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Niagara Falls Festival of Lights

Niagara Falls Festival of Lights

It's the 34th Annual Niagara Falls Festival of Lights and this is one festival that you don't want to miss, as there will be so many exciting new features. The festival kicks-off with the traditional 'flick the switch' ceremony on November 19th and runs until January 31st. This is an event that so many people have built into their annual holiday traditions and this year it's going to be even more spectacular than ever. What is so wonderful about the Niagara Falls Festival of Lights is that this year it is mixed with "traditional" and "new". This year the route has expanded from its traditional 5 km to 8 km of illuminated fun.  The route travels through the Niagara Parks, Dufferin Islands and into the surrounding tourist districts (Fallsview Blvd., Victoria Avenue, Clifton Hill and Lundy's Lane). Plus the provincial agency has invested $300,000 on lighting, programming and infrastructure improvements within Queen Victoria Park, which means this is going to be an incredible year! Here is Niagara Falls Festival of Lights winter schedule:

Dufferin Islands

This year there will be a new prehistoric addition to Dufferin Islands, a 10 foot tall woolly mammoth, which is part of the Canadian wildlife displays. There will also be the traditional moose and buffalo, howling wolves, charging rams, bears, beavers, whales, deer, dinosaurs, Noah’s Ark and the 20 foot tall illumination, Soma (waterfall). The woolly mammoth is the perfect destination to take your winter selfies!

Here's What's New

Deck the Falls Walking Tour - many of the hotels and venues in the Fallsview Boulevard district will have their lobbies and spaces in full holiday bloom with the help of professional interior designers from HGTV and Cityline. Held over two weekends in December, it can be enjoyed as a leisurely walk or you can hop on and off the WEGO bus. Fallsview Sound and Light Show - this brand new Fallsview Sound & Light Show will mesmerize attendees using visual effects with a kaleidoscope of colour & texture treatments, visual transitions, with dynamic music and sound. It will be featured nightly throughout the festival. Holiday Market at Grand View Marketplace - featuring artisans, food and beverage and live entertainment State-of-the-art new technology for the illumination of the Falls - this $4 million project is going to be spectacular. Starting on December 1st, be prepared to be blown away!


We can't forget the traditional elements of the Niagara Falls Festival of Lights. The traditions that we all look forward to every Winter: Queen Victoria Park lit up with its holiday glow, the nightly fireworks starting at 9pm every Friday from November 25th - until January 27th with a week full of fireworks from December 23rd - December 30th. Check out the Fireworks and Falls Illumination schedule here. Plus the newish laser light shows, which everyone has added to their annual holiday traditions. Check out the schedule here. You also can't miss the annual Niagara Falls New Year's Eve Concert in Queen Victoria Park

Niagara Falls Events in January

Speaking of traditions, you can't miss the annual Niagara Icewine Festival happening from January 13th - 29th. Don't miss these amazing Niagara Falls Concerts at the Fallsview Casino: Jewel, Donny Osmond, and Sha Na Na. 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 for your Winter Getaway? The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is one of the closest Niagara Falls Hotels to the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights and these amazing traditional Winter Events. Check out our current special offer, a One Night Romance Package starting at $110 per night. This is one of the best Niagara Falls Hotel Deals.

PLEASE NOTE: Face coverings are required. Due to COVID-19, some hotel facilities or services may not be available during your stay.