Winter Carnivals and Festivals

Winter Festivals Guide

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It’s time for some ‘cool’ outdoor play! Our guide includes Holiday Lights festivals in November and December as well as Winter carnivals that are typically held in January/February each year – and are a great way to beat those winter blues. Find dog sled racing, participate in traditional winter games, snow shoe, sledding and plenty of other creative winter activities.

Winter Festivals Guide

Celebrate Winter in the GTA and Southern Ontario

Eclipse Walk with Light
Eclipse – Walk with Light
Nov 5, 2021 
to May 7, 2022
Muskoka Heritage Place
Eclipse “Walk with Light” is a unique sound to light night walk at Muskoka Heritage Place in Huntsville, Ontario. Enjoy thousands of interactive lights that respond to the...
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Festival of Trees
Nov 6, 2021 
to Nov 6, 2021
Abilities Centre
Join us for a festive tree experience & holiday activities. Shop local businesses, decorate ornaments, write a letter to Santa, enjoy the hot chocolate bar and enjoy a...
Kawartha Lakes Festival of Trees
24th Annual Kawartha Lakes Festival of Trees!
Nov 11, 2021 
to Nov 20, 2021
Kawartha Settlers’ Village
Kick off the holiday season, with a COVID 19 safe version of our annual Festival of Trees. See Kawartha Settlers’ Village transformed with beautiful lights, decorated Christmas Trees...
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Drive Thru Fun Co. Presents: Snow Magic, an Immersive Wonder
Nov 12, 2021 
to Jan 16, 2022
Ontario Place
Something new and truly extraordinary and exhilarating is coming to town. Drive Thru Fun Co. introduces Snow Magic, an immersive, illuminating, one of a kind, covid safe and...
Canadian Tire Christmas Trail
Canadian Tire Christmas Trail
Nov 13, 2021 
to Dec 23, 2021
The Canadian Tire Christmas Trail
Back by popular demand, The Canadian Tire Christmas Trail drive-along experience returns for another magical season of show-stopping lights, live entertainment and festive treats. Ticket sales begin November...
Gift of Lights
Gift of Lights
Nov 13, 2021 
to Jan 9, 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! Enjoy this holiday spectacle from inside the...
Canadas Wonderland Winterfest
WinterFest
Nov 13, 2021 
to Dec 31, 2021
Canada’s Wonderland
Canada’s Wonderland will once again transform into a magical, winter wonderland for WinterFest – an immersive holiday experience for the whole family. This event features ice-skating on Snow...
Santas Village Drivethru
Santa’s Village Drive-Thru
Nov 13, 2021 
to Nov 13, 2021
Richmond Green Park
Richmond Hill’s drive-thru holiday experience is back! We invite you to celebrate this annual tradition from the comfort of your vehicles. Wave at Santa and Mrs. Claus and...
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The Distillery District Winter Village
Nov 18, 2021 
to Dec 31, 2021
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 The Distillery District, take-in the timeless romance...
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Seasky International Light Show Niagara Falls
Nov 18, 2021 
to Feb 27, 2022
Árpád Park Hungarian Hall Grounds
Seasky International Light Show arrives in Niagara Falls, Ontario on November 18th, 2021 for a limited time and is the biggest and most visually spectacular LED event ever...
Pickering Winter NIghts
Winter Nights, City Lights: A Walk-Thru Experience
Nov 19, 2021 
to Nov 21, 2021
The Esplanade Park
Experience this in-person, ticketed winter event in partnership with Elexicon, OPG, Kinsmen & Kinette Club and Pickering Public Library. The City of Pickering in collaboration with the Kinsmen...
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Brampton Winter Lights
Nov 19, 2021 
to Nov 21, 2021
Gage Park
It’s time to get into the holiday spirit and there’s no better place to do that than in downtown Brampton. Experience the wonder of the annual Winter Lights...
Brooks Farms Festive NIghts
Brooks Farms Festive Nights
Nov 19, 2021 
to Dec 23, 2021
Brooks Farms
Join us for our 2nd Annual FESTIVE NIGHTS at Brooks Farms to embark on a magical evening of lights and live music in an enchanted forest. Enjoy a...
Holiday Magic at Blue
Holiday Magic at Blue Mountain
Nov 19, 2021 
to Jan 2, 2022
Blue Mountain Village
The Village is wrapped up in garlands and bows and illuminated with the sights and sounds of the holidays. Stroll the 1 km Light Trail and enjoy enchanting...
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Blumination Dream Trail
Nov 19, 2021 
to Jan 2, 2022
Blue Mountain Village
Spectacular lights. Sensational sounds. The entire outdoor Village dressed up in sparkling lights that shine from dusk to 10pm every night. A one-kilometer winter stroll through the heights...
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Fairway of Lights
Nov 20, 2021 
to Jan 30, 2022
Angus Glen Golf Club
Angus Glen Golf Club is excited to announce a new annual walking light show experience, Fairway of Light at Angus Glen Golf Club, coming this winter. After nightfall,...
Mississauga Light up the Square
Light Up the Square - Festival of Lights
Nov 20, 2021 
to Jan 2, 2022
Mississauga Celebration Square
The City is bringing some sparkle to Celebration Square this year in a brand new festival of lights. Visit the Square to check out four dazzling artworks, including:...
Noella
Noella Festival Kick-Off Celebration
Nov 20, 2021 
to Nov 20, 2021
Open Air Dunlop
Downtown Barrie BIA is kicking off the Noella Festival by activating Dunlop St. East and Dunlop St. West with a special Open Air Dunlop on Saturday, November 20th,...
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POLAR Winter Festival
Nov 25, 2021 
to Dec 26, 2021
Bandshell Park, Exhibition Grounds
POLAR Winter Festival is a magical outdoor walk-through Holiday experience. Get into the spirit of the Holidays with lots to see and do: Festive decorations and Holiday photo...
