See The Lights!

Get your family all bundled up and head to Parliament Hill Thursday evening, December 6, for some yuletide magic. The spectacular annual Christmas Lights Across Canada illumination ceremony gets underway at about 6 p.m. and National Capital Commission (NCC) officials, special guests and dignitaries will be on hand to lead a fun evening of outdoor festivities.

Thousands of people gather for the popular event and the main attraction happens at about 6:30 p.m. That’s when, with seasonal fanfare, Canada’s Capital Region will be set aglow with hundreds of thousands of dazzling lights! There’ll also be Christmas carols, free hot chocolate and BeaverTail pastries, as well as a special holiday performance by Treble Threat, St. Peter High School’s Show Choir.

The sparkly lights will illuminate Parliament Hill, as well as over 60 locations along Confederation Boulevard. Right through the holiday season, the lights will stay glow in Ottawa–Gatineau from 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Even if you can’t make it downtown Thursday, don’t miss the chance to show it to the kids at some point over the holiday. For many local families, a drive to see the downtown lights is a beloved tradition. For details, check


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