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december 14, 2021

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With the holidays around the corner, you’ll be spending time with friends and family and looking for fun things to do together. With all the holiday cheer and fun events happening, why not add in some stops to your holiday list of the best places for holiday photo ops?  Grab some photos for the ‘gram and create lasting memories at the same time. Whether you want to visit a Christmas Market, catch some beautiful holiday light displays, or find an outdoor adventure, we have something for everyone’s interests. We’ve put together some of the most instagrammable spots all over Ontario that you don’t want to miss!


article1dec142021.jpgPut your winter boots on, we’ve got a winter trail ready for you to walk and take tons of selfies! The Angus Glen Golf Club is hosting their first ever walking light show experience called the Fairway of Lights. This 1 km walking trail is on the North course of the golf course with tons of interactive displays, live entertainment, live ice carving, fire entertainers, Princess characters and more. Many photo opportunities along the walking trail, so keep your phone out! For more information and tickets, click here. The Evergreen Brick Works Market is only open for a short time, from December 17th – December 22nd. Bring your skates or rent skates for $5 to skate around the ice rink through a frosty garden. Make sure you have your phone ready, because this spot will be a great place to get awesome selfies and group photos in a unique setting. The ice-skating rink is open-air surrounded by plant gardens and beautiful trees. And to make this an even better experience, there will be over 40 vendors selling food and gifts. For more information, click here.


article2dec142021.jpgWith so many photo ops at the Ottawa Christmas Market, it’s hard to choose just one! This market is filled with Instagram worthy photo spots to make your feed sparkle.  One of our favourites is the #XMAS sign.  Make sure to snap a selfie or a group photo in front of the lit-up sign when you visit the market.  The Ottawa Christmas Market is located in the Casino Lac-Leamy Plaza surrounded by heritage buildings and wooden chalets. Visit the market to experience spectacular Christmas lights, decorations, holiday entertainment, delicious foods, and wrap up your Christmas shopping with locals gifts from tons of different vendors. Get your camera ready for all the bright lights at the Magic of Lights Ottawa at Wesley Clover Parks. This drive-thru light show is a 2 km route with almost 1,000,000 lights! Don’t forget to snap a pic of the 40 ft dancing Mega Tree that plays all the best holiday songs and the Enchanting Tunnel of Lights.  You’ll have a ton of sparkling and dazzling photos to post after your visit.


article3dec142021.jpgA winter experience unlike any other and the perfect selfie location – the Suspension Bridge at the Scenic Caves Nordic Centre. This 420 ft suspension bridge is 1 km long and can be travelled in the winter via snowshoeing. Be prepared to take a ton of photos with all the stunning views of Georgian Bay completely surrounding you in every direction. This is the perfect place to bring the family over the holidays for some outdoor fun and some beautiful winter photos! Last park admission is 3:30 pm each day and a trail pass is required. Dinner and one of a kind selfie opportunity? Yes, please!  The Snowglobes at Hockley Valley Resort is a one-of-a-kind experience in Ontario that is the perfect holiday dinner spot.  The Snowglobes sit up to 6 people with twinkling lights, whatever music you’d like, faux fur throws, and an outdoor heater to keep you warm!  Your dinner consists of a 5-course meal with wine pairings.  Talk about the ultimate experience! If this doesn’t sound perfect enough already, don’t forget to capture all of this on camera for some drool worth photos.  Between the food, atmosphere, and company, you’re going to have too many photos to choose from to share!


article4dec142021.jpgThis is the perfect holiday boardwalk and photo spot!  Only 1 km long, this trail runs through exquisite ice formations as one of the coolest trails in Point Pelee National Park. Grab a warm drink, put on your boots on and get your camera ready – the views will have you wanting to capture every part of the trail.  The frozen marsh and ice formations make for incredible photos with a backdrop sure to glisten. A visit to the Country Bright Farm is the holiday photo opportunity you’ve been looking for. With life sized globes, light displays, holiday music and more, this immersive experience is set in 19th century barns.  Imagine the great photos you’ll get in-between all the beautiful lights and unique globes. Enjoy a 0.75 km walk through all the displays and tunnels to see more than 10,000 lights!


Featured Events

snow magic

Nov 12 2021 to Jan 16 2022
Ontario Place, Toronto, Ontario

featuredevents1dec142021.jpgSnow Magic invites their guests to open their imagination and discover a dreamy world taking them on a thematic journey like no other, as they discover a wonder world of fire, ice and fantastical sights. This best-in-class production features 18 expertly curated and vibrant art installations, created by some of Canada’s most acclaimed artists, who have been featured at notable events such as Burning Man and Nuit Blanche.


Nov 25 2021 to Jan 01 2022
Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg, Ontario

featuredevents2dec142021.jpgBundle up for an evening stroll through this picture-perfect postcard setting! Close to one million lights adorn the heritage buildings, trees and fences of Upper Canada Village creating a magical backdrop for its annual Alight at Night Festival…a true winter wonderland!


Nov 13 2021 to Dec 31 2021
Canada’s Wonderland,Vaughan, Ontario

featuredevents3dec142021.jpgWinterfest offers a new season of holiday fun at Canada’s Wonderland where guests will be treated to an immersive holiday experience taking place until December 31st. Featuring ice-skating on Snow Flake Lake, more than a dozen live shows and holiday entertainment, millions of spectacular lights, and hundreds of beautiful Christmas trees throughout the park, including two 50-foot Christmas trees on International Street.

contest announcement!

featureddec142021.jpgEnter our December Contest to win 2 car passes for 2 families to Journey Into Enchantment, a Christmas Drive-thru Festival! Passes won in the contest are valid for use any time between  until January 8th, 2022. Check our Contest Page and Instagram page for details on how to enter.  Contest closes on December 17th, so get your entry in!


only in ontario - Casa Loma

onlyinontariodec142021.jpgDid you know that Casa Loma is North America’s only real, full-size castle? Casa Loma is a must visit in Ontario! During the Holidays, Casa Loma transforms for two magical experiences.  During the day, you can experience Christmas at The Castle from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm daily featuring stunning holiday décor and a 40ft tall tree in the Great Hall. There’s even a castle workshop with visits from Santa!  At night from 5:00pm – 10:00pm, see the Castle all lit up for the Holiday Lights Tour featuring light displays in the gardens & tunnels and live performances, all through a self-guided walking tour. Want to experience this unique “in Ontario only” castle? You can buy tickets for events at Casa Loma and get more information here.

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