The Winter Festival of Lights


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winter festival of lights

Enjoy Canada’s foremost illumination festival in Niagara Falls as we capture the magic of the holiday season! Our next season runs from November 3, 2018 to January 31, 2019.

The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights was founded 35 years ago in 1982. Today we are proud to be Canada’s largest illumination festival and the premiere illumination festival in North America, attracting over 1.5 million visitors and 750 motor coaches annually.

The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights transforms Niagara Falls into a palette of breathtaking colour with millions of sparkling lights and animated displays located within the Niagara Parks, Dufferin Islands and surrounding tourist districts.

Illuminations include fifteen Canadian Wildlife displays, the Sylma and over fifty trees wrapped in lights in Dufferin Islands, the world’s largest Canadian-American Flag, the light show on the Toronto Power Generating Station, the two-storey tall Zimmerman Fountain, three-dimensional Angels at the Niagara Parks Police Building and a visitor favourite, Noah’s Ark! Plus don’t miss free programming like the Fallsview Sound & Light Show at the Oakes Hotel, Laser Light Shows at the Top of Clifton Hill and WFOL Opening Ceremonies in Niagara Parks Queen Victoria Park.


There were a total of 1,334,000 visits to the Winter Festival of Lights during the 2016/17 season with 80% of visitors being non-local.

The total economic impact of the OPG Winter Festival of Lights
is estimated at $48.8 million in 2016.

Free Admission

free admission winter festival of lights
There is no admission fee to view the illuminations but donations are gratefully accepted by Festival Ambassadors at the exit of Dufferin Islands

The suggested contribition is $5 – $10 per car; $1 per coach bus passenger, All proceeds are used to enhance the lights and displays.