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Ontario's Winter Festivals

This winter, celebrate the season in Ontario with a variety of unique, family-friendly festivals that extol the virtues of ice and snow. Start your day with a hearty breakfast of pancakes drizzled with local maple syrup, then bundle up and enjoy the thrill of dog sledding, ice carving, and wintery culinary displays, and finish the day with a cup of hot chocolate by an cosy fireplace. It's the juxtaposition of hot and cold that makes Ontario so enchanting in winter.

Ontario Winter Festival Highlights

Niagara Falls' Winter Festival of Lights

Niagara Falls, Ontario

The Winter Festival of Lights sets Niagara Falls awash with colour. With over three million sparkling lights along a 5km route, this enchanting attraction has become a family tradition. Visitors will enjoy grand light displays and unique performances such as the annual Christmas Concert Series. A popular location for viewing the lights against the backdrop of majestic Horseshoe Falls is the "Rink at the Brink", Niagara Falls' newest outdoor skating experience.

Niagara Icewine Festival

Niagara Region, Ontario

The Niagara Wine Region comes alive during this celebration of Ontario's famous Icewine. The Niagara Ice Festival features gala dinners, an outdoor ice bar, ornate ice sculptures and carriage rides, plus wine and cheese seminars. It's the perfect time to taste local vintates; the region is home to over 90 distinctive wineries.

The WinterCity Festival and Winterlicious

Toronto, Ontario

WinterCity Festival and Winterlicious is a 14 day celebration of culture, creativity and cuisine. Visitors to the lively festival enjoy free outdoor and indoor entertainment each weekend, which includes an exciting line up of concerts, open-air shows and skating parties. As part of the festivities, Toronto's finest restaurants offer unique value menus during the Winterlicious restaurant promotion.


Ottawa, Ottawa Region

Winterlude has been called the greatest winter celebration in North America. This fun-for-the-whole-family open-air event attracts more than 650,000 fun-seekers every year. Get in the winter spirit with a spin around the largest ice skating rink in the world, the Rideau Canal Skateway. Afterwards, grab some Canadian Winter Fuel; a cup of piping hot apple cider. Winterlude also features an impressive display of snow sculptures and the largest snow playground on the continent.

Bon Soo Winter Carnival

Sault Ste. Marie, Northern Ontario

With more than 75 indoor and outdoor activities for the entire family, Bon Soo is one of the largest winter carnivals in Northern Ontario. The annual polar bear swim, a major highlight of the festival, is a must see attraction during the event.