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Canada's Festivals of Lights

Canada begins the switch to winter whites and backgrounds of festive colours during Canada's 'Festivals of Lights'. Light festivals are a main feature of many Canadian cultures.  Kids look forward to the lighting of Christmas trees and the tradition of Santa Claus Parades.  Click on the Canadian provinces below for tree lighting ceremonies: Find Christmas Light Festivals Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Monitoba

“First Light” at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons
Festival of Lights


Christmas Lights Across Canada
Ottawa, ON
December 3, 2014 to early January, 2015
In Canada’s Capital, the winter landscape glows with over 300,000 multicoloured lights during the holiday season. The festivities begin with an illumination ceremony in early December and continue until early January. Throughout Christmas Lights Across Canada, the lights in Ottawa–Gatineau glow each evening from 4:30 pm to 2 am.
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Winter Festival of Lights, Niagara Falls, ON
November 9 , 2013-January 31, 2014
Through November until the end of January, the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights is a spectacular lightshow that includes an illuminated 5-km route of lighted displays, fireworks over the falls and more, including concerts and children's performances.

Cavalcade of Lights,Toronto, ON
Saturday, November 29, 2014   7pm
Nathan Phillips Square
Toronto kicks off the holiday season by launching a month-long series of free events, including concerts, ice-skating and the illumination of Nathan Phillips Square and giant Christmas tree with 100,000 festive lights.

Alight at Night -Upper Canada Village
December 6, 2013- January 4, 2014

Over a HALF-A-MILLION lights adorn the heritage buildings, trees and fences of Upper Canada Village creating a one-of-a-kind magical backdrop for its annual Alight at Night Festival…a true winter wonderland!

Festivals of Lights North of Toronto
The many towns and communities in resort destinations north of Toronto bring back a seasonal feeling of a Christmas past. A warm comfortable feeling without the rush of the big cities. Santa Claus Parades provide family fun when shopping in the towns and cities. The most famous of all light festivals is "First Light" taking visitors back to the very beginning of Canada on a wintry night in historic Huronia(Simcoe County) near Midland, Ontario with the writing of the Huron Carol in the 1600's.

Canada's "First Light" Top 100 Festivals
Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons -Midland ON
Evenings November 27, 28, 29, 2014
The historic site of Sainte Marie among The Hurons celebrates with 5,000 glowing candles.........historic re-creations, Franco-Ontarian folk songs, Aboriginal drumming and singing, Children can try their hand at candle making, and write their own Christmas cards with historic quill pens...and experience the French Cafe for traditional seasonal fare. Discover the early roots of Canada's European settlements and Canada's famous setting for the writing of the Huron Carol. and for many Canada's first Christmas. 
Midland Accommodation, and See First Light Photo Gallery 

Barrie Festival of Trees Continues to Spring 2015
Barrie, ON November 15th, 2014
Barrie lights up along Kempenfelt Bay's Lakeshore Drive on Lake Simcoe through until the spring of 2015. See the Barrie Festival of Trees and Lights Photo gallery where some of the 50,000 lights which form the Festival of Trees Display at Centennial Park will be five animated displays.
Barrie shopping trip for Christmas New Year holiday gifts could involve an overnight stay in featured Barrie hotels, resorts and romantic inns
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Airdrie Festival of Lights
December 1 -31, 2014

  Join us at the Vesta Airdrie Festival of Lights, where the sights and sounds of the festive season combine to ignite the glow! We're open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every evening from December 1st through December 31st, including Christmas Eve,Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve.

Christmas In the Rockies Banff Santa Claus Parade of Lights
NOVEMBER 14, 2014 - NOVEMBER 16, 2014  5:30 p.m. Banff Avenue
Santa Claus comes to town most spectacularly in a festive parade of lights. Grab a delicious hot chocolate from one of Banff's many cafes, and come watch.

Edmonton Holiday Light Up: 
Saturday November 15,  2014 4 - 9 pm
Sir Winston Churchill Square
Santa returns to the Holiday Light Up with the important job of flipping the switch to the towering, magnificent Christmas tree's 10,000 sparkling LED lights. The official lighting of the tree will be followed by a spectacular sound, light and fireworks display!
Enjoy live music and entertainment, fun activities and wrap up your Christmas shopping with vendors from the 104th Street City Market.


Vancouver Festival of Lights
VanDusen Botanical Gardens
December 10, 2014, to Sunday, January 4, 2015
Festival of Lights, 4:30 to 9 p.m. every evening except Christmas Day (December 25) when the Garden is closed. A magical experience for the whole family with 1.4 million twinkling lights. Highlights include the Dancing Lights on Livingstone (the lights ‘dance’ to seasonal music)


Winnipeg Festival of Trees & Lights 
Manitoba Hydro Gallery
November 18, 2014 - November 28, 2014

Winnipeg as the Christmas Capital of Canada and the Canadian City of Lights. Special events, promotions, official turning on of the festive downtown lights, parade is the grand finale to a day-long "Parti-Gras." Downtown; (204) 958-4640

International Cultural Festivals of Lights

International Cultural Festivals of Lights
Holidays: First Day of Chanukah in Canada
Many Jewish communities in Canada observe the first day of Chanukah, ... Chanukah, also known as Hanukkah, is referred as the Feast of Lights or Festival of Lights. First Day of Chanukah, Jewish holiday Wednesday December 17, 2014

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