Open from December 2, 2016 to January 9, 2017
I had seen Burlington Festival of Lights 14 years ago in a smaller edition, way before they built the gorgeous Spencer's at the Waterfront where the lovely reflecting pool (Rotary Centennial Pond) turns into a skating rink in the winter. I'm so glad I visited it again in 2016! Now in its 21st edition, it includes over 60 light displays spread over the large section of Spencer Smith Park extending on the east of the rink, up to Brant Street Pier. Visitors of all age come to admire the scenes. Lights are on from 4:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., throwing their colourful hue over the white snow. Many displays are animated. Among my favourites: the soldier firing his cannon, the carrousel, the four-horse carriage, Santa in his helicopter, the jumping dolphins and the cosy fireplace nestled against the trees along Lakeshore Boulevard. Expect elephants, bears, moose, deer, butterflies, whale, hippocampus and more, all set near the lake, overlooking the Burlington Skyway where drivers' headlights create a moving garland of light, adding a touch of magic to this great festival. A perfect family outing, combined with a hot chocolate from the small Tim Hortons outlet conveniently located in the Esso facing the park. Dress up warmly, it's always a bit colder on the waterfront.