Gananoque Festival of Lights prepares to delight attendees of all ages this holiday season

Candy Cane Lane at a previous year’s Gananoque Festival of Lights. Photo via the Festival of Lights’ Facebook page.

As the holiday season nears, Gananoque is gearing up for its 2023 Festival of Lights, which is expected to provide a diverse array of events for all. Beginning November 24 with a Downtown Holiday Shopping Event from 5 to 8 p.m., the festivities will have an official kick-off on Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. with the illumination of Town Hall Park and Candy Cane Lane, offering family-oriented activities, live music, and local culinary delights.

On Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m., the Gananoque Santa Claus Parade, hosted by the 1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber of Commerce, welcomes Santa Claus alongside festive floats and community groups. The Thousand Islands Playhouse will stage special performances, an Art Show, and a “How Sweet It Is” Christmas Concert on Dec. 17.

Santa Days at Town Hall Park, carolling at the Royal Theatre, and a captivating show by the Gananoque Skating Club on Dec. 20 will provide additional seasonal entertainment. Not to be missed are the free public skate at the Lou Jeffries Arena, a movie night at the Thousand Islands Playhouse and more.

The Winter Lights competition encourages local residents and businesses to decorate for a chance to win prizes in various wards, and for the best overall window or light display. Winners, selected by local judges, will be announced on Dec. 21 on the Town’s Facebook page, receiving prizes from local businesses.

For a comprehensive list of December events, please refer to the Town’s online events calendar at

This initiative is made possible by the Festival of Lights Event Committee, comprising volunteers and community partners:

  • Downtown Gananoque
  • Ray Stedman – Laverne’s
  • Meg Dabros
  • Allison Hess – Thousand Islands Playhouse
  • Jennifer Baril – Thousand Islands Gananoque Visitor Centre
  • The 1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber of Commerce
  • Gananoque Lions
  • Rotary Club of Gananoque
  • Town of Gananoque

The Gananoque Festival of Lights receives support from the Government of Ontario and the Tourism Advisory Panel.

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