• 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

As our lighting displays are outdoors and allow for physical distancing, Lights On Stratford is able to continue during the current Provincial “Step 2” Covid restrictions. We’re honoured to be able to safely bring some light and joy during this difficult time.
BE SAFE. BE KIND. WEAR A MASK. DISTANCE. ENJOY THE LIGHTS!
#LoveStratford #LightsOnStratford

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

- Henry Miller

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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2021/22 LIGHTS ON STRATFORD
EXPERIENCE

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.


✨🥡✨ LIGHTS ON — OVENS OFF ✨🥡✨ ⁠
We want you to join us for LightsOnLicious Home Edition!⁠

Through January and the duration of Lights On Winter Festival of Lights, support your local restaurants while their dining rooms remain shut.⁠

Each Friday in January share with us on Facebook or Instagram where you got take-out:
1) Share (and tag) in the comments on Fridays’ posts where you got take-out from Downtown Stratford that week. And add in caps the adjective that best describes the food or not having to cook!⁠
2) Receive TWO EXTRA ballots if you share an image of your take-out (in Stories or a post) and tag IG @stratfordccbia or FB @StratfordCityCentre and #LightsOnLicious ⁠

Be entered to WIN $50 Downtown Dollars weekly. ALL ENTRIES go towards a GRAND PRIZE at the end of the month. 🤩 A lit-up bedazzled grand prize!!
ENTER each time you get take-out — and it counts as a new entry.⁠ We draw a name and announce it every Monday morning.
Good-luck. Have fun. Enjoy your bellies full of take-out!

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.

Birmingham Manor B&B

“Lights On” Romance

Join us for a one of kind package: start your adventure with an early check-in and settle into one of our plush rooms. Fuel up with a delicious “Chocolate snack board”, full of home baked treats and accompanied by an “Italian Hot Chocolate”. By this time the installations will be ready to be enjoyed! Then spend a night, or two, at Birmingham Manor, one of the most sought after B&B in Stratford where you will be indulged. Next morning enjoy our gourmet breakfast to start the day on the right note!

Please note dining options such as take out etc can be discussed at booking time.

Your package includes:

Early check-in
One night at the Birmingham Manor Bed and Breakfast
A three-course gourmet breakfast for two
Chocolate Snack Board
Italian Hot Chocolate or your choice of Coffee, Tea or Chai latte.
A gift bag of our famous Biscotti
Two homemade “Mendiants” made with high quality chocolate, fruit, nuts and seeds

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

Downie Street Burgers

TAKE-OUT ONLY
Lights On Stratford specials include:
The Bright & Cheesy Burger and Chicken Club De Lights
$10 each (includes fries)
107 Downie St.

Grotto Hair Studio

LIGHTS ON STRATFORD BLONDES
Purchase any 2 products from our K’ERASTASE blond range and receive a complimentary travel blond thermique

Let’s keeps those highLIGHTS sparkling

USE CODE: LIGHTSONSTRATFORD to receive your gift
19 York St.

illume Wellness Spa

Spend $150 in our clean beauty market & receive a free facial bundle
Spend $100 in our clean beauty market & receive a free orgaid sheet mask
Spend $50 in our clean beauty market & receive a free 5 step facial.

36 Ontario St.

The Livery Yard

TAKE-OUT ONLY
HEARTS AGLOW white Chocolate Latte
104 Downie St.

Sirkel Foods

TAKE-OUT ONLY
We will be adding our Lights On-wich to the menu to celebrate! It is actually called an Ultimate Veggie-wich but we think that because it’s “lite” it will be the perfect “light” wich!
40 Wellington Street
Mon–Fri Open 8am–3pm

The Little Prince Cinema Cine-Lounge

TAKE-OUT ONLY
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

TAKE-OUT ONLY
“LIGHTS ON LOCAL BURGER”
All Beef Burger Patty from Yungblut Meats and a Perth Pork Sausage Patty with Swiss & Cheddar Cheese, 2 slices of bacon and peameal
377 Huron Street

GO Transit

Whether you’re coming from Toronto or further afield, here’s how to get to Stratford.

NEW: GO Transit Stratford connection! Check out the schedule and purchase your passes directly online.

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
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.