Casa Loma Holiday Light Tour
Casa Loma Holiday Lights Tour
Nov 25, 2021 
to Dec 30, 2021
Casa Loma
This December experience the magic of the season at Casa Loma’s spectacular Holiday Light Tour. Wander through a dazzling lighting display in the gardens and tunnels, all decorated...
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Journey into Enchantment
Nov 25, 2021 
to Jan 8, 2022
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Join us this Christmas for truly enchanting drive-thru festival! Experience the magic of over 2 million of light decorations and 3D interactive displays while safely driving through over...
Alight at Night
Alight at Night
Nov 26, 2021 
to Dec 25, 2021
Upper Canada Village
EASTERN ONTARIO’S BIGGEST OUTDOOR LIGHT FESTIVAL. Bundle up for an evening stroll through this picture-perfect postcard setting! Over one million lights adorn the heritage buildings, trees, and fences...
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Holiday Fair in the Square
Nov 26, 2021 
to Dec 30, 2021
Assembly Park
We’re thrilled to announce that your favourite holiday tradition is returning for the 2021 season, and we’re at a new location! Whether you’re shopping for that unique holiday...
Terra Lumina
Terra Lumina
Nov 26, 2021 
to Dec 23, 2021
Toronto Zoo
Terra Lumina is the eleventh unique experience created in Moment Factory’s Lumina night walk series. After nightfall at the Toronto Zoo, you are invited to pursue an immersive...
Kortright Magical Christmas Forest
Kortright Magical Christmas Forest
Nov 26, 2021 
to Dec 23, 2021
Kortright Centre for Conservation
Escape into the Magical Christmas Forest at the Kortright Centre and experience a winter wonderland filled with lights, activities and treats for the whole family. Please note: This is...
Streetsville Christmas in the Village
Streetsville Christmas in the Village
Nov 27, 2021 
to Nov 28, 2021
Streetsville Village Square
Santa Claus is coming to Streetsville! The Streetsville BIA’s Christmas in the Village festival will take place this year on Saturday, November 27th, and Sunday, November 28th. Be...
Cavalcade of Lights
Cavalcade of Lights
Nov 27, 2021 
to Jan 2, 2022
Nathan Phillips Square
Experience the magic of the holiday season with Cavalcade of Lights, from November 27 to January 2 at Nathan Phillips Square. This year, the reimagined festivities will be...
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Bloor-Yorkville Holiday Magic
Nov 27, 2021 
to Nov 27, 2021
Bloor-Yorkville
Celebrate the holidays with a free outdoor concert and lighting ceremony! Canadian pop star KIESZA will perform with special guest CARYS. About this event Join us on November...
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The Forgetful Elf Christmas Drive-Thru
Dec 1, 2021 
to Dec 4, 2021
Albion Hills Conservation Park
Join a drive-thru Christmas experience with “The Forgetful Elf”! Tour the grounds and discover the natural beauty of Albion Hills Conservation Park while looking for Santa’s lost items...
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Taste of Pape Village Winter Festival
Dec 1, 2021 
to Dec 31, 2021
Pape Avenue East York
Looking for a unique, lively event during this December holiday season? Consider inviting your friends and family along to Taste of Pape Village Winter Festival and “warm up”...
Lights and Ice
Lights & Ice Winterfest
Dec 3, 2021 
to Dec 12, 2021
Memorial Park Port Credit
It’s the first of it’s kind in Mississauga! Come join us to celebrate 25 years of the Mississauga Waterfront Festival, captured in lights and ice! From December 3rd...
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Georgina’s drive-thru Parade of Lights
Dec 6, 2021 
to Jan 1, 2022
The ROC
The Town of Georgina also announces its annual Festival of Lights event. Attend at your leisure and travel along the ROC parkway and Civic Centre grounds in your...
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Mississauga Festival of Trees
Dec 9, 2021 
to Dec 19, 2021
Small Arms Inspection Building
Circle your calendars, something magical is about to happen in December! A unique new winter event is coming to Mississauga! The Mississauga Festival of Trees will run from...
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Christkindl Market
Dec 10, 2021 
to Dec 11, 2021
Glencolton Farms
Get in the Christmas Spirit at the Christkindl Market presented by Symphony in the Barn and the Friends of Glencolton Farm and Saugeen Academy on December 10 &...
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Dino Holiday
Dec 17, 2021 
to Jan 3, 2022
Markham Fairgrounds
Dino Holiday consists of over 40 species of your favourite dinosaurs that move, roar and excite. We are Canadas largest indoor dinosaur amusement park complete with all of...
Nov 26, 2021 
to Jan 2, 2022
Assembly Park
After a sold out 2020, Holiday Nights of Lights is back bigger and brighter Nov 26 – Jan 2 and as a WALK-THRU! ​An immersive experience like none...
Dec 5, 2021 
to Dec 5, 2021
Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum
An Outdoor Family Holiday Event Featuring: Horse & Wagon Rides Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus Hot Chocolate & Mulled Wine Kids Holiday Crafts (ages...
Dec 6, 2021 
to Jan 1, 2022
Georgina Civic Centre
The Town of Georgina also announces its annual Festival of Lights event. Attend at your leisure and travel along the ROC parkway and Civic Centre grounds in your...
Dec 10, 2021 
to Dec 19, 2021
Canadian Tire Mosport Park
Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue is excited to bring you the 2nd Annual WILD Winter Festival of Lights! Last year’s Festival of Lights was a great success thanks to...
Jan 2, 2022 
to Jan 2, 2022
Lake Vista Community Hall
Meet some of your favourite princesses at our Winter Wonderland! The Snow Sisters and some of their friends cannot wait to have all the winter fun with you! ...

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