Thousands of Christmas lights illuminate prominent sites in the National Capital Region

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Statement by the Prime Minister on the launch of Christmas Lights Across Canada and iLL

OTTAWA, ON, Dec. 8, 2021 – People in Canada’s Capital Region can enjoy the new multimedia projection on Parliament Hill every evening from December 8 to January 7, free of charge. The 15-minute show will play on a loop from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. It will combine digital imagery and music on the impressive backdrop of Parliament Hill’s architecture. You’ll see luminous sparks travelling across the Canadian landscape, adding light to winter evenings.

“This evening, Canadians will have a chance to experience the spectacular new multimedia projection on Parliament Hill during the opening night of Christmas Lights Across Canada,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the launch of the 37th edition of Christmas Lights Across Canada, which will run until January 7, 2022.

Christmas Lights Across Canada

“”As we kick off the winter season with this festive tradition, we reflect on the past year where Canadians across the country came together and met the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic with generosity, courage, and compassion. These lights are a reminder of our bright future and better days in the year ahead. During this celebration, we are also reminded of our cherished Canadian values – peace, unity, and hope for the future – which guide us in times when the world seems dark. These values are what the world needs now more than ever before. Together, we know that we are able to shape things for the better,” continued Trudeau.

Parliament Hill 2020, photo by Julian Lankstead

While in Canada’s Capital Region, residents and visitors can also enjoy the Pathway of Lights along Confederation Boulevard, a ceremonial route through the capital. As in other parts of the country, for Christmas Lights Across Canada the lights will highlight many sites and monuments.

In addition, the television show IllumiNATION – A Celebration of the Winter Solstice will be broadcast on the Canadian Heritage YouTube channel on December 21 at 8 p.m. (local time) and on Rogers TV and OMNI Television. IllumiNATION will invite Canadians to discover, share and celebrate Canadian traditions and legends. Hosted by Gregory Charles, IllumiNATION will feature a variety of artistic performances from across the country. Co-produced by Rogers TV Ottawa and Canadian Heritage, the program will take you on a journey from Ontario to Manitoba, Yukon, Nova Scotia, Alberta and Quebec.

National War Memorial 2020, photo by Julian Lankstead

“Over the next month, thousands of lights will illuminate prominent sites and monuments in the National Capital region and in Canadian provincial capitals from coast to coast to coast – uniting loved ones through the spirit of the season, whether they are together or apart. This year, we will also broadcast IllumiNATION — A Celebration of the Winter Solstice. The television show will invite Canadians to discover cultural traditions, legends, and customs from around the country, featuring a variety of artistic presentations from across Canada,” said Trudeau.

90 Wellington St Ottawa, photo by Julian Lankstead

The illuminNATION broadcast will be available until January 7 through participating cable companies and on the Canadian Heritage YouTube channel.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I invite everyone to join the Christmas Lights Across Canada festivities in person or watch IllumiNATION, on December 21 at 8 p.m. EST on the Canadian Heritage YouTube channel. From our family to yours, Sophie and I wish all those celebrating a joyful Christmas season,” concluded Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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