Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

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Although most people imagine visiting Niagara Falls in summer, there is a calm and magic about this Canadian attraction that comes during the cold of winter. 

Although temperatures will often be below zero between November and February, pretty much all of Niagara Falls stays open and there is still plenty to do, including the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

Free Spectacular Light Show Every Evening in Niagara Falls

From the beginning of November until the first week of January, the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights is a spectacular lightshow that includes an illuminated 5-km route of lighted displays, fireworks over the falls and more, including concerts and children's performances.

All the light shows are free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights Location & Dates

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights takes place from mid November to the end of January.

Most of the events take place in the heart of Niagara Falls adjacent to the Falls themselves and near to the major hotels and Clifton Hill. 

Niagara Parks Winter Wonderland

A beautifully decorated five-kilometre route stretching from Dufferin Islands along the Niagara Parkway, adjacent to Niagara Falls, past the Rainbow Bridge, to Whirlpool Bridge is known as the Niagara Parks Winter Wonderland. It includes nearly two million lights and over 100 lighting displays, including:

  • Enchantment of Disney, featuring Walt Disney classics (like The Little Mermaid in 2017)
  • The world's largest animated Canadian-American Flag display
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas audio-visual display
  • Menorah Display

Fireworks over the Falls

Enjoy a spectacular fireworks display over the mighty Niagara Falls every Friday evening at 9 p.m. as well as select dates throughout the holiday season. A special New Year's Eve illumination occurs on December 31.

  • Saturday, November 18, 2017
  • Fridays: November 24, December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2017 and January 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2018
  • Nightly: Dec. 23 to Dec. 29, 2017
  • New Years Eve: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at Midnight

Laser Light Shows

From December 22, 2017 to January 7, 2018, catch a laser light show nightly at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. at the top of Clifton Hill. Each show is free and 15 minutes long.

Deck the Falls Holiday Walking Tour

In 2017, on December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16, walk through the tourist district of Niagara Falls. Each venue along the way offers activities like food sampling, holiday beverages, entertainment, games, and crafts.

Shuttle Tours of the Niagara Winter Festival of Lights

If you're not up to walking the whole Niagara Winter Festival of Lights route, consider a shuttle tour of the event. Ask at the information booth or your hotel for details.

The Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort

One of Niagara Falls' biggest draws is the Niagara Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort. With a hotel, restaurants, live entertainment, spa and casino, the Niagara Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort tends to be the heart of the action.

What to Do in Niagara Falls

During the daytime, when the lights are at rest, there's still plenty to do. Check out our Top 10 Attractions in Niagara Falls or if you're with kids and don't mind saving a little money: 5 Free Things to Do with Kids in the Niagara Falls Area.

Crossing the US / Canada Border to Get to Niagara Falls

If you are driving in from the US, be sure to find out what identification is necessary: Do US Citizens Need a Passport to Enter Canada?

Niagara Travel Guide

For more information on Niagara Falls, including directions, restaurants, and hotels, go to the Niagara Falls Travel Guide.