There’s a reason this time of year is called, ‘the most wonderful.’ Nights that could easily be seen as cold and dreary are no match for the spirit and celebration that rings through the small towns across Ontario’s Highlands this season.
Rather than hibernating inside and letting winter win, communities are bundling up, heading outside, and lighting up the evening sky. With main streets lit to the nines, private residences decked out, twinkling trees displayed, and fireworks blasting above, the colourful lights at the festivals below will have you celebrating the season, marvelling as they twinkle against frosty snow, and feeling truly alight, even at night.
Location: Victoria Park Campground, Smiths Falls
When: November 24-December 31, 2018
Time: 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
During the month of December, Victoria Park Campground truly comes to life at night with an incredible lighting display. Feel the Christmas spirit come to life as you wander or drive through the park and see the snowy surroundings illuminated by the festive display.
Location: 617 Louisa Street – Tweed, ON
When: November 29-December 2, 2018
Time: Various Times
Grab a warm drink and a delicious homemade cookie before weaving your way through this collection of beautifully decorated trees and wreaths. For only $2.00, you can get lost in the magic of the season, while with the purchase of a raffle ticket, you can have a chance to bring home a piece of that magic. This is truly an event that will help your heart grow three sizes, with all proceeds donated to youth activities in the Municipality of Tweed.
Location: Crystal Palace – Perth, ON
When: November 30, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Marvel at the contrast of bursting colours set against a dark sky as you stand surrounded by friends next to a roaring bonfire and watch fireworks explode over the Tay River. Experience a moment of surprise as the fireworks finish and the darkness of night begins to creep over the crowd, only to be replaced by more than 40 Christmas trees lighting the area and twinkling inside the Crystal Palace.
Location: Main Street – Almonte, ON
When: December 7, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m.
This celebration truly shows Almonte’s community spirit and signals that the festive winter season has officially begun. Gather with the young and young at heart to have your breath taken away as fireworks light up the night sky, hot cider and hot chocolate warm you from the inside out, and the sounds from the open-air wintry concert dance through the air. The crowds will be swaying along to artists like Brea Lawrenson, The Bowes Brothers, and Braiden Turner, and children of all ages will watch in amazement as The Snow Queen and her Twinkle Fairies wave their magic wands and bring Santa Claus to the stage.
Location: Petawawa Heritage Village – Petawawa, ON
When: December 9, 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
This is an evening straight out of an old-timey Christmas classic. Experience a historical Christmas complete with carollers, a crackling bonfire, popcorn stringing, home baked cookies, and of course old St. Nick himself. As night falls, you can wander the grounds and wonder at the twinkling lights throughout.