• LIGHTS ON STRATFORD

    DEC 17 2021 - JAN 28 2022
  • WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

    STRATFORD, ONTARIO
  • 2021 THEME: JOURNEY

    "an act of traveling from one place to another."
  • Come see Stratford in a different light!

Lights On Stratford

"One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things."

- Henry Miller

Sky Castle North American premiere at Lights On Stratford

Free to the public and designed to be safely enjoyed with physical distancing and on-site staff, Lights On Stratford will light up this winter starting December 17th, 2021 through to January 28th, 2022, 5:00pm-10:00pm nightly.

Launched in 2020 during the pandemic, the award-winning Lights On Stratford annual winter festival will once again transform Stratford’s heritage downtown core and park system with luminous art and interactive light installations.

The Lights On Stratford 2021 theme is JOURNEY – “an act of traveling from one place to another.” As we find safe ways to emerge from the constraints of having to stay home, missing our friends, family or favourite places; the sense of wonder and delight experienced within a journey will be celebrated anew. This year, Lights On Stratford brings the adventure of travel to the public spaces of Stratford by showcasing exhibits of light that explore motion, transportation, worldly and other-worldly landmarks.

Market Square will be brought to life with Sky Castle – a dreamy, interactive sound and light installation journeying from Australia to Canada for its North American premiere at Lights On Stratford. Sky Castle features a cluster of 20 inflatable arches that evoke the joy and hope that rainbows bring after every storm. As visitors move through the arches, their movement powers and expands the melodic xylophone soundscape stimulating colour changes in each arch.

The Festival also brings back Made-in-Stratford light displays which will include the Shakespearean Gardens of a Thousand Lights, Journey to the Stars which transforms Tom Patterson Island into an interstellar journey of light, and a spectacular display at Stratford Festival’s Avon Theatre. As in 2020, storefronts and locations throughout the City will also feature unique light displays and experiences.

Stratford is home to some of the world’s best artists, lighting designers, props builders and creative minds. Lights On Stratford harnesses this precious resource of local talent, crafting a truly unique experience that can’t be found anywhere else.

Come see Stratford in a different light!

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2021 LIGHTS ON STRATFORD
EXPERIENCE

More locations and details coming soon!

PLAN YOUR VISIT

The 2nd annual Lights On Stratford launches on December 17th, 2021 through to January 28th, 2022. Free to the public. 5:00pm-10:00pm nightly including Christmas and New Years.

Stratford is a renowned cultural destination, including in the winter! While enjoying our lights, be sure to also check out some of this winter’s incredible events and experiences:

Also be sure to indulge with Stratford’s culinary scene and stay overnight at one of our unique accommodation options. See below for 2021/22 special packages and promotions:

Best Western Plus The Arden Park Hotel

Best Western Plus The Arden Park Hotel is offering incredible Lights on Stratford Romance, Family and Staycation Packages.

Bentley's Lofts@99

Enjoy a Night of Modern Luxury in the Heart of Downtown Stratford

Stay Downtown at our Lofts@99 during Lights On Stratford and SAVE!

Dec 17th  – Jan 28th
$109/per 2 person occupancy

Note: $29 for each additional guest
*excludes New Year’s Eve

Treat yourself to one of our luxurious bi-level loft suites. Pamper yourself in our ensuite, modern, bath facilities. Relax in a famous tempurpedic mattress with high-end linens or resting this winter beside your in-room fireplace. Decorated throughout with fine art decor, plasma flat screen T.V, state of the art radio sound systems, and free wireless internet, these overnight accommodations in Stratford will be a night you won´t forget.

Please call #(519) 271-1121 to book your Accommodations and mention this Lights On Stratford Special Rate.

The Bruce Hotel

Marvel at the Lights On Stratford Winter Festival of Lights even later when you stay overnight at The Bruce Hotel. Use the promo code LIGHTS when making an online reservation for stays December 17th – January 28th* and save 20% off rooms & suites at The Bruce Hotel – located minutes from Lights On Stratford.

This special promotion includes an overnight stay for two, breakfast for two, a glass of mulled wine per guest to warm up after an evening of discovering the Lights On Stratford Winter Festival of Lights, use of luxurious amenities and facilities including pool & spa tub, fitness studio, world-class cuisine in The Restaurant at The Bruce, and our award-winning wine list.

Click here to book now with online promo code LIGHTS. Some restrictions apply. Call 1-855-708-7100 or email reception@thebruce.ca to learn more.

*Promotion not offered December 24th – 25th, and December 31st.
A surcharge of $35.00 per additional guest over the age of 12 applies.

