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A Guide to the 2020 Winter Festival of Lights

Winter Festival of Lights Niagara Falls

The Winter Festival of Lights is one of the most anticipated and revered events of the year, and this year’s edition may be even more special. With the challenges 2020 has brought, the festival’s spectacular displays and brilliant lights will brighten not only the night but spirits as well, as we head into the holiday season.

An annual tradition dating back to 1982, Winter Festival of Lights is Canada’s largest free outdoor light festival and features more than 3 million sparkling LED lights and displays along an 8km stretch of the Niagara Parkway, Dufferin Islands and Queen Victoria Park.

Festival viewing is a perfect winter destination that can be completed safely from the comfort of your car or to get up close to see the amazing mechanics and detail of the light structures you can access many areas on foot. Displays are positioned with plenty of space to adhere to social distancing protocols and provide a relaxed and safe experience.

Winter Festival of Lights Polar Bear

Here is a quick guide to the key areas of the 2020 Winter Festival of Lights:

New For 2020

Be on the lookout for 10 new installations to the festival.  The new 3D displays include larger than life polar bears, Rudolph the Red Nosed reindeer, an outstanding gingerbread house, and the Misty Kids village.

Niagara Parkway

Signature illumination displays can be viewed starting from the bottom of Clifton Hill and travelling an 8km stretch.  Along the scenic drive you will encounter the popular Canadian Mountie display, Noah’s Ark, brilliant heralding Angels, and light wrapped trees that shine in the dark.

Queen Victoria Park

The beautiful park that sits opposite Niagara Falls is home to iconic displays. Shimmering blue and white lights of the Zimmerman Fountain welcome guests to Queen Victoria Park, a colourful collection of spiral trees sits at the base of Murray Hill, and old growth trees throughout the park are dripping in light to resemble Spanish Moss trees and light up walking paths.

Dufferin Islands

This 10-acre series of islands and walkways is a popular picnic area in warmer months, but in winter it shines as host of some of the Festival’s most beloved displays.  The nature theme features Canadian wildlife in brilliant light.  From a life size moose, to “Harvest Moon” featuring animated ducks, and a show stopping Woolly Mammoth.

Experience the festival and the nightly illumination of the Falls from the comfort of a Fallsview Room by reserving a stay at the #1 Rated Fallsview Hotel in Niagara on TripAdvisor-Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa!