The 30th Annual CAA Winter festival of Lights is fast approaching in Niagara Falls. It begins November 3, 2012 at the Outdoor Stage in Queen Victoria Park. Look for an exciting showcase including performances from your favorite Disney characters and the Festival of Lights Choir.
This year’s festival which is Canada’s foremost illumination festival will run November 3 to January 31, 2013.
There will be over 125 animated lighting displays and 3 million tree and ground lights which will be seen within the Niagara Parks Winder Wonderland.
There is no admission fee but there will be Festival Ambassadors at the exit of Dufferin Island accepting donations. (Suggested contribution $5-$10 per car; $1 per coach bus passenger) with proceeds used to continue this great lighting festival.
For more information please check their webpage at www.wfol.com
From a press release seen on the Winter Festival of Lights web site:
A detailed study of the 2009 Winter Festival of Lights found that the 59-day Festival generated $57.3 million in economic benefits for the region, more than 40 times the event’s fiscal year expenditures of $1.3 million.
In its 42-page report, Toronto-based research firm Enigma Research Corp., concludes that the 2009 Festival received more than 1.3 million visits by 413,000 unique visitors. These visitors spent approximately $57.3 million in the region throughout the festival, including $11.6 million on hotels and accommodations. The Festival contributed $34.4 million to Niagara’s gross domestic product and supported the equivalent of 646 full-year jobs in the Niagara Region.
The report is based on 600 on-site surveys conducted between November 7, 2009, and January 4, 2010, at the Festival’s lighting displays, fireworks shows, events and entertainment venues.