Category: Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

Niagara Falls planning unreal holiday lights festival this year

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From blogTO:

Canada’s largest lights festival is celebrating its 35th anniversary in Niagara Falls this year – and organizers say it’ll be their “brightest season yet.”

More than a million people from around the world come each year to see more than two million lights displayed throughout Niagara Falls during the city’s annual Winter Festival of Lights.

“Tour our 8km long illumination route that travels through the beautiful landscapes of the Niagara Parks, Dufferin Islands and surrounding tourist districts,” reads the Niagara Falls Tourism website.

Festival of Lights goes bigger, brighter for 35th year

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The Winter Festival of Lights turns 35 this year, but for organizers the challenge is making it feel born again every year.

So expect more new wrinkles, displays and events when the two-month festival kicks off Nov. 18, says executive director Tina Myers.

“The ideas are flowing,” she said after a media conference Wednesday. “We have a lot of things that we want to do, but it costs money. Each year, between January and March, we go out and really hit it hard to try to get the funding to make this happen.

“We have some strong supporters, but each year that we grow, our expenses grow.”

This 8-km Trail Of Lights Will Transform Niagara Falls Into A Dreamy Winter Wonderland

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From Narcity.com:

Three enchanting places, two million lights and one legendary waterfall. That’s what’s involved in Niagara Falls’ annual Winter Festival of Lights, the most dazzling holiday tradition in Ontario.

Spearheaded by the Ontario Power Generation, the event is Canada’s largest illumination festival, attraction over 1.5 million visitors and 750 motor coaches each year. Beautiful coloured lights and animated installations are set up throughout the Falls, the Niagara Parkway and the Dufferin Islands, making up an epic 8-km trail of glowing lights.

Winter Festival of Lights receives international award

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights has received a top award by the International Festivals & Events Association.

The local event was awarded the IFEA pinnacle award for best festival mobile application during the association’s annual convention in Arizona.

More funding means brighter Niagara Falls event

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From Niagara This Week:

Organizers of the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights say extra funding from the city will allow for the festival to expand its programming for the 2017-18 event.

On May 9, city politicians approved a request for $300,000 in additional funding so organizers could expand programming to mark a number of milestones — the festival’s 35th anniversary, along with the sesquicentennial of both Ontario and Canada.

“Not only will this funding allow us to draw more visitors to Niagara Falls but at the same time we can expand our programming which provides locals with a world-class festival right here in Niagara,” said Tina Myers, executive director of the festival.

Record year for Winter Festival of Lights

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

A record number of people checked out the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights last season. Read More…

2017 TOP 100 FESTIVALS & EVENTS IN ONTARIO ANNOUNCED

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The City of Niagara Falls sent out a newsletter recently that highlighted the fact that a few Niagara Falls events were in the list of top 100 events in 2017 in Ontario.

  • Niagara Falls Canada Day Celebration (Niagara Falls) Jun 30 – Jul 2
  • Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade (Niagara Falls) Nov 18
  • *OPG Winter Festival of Lights (Niagara Falls) Nov 18 – Jan 31, 2018

You can read the entire list of top events here

WFOL sees significant increase in vehicle traffic, donations

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The Winter Festival of Lights will be heading into its 35th season riding high.

That’s because the 34th edition, which concludes Tuesday, has seen increases across the board.

Tina Myers, the event’s executive director, said officials have seen a 12 per cent increase in vehicle traffic and a 17 per cent spike in donations at Dufferin Islands.

“As of Jan. 22, we were at 67,596 cars,” she said.

“We easily get 1,000 during the week and then 1,000 on a Saturday, so we could hit 70,000, it is possible. There’s a lot more that come to the festival as a whole as well.”

The festival is also popular for tour buses, as 440 have been through the park — compared to 310 last season.

“It has been fantastic. We can’t believe how high the numbers are,” said Myers.

Vandals strike WFOL display

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From Niagara This Week:

One of the more recent illuminations added to the Ontario Power Generation Festival of Lights is now dark.

It’s all thanks to an act of vandalism which occurred sometime between midnight on Jan. 15 and 5 p.m. Jan. 16. That’s when an individual or a group caused substantial damage to the Sylma display at Dufferin Islands. The arched lighting display came from France, according to Winter Festival of Lights (WFOL) executive director Tina Myers.

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