Winter Lights Festival - Emperor Akihito Birthday

Dates & Times:

Sunday December 23, 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

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The magic of the winter season returns to Lethbridge with the Winter Lights Festival. The beautiful Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden will be decorated with over 100,000 lights. Stroll the garden paths under the dazzling stars and lights. The festival is Southern Alberta’s new winter tradition.

On December 23rd Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden will be marking the 85th birthday of His Majesty The Emperor Akihito. Join us for special treats and festivities. 

SAWA restaurant will be here to sale hot Curry Soup in our courtyard by our Nikka Yuko Concession. Come try some SAWA soup and keep warm. 6:00pm to 7:30pm -additional cost for concession and soup. $5.00/serving. 

Join the SAWA team as they do a presentation on Okonomiyaki in the presentation tent at 7:00pm and 8:00pm. See Okonomiyaki event under calendar of events on December 15th and 23 for more information.  

The garden will be open from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm to view the lights. In addition, horse and wagon rides will be available on this night from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. 

Single admission to the Winter Lights Festival is $7.50. But, for the real festival experience check out our new Tomodachi (friendship) and Kazoku (family) packages, which include hot beverages and matcha cookies at great savings.

Guests can now buzz through the lineups by purchasing an online ticket that is valid on any of the nights the garden is open for the Winter Lights Festival.

Please note, individual nights of the Winter Lights Festival may be cancelled due to severe cold, snow, or wind. Please check the garden homepage for any cancellation notification. Guests are also welcome to call the garden at 403 328-3511.