A Niagara Falls winter tradition is lighting up the night and brightening spirits! The iconic Winter Festival of Lights began delighting visitors on November 14, 2020 and runs until January 10, 2021.
Canada’s largest free outdoor light festival, the Winter Festival of Lights features more than 3 million sparkling LED lights and displays along an 8km stretch of the Niagara Parkway, throughout Dufferin Islands and Queen Victoria Park.
Festival viewing is a perfect winter destination that can be completed safely from the comfort of your car or if you wish to get a closer view of the magical displays, you can access areas on foot. Displays are positioned with plenty of space to adhere to social distancing protocols to provide a relaxed and safe experience.
Here is a quick guide to the key areas of the Festival:
New For 2020
Be on the lookout for 10 new installations to the festival. The new 3D displays include larger than life polar bears, Rudolph the Red Nosed reindeer, an outstanding gingerbread house, and the Misty Kids village.
Signature illumination displays can be viewed starting from the bottom of Clifton Hill and travelling an 8km stretch. Along the scenic drive you will encounter the popular Canadian Mountie display, Noah’s Ark, brilliant heralding Angels, and light wrapped trees that shine in the dark.
This 10-acre series of islands and walkways is a popular picnic area in warmer months, but in winter it shines as host of some of the Festival’s most beloved displays. The nature theme features Canadian wildlife in brilliant light. From a life size moose, to “Harvest Moon” featuring animated ducks, and a show stopping Woolly Mammoth.
Queen Victoria Park
The beautiful park that sits opposite Niagara Falls is home to iconic displays. Shimmering blue and white lights of the Zimmerman Fountain welcome guests to Queen Victoria Park, a colourful collection of spiral trees sits at the base of Murray Hill, and old growth trees throughout the park are dripping in light to resemble Spanish Moss trees and light up walking paths.
Since its inception in 1982, the festival has grown in popularity and size garnering numerous travel and tourism industry awards and draws an audience of more than 1 million guests annually.
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