Lights of the North comes to Winnipeg


Winnipegers are treated to Chinese ingenuity, craftmanship,  culture and food at the Lights of the North  without  having to leave the city.

Dubbed   as Canada’s largest Chinese Lantern festival, the four million  worth of venture  showcases a variety of  Chinese lantern displays illuminated by  millions of   multi-colored  LED  lights.

Each exhibit brings a touch of Chinese culture  such as the polar bear with little pieces of ping pong balls attached or the 200-foot-long dragon comprising of over 100,000  pieces signifying Chinese symbols.




You may be wondering how many people took part to create the amazing  displays scattered in over 10 acres venue.

About 75 to 100 Chinese artisans  shared their skills over the period of  six to eight weeks.


Traditional Chinese symbols such as Pandas,  animals in the zodiac sign,  dragon, Chinese temple and many others will  give a feel of  a Chinese cultural experience.

The  massive animatronic dinosaur display and a maze for kids will surely make them wander and wonder.

You will also see towering structures of  designed light artwork  depicting some of  Manitoba icons such as the Canadian  Human rights museum or the legislative building.





Lights of the North  also provides  a venue to show off many talents in a variety of  traditional Chinese performances that include  acrobatics,  Kongfu, Sichuan Opera, fire  breathing,  plate spinning, kicking bowls and  Chinese folk dances and more.

Also available are the  booths  featuring  collectibles items and traditional crafts as  souvenir  for a fee.



This  year signifies a strong bond between Canada and China being  Year of  Canada-China Tourism. The year 2018 also marks the 30th anniversary of Winnipeg and Chengdu

becoming sister cities.


Lights of the North runs from August 31 to October 14  at the Red River Exhibitoin Park in Assiniboia Downs.

Entrance is from $18 to $25. For more info, please click


(Some photos were taken from the official Lights of the North website).


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