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Winter Light Festival

A Celebration of the Seasons

The Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden offers you an unforgettable cultural experience, combining the beauty of nature in a serene setting.

Now add over 170,000 lights and add a Masturi (Festival) feel to the Garden with our Winter Light Festival. Step through the entrance gate, leave the bustle of everyday city life behind, and refresh your senses. A host or hostess will greet you and highlight the Garden’s many features.

Our most popular event of the year! The famous annual Winter Light Festival runs from December until the end of February where there were over 30,000 guests in attendance.

This year we decided to do something new! We will transform the Garden to present all four seasons. Haru (Spring), Natsu (Summer), Aki (Fall), and Fuyu (Winter). For each season we offer unique visual attractions and engaging elements.

Help us continue the awareness of the Garden landscape and be inspired by the beauty of our diverse community.

Wow your guests with an exclusive event in the garden and create unforgettable memories.
Nikka Yuko has several gathering options available with exclusive and non-exclusive packages.

Book your private event for staff, clients, or family and friends this season at Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden!

See our event calendar for ongoing and different cultural events, performances and demonstrations. Celebrate the Winter Light Festival at Nikka Yuko and Experience the Friendship!

Dates & Tickets

Dates:
December: Thursday – Sunday
January: Thursday – Saturday
February: Friday and Saturday

Times:
December: 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
January: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
February: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

  • The Winter Light Festival closes when the temperatures (with the wind chill) falls below -25C for the safety and comfort of our guests and staff members. If you have pre-purchased tickets for a date that is cancelled, you will be permitted to use your tickets for an alternate date or choose to receive a refund.
  • Tickets can be moved to another date at no cost by contacting our ticket office. We only offer refunds if the garden is closed to weather.
  • While our staff do their best to clear snow and ice, these can sometimes accumulate quickly, depending on the weather. Please come dressed for the weather, including shoes or boots, allowing you to walk along the snowy pathways.
  • Please refrain from going off the paved pathways, as there are many electrical cords under the snow, and guest can unknowingly unplug lights or slip on ice that has accumulated under the snow.
  • Our tea pavilion is not open during winter, but you may still view the garden from the deck.
  • The Kamakura [Igloo] Dome Experience is a separate experience that requires a separate ticket.

Programs:

  • Dome Experience (Separate Ticket Required) is at 5:30 PM (Seasonal), 6:30 PM (Sakura), 7:30 PM (Northern Lights)
  • Midnight Channel (Every second Thursday from 7:00 PM-9:00 PM)
  • Taiko Drumming (Fridays at 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 8:00 PM)
  • Minyo Dancing (Saturdays at 7:00 PM)
  • Marc and Fire Dancers (January 6, February 2, February 3, & February 16)

 

Special Events:

  • FREE Basha Nori Nights (December 17 +24)
  • Little Lethbridge Opera Theatre Performances (December 17 and 31)
  • Joya No Kane (December 31)
  • Seijin No Hi (January 6)
  • Setsubun Festival Weekend (February 2+3)
  • Lunar New Year (February 16)
  • Emperor’s Birthday and FUYU Bike Ride (February 23)
  • Coldest Night of the Year (February 24)
  • Last Day of Winter Light Festival (February 24)

General Admission:
Adult: $13.50
Senior (Ages 65+): $12.50
Gakusei (Students aged 6-16 with student ID): $10
Kodomo (Child 5 & under): FREE

Packaged Admission Prices (Each guest gets 1 cookie, 1 drink, and Winter Light Festival Admission):
Tomodachi (Couples pass for 2): $26
Kazoku (Family pass for 5): $60
Gakusei Package (Students aged 6-16 with student ID): $12

Add Ons:
Kamakura Dome Experience: $10 (admission only, does NOT include Winter Light Festival admission. Those must be purchased separately)

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