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Winter Festival of Lights Kicks off in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls fireworks
Niagara Falls fireworks

The annual Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls has officially begun, which means that from November 3rd to January 31st, Niagara Falls and the surrounding parklands are illuminated in beautiful sparkling lights and exhibits.

If you’re planning a winter getaway to Niagara Falls, make sure to set aside some time to experience the illumination exhibits and events that are a part of this beloved winter festival. This year’s highlights include:

Illumination Displays

This year’s festival features an 8km illumination route, which transforms the area around the Canadian Horseshoe Falls into a glistening winter wonderland. There are also a number of light installations and exhibits to check out around the tourist district including:

  • 3D Canadian Wildlife Displays at Dufferin Islands
  • The Passage light tunnel in the Fallsview District
  • The Prismatica illuminated art exhibit at Scotiabank Convention Centre

For a full list of this year’s illumination displays, click here.


Spectacular fireworks will be launched over Niagara Falls every Friday night at 9pm during the festival. There will also be bonus shows every night from December 22nd – 31st to celebrate the holidays.

The Cascades of Fire International Fireworks Competition will also be taking place over two weekends in November, featuring 18-minute fireworks shows put on by six international teams.

New Year’s Eve

The musical lineup for this year’s Niagara Falls New Year’s Eve celebration in Queen Victoria Park has been announced and features an all-Canadian lineup of musicians including Burton Cummings, The Sheepdogs, Walk Off the Earth, and Niagara’s own Avenue Inn.

In addition to an amazing outdoor concert, this totally free event will feature two fireworks shows at 9pm and midnight, along with an outdoor licensed area and food and beverage vendors.

The annual Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights is an exciting holiday tradition that also includes the popular Deck the Falls Holiday Walking Tours where ticket-holders visit various properties throughout the tourist district for unique holiday experiences. You can experience all of the magic and wonder that this festival has to offer by booking your Niagara Falls winter getaway today!