Enjoy Canada’s foremost illumination festival in Niagara Falls as we capture the magic of the holiday season!
November 13th, 2021 – February 21st, 2022
The Niagara Winter Festival of Lights returns this year with animated light installations and amazing projections – all of which will leave you spellbound! The festival literally shines up the entire Niagara Falls destination with its brilliance and dazzles people with its luminous joy.
The Niagara Winter Festival of Lights is FREE and open to everyone! It takes place November 13th 2021 to February 21st, 2022 along 8 km of the Niagara Parkway and within Queen Victoria Park, Dufferin Islands, and various tourist areas throughout Niagara Falls including: Clifton Hill, the Victoria Centre, Fallsview Boulevard, and Lundy’s Lane. Visitors should come out early and often to catch all the lighting arrangements throughout the festival.
The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights has evolved in recent years with new lights, displays, entertainment, and signature events. Feel comfortable visiting the 39th annual event with wide-open outdoor spaces ideal for physical distancing measures. Take a walk through the parks, drive along the festival routes, and view the spectacular lights from the local restaurants and hotels.
The Winter Festival of Lights has grown into one of North America’s largest and most recognized holiday light shows, attracting millions of visitors annually and hundreds of motor coach tours each year. Identified as one of the Top 100 Festivals on Ontario, Sponsor of the Year, Best Volunteer Program, Most Innovative Partnership, and the prestigious Events of Distinction Award from Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO). The American Bus Association has long recognized the OPG Winter Festival of Lights as one of its Top 100 internationally Known Events from 2005-2015.
Each year the festival is committed to keeping the Niagara Winter Festival of Lights: family friendly, free to attend and open to everyone. So bundle up and celebrate the power of light and community!
A snapshot from previous years:
NEW FOR 2021: The Festival will illuminate Niagara Falls for 101 Nights, nearly doubling the time you can experience the winter beauty of sparkling lights and larger-than-life exhibits.
On weekends, there is live entertainment from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. This programming, held at the Hilton Hotel, will be paused under the new COVID restrictions from January 5th – January 26th, 2022, but the outdoor displays will be in place through to Family Day for public enjoyment. Once the restrictions are lifted, the new indoor entertainment stage, located within the Hilton Hotel & Suites, will provide the ideal chance to warm up and have additional family fun.
28 NEW DISPLAYS: Did you know we added 20 additional displays in 2020? This year, we’ll be adding 8 additional exhibits! Your favourite 3D animals are back, along with a big gingerbread home, fairy tale palace, and light tunnel.
PART 2: Winter Wonderland (January 10th – February 21st, 2022
Beginning on Monday, January 10th, the festival transforms from “Holiday” to “Winter Wonderland”, including love-themed displays. The Festival route will change slightly and new displays will replace the holiday themed displays. 3D animals from Dufferin Islands will magically appear in other areas within the tourism district.
Part 2 Festival Map:
The festival has put together three walking route options. Each route specifies where you may park and which exhibits you’ll view throughout your walk.
Clifton Hill is generally lit up year round, but will be boosted by additional light displays during the festival. Warm white lighting with strands hanging down will adorn many trees in this area, making it look like Spanish Moss. Located at the bottom of Clifton Hill in Oakes Garden Theatre will be a grouping of beautifully lit spiral trees and bright accent lighting. Best of all, Clifton Hill is also home to numerous year-round attractions such as the Niagara SkyWheel and the Wizards Golf.
At the corner of Victoria Ave. and Clifton Hill, travelers will discover many light displays! Additionally there are a pair of arches above the Clifton Hill district entrance at both Ferry St. and Victoria Ave.
Clifton Hill Favorites
Catch other “must see” Festival favourites including displays like the: The Passage, Zimmerman Fountain, Oakes Garden Theatre, SkyWheel Post Mounted Displays, Noah’s Ark, the 2 storey tall Canada/US flag, the Royal Canadian Mounties, 3-D wildlife presentations, the Skylon Tower illumination, Parks Floral Showhouse and Queen Victoria Park’s Path of Trees.
There is plenty of parking just off of Clifton Hill that extends to the Skylon Tower. Easily accessible to all attractions and viewing the incredible light displays.
For directions to this parking lot, click the image below:
*For more information on the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights please visit www.wfol.com*