A Guide to December De"Lights" in London, Ontario

The most wonderful time of the year has arrived, and London is aglow with festive lights and spirited events to make your holiday season truly magical. Let's explore some of the exciting activities and celebrations taking place in the Forest City.

Lighting of the Lights at Victoria Park
Kickstarting the season is the annual "Lighting of the Lights" at Victoria Park. Join the city in a two-hour celebration on Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The official lighting ceremony, scheduled for 6:50 p.m., will transform Victoria Park into a winter wonderland, with over 75,000 lights illuminating the park nightly until the end of February. Enjoy holiday performances, carolers, the London Symphonia, and the Rockin' Reindeer featuring Doug and Bizz Varty. The event pays tribute to the late firefighter Captain Chris Bruinink, with a special switch-flipping by his family.

City Hall Observation Deck Hours
For a breathtaking view of the winter wonderland in Victoria Park, the City Hall observation deck will be open on select dates and times. Take in the enchanting lights on:
- Nov. 24 to Nov. 26 (7 to 11 p.m.)
- Nov. 30 to Dec. 3 (7 to 11 p.m.)
- Dec. 7 to Dec. 10 (7 to 11 p.m.)
- Dec. 14 to Dec. 17 (7 to 11 p.m.)
- Dec. 21 to Dec. 24 (7 to 11 p.m.)
- Dec. 28 to Dec. 30 (7 to 11 p.m.)
Access the observation deck through the back entrance just outside of Reginald Cooper Square.

Holly Jolly Holiday Market at Covent Garden
Following the Lighting of the Lights, head to the Covent Garden Market for the Holly Jolly Holiday Market. This festive market features local artisans, food vendors, live music, light displays, and a giant Christmas tree in Rotary Square. The tree lighting ceremony is set for 8 p.m. on Friday. Don't miss the outdoor skating rink at Victoria Park, opening on Dec. 1, weather permitting, and the Rotary Rink at Covent Garden Market, opening in early January.

Winter Dung Ah Town Festival
Experience a cultural extravaganza at the Winter Dung Ah Town Festival, running from Nov. 24 to Nov. 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Immerse yourself in London's artistic community with a marketplace showcasing handmade crafts, artwork, jewelry, and fashion from local artisans. Enjoy international street food, local delicacies, and engage in games and interactive workshops for the whole family. Don't miss the Hyde Park Santa Parade, starting at 10 a.m. at Sherwood Forest Mall and heading west down Gainsborough Road.

Holiday Display at Y.O.U
For unique holiday gifts, visit Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) for the grand opening of the new Woodshop Showroom on Friday, from 12 to 6 p.m. Explore high-quality wood products, including cabinetry, custom millwork, garden furnishings, and chef's boards, crafted by local youth at YOU's woodshop. The showroom is located at 3334 White Oak Road.

December in London is a time of joy, lights, and community spirit. From the dazzling lights at Victoria Park to festive markets and cultural celebrations, there's something for everyone. Gather your loved ones, explore the city, and make this December a month to remember in the heart of the Forest City.