Top 5 Destinations for Winter Wonderland Light Displays

A fan of winter-time? These destinations will be right up your alley (or shall we say, down your chimney.)

Our first stop on this trip is Niagara Falls, for the Winter Festival of Lights.

Held annually at Queen Victoria Park. Leave it to those Canucks to have one of the top festivals of the season and with this one, they truly go all-out.

festival lights queen victoria park

The year 2017 marks their 35th anniversary of the 8km long illumination route, which weaves through gorgeous landscapes occupying Dufferin Islands, as well as the surrounding tourist districts.

It has become a deeply loved, storied holiday tradition for many families from all over the world. An astonishing one-million visitors will descend upon Niagara Falls to consume all of the joy brought about by the Festival of Lights.

Queen Victoria Park 
6075 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls Ontario Canada, L2G 3N4
Download the WFOL App for a route map, event schedule & more

Next on our journey is Portland, Oregon where we introduce you to the Portland Winter Light Festival

portland festival of lights

This is a truly quirky, unique event (much like the city it calls home) and it incorporates illuminated art installations, live performances, kinetic fire sculptures, as well as family-friendly interactive activities.

Featuring over 100 artists, designers, builders and performers the festival draws in about 50,000 visitors for this special event.

February 1-3, 2018 – Venues to be announced
Stay tuned to their website for exact venue locations
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festival lights phillips park

Our third stop is Phillips Park in Aurora, Illinois.

Presented by the Rotary Club of Aurora, this is the events 11h season and it is one of the largest, totally free outdoor holiday light displays in the Chicago area.

aurora festival of lights

Drive through more than a mile of lighted displays, many of them animated. There are over 420 displays making up this drive-through only event. New to the scene this are are dancing arcs and a 20-foot sign in the midst of Weisner Ice Rink. This event began in 2006 by members of the Rotary Club, in partnership with the City of Aurora.

Check it out beginning Friday November 24th through December 26th. Open on Friday / Saturday 5PM – 10PM and Sunday-Thursday 5PM – 9PM

Phillips Park
1000 Ray Moses Drive in Aurora
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Fourth is Toronto’s Distillery District for the Toronto Light Festival.

toronto lights festival

Featuring artists from all over – such as India, United States, Netherlands, Canada & More.

The mission of this festival is to uplift the collective spirit of this wonderful city and inject the cold, dark atmosphere with the warm vibrancy of light. In a city where it often reaches negative degrees, they need as much warmth as they can get!

The location is very interesting indeed. Taking place within a giant collection of Victorian industrial buildings juxtaposed by the magical, eye-candy of every shape and size which temporarily covers their exteriors and illuminates the otherwise dreary landscape.

2018 dates to be announced, stay tuned on their website Click Here

northern lights festival

Last, but most certainly not least – we’re talking about the Northern Lights.

One place to see them is Iceland. Tour the Aurora Borealis with Reykjavik Excursions

northern lights

This experience is certainly the only one on our list that has a spiritual component and is as awe-inspiring as this natural light display given during the winter months.

Caused by particles interacting with the upper atmosphere, a phenomenon occurs which turns the boring sky into a visually explosive event. Pastels and neon hues paint the sky for a mesmerizing colorscape.
Although, the lights are not guaranteed so it is sort of a gamble if you do go on the trip. Some tours offer a free repeat if your first trip doesn’t bring you face-to-face with the Aurora Borealis. REYKJAVIK Excursions

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