There’s no better way to experience the holiday magic of Toronto than by exploring all the twinkly Christmas lights around the city.

People skating at Nathan Phillips Square
Nathan Phillips Square lights up during the holidays

Nathan Phillips Square

If there was one place in the city that we would recommend to go see Christmas lights in Toronto it would be Nathan Phillips Square. You can’t miss all the holiday buzz that swells up every year with Toronto’s official towering 60-foot Christmas tree, and fun family activities like nighttime skating. Set against the backdrop of the Toronto neon sign, there’s nothing that embodies Christmas in Toronto more than that. 100 Queen St. W.

Distillery Winter Village (Toronto Christmas Market)

You can’t find a more quintessential holiday setup than the Distillery District during the holidays. The cobblestone pathways lined with independent shops, excellent restaurants, beautifully decorated Christmas tree and pearly string lights all create the perfect festive atmosphere. You can experience the Distillery Winter Village from November 12 to December 31, 2021. 55 Mill St.

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Explore magical Yorkville during the holidays

Bloor-Yorkville

The neighbourhood of Bloor-Yorkville is usually glitzy in its own right year-round but gets transformed into a scene from every Christmas movie ever made. The streets are lit up with twinkling string lights, high-end stores go all out with their window displays and the striking Christmas tree shines like the crown jewel. Indoor shoppers are delighted with the whimsical displays inside Yorkville Village as well. Main intersection of Bloor Street and Yorkville Avenue.

Holiday lights and decor inside the Toronto Eaton Centre in winter
See Canada's tallest Christmas tree at the Eaton Centre

CF Toronto Eaton Centre

It takes a lot to be able to boast having the title of Canada’s largest Christmas tree and the Eaton Centre steps up to the challenge every year with a stunning 100-ft tree. Adorned with shimmering lights that glisten from almost everywhere in the mall, the tree is a sight to behold. 220 Yonge St.

Casa Loma

This self-guided outdoor walk lets you experience the dazzling themed lighting display throughout the tunnels and gardens of the historic castle. Among the various holiday light displays is Ebenezer Scrooge’s Mansion from beloved seasonal classic, A Christmas Carol with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Find more information about dates and ticket prices by checking Casa Loma’s website. 1 Austin Terrace 

Yonge-Dundas Square

There’s a reason why Yonge-Dundas Square should be on your list of best holiday lights in Toronto. The area is buzzing with festive excitement this time of the year and the added magic of the stunning light displays will surely get you in a festive mood. 1 Dundas St. E.

Financial District

One of Toronto’s best holiday lights transformation takes place in the Financial District. The business area steps into the holiday spirit with gusto by embracing the season wrapped in a magical envelope of lights. You’ll find majestic trees both indoors and outside. Be sure to take a gander to see the string of twinkling lights in both Brookfield Place, First Canadian Place and the TD Centre.

The city looks its best around the holidays and these are just a few of the many displays that sprout up to bring the holiday season to life.