Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

This year is definitely a milestone year to celebrate. It’s been 35 years since the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights was created for visitors from all over the world to enjoy! And what an incredible tradition it has become… There are so many visitors from both near and far who have been bringing their families from day one and are now passing the tradition on to their children. It’s never too late to begin the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights tradition with your family.

The festival kicks-off with the traditional ‘flick the switch’ ceremony on November 18th and runs until January 31st. This is an event that so many people have incorporated into their annual holiday traditions and this year it’s going to be even more spectacular than ever.

The Opening Ceremonies will feature a thrilling performance by NorthFIRE with spectacular pyrotechnics and flame effects from David Whysall Fireworks Get ready for a high energy show, with beautifully choreographed fire acts and a diverse set of highly skilled circus performers. The opening ceremonies will also end with a bang with two incredible firework shows over the magnificent illuminated Falls.

This year the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights will feature 2 Million lights over a an 8km illuminated route.  The route travels through the Niagara Parkway from the base of Clifton Hill past the mighty Falls, into Dufferin Islands and into the surrounding tourist districts (Fallsview Blvd., Victoria Centre, Clifton Hill and Lundy’s Lane). The route will be illuminated from November 18th to January 31st, 2018 (from dusk to midnight).

Here is what’s new to the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights:

New Light Exhibits and Illuminations

The Festival will unveil a signature fixture at the Lundy’s Lane Battlefield, at the top of Drummond Hill. This new display is called the “Niagara,” which measures five metres tall, with animated twinkling lights that cascade down the Niagara’s central pillar.

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

Visitors can enjoy an illuminated art exhibit called Prismatica, an interactive display that features a field of twenty-five colourful prisms that can turn on their base. These will be on display from November 18th – December 16th.

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

Another illuminated art piece called The Passage will be on display in front of Queen Victoria Place from December 15th – January 12th. The Passage is an eighty-four foot long tunnel made of 20 circles of lights. As people walk through the tunnel, the lights become animated with changing colours.

There will be a new illuminations look right in our neighbourhood. At the base of Clifton Hill, the trees in this area will feature white lighting with light strands hanging down from the limbs to resemble Spanish Moss on the trees. Along Victoria Avenue there will be new animated displays featuring the Clifton Hill Skyline with Niagara SkyWheel added to the street light posts. To celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial the Winter Festival of Lights unveiled a new Canada 150 display along Fallsview Boulevard.

A new enhancement for this Festival…The lightshow on the Toronto Power Generating Station has been reprogrammed with lights choreographed to a new soundtrack of music from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Enjoy the show from the Floral Showhouse parking lot and tune into 100.5FM to hear the music for this show.

Along the route you’ll still be able to enjoy your favourite displays: the Zimmerman Fountain, Noah’s Ark, the two storey tall Canadian/US Flag, the Canadian Mounties, three dimensional Canadian wildlife displays in Dufferin Islands, the illumination of the Skylon Tower, Floral Showhouse and forest of trees at Queen Victoria Park.

Deck the Falls Walking Tour

Plus you can’t miss the Deck the Falls Walking Tour, which is back for the second year. The walking tour includes sixteen venues, each with signature experiences which include: culinary experiences, holiday beverages, entertainers, desserts and treats, fun photo opportunities, life-size games, live music, craft workshops, ice sculptures and more. We are so excited to be part of this experience this year, so be sure to stop by our festive lobby space and warm up with a local beer or wine tasting.  The festivities can be experienced the first three weekends of December (December 1 – 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 from 5:00pm  – 10:00pm). Tickets can be purchased online at or upon check-in at our hotel.

Laser Light Shows

The popular laser light shows are back for another year. Taking place over the holidays, the lively and vibrant laser light shows are definitely a crowd pleaser. Each show is fifteen minutes long, with an interactive laser booth available between shows.

Clifton Hill District  (on the Victoria Avenue Promenade at the top of Clifton Hill from December 22nd – January 7th, 2018).

Show times: 5:30, 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8:30pm

New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls

Ranked as one of the top places to ring in the New Year, Niagara Falls is definitely the place to be this New Year’s Eve. With live music, firework displays and the magnificent Niagara Falls as your backdrop. Stay tuned for exciting details to come in the next few weeks.

Niagara Falls Events in January

Speaking of traditions, you can’t miss the annual Niagara Icewine Festival happening from January 12th – 28th

Don’t miss these amazing Niagara Falls Concerts at the Fallsview Casino: Lifehouse, Richard Marx, Twist and Shout, the Spinners, Jim Gaffigan and more.

Plus many of our Niagara Falls Attractions are open year round: Journey Behind the Falls, Bird Kingdom, Butterfly Conservatory, Niagara SkyWheel and many more.

Looking for a Niagara Falls hotel just footsteps from the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights? Check out the latest special offer package at the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls, a One Night Romance Package starting at $119 per night.

We look forward to celebrating the 35th Annual Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights Season with you and your family!