My family and I had a great time this holiday season driving through the Winter Festival of lights at Niagara Falls, Canada. This was one of the reasons to travel to Niagara Falls in the middle of the winter. We went there on Dec. 28th, 2018 and the weather, although cold was not snowy, so it was a great way to spend an evening and see this amazing display. The line of cars moved slowly through the Park, so we had time to put our car windows down and get nice views of the displays and take pictures.
Festival of Lights is an 8 km long light display, located within the Niagara Parks, Dufferin Islands and surrounding tourist districts. One can drive through it or park the car and enjoy the various activities going on besides the Falls as we did. There were different parking areas – ranging from $15-$20 per car. We parked at one spot and walked to see these Winter Wonderland of Lights.
The light displays included many colorful spiral trees, the Zimmerman Fountain, bright accent lights at places, the Canadian-American Flag which was one display changing from Canadian to the American Flag view, Noah’s Ark, the lights at the top of Niagara’s Skylon Tower and many more.
Zimmerman Fountain light display at the Queen Victoria Park, bottom of Clifton Hill.
I would recommend a walk through the area to see all the lights. They were beautifully done and run along the area of the falls, so you can see both during your walk.
The Falls illumination was breathtaking with the colors changing from one to another and the mist from the Falls creating a see-through curtain effect at times.
Then we went to the Dufferin Islands which is a drive-through light display, not far from falls itself where many trees were wrapped with lights, sparkling and glowing in the night with animated figures in between. The theme this year was the Canadian Wildlife. There were some awesome lights like the winter polar bear, the moose, deer, bison, the two wolves howling after the moon, the two swans kissing each other, and the Inukshuk.
It took us about an hour to see these lights from the time we left the parking lot. While driving through, the fireworks over the falls started at 09:00 p.m., which we could watch through our car windows.
This was a great way to spend a wintery Friday evening.