Winter Lights Festival - Opening Weekend

Dates & Times:

Saturday December 1st 6:00pm to 9:00pm

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The magic of the winter season returns to Lethbridge with the Winter Lights Festival. The beautiful Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden will be decorated with over 115,000 lights. Stroll the garden paths under the dazzling stars and lights. The festival is Southern Alberta’s new winter tradition. 

Join us for the opening night of the Winter Lights Festival on December 1st.

The garden will be open from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm to view the lights.

Warm Sake and other hot drinks will be available at our Nakashima Concession and Social Area. (Nakaniwa-Courtyard)  

Come enjoy a piece of mochi cake prepared by the Nikkei Cultural Society of Southern Alberta. Cake will be served from 6:00pm to 7:30pm on a first come first serve basis. No charge for a piece of mochi cake and a sample of hot green tea.  

Come look for neat cultural gifts and products. Zakka-ya Lethbridge will be here at the Garden with their retail items to sale. Zakkka-ya has many Japanese and Asian like products that will bring a smile to your loved one this season. 

For those who shopped at Zakka-ya downtown, please come say hi to Tomoko-san!

The garden is also pleased to be offering complimentary horse and wagon rides from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Single admission to the Winter Lights Festival is $7.50. But, for the real festival experience check out our new Tomodachi (friendship) and Kazoku (family) packages, which include hot beverages and matcha cookies at great savings.

Guests can now buzz through the lineups by purchasing an online ticket which is valid on any of the nights that the garden is open for the Winter Lights Festival.

Please note, individual nights of the Winter Lights Festival may be cancelled due to severe cold, snow, or wind. Please check the garden homepage for any cancellation notification. Guests are also welcome to call the garden at 403 328-3511.