Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden Winter Light Festival

December 3, 2020

January 30, 2021

$7 to $10

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, 9 Ave S & Mayor Magrath Dr, Lethbridge

403 328-3511


Events Description

The Winter Lights Festival is back to bring light and joy to Southern Alberta through the darkest months! Join us and experience the illumination of over 150,000+ lights decorating the beautiful Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden.

Bundle up and take in our massive light display, ice sculptures, and other surprises throughout the garden! Learn about Japanese customs and traditions that they celebrate during the winter months.

Shop for unique gift items at the Visitor’s Centre Gift Shop.

The Garden is particularly fragile during the winter months because branches can break easily in the cold temperature. The Garden’s maintenance staff works incredibly hard on these living pieces of art. We ask that all guests stay to paths and designated areas, and to not touch or pull on vegetation.

Please be courteous so that all guests may enjoy the Garden and the lights. Please no running on paths and be mindful of blocking paths and areas.

Shakespeare Meets Dickens:

The Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society presents A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens in the beautiful setting of Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden.
This is a short, fast-paced version of Dickens’ beloved classic designed for an outdoor setting in Alberta. The actors are all members of the Shakespeare board.

Who is it for?

All ages – Family

Horse & Wagon rides will be running again this year on select nights, but restricted to a maximum of 10 guests per wagon.

Masks are not required outdoors, but are required when inside the Visitors Centre. All guests should practice social distancing at all times and follow the arrows and signs to maintain one-way traffic through the garden.


Tickets :

Adults: $10
Kodomo [Children] ages 6-15: $7 – Includes hot beverage and Tomo sugar cookie
Children 5 and under are free!.

Tomodachi [Friendship] Package: $24
Includes two admissions to the garden, two Nikka Yuko signature Matcha Maple cookies, and two regular beverages (coffee, green tea, hot chocolate, water).

Kazoku [Family] Package: $55
Includes five admissions to the garden, five Nikka Yuko signature Matcha Maple cookies, and five regular beverages (coffee, green tea, hot chocolate, water).

Basha Nori [Horse & Wagon]: $30
Includes two admissions to the garden, two regular beverages (coffee, green tea, hot chocolate, water), and a 20-minute horse & wagon ride around Henderson Lake.

Shakespeare Meets Dickens: $25

City Light Tour with California Dream Limousine: $700
Enjoy a truly VIP experience this season aboard a limo bus from California Dream Limousine! Your private tour includes room for up to 20 guests and will take you through the city to view the many beautiful light displays before dropping you off at Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden to walk through our winter wonderland. You and your guests will receive hot beverages and cookies upon arrival at the garden. (Add a shot of Peppermint Schnapps or Baileys for an additional charge). This is a private experience and is subject to availability. This package must be booked directly through Nikka Yuko by calling 403-328-3511.

How to get tickets?

Online at the Website

Phone by calling Nikka Yuko at 403-328-3511.


Date & Time:

**Events subject to cancellation due to COVID-19 restrictions**
Select nights December 3 to January 30, 2021

December 3, 7-9:30PM

Decemeber 4, 5, 6, 8, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 | 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Januaru 2, 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30 | 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Wagon rides are only available on December 11, 12, 22, 23, 26, 27 and 31 and January 2, 3, 9, and 30

Shakespeare Meets Dickens: December 15, 22, 2020 | Gates open at 5PM, show begins at 5:30PM.

Know before you go
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.
Venue & Address :

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden – 9 Ave S & Mayor Magrath Dr, Lethbridge, AB T1J 3Z6 Canada

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