Ottawa gets a new holiday show on Parliament Hill and a path of over 300k lights

Get ready for some free festive fun as Christmas Lights Across Canada returns to Ottawa. This holiday season you can see the brand new projection show on Parliament Hill and explore a dazzling path with over 300,000 lights.

The new 15-minute show will run every evening from December 8, 2021 to January 7, 2022 in Parliament Hill, looping between 5.30pm and 11pm

It will be a mix of multimedia and music, and you will see sparks travel across Canada’s breathtaking landscape.

Afterwards, take a stroll to see the sparkling Pathway Of Lights, which runs the same evenings as the projection show.

It will illuminate multiple streets and monuments around Ottawa and Gatineau, including Confederation Park, National War Memorial, Elgin Street, Supreme Court of Canada, Rideau Canal Park, Portage Park, Garden Of Provinces And Territories, and Jacques-Cartier Park.

No fees or tickets are required to visit the projection show or the Pathway of Lights, so it makes for the perfect last-minute adventure.

Christmas lights across Canada

Price: Free

When: December 8, 2021 to January 7, 2022

Address: Projection Show on Parliament Hill, 111 Wellington St., Ottawa, ON

Pathway Of Lights (Multiple Locations)

Why you should go: Grab a cup of peppermint mocha and stroll downtown to see the trail of lights and the new festive projection show.


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