A Festival of Lights in Waterloo Park

Over 100 colourful and fun displays with over 100,000 light bulbs light up Waterloo Park from Opening Night through all of December until midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Thank you for visiting the Wonders of Winter this year and thank you to all the sponsors and those who made a donation to make it happen.

We’re already looking forward to our next Wonders of Winter celebration with the schedule as follows:

  • Opening Night is Saturday December 1, 2018 with the Community Candle Light Event at 5:30 pm and Fireworks at 6:00 pm.
  • School House Plays will be Friday & Saturday nights: December 7/8 & 14/15.
  • Santa Photo night in the Old School House is on December the 22nd. Free Trolley rides Friday & Saturday nights – plus Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
  • Plus many other fun and exciting events.

Join us for Waterloo’s great traditional festival, our 25th year!

Please note Waterloo Park does not accommodate vehicular drive through traffic and, at this time, is not barrier free.

Hours – Support – ‎About Us

  • Hours
    The lights come on at 6:00pm Opening Night and from 5:30pm to 10:30pm every evening through the month of December. They are then turned off for the season on New Year’s Day. Do join us for the Candle Light Event...
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  • Donate Here
    Donate Here
    Sponsorships from local businesses help cover the majority of the costs of running the Wonders of Winter, but annual operating costs continue to increase. New displays cost money, older ones need constant maintenance and there are always a variety of...
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  • Opening Night
    Opening Night
    Be on hand for Opening Night – Saturday December 1, 2018 at 5:30 pm and join in the FREE community candlelight event. At 6:00 pm ‎be amazed at the massive fireworks display in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, filling the...
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  • About Wonders of Winter
    About Wonders of Winter
    In 1994, Bill Weiler, a creative citizen of Waterloo asked for a loan from the City of Waterloo to install the first underground electrical service in Waterloo Park to power the first 5000 lights in imaginative displays. The loan has...
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  • Image Gallery
    Image Gallery
    Check out all the beautiful images of the Wonders of Winter - a festival of lights in Waterloo Park...
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  • Sponsors & Volunteers
    Sponsors & Volunteers
    Thank You to our Many Generous Sponsors and Volunteers: Community Service Clubs K-W Civitan Club Waterloo Grand River Kinsmen Kiwanis Club of Kitchener Waterloo Kiwanis Club of Waterloo North Waterloo Lions Club Optimist Club of Lakeshore Village Optimist Club of...
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Planning Your Evening

  • Take a Free family photo with Santa
    Take a Free Family Photo with Santa
    Santa and his helpers will be warming up in the old school house the Saturday before Christmas from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Drop in with your camera or phone and take a perfect photograph with Santa. That’s Saturday December 22, 2018!...
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  • Horse-drawn Trolley Rides through the Park - FREE
    Horse-drawn Trolley Rides through the Park – FREE
    No ticket required! Enjoy a complimentary 10 – 15 minute horse-drawn trolley ride through the lights in Waterloo Park on Friday and Saturday nights between 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm. Pick up the trolley at the Trolley STOP sign by...
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  • Santa's Hotline - FREE
    Santa’s Hotline – FREE
    Talk to Santa, Mrs. Claus and even Rudolph! Children can pick up one of the phones and talk to Santa on one phone, Mrs Claus on another and Rudolph on another. A child’s dream come true!...
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  • Santa's Animated Workshops - FREE
    Santa’s Animated Workshops – FREE
    Visit one of the five workshops where the hard working elves are busy making toys for Christmas....
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  • Hot Chocolate, Hot Apple Cider & Bottled Water
    Hot Chocolate, Hot Apple Cider & Bottled Water
    Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or a cup of hot apple cider as you wander through the paths of winter lights. Bottled water is also available. Service Clubs open the Park Inn where they serve up warm...
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  • "Life in the School House" Play - FREE
    “Life in the School House” Play – FREE
    The “Life in the School House in the 1850’s” play brings you back to the classroom around the year 1850 when school was different from today. It’s a fun filled, interactive presentation performed by the students of Westvale Public School....
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  • The Nativity Scene - FREE
    The Nativity Scene – FREE
    The nativity scene on display beside the barn was conceived and donated by Shawky Fahel and his family. Shawky commissioned Christian Palestinians in Shepherd’s Fields in Bethlehem to carve the scene from Olive wood. The figures took 13 artisans 15 weeks to...
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Donations and Sponsorships are the only way that we are able to fund the Wonders of Winter Festival of Lights. We are a completely volunteer run organization made up of people in the community who want to present a festival of lights for everyone to enjoy at no charge. Please go to the “Donate Here” heading and be as generous as you can. Any amount helps.