Mercer Hotel

$229 PER NIGHT/ 2 GUESTS

Package includes:
MERCER BRANDED TRAVEL MUGS
MERCER TOQUES
RHEO THOMPSON HOT CHOCOLATES
50$ RESTAURANT VOUCHER

Call direct to reserve your package today!
MERCER HOTEL DOWNTOWN
BEST WESTERN PREMIER COLLECTION
104 ONTARIO ST, STRATFORD ON
519-271-1888

The Parlour Inn

Available December 17, 2021 – January 28, 2022

Let us be your home base while you take in Stratford this winter. The award-winning annual Lights On festival will once again transform Stratford’s heritage downtown core and park system with luminous art and interactive light installations.

Along with cozy overnight accommodations with a waiting welcome treat you’ll also enjoy a $50 food credit to use towards a delicious dinner in the Parlour Inn Restaurant.

Guestrooms starting from $179 Sunday – Friday, $199 Saturday*
Book online only with promo code: LLIGHT

Cafe Bouffon

Details coming soon!
70 Ontario St.

The Common

The Common proudly presents our Lights On Stratford signature beverage:
Hot Apple Cidecar
Something to keep you toasty while wandering the lights! Made with mulled cider, courvoisier, orange liqueur, cinnamon tea syrup and drunken cherries. 🍒
80 Wellington St.

Downie Street Burgers

Details coming soon!
107 Downie St.

Lady Glaze Doughnuts

Get ready for our Lady Glaze hand-crafted Lights On Stratford O’ Hole-y Night doughnut!
35 Erie St. 519-305-3800
Open Sunday to Thursday 9am to 5pm, Friday and Saturday 9am to 6pm.

The Little Prince Cinema Cine-Lounge

Visit us at the The Little Prince Cinema Cine-Lounge – The World’s Smallest Movie Theatre – right across from Market Square at 62 Wellington Street and mention Lights On Stratford for your FREE bag of our famous Theatre Popcorn!
62 Wellington St.

Madelyn's Diner

Details coming soon!
377 Huron Street

Whether you’re coming from Toronto or further afield, here’s how to get to Stratford (including new GO Transit connections!):

By Car

Approximate Driving Times to Stratford:

Toronto: 2 Hours  (Route Options)
Ottawa: 6 Hours  (Route Options)
Detroit: 3 Hours  (Route Options)
Buffalo: 3 Hours  (Route Options)
Chicago: 8 Hours  (Route Options)

U.S. Visitors to Stratford should also allow extra time for delays at border crossings. For requirements, including vaccination requirements, and wait times, visit Canada Border Services online. Please see our U.S. Visitor FAQ page for further information.

By Rail

GO Transit | 1.888.438.6646
PC Connect intercommunity bus service (Perth County, Stratford, St. Marys, Kitchener/Waterloo and London) | 1.888.465.0783
VIA Rail | 1.888.842.7245
U.S.A. Rail, Amtrak | 1.800.USA.RAIL (Connect in Toronto for Via Rail to Stratford)

By Air

Region of Waterloo International Airport  | 1.866.648.2256
Toronto Pearson International Airport | 1.866.603.4495
London International Airport  | 519.452.4015

Were you not able to attend last winter’s festival? Here are some highlight videos from 2020:

SPONSORS & VOLUNTEERS

This festival is not possible without Stratford’s amazing community support. THANK YOU! Interested in sponsorship opportunities for the 2021 2nd annual festival? Visit the Become A Sponsor page for more details.

FOUNDING PARTNERS

Stratford Tourism
City of Stratford
investStratford
Stratford City Centre
Stratford Economic Response & Recovery Task Force

2021 IN-KIND SUPPORTERS

Stratford Festival
Bespoke Audio Visual
The Rutherford Group
GO Transit

2021 GOLD SPONSORS

Stratford City Centre

MARKET SQUARE

2021 SILVER SPONSORS

The Arden Park Hotel
Vancea Financial Group
Rheo Thompson Candies
Orr Insurance
Stratford Orthodontics
Wightman
Neumeister Motors
Festival Hydro

2021 BRONZE SPONSORS

CLEANFIX
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada
Uniac Insurance
Arden Park Dental
Famme & Co.
HeatTrak
A.J. Braun

2021 COMMUNITY SPONSORS

Akins Brewer
MacLeods Scottish Shop
Elliott Motors
Sinclair Pharmacy
White Balmer Shoes
Home & Company
Stylish Fireplaces By Huntington Lodge
Lange Bros.
Goebel Insurance Agency Inc.
TEAHEN Construction & Plumbing
inSites
STEELECREST PROPERTY CARE
Georgian Bay Fire & Safety
Stratford Home Hardware Building Centre
BulkTech Inc.
Stratford Crane Rental Ltd

2021 GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

Funding provided by the Government of Ontario
This event has been financially assisted by the Reconnect Festivals and Events Program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries.

CONTACT

Festival Director

Zac Gribble

Email Zac for media enquiries, tourism and festival-related questions.

General Manager

Kaileigh Krysztofiak

Email Kaileigh for operational questions.

Sponsorships

Lindsey Martchenko

Email Lindsey for corporate sponsor opportunities.