upper canada village christmas

This epic holiday light trail in Ontario is now open for the season

Ontario is fortunate to call dozens of amazing light shows home, but few can do it as good as this. 

Upper Canada Village, near Ottawa, puts on a light show so spectacular it will blow you away.

The holiday event, titled Alight at Night, absolutely blankets the attraction in lights. According to event organizers, over 1 million lights are used. 

The event consists of a trail more than a kilometre long, weaving through a village of 19th century buildings. 

New this year is a vintage merry-go-round from 1965, complete with the classic carousel horses. 

Returning attractions include horse-drawn wagon rides, a toy train that will cart you around the light-filled festival, and more. 

It is, of course, a bit of a trek from Toronto, but it's absolutely worth it for one of the best holiday events ever.

Alight at Night opened this weekend, and will run through January 5. Hours of operation vary, so check the website!

Lead photo by

Upper Canada Village


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Sports & Play

Toronto triathlete is trying to run every street in the city

Toronto Blue Jays fans furious after Sportsnet says it's ending radio broadcasts of games

Nick Nurse and other members of Toronto Raptors coaching staff to miss game

This is what ski hills in Ontario were like the first week of reopening

Toronto is getting a massive wellness club with an ice room and Himalayan salt lounge

Toronto musician goes viral on TikTok for lake surfing in freezing weather

Someone in Toronto just did a bike tour of all the Tout Est Possible graffiti around the city

All National Sports stores in Canada are closing down for good