year, Sainte-Marie’s First Light is a must-see holiday event with a great lineup of family activities and...
Pingle's Christmas Fest
Nov 26, 2022 
to Nov 27, 2022
Pingle’s Farm Market
Join Pingle’s for the ho-ho-holidays! Follow the Merriest Merry Christmas trail to all the festive events! Meet Santa and get pictures...
Winter Nights, City Lights
Nov 26, 2022 
to Nov 27, 2022
The Esplanade Park
Pickering’s Winter Nights, City Lights kicks off the holiday season with family fun! This event will include the lighting of Esplanade...
Light Up the Square - Festival of Lights
Nov 26, 2022 
to Nov 26, 2022
Mississauga Celebration Square
It’s the official kick-off to the winter season, featuring the lighting of the Christmas Tree, live entertainment, ice skating, food trucks,...
Winter Magic at Celebration Square
Nov 27, 2022 
to Jan 3, 2023
Mississauga Celebration Square
The Magic continues all winter long at Celebration Square! Skating on the City’s largest outdoor ice-rink, twinkling holiday lights, and one-of-a-kind...
Alight at Night
Dec 1, 2022 
to Jan 7, 2023
Upper Canada Village
Bundle up for an evening stroll through this picture-perfect postcard setting! Over one million lights adorn the heritage buildings, trees, and...
Mississauga Festival of Trees
Dec 2, 2022 
to Dec 11, 2022
Small Arms Inspection Building
The second-annual Mississauga Festival of Trees is back this December 2nd to 11th, 2022 to celebrate the winter season, art, food,...
WILD Winter Festival of Lights
Dec 2, 2022 
to Dec 23, 2022
Canadian Tire Mosport Park
Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue is excited to bring you the 3rd Annual WILD Winter Festival of Lights! Last year’s event was...
Holiday Fair in the Square
Dec 2, 2022 
to Dec 23, 2022
Nathan Phillips Square
Holiday Fair in the Square returns to the heart of Toronto, Nathan Phillips Square. This year, the Fair will be working...
Old Fashioned Christmas
Dec 4, 2022 
to Dec 4, 2022
Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum
An Outdoor Family Holiday Event! Join us for our annual Old Fashioned Christmas event! This is a free event with a...

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