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One of my favourite things about this season are the lighting displays that go up around town. I love the white lights on the bare branches down Commercial Drive and our neighbour who has her balcony covered in glittering purple lights. There’s a fellow a few blocks from our place whose yard is a wonderland of illuminated, inflatable Santas, penguins and snowmen. Every time you drive by, you can’t help but smile.

Tonight is Winter Solstice – the longest night of the year. Lots of time to enjoy a holiday light display near you! Here are some links to help you do a little planning:

For several years now, The Halifax Chronicle Herald has built a user-generated map of places to go "light-seeing" all over the province. Check out the 2017 Nova Scotia Holiday Lights map

Most of Old Québec is a light-lovers wonderland over the holidays, with heritage buildings and shopping areas all lit up for the season

This year marks the 35th season of the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls! This 8km trail of illumination is on until the end of January.

If you’re looking for something more walkable, Upper Canada Village’s 1km Alight at Night Festival trail boasts almost a million lights.

In Winnipeg, check out the province’s largest drive-through light show, Canad Inn’s Winter Wonderland. Over a million lights along a 2.5km route – plus you can buy delicious holiday snacks on site to enjoy on the drive!

In Lethbridge, the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden is holding its second annual Winter Lights Festival, with over 100,000 lights illuminating this beautiful garden.

If you’re near Vancouver, the Capilano Suspension Bridge has an amazing lights display called Canyon Lights.  This year, eight 250 year old Douglas fir trees will be lit up, reaching up to 110 feet from the ground below. They’ll be the tallest Christmas trees in the world!

Here’s a listing of the holidays light displays in each of our province’s capitals, from coast to coast to coast.

Have you been out to see the lights this season? Where’s your favourite place to go? Let us know in the comments.

- Rose R.


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