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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.

Festival moves to world stage

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

As the Winter Festival of Lights prepares for its 35th anniversary, organizers envision a future where the seasonal attraction rivals other world-class showcases.

“It is extremely important to continue to grow as a festival, so that we can keep people coming to the destination and staying longer,” said Tina Myers, executive director of the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights.

“We want to make Niagara Falls a four-season destination. The Winter Festival of Lights has always been a huge contributor to bringing people in the off-season, but we want to take it to that next level. We want to make it like the Vivid Sydneys of the world, or the Montreal Lumiere festival, or the Calgary Stampede, where we’re bringing in millions (of people) a week, as opposed to a million over the course of 75 days.”

Winter Festival of Lights receives international award

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights has received a top award by the International Festivals & Events Association.

The local event was awarded the IFEA pinnacle award for best festival mobile application during the association’s annual convention in Arizona.

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.

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