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    Niagara Falls, Peace Bridge to shine purple to raise domestic violence awareness

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    From Niagara This Week:

    While many people visiting the Niagara Parkway over Christmas will enjoy the coloured lights that mark holiday cheer, two local attractions will use their lights to bring awareness to a more serious issue: domestic violence.

    The Peace Bridge will glow purple Monday from dusk until 1 a.m. to mark the launch of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, an international awareness campaign that begins with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

    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.

    Niagara Falls at night

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    Over the last week I’ve had a couple of opportunities to be in Niagara Falls later in the evening. The lights on Clifton Hill, and that shine on the Falls are truly awesome. I took a few pictures, and you can see them below. You can see the Niagara SkyWheel, the volcano at Dinosaur Adventure Golf, the Fallsview Casino Resort tower, the lights on the falls, and the new Canada 150 sign at Table Rock Welcome Centre.

    Niagara Falls to be Illuminated – Tuesday, February 14th – in Pink and Red In Celebration of Valentine’s Day

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    From Niagara at Large:

    Niagara Falls will be bathed in soft pink and red lights this Valentine’s Day, providing the perfect backdrop to celebrate this romantic evening.
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    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).

     

    ‘They’re more sharp’: Tourists take in new lights on falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    For longtime Niagara Falls visitor Chris Endres, it was like looking at the falls with a new glasses.

    They were brighter. Clearer. Better.

    Like several other tourists Saturday night, he had come to check out the falls in a better light. Four million dollars worth of better lights, actually.

    On Thursday, the bi-national Niagara Falls Illumination Board unveiled the first new lighting system for the falls in 20 years. Using 100 panels of LED lights, the new system provides twice the power of the old Xenon spotlights while using about 60 percent less energy.

    The new system was unveiled during a lighting ceremony Thursday, and two nights later tourists were bedazzled by the change.

    A few pictures of lights in Queen Victoria Park

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    I’ll be posting some more about the Winter Festival of Lights, but here’s a start. On the night that my wife and I went to Sparks Steakhouse, we went for a walk afterwards. Here are a few pictures of some of the lights. Make sure you also check out the animated gif I created of the Zimmerman Fountain that I posted to twitter.

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    CLOSEUP: Shining the lights on Niagara

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It could be the unseasonably mild temperatures or it could be the added attractions.

    Whatever the reason, organizers are pleased that residents and visitors alike are embracing the 33rd annual Ontario Power Generation WInter Festival of Lights.

    “People are noticing quite a difference this year in terms of the quality and the consistency of displays throughout the destination,” said John Lohuis, general manager of the Niagara Parks Commission and chairman of the festival’s board of directors.

    Visitation is up between 30 and 40 per cent compared to last year at this time.

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