This winter is going to be lit - literally! Get ready for the return of the massive illumination festival that warms our hearts on frosty evenings. The holiday season wouldn't be as magical without Niagara's Winter Festival of Lights, an enchanting event that transforms Niagara into a sparkling winter wonderland. Put on your toque and immerse yourself in shimmering, colourful lights and animated displays!
This season's event runs from November 16, 2019, to January 12, 2020, and is expected to draw over 1.8 million visitors. This will be the 37th anniversary of Canada's largest illumination festival, and it will certainly be a year to remember!
The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival takes place in Niagara Parks, Dufferin Islands, and surrounding locations.
This year's spectacle will include 15 Canadian wildlife exhibits over 50 shimmering trees, the world's largest Canadian-American flag, breathtaking 3D angels, the all-time favourite Noah's Ark, and more!
The opening ceremonies will begin on November 16 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Niagara Parks. The free ceremony will kick off the beloved festival tradition and it is spectacular to see. After the ceremony, explore the 8-kilometre illumination route featuring over 3 million lights!
There will be a total of 25 magnificent fireworks shows throughout the event and tons of winter light displays to see. The Falls Illumination event will transform Niagara Falls into a magical, colourful work of art, and the Fallsview Sound and Light Show will project a kaleidoscope of bright images on the Oakes Hotel. You can't miss the signature Zimmerman fountain or the massive, glowing Inukshuks that light up the night.
Make sure you dress warm, and maybe even stop for a hot chocolate break to keep those winter chills away. The event is free, but donations are always appreciated. Start counting down the days until this favourite holiday spectacle!
Winter Festival Of Lights
When: November 16, 2019-January 12, 2020
Address: 6815 Stanley Ave., Niagara Falls, ON
Why You Need To Go: Watch Niagara transform into a magical winter wonderland with millions of lights and tons of breathtaking displays.