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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…

New events expand festival route

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From Niagara Falls Review:

There’ll be a prehistoric addition to this year’s Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights.

Among the new additions to the 34th edition of the festival will be a 10-foot-tall 3D woolly mammoth as part of the Canadian wildlife displays at Dufferin Islands…

The expanded eight-kilometre illumination route runs along the Niagara Parkway as well as the surrounding districts of Fallsview Boulevard, Victoria Centre, Clifton Hill and Lundy’s Lane.
“For over three decades now, countless local residents and businesses have come together to support and promote what we feel is the best winter festival celebration anywhere,” Niagara Parks Commission chairwoman Janice Thomson said Thursday at a press conference at the Floral Showhouse.

The provincial agency this year invested $300,000 on lighting, programming and infrastructure improvements within Queen Victoria Park.

WFOL honours best and brightest displays with annual Sparkle Awards

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From Niagara This Week:

Four new homes have earned a place on the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Light’s Sparkle Lighting Awards list of top residential light displays in the city.

The awards are an annual competition that recognizes the best residential and commercial property holiday light displays in Niagara Falls. Participants are judged on their overall appearance, attractiveness, creative illumination and colour coordination.

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.

Future bright for festival: Director

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Visits to this past season’s Winter Festival of Lights were up 17%, says program director Tina Myers.

Despite the 32nd annual festival being three weeks shorter than past years, organizers noticed more vehicles going in and out of Dufferin Islands, which is one of the event’s focal points.

“It went really well, especially since this was the first year of a multi-year transition,” said Myers.

This season’s festival, sponsored by Ontario Power Generation, ran from Nov. 15 to Jan. 12. New this year was the addition of 13 Canadian wildlife illuminations and a 20-foot-tall illumination designed to resemble a water fountain at Dufferin Islands. The large illuminated water feature in the middle of the pond and the trees were lit in projection lighting that changes colours in sync with music.

The festival usually attracts 1.5 million visitors each year and has an annual budget of about $1 million, most of which goes to lighting, maintenance and storage.

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Light up your holidays in Niagara Falls

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From the Naturally in Niagara blog:

The switch has been flipped in Niagara Falls and millions of tiny sparkling lights are illuminating the Niagara Parkway. The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights began its 32nd season on November 15 and will continue to brighten the season until January 12.

The Festival is looking forward to an exciting year with many new light displays, performers and as many as twenty fireworks shows next to the falls.

Changes coming to Winter Festival of Lights

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From Niagara This Week:

It is a time of change for the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights.

After years of adding events, organizers are pulling back a little with the festival acting more as an umbrella organization for the city’s annual winter celebration.

“We have a new strategic plan and a new board,” said WFOL co-chair Brian Crow said.

In what will be a year of transition, new illuminations are on the way, and Crow is excited for what the future holds for the festival.

OPG Winter Festival of Lights honours volunteers

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From Niagara This Week:

Although the lights have been dimmed on the 2013-14 Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights, one final one was shone on volunteers who helped out with the annual illumination event.

WFOL honoured its volunteers at a recent recognition dinner at the Greg Frewin Theatre, which also included the presentation of Sparkle Awards to residents got into the spirit of the Christmas season with holiday displays at homes throughout the city.

Niagara Falls tunnel opens

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From Niagara This Week:

A new hydro tunnel at Niagara Falls officially gushed water Thursday, cranking up electricity production at the Sir Adam Beck Generating Station.

The 10.2-kilometre tunnel, which is 14.4 metres in diameter, was formally feted by energy minister Bob Chiarelli and Tom Mitchell, chief executive of Ontario Power Generation.

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