The Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights has become an unforgettable winter getaway for friends and families for four decades. Over the years, the Festival has continued to expand with new light displays and events. With so much for visitors to see and do, there’s always another reason to return and enjoy the Festival multiple times over the 51 nights!
What’s happening this year:
“Sparkling Winter Lights” Falls Illumination
To celebrate the beauty and majesty of the winter season and mark the annual Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights, an illumination light show “Sparkling Winter Lights” has been produced for Niagara Falls Tourism by the Niagara Falls Illumination Board. The display features the subtle and sometimes harsh movements inspired by winter in the north. From gentle snowfalls to the aurora borealis gliding over snowy tundra, to blizzards and the frosted falls; winter’s spectacle is exciting and magical.
The mighty American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls will come to life every evening with this tribute to the natural beauty all around us. The display is part of the regular nightly illumination of the Falls, with the five-minute lighting display playing through on the hour, at 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm each evening between November 18, 2023 and January 7, 2024.
The WFOL Fireworks series will kick off on Saturday, November 18th and continue every Friday and Saturday evening at 8:00pm. Nightly shows will take place over the holidays from December 22 (excluding December 25th) through until the finale on Sunday January 7th, 2024. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the spectacular fireworks display with stunning views of the Falls this winter season!
November: 18, 24-25 at 8:00pm
December: 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-24, 26-31 at 8:00pm
December 31 * NYE at 12:00am
January: 1-7 at 8:00pm
The Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights Hot Chocolate Trail
Warm up this winter season with a hot beverage while exploring the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights. This self-guided trail will lead you to delicious stops of chocolatey concoctions created by chocolatiers, chefs and mixologists at some of the area’s excellent restaurants and bake shops across Niagara Falls. From classic combinations with mint, orange and s’mores to inventive cocktails like a Cocoa Cupcake Delight or a S’mores Blizzard Hot Chocolate featuring unique homemade ingredients like flavoured marshmallows and even eyeball gummies, this new trail has 22 stops with 36 unique and delicious flavours to sip and savour (both non-alcoholic and alcoholic options).
Santa Meet & Greet with a FREE PHOTO
In December, Santa returns to the Festival on select nights for photos at the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse.
You are invited to visit the to meet Santa Claus and get a complimentary digital photo to capture this holiday tradition brought to you by Ontario Power Generation.
Location: Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse
Dates: December 8, 9, 15, 16, 22
Winter Festival of Lights Radio
To get you and your family in the mood for exploring the Winter Festival of Lights and all of the illuminations and displays, listen along to the Winter Festival of Lights playlist: