Category: Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

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.

SEARCH ENGINE: Hanging three million lights

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Q: How long does it take to put up the Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls? I’m also curious as to where they are stored in the off season.

A: It takes more than two times longer to put up all those lights than it does to take them down.

Niagara Parks Commission Chief Operating Officer David Adames said teams from Niagara Parks and Winter Festival of Lights spend about 10 to 12 weeks setting up the various installations.

Winter Festival of Lights photos from last year

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I’ve been out a couple of times this year to look at some of the lights, but haven’t taken many pictures. The other day in my Google Photos timeline, a notification came up telling me to “remember this day”. It was the photos from last year’s Winter Festival of Lights.

So, I may not have this year’s photos, but here are last year’s (very much the same).

 

Niagara Falls tourism leaders want to bring back Festival of Lights

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From the Buffalo News:

The Festival of Lights used to draw thousands to downtown in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and to its convention center and Winter Garden.

Both the convention center and Winter Garden are long gone, and so is the Festival of Lights.

But in Niagara Falls, Ontario, the Winter Festival of Lights continues to grow and draw tourists. The Ontario festival says it attracts more than one million visitors each year.

Lisa Vitello, Tourism Advisory Board chairman, said Monday she traveled to Ontario’s festival earlier this month. She returned feeling bad about the loss of the festival in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Winter Festival of Lights “Make It Your Winter Tradition” booklet

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I recently posted a few pictures along Queen Victoria Park from the Winter Festival of Lights. Last week we also drove through Dufferin Islands, but I didn’t take any pictures. I did however get a copy of the “Make It Your Winter Tradition” booklet. I’ve scanned it, and you can view it here if you are interested.

Falls council to consider $600K to support WFOL

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Not even half way through what’s looking to be another successful season, officials with the Winter Festival of Lights are already looking forward to a bigger and brighter future.

With a 10 per cent increase in vehicle traffic and a 12 per cent spike in donations at Dufferin Islands through the first three weeks of the 2016 season, event organizers are planning to expand in 2017 — the festival’s 35th anniversary — and introduce augmented reality features in 2018.

“We want to have something bigger for our opening ceremony (in 2017),” said festival executive director Tina Myers…

Myers requested council approve $300,000 for each of the next two seasons to help the festival continue to grow.

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