Hamilton may be the waterfall capital of Canada, but Burlington definitely takes the cake for Christmas light displays in the area. Not only is it home to one of the biggest light festivals, but the locals also get really into decking out their homes for everyone to see. If you’re looking for a display that will get you into the holiday spirit, here are the 5 best spots in Burlington to see the lights.
Spencer Smith Park
The city’s longest-running festival transforms the entire Spencer Smith Park and waterfront area into a winter wonderland for all to enjoy. The Burlington Festival of Lights kicks off November 29th and will stay lit till January 8th this year. Showcasing over 60 magical displays sponsored by the city and local businesses alike, it’s a spectacular feast for the eyes during the holidays. Take a leisurely walk through the park and then stop off at Spencer’s on the Waterfront or one of the nearby restaurants to warm up! Twinkle, the mascot will also be there to greet you and the kids at the opening ceremony and candlelit stroll on opening night.
Rusty Griswold’s Light Display
The local neighbourhoods also host a number of impressive light displays. One of the most popular resides at 2176 Devlin Drive. Coined “the Rusty Griswold’s Light Display”, this 6,000 plus bulb project takes the average Joe’s light show to a whole new level. Drop by on November 15th to watch proud owner Mike light up his home and yard for all to see and enjoy!
Musson’s Famous Christmas Display
If you’re wondering why the Devlin Drive display pays homage to Rusty and not Clark, it’s because that title belongs to the late Doug Musson. After a sudden passing in 2017 while doing what he loved most – adjusting his Christmas display – the news rocked the community and the family deeply. But the Musson’s decided it would be best to carry on this long-time tradition that has brought families together for over 30 years while honouring Doug and his work. The Musson’s throw one of the most stunning light shows with handcrafted wired sculptures that transform their home and yard into one of the most impressive displays in Canada. Don’t miss this beloved light display in honour of Doug at their 3360 Spruce Avenue location that will kick off on December 1st and will run until the last weekend after New Year’s Eve.
Burlington Botanical Gardens
Don’t forget to stop by the RBG this season to check out their latest winter light display at the Rock Gardens. Here you and the family can explore the grounds to see the magical colours while listening to the soothing Christmas melodies and enjoying some festive food and drinks. You can pick up tickets for Friday to Sunday night admittance from December 6th to January 5th on the RBG website.
Brant Street Pier
The Brant Street Pier also lights up with winter colours every night through January and February. You can also get an impressive view and a decent selfie of the Festival of Lights display from this location.
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