Canada's capital region
The Christmas Lights Across Canada program, launched in 1985, was created to highlight landmarks and sites along Confederation Boulevard—including Parliament Hill, national museums, monuments, embassies and other prominent institutions—as well as to add vibrancy to the Capital during the winter months and kick off the holiday season in Canada’s Capital Region.
Official illumination ceremony
The 33rd edition of Christmas Lights across Canada will kick off in early December 2017 with an official illumination ceremony on Parliament Hill. The thousands gathering for this annual ceremony will get to enjoy free BeaverTails® pastries and hot chocolate, while supplies last, live musical performances, and an amazing pyrotechnic show.
For more information, contact the Capital Information Kiosk:
In person: 90 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: Toll free: 1-844-878-8333
Magical winter lightscapes show
The magical winter lightscapes multimedia show follows the exciting journey of Grizzli, Fox and Snowman through imaginary landscapes on their quest for light. Inspired by Canada’s nature, climate and culture, this fairy tale combines digital projection technology, lighting, and an accompanying original sound track with the architectural splendour of the Parliament Buildings.
Official lighting route
In Canada’s Capital Region, the winter landscape glows with hundreds of thousands of dazzling holiday lights that brighten Confederation Boulevard, Canada’s ceremonial route circling the heart of the Capital. The Boulevard encompasses Wellington Street, Mackenzie Street, Elgin Street and Sussex Drive in downtown Ottawa, as well as Laurier Street in Gatineau and the Alexandra Bridge.
Some of the best places to experience the lights include the front lawn of Parliament Hill, Confederation Square and the Alexandra Bridge. Confederation Boulevard will be illuminated daily from 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. until January 7, 2018.
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