Canada's largest festival of lights is just 1.5 hours from Toronto (VIDEO)

Nov 10 2016, 5:30 am

Winter is coming… in a wonderland form!

A hop, skip, and drive away, Niagara Falls’ Winter Festival of Lights returns on November 19, lighting up the small city.

The 38th annual winter tradition stretches over 8 kilometers in Niagara, and will run through to the end of January. The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights began back in 1983 and is Canada’s largest illumination festival and the premiere illumination festival in North America, attracting over 1 million visitors and hundreds of motor coaches annually.

The generally quaint city of Niagara Falls turns into a breathtaking, colourful scene with millions of sparkling lights and animated displays that extends to Dufferin Islands. The illuminations include the world’s largest Canadian-American Flag, Niagara’s iconic Skylon Tower, fifteen Canadian Wildlife light sculptures, the Slyma and fifty wrapped trees in Dufferin Islands, Toronto Power Generating Station Light Show, and the two-story tall Zimmerman Fountain.

The free event attracted over a million visitors last season, a number expected to go up this year with the addition of the festival’s new 3D Projection Mapping show. There will also be the annual light shows, fireworks, family entertainment, festival of stars, and of course, the grand opening ceremony.

So plan that winter road trip, it will be very Instagram worthy.

The Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls

Where: Niagara Falls, and Niagara Parks Queen Victoria Park for the opening ceremony

When: November 19 until the end of January, 2017

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