The Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights (WFOL) will once again illuminate the city of Niagara Falls, Canada for 51 Nights of Twinkling Lights from November 18, 2023 until January 7, 2024.

With over 3 million lights and 75+ spectacular displays providing colourful visuals, Niagara Falls will be transformed into a twinkling winter wonderland along the Niagara Parkway, Dufferin Islands and across the tourist districts. Visitors to this popular annual event can bundle up and walk or drive through the festival route to explore the outdoor, self-guided experience, then warm up indoors with the Hot Chocolate Trail at over 17 participating hosts throughout the festival.

“The Winter Festival of Lights holds a special place in the hearts of those that visit year after year,” Janice Thomson, President & CEO of Niagara Falls Tourism, said. “Niagara Falls is delighted to welcome everyone back and cherish the opportunity to help all visitors make more lasting memories, as they explore the festival displays and activities.”

The Winter Tradition Continues

Niagara Falls Festival of Lights display.
Niagara Falls Festival of Lights display. Courtesy Niagara Falls tourism.

The Winter Festival of Lights firmly established Niagara Falls as an unforgettable winter getaway destination with plenty to see and do for visitors who return to enjoy multiple visits throughout the year. Festival organizers are promising an extra special year with even more to experience along the festival routes. 

Here are just some of the ways the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights:

  • New interactive displays and themed illumination areas. A perfect reason to get out of the car, embrace the season and explore the Winter Festival of Lights.
  • Special Falls illumination called “Sparkling Winter Lights” taking place nightly at 6pm, 7pm & 8pm. 
  • 26 nights of Spectacular Fireworks running on the weekends and throughout the December holidays.

“From modest beginnings to a destination-wide celebration, Niagara Falls illuminates for the winter season to bring even more fun for visitors,” Joel Noden, Chair of Niagara Falls Tourism, said. “From larger-than-life light displays and exciting entertainment to year-round attractions and restaurants, visitors can look forward to incredible memory-making experiences.”

History of Winter Festival of Lights

Niagara Falls Festival of Lights display.
Niagara Falls Festival of Lights display. Courtesy Niagara Falls tourism.

For the past four decades, the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights has been integral in building Niagara Falls’ reputation as a popular winter getaway. It was originally conceived to attract winter visitors to enjoy the icy beauty of the Falls and explore engaging outdoor displays. From those humble beginnings in 1982, the festival has grown to feature over three million lights along an 8 km illumination route that travels through the Niagara Parkway into Dufferin Islands and through the surrounding tourist districts.

Read more about the history here.

“Winter is one of the most spectacular times of the year to experience Niagara Falls and the Winter Festival of Lights gives yet another reason to visit in the coming months,” David Adames, CEO of Niagara Parks Commission, said. “Niagara Parks is proud to be a founding partner of this beloved annual tradition that has been a staple of the destination for over 40 years. We look forward to visitors exploring the many new and returning illumination installations that will bring Niagara Parks to life during this year’s Winter Festival of Lights.”

Click here for details and special Winter Festival of Lights visitor packages.