The Magic of WOW

Trolley Rides

About the School House Plays

About our Nativity Scene


Visiting WOW

Opening Night Friday, November 25, 2016, 5:30 pm at the Park Inn. Lights Switch on at 6:00 pm.
Lights on every night through to Dec 31 – 5:30 to 10:30 pm (later on New Years Eve.)
Horse Drawn Trolley Rides, 6pm-9pm: Nov 25, 26, Dec 2/3, 9/10, 16/17, 23/24, 31.
Concession nights: Nov 25, 26, Dec 2/3, 9/10, 16/17, 19 thru 24 (Christmas Eve), Dec 26 thru 31
School House Plays @ the Old School House: Dec 2 & 3 and 9 &10, 6:30 -8:30, every 20 minutes.



WOW's Opening Day Fireworks Show is Generously Sponsored by NorthStar Entertainment

North Star are Canada's leading fireworks expertss! They provide spectacular entertainment for weddings, festivals, music shows, ski resorts, cottage shows, and Canada Day Celebrations. North Star's philosophy is: "if all shows can’t be as good as our best show, we simply won’t take them on."

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Welcome to WOW's 2016 Season!

Magical light displays make this special time even more joyous!

The Wonders of Winter (WOW) has been a beloved holiday tradition in the Region of Waterloo. We have over 100,000 lights and more than 100 displays. The festival runs from November 25 (Opening night) to December 31, 2016, in Waterloo Park, Waterloo, Ontario. Come and join us and be a part of it – bring the family! Look for our new displays. Send us your favorite photo to post on our Fan Photo Page.


We would love to see your images!

WOWThumbWe are grateful that our dedicated volunteers take time out of their busy schedules to assemble a spectacle of holiday lights that is a feast for the eyes! We invite you to visit our delightful image gallery by clicking on the image to the right. Wonders of Winter is an extraordinary holiday experience of lights. You will be amazed by what you see!

Please send your own photos to Wonders of Winter for our Fan Photo Page!

Have a look at these videos by our fans!

Check out our beautiful Wonders of Winter Gallery here!

WOW in the News!

If you get a moment, have a look at this wonderful article in the Waterloo Chronicle about Bill Weiler, founder of the Wonders of Winter Festival. No wonder he has earned the well-deserved title "Waterloo's Father of Christmas"!


How to Get Here

Finding Wonders of Winter is easy! WOW is located in Waterloo Park, near Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo. Please click on the map to the right for more information on how to get here.

Our address is:

Waterloo Park, East.  
50 Young Street West, Waterloo

GPS: 43.46715N / 80.52997W 

Questions? Contact us!

For any questions about Wonders of Winter, please contact


Support Wonders of Winter!

WOW could use your help! Your donation will help allow Wonders of Winter to keep on bringing Holiday Magic to Waterloo Region. Operational costs add up, new displays are being added, old ones are enhanced, and there are a variety of odds and ends that could use support. We’ve added a PayPal button to our website to make donating easier. Won’t you consider pitching in? Even a little bit goes a long way!  


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