About Lights of the North
Experience the magic of Canada’s largest Chinese Lantern festival. Occupying over 10 acres, the scale of this giant exposition of Chinese lantern art will be sure to amaze. It is a $4 million venture, where it will take 75-100 Chinese artisans six to eight weeks to construct towering specially designed light artwork status depicting Manitoba, Canada and Chinese icons and symbols illuminated by millions of LED lights and using various common items such as plates, cups and saucers, medicine vials, plastic bottles and ping-pong balls.
There will be traditional Chinese performances by professional performers, that will open your eyes. Artisans from China will demonstrate their talents on site making heritage handcrafts to the delight of audiences and shoppers. There will be food — both local and Chinese — and, of course, beer gardens where you can sit and watch the late-night fireworks.
The kids will be thrilled with Dinosaur World, which offers augmented reality experiences in “Jurassic Park” as well as life-size walking dinosaurs interacting with visitors. In addition, there will be carnival game and rides. Visitors can create their own dinosaur on a giant “Lite Brite” screen or ride a bicycle to generate electricity to light up a central display.
This is a truly magical show that will be here to delight Winnipeggers and thousands of visitors from around the world.
Walk around the 10-acre grounds and marvel at these incredible towering light displays, take in a performance or two, feast on traditional Chinese cuisine and shop for a treasure to remind you of your trip to Lights of The North!
Red River Exhibition Park
August 31st – Extended to 21st October
Mon – Friday Gate Opens 6pm -11pm
Mon – Fri
6:30 pm – 7:00 pm / 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm / 9:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Sat – Sun
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm / 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm / 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm / 9:30 pm – 10:00 pm
3D Show Times
First show at dusk. Every half hour thereafter.
To guarantee admission and to avoid waiting in line upon arrival, we recommend you purchase your tickets online.
Tuesday – Educator Night – $10 off your ticket & $5 off for immediate family members.
Wednesday – Hero Night (Military, Police, Firefighters, Paramedics, Doctors & Nurses) – $10 off your ticket, $5 off for immediate family members.
Thursday – Student Night – All Students $15
*Tickets must be purchased at the gate. Please have id on arrival.
Enjoy a variety of performances including Chinese acrobatics, Chinese Kongfu, Sichuan Opera Face Changing (Bian Lian), fire breathing, plate spinning, kicking bowls, Chinese folk dances and more. The professional performers travel all the way from the Sister City Chengdu to Winnipeg and have dedicated tens of thousands of hours of practicing to be able to deliver shows like the one we have in the festival.
Buy your tickets online for a chance to win
To guarantee admission and to avoid waiting in line upon arrival, we recommend you purchase your tickets online. Feel free to purchase online tickets to enjoy the great savings. Tickets can also be purchased at the Box Office upon entering the festival at the Red River Exhibition Park.
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Prepare your taste buds for a treat. With a large range of traditional Chinese and Canadian dishes to try, make sure you come hungry. Vendors include some well know locals along with chefs from Chengdu China, preparing some wonderful Chinese favorites in Sichuan Style.
With over 50 artisans visiting from China, you’ll be sure to find some treasures to remind you of this incredible cultural experience. Explore the arts and crafts alley and find a hidden gem on your visit to Lights of The North.
Walking with dinosaurs, dinosaur ride, dinosaur maze, Dinosaur egg hunt, making your own takehome lanterns, moon swings and more.