In an event that unities Canada, capital cities throughout the country will come together for the annual celebration of Christmas Lights Across Canada from Dec. 5 – Jan. 6, 2014. Those who love to experience Christmas lights won’t want to miss the opportunity to see any one of the capitals sparkle with Christmas warmth.
For instance, Ottawa will have more than 300,000 colorful lights illuminating the heart of the city transforming the city into a winter wonderland each night. This event that lights the country with holiday cheer started almost three decades ago and has become a national tradition.
Christmas Lights Across Canada launches on December 5. In Ottawa the illumination ceremony takes place on Parliament Hill when the switch is flipped. The ceremony includes carols and on-site performances designed to ignite the Christmas spirit in every soul for this magical celebration.
Along with the illumination ceremony in Ottawa, festive lighting ceremonies are scheduled in provincial and territorial capitals across Canada. For specific information on times and dates for the various illumination ceremonies check the schedule online.
“I invite all Canadians to take part in this holiday tradition and enjoy the celebration in Ottawa or in one of the cities across Canada.” — Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
Christmas Lights Across Canada
This radiant event started back in 1985 in Ottawa in an effort to brighten the darkest days of winter. The first lights decorated Parliament Hill, but the program has grown and expanded over the years to include all 13 provincial and territorial capitals.
Now, Ottawa and Gatineau brighten the dark days of winter with Christmas lights at more than 60 sites along Confederation Boulevard. Canadians and their friends join together every year now to celebrate Christmas Lights Across Canada.
Since its inception, hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights brightened the dark winter nights across the country and ring in holiday cheer for the entire nation.
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