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    Mickey set to flip the switch

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The leaves have fallen, the pumpkins are gone and the Christmas decorations are out of storage.

    But around Niagara Falls, the season doesn’t formally start until Mickey Mouse says so.

    The Disney icon will once again flip the switch Saturday night at Queen Victoria Park to get the 28th CAA Winter Festival of Lights underway. In a flash, more than 125 displays and three million lights will dazzle the city, making it one of North America’s largest lights festivals.

    “It kind of officially turns the city into winter mode,” says festival general manager Dino Fazio. “It certainly drives a lot of overnight tourism (this weekend) … that’s when we start to see people showing up.

    “They’ll come on a regular basis. There are those that come now but also want to see (the lights) when the snow falls as well.”

    Festival stretched an extra three weeks

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The 28th annual CAA Winter Festival of Lights will be brighter, larger and most definitely longer.

    This year’s event will stretch an extra three weeks, running Nov. 6 to Jan. 31 to accommodate holiday-weary visitors who don’t have time to visit during the Christmas rush.

    In addition, the festival’s scenic route along the Niagara Parkway will now extend down to Queen St. with a new district called Santa’s Village. In addition to the 125 light displays and three million individual lights, it makes this Canada’s largest lights festival, and among the largest in North America.

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