Winter Festival of Lights Niagara Falls

For 41 years, the Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls, Ontario has captured the magic of the holiday season. With more than 75 illuminated displays, and 3 million lights, the festival transforms Niagara Parks, Dufferin Islands, the Niagara Parkway and the surrounding tourist areas into a Winter Wonderland. The Festival has become a winter tradition for over 1.5 million visitors annually.

  • Winter Festival of Lights

    Winter Festival of Lights

  • Winter Festival of Lights

    Winter Festival of Lights

  • Touring Winter Festival of Lights

    Touring Winter Festival of Lights

  • Winter Festival of Lights Display



The Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights allows people to get into the spirit of the season by walking or driving the 8-kilometer illuminated route, with displays lighting the night in Dufferin Islands, Queen Victoria Park, and the Niagara Parkway when it takes place from November 18, 2023-January 7, 2024

Fireworks Over The Falls

The festival also features spectacular fireworks displays above the Falls. Displays will light the sky on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm from November 18 to December 16, and over the Christmas holidays from December 22 to January 7. Two displays are scheduled on New Year’s Eve; 8:00pm and 12:00am.

  • November: 18, 24-25 at 8:00pm
  • December: 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-31 at 8:00pm
    December 31 -New Year’s Eve:  Two displays – 8:00pm and 12:00am (midnight)
  • January: 1-7 at 8:00pm

Hot Chocolate Trail

Indulge in the festival’s sweetest event, the Niagara Falls Hot Chocolate Trail. Warm up with a cup of the decadent drink as you explore the illuminations. Participating Restaurants throughout the tourist district will feature specialty flavours and classic combinations like mint, orange, and smores. Some venues will be offering spiked versions with flavoured liqueurs and add-ins. Participating venues include Hershey’s Chocolate World, Niagara Distillery, Niagara Vines, Lucky’s Restaurant & Bar, Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa Lobby Lounge, and Marriott on the Falls Lobby Bar.

Sparkling Winter Lights Falls Illumination

Each night of the festival the Canadian Horseshoe and American Falls will come alive in a special presentation of Falls illumination. The display reflects colour palettes and movements inspired by the festival’s spectacular displays. The 5-minute illumination show plays through 3 times at the top of the hour at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm and is part of the regular illumination display.


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Pricing & Passes

There is no admission fee to view the illuminations, but donations are accepted by Festival Ambassadors at the exit of Dufferin Islands (suggested contribution ($5 – $10 per car; $1 per coach bus passenger), with proceeds used to enhance the lights and displays.