Niagara Falls – Festival of Lights & New Year’s Eve Concert 2018

Be sure you explore the amazing glowing light displays that make up the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls, CanadaNovember 3, 2018 – January 31, 2019. Each winter the festival captures the magic of the holiday season, so be sure to attend their brightest season yet!

The signature 8km long route travels through the beautiful landscapes of the Niagara Parks, Dufferin Islands, and surrounding tourist districts to transform the city into a winter wonderland. As a treasured holiday tradition for people from around the world, the Winter Festival of Lights is attended by over one million visitors each season.

The light displays include the iconic Zimmerman Fountain, fifteen three-dimensional Canadian Wildlife displays, the world’s largest Canadian-American Flag, Noah’s Ark, the lights at the top of Niagara’s iconic Skylon Tower, over fifty trees in Dufferin Islands wrapped with lights and the Toronto Power Generating Station Light Show.

In addition to the breathtaking displays, the Winter Festival of Lights has several events that take place each season including Opening Ceremonies in Queen Victoria Park, Laser Light Shows, weekly fireworks, the Deck the Falls Holiday Walking Tour, nightly Falls Illumination, the Sparkle Lighting Awards, Niagara Falls New Years Eve Concert and brand new for this year the Cascades of Fire International Fireworks competition.

There is no admission fee to view the lights but donations are gratefully accepted by Festival Ambassadors at the exit of Dufferin Islands (suggested contribution $5 – $10 per car; coach buses $1 per passenger), with proceeds used to enhance the lights and displays. Make it your winter tradition!


One of Canada’s longest running New Year’s Eve celebrations returns to Niagara Falls to kick off 2019 in Queen Victoria Park with a huge outdoor concert.

Known to attract 50,000 people each year, the free outdoor event will have two explosive fireworks shows, one a 9 pm and one at midnight, as well as numerous food and beverage options, including an outdoor licensed area.

This year’s concert features an all-star Canadian line-up:

  • Opening the event at 8pm, will be the Niagara Falls-based ban and winner of Band of the Year at the Niagara Music Awards, Avenue Inn.
  • Saskatoon based-band, The Sheepdogs, will take the stage at 9pm to play some of their award-winning hits.
  • Acclaimed group, Walk Off The Earth, will perform a set of their multi-platinum tunes, beginning at 10 pm.
  • Finally, to ring in 2019, Burton Cummings will be closing out the year and the show!  As one of the most celebrated Canadian musicians, the former Guess Who frontman is guaranteed to put on a great performance.

Whether you decide to come for the entire show, or grab dinner and then catch the midnight fireworks, you won’t want to miss the epic New Year’s Eve celebration.


Courtesy of Niagara Falls Tourism

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