• LIGHTS ON STRATFORD

    DEC 16 2022 - JAN 27 2023
    image: The Pool by artist Jen Lewin
  • 2022 THEME: REKINDLE

    "relight (a fire) or revive (something that has been lost)."
    The Pool by artist Jen Lewin. Photo: Alex Koch
  • Stratford, Ontario, Canada

    Come see Stratford in a different light!

Lights On Stratford

"Rekindle the fire in your spirit."

- Lailah Gifty Akita

Free to the public and designed to be safely enjoyed with on-site staff, Lights On Stratford will light up this winter starting December 16th, 2022 through to January 27th, 2023, 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 2022/23 theme is REKINDLE – “relight (a fire) or revive (something that has been lost).” As we emerge from another year of having to stay home, missing our friends, family and favourite places; the importance of rekindling a sense of joy, wonder and community has never been greater.

Market Square will be brought to life with internationally renowned artist Jen Lewin’s THE POOL – a giant field of concentric circles that swirl with light when activated by touch. Inspired by Australian tidal pools, Lewin developed mesh-network technology and code to bring this experience around the world. Visitors can activate any of the 100 large circular pads that respond to walking, dancing, jumping, or playing — encouraging participation in an ever-changing composition.

The Festival will also feature new Made-in-Stratford light displays along the Light Trail connecting Market Square to Tom Patterson Island. As in previous years, storefronts and locations throughout the City will be lit up with 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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2022/23 LIGHTS ON STRATFORD
EXPERIENCE

More details and announcements coming soon!

PLAN YOUR VISIT

The 3rd annual Lights On Stratford launches on December 16th, 2022 through to January 27th, 2023. 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:

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 the 2020 or 2021 winter festivals? Here are some highlight videos:

SPONSORS & VOLUNTEERS

This festival is not possible without Stratford’s amazing community support. THANK YOU! Interested in sponsorship opportunities for the 2022 3rd 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
BulkTech Inc.
Steed Standard Transport Limited
Stratford Crane Rental Ltd
Stratford Home Hardware Building Centre
Peavey Mart
K8 the GR8 designs

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.
My Main Street
FedDev
This project is funded by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.

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.