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For those looking for things to do this winter season, a road trip to Ontario's Upper Canada Village is the ideal destination to get in the holiday spirit. Located only 90 minutes from Montreal, Upper Canada Village transforms into a magical Christmas village adorned with lights, horse-drawn carriages and Santa's workshop — making for quite the winter wonderland.

As fall withers away with the remainder of the autumn leaves, winter's chill is right around the corner, and while the season doesn't officially start until December 21, 2023, we all know winter loves to make an early arrival.

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A two-hour drive from downtown Montreal, Ontario's historic Upper Canada Village will be decorated with over one million lights this holiday season for the annual Alight at Night Festival.

The whole experience lasts approximately 40 minutes. In addition to seeing the mesmerizing light displays on the site's 19th-century façades, you'll have the chance to meet Santa and take a picture with him in St. Nick’s Winter Workshop from December 1 to 23.

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Pumpkinferno, an annual festival that turns 7,000 "hand-crafted" (but artificial) jack-o'-lanterns into monumental sculptures, is returning this year to Kingston and Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg, Ontario. The latter is about a 90-minute drive from downtown Montreal.

As tickets go on sale on September 6, the St. Lawrence Parks Commission has released more details about what visitors can expect this year.

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Upper Canada Village's Pumpkinferno jack-o'-lantern festival is coming back this year with 7,000 luminous pumpkins arranged in epic forms along a trail through the spooky site.

Details are few so far, but online the village promises a revival of "some of its most popular exhibits." Previous editions have included pumpkin statues of giant beasts and mythical creatures, as well as some whimsical scenes from modern life, all in the form of glowing gourds.

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For anyone searching for spots to escape to for a day, look no further. We've rounded up a variety of spontaneous road trips from Montreal to see this winter, all of which are less than a three-hour drive from the city.

We left out the basic day trips from Montreal, like Mont-Tremblant and Quebec City, and focused on lesser-known places for you to discover. Time to widen your road trip horizons!

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Pumkinferno at Upper Canada Village is back. This year, visitors will make their way through mesmerizing displays consisting of 7,000 hand-carved jack-o'-lanterns arranged in monumental forms and themed exhibits within the 19th-century site.

New this fall are Roaring 20s and Area 51-themed displays. Parks of the Saint Lawrence, which manages Upper Canada Village, also promises the return of the Enchanted Forest, Mesozoic Monsters and Clown Town exhibits.

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I don't know if you know, but Halloween is coming up. Like, very, very soon. Soon enough that you should probably have some plans in the works, pretty much.

READ ALSO: The 27 Biggest Halloween Parties In Montreal This Year

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Guys, some of you might not know this about me, but I'm actually obsessed with pumpkins.

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