An enchanting winter tradition is about to return to Niagara Falls; the Winter Festival of Lights! The much-loved festival will delight visitors from November 18, 2023 through January 7, 2024.
For more than 40 years, Canada’s largest FREE outdoor light festival has brought a sense of magic and charm to a getaway in Niagara Falls. Many of the displays are a short walk or drive from the Skyline Hotel & Waterpark making it the perfect evening activity to enjoy after splashing the day away at Fallsview Indoor Waterpark on a Hotel Waterpark Package.
Lighting The Way
More than 75 illumination displays and 3 million LED lights will be on brilliant display along an 8km stretch of the Niagara Parkway, in Dufferin Islands and across the tourist districts. Visitors can drive or walk through the popular festival route to experience the outdoor, self-guided event. Displays are grouped in themes including Royal Promenade which features Princess and Knight, Lilac tree, lotus flower, fairytale village, Frosted Falls home to Elf, Candy Canes, Gingerbread House and family, and the Great Canadian North with Mama Polar Bear and Cub, stalagmites and the popular Royal Canadian Mounted Police. One of the most popular illuminations areas is Dufferin Islands which offers a wildlife collection including some of the most iconic displays. Flying geese, wooly mammoth, harvest moon, inukshuks, wolves, swans, bears, and Noah’s Ark are on view.
Niagara Falls Fireworks Displays
The festival will also offer spectacular fireworks displays above the Falls. A signature experience and attraction, displays will light the sky on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm during the festival and expand to nightly displays during the Christmas holidays. Two displays are scheduled on New Year’s Eve; 8:00pm and 12:00am.
Sparkling Illumination Displays
The Canadian Horseshoe and American Falls will come alive each night with a special illumination show that will captivate viewers. The display produced by the Niagara Falls Illumination Board showcases colour palettes and movements inspired by the festival’s spectacular displays and winter in the north. The Northern Lights, fierce blizzard storms and falling snow are mimicked by the show. The display is part of the regular nightly illumination of the Falls, with the five-minute lighting display playing at the top of the hour, at 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm each evening during the festival dates.
Hot Chocolate Trail
A sweet addition to the Festival last year is returning; the Niagara Falls Hot Chocolate Trail. Participating Niagara Falls Hotels and restaurants throughout the tourist district will be offering specialty cups of the decadent drink. Visitors can expect classic combinations and exciting flavours like mint, orange, s’mores, and flavoured marshmallows. Some venues are offering spiked versions featuring flavoured liquers or add-in’s making this an exciting addition for guests of all ages. The Hot Chocolate Trail is available each day of the festival and some of the participating venues include Hershey’s Chocolate World, and Niagara Distillery which are steps from our hotel, on the 20-acre Falls Avenue Resort.
Mark your calendars and get set to explore the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights- Reserve your stay for family-friendly fun!