Winter Festival Of Lights Celebrates 40 Years Of Magic!

October 20, 2022 10:50 am

Niagara Falls will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland of twinkling lights and displays as the Winter Festival of Lights returns in November. The 2022/23 festival marks the 40th anniversary of the much loved winter tradition with a spectacular 101 nights of lights!

The festival takes place November 12, 2022-February 20, 2023 and will brighten the night along an 8km stretch of the Niagara Parkway, Dufferin Islands and across the tourist districts with more than 3 million lights and more than 75 displays.  Visitors can drive or walk through the popular festival route to experience the outdoor, self guided event which is Canada’s largest and longest running free outdoor light festival. Guests at Falls Avenue Resort Hotels will find many of the vibrant displays a short walk from the resort including throughout Queen Victoria Park.

To celebrate this year’s milestone, there are a number of new experiences for visitors. They include 40 nights of free indoor family entertainment, special illumination of the Falls every night, free photos with Santa in December, and new displays and themed illumination areas including the Royal Promenade, Frosted Falls, Enchanted Forest and Great Canadian North.

40 Nights of Family Entertainment

Adding to the excitement are 40 nights of FREE family entertainment. Make Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview a stop in your itinerary to take in a fun and interactive show. From magicians to jugglers, these performers are sure to wow a crowd. Shows are 6:00pm-9:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays from November 12-February 20, with shows daily from December 23-January 8 (excluding December 25 and 31).

Fireworks Above the Falls

Making the experience even more special, the festival will feature 40 nights of spectacular fireworks displays above the Falls. Displays will take place on Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00pm during the Festival dates and on consecutive nights during the Holidays from December 23-January 7 (excluding December 25). Two displays will mark New Year’s Eve, one at 8:00pm and another at midnight.

Hershey's Hot Chocolate Trail

New Hot Chocolate Trail

The sweetest addition to the Festival is the Niagara Falls Hot Chocolate Trail. Participating Niagara Falls Hotel and restaurants throughout the tourist district are offering specialty cups of the decadent drink. Visitors can expect unique and exciting flavours at set prices. On Falls Avenue Resort, guests will find Candy Cane Hot Chocolate finished with Whipped cream and a Hershey Kiss at Hershey’s Chocolate World, and a decadent Chocolate Orange option at Niagara Vines at Sheraton Fallsview. There is a flavour for everyone, with some venues are offering spiked versions featuring flavoured liquers or add-in’s. The Hot Chocolate Trail is available each day of the festival

The Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights is an annual tradition for many visitors, and to mark the anniversary, organizers are holding an Instagram photo contest. Visitors are asked to post their photos from the 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s with the hashtag #wfol40 for the chance to win an overnight getaway in Niagara Falls to experience the festival.

Experience the enchantment of the Winter Festival of Lights, Reserve Your Niagara Falls Getaway today!