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Niagara's Annual Winter Festival of Lights

The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights is Coming!

As colder weather is upon us, the city of Niagara Falls is set to shine during the 34th annual Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights. Beginning began in 1983, the Winter Festival of Lights has evolved into Canada’s largest illumination festival, attracting over 1 million visitors around the globe on winter getaways and hundreds of motor coaches annually.

Why have so many traveled far a wide to visit Niagara Falls during winter time? Well, that’s easy- because the city simply turns into a winter wonderland with the help of Ontario Power Generation and Niagara Parks.

With over two million sparkling lights along a 8km route, grand holiday displays throughout the city and unique Niagara Falls events- the Winter Festival of Lights is the hottest holiday celebration of the season!

When Does the Winter Festival of Lights Begin?

From November 19th, 2016 to January 31st, 2017, you will find the breath taking colours, lights and animated displays located within the Niagara Parks, Dufferin Islands and surrounding tourist districts. You can expect to see illuminations including the world’s largest Canadian-American Flag, Niagara’s iconic Skylon Tower, fifteen Canadian Wildlife light sculptures, the Slyma and fifty wrapped trees in Dufferin Islands, Toronto Power Generating Station Light Show, plus the two-story tall Zimmerman Fountain, and Religions of the World displays.

There is no admission fee to view the illuminations but donations are gratefully accepted by Festival Ambassadors at the exit of Dufferin Islands, proceeds are used to enhance the lights and displays each year!

Top 4 Things to do at The Winter Festival of Lights 2016

Start planning your visit to Niagara Falls this holiday season- with our help! Here are the top three events of the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights that you do not want to miss! Be sure to add the following to your itinerary:

1. Opening Ceremonies

The kick-off to the festivities of the 34th annual Winter Festival of Lights begins with Opening Ceremonies in Niagara Parks’ Queen Victoria Park on Saturday November 19th, 2016. The evening will feature two shows in the centre of the park, showtimes are: 5:45PM & 7:00PM. The show will feature entertainment from the Niagara Star Singers, performances by Zero Gravity Circus, a Laser Light Show and of course, fireworks over the Falls!

  • When: Saturday, November 19th, 2016
  • Where: Niagara Parks Queen Victoria Park
  • Showtimes: 5:45PM & 7:00PM
  • Fireworks: 6:40PM & 7:40PM (weather permitting)
  • Cost: FREE

2. Illumination Displays

From November 19th 2016 to January 31st 2017 you will find several areas of Niagara Falls dazzle with millions of LED lights, found along the 8km route that covers the Niagara Parkway, and adjoining many other festive areas of the Winter Festival of Lights such as the Fallsview district and Dufferin Islands. It is surely to be an experience you never forget!

3. Fallsview Sound and Light Show

The city facing side of our Niagara Falls hotel will become a canvas for the Winter Festival of Lights high-tech projection show. Revealing new content year each, the Fallsview Sound and Light show will mesmerize attendees using visual effects with a kaleidoscope of colour & texture treatments, visuals transitions, all with the the dynamic of music and sound.

  • When: Nightly from November 19th- January 31st, shows are every 15 minutes between 6:00PM & 9:00PM. The show is five minutes in length
  • Where: Right here at The Oakes Hotel Overlooking the Falls, 6546 Fallsview Blvd. Niagara Falls

4. Deck the Falls: A Holiday Tour

One of the brightest seasonal attractions you can find in Niagara Falls, the Deck the Falls Holiday Walking Tour offers a self-guided circuit of beautifully decorated hotel lobbies and festive venues in and around Fallsview Blvd. This tour can be enjoyed at a leisurely walking pace or by hopping on and off the WEGO bus.

  • Friday, December 2nd- Sunday, December 4th, 2016 from 5:00PM- 10:00PM
  • Friday, December 9th- Sunday December 11th, 2016 from 5:00PM- 10:00PM
  • Price: $45.00 per person (children 12 and under are free)

Book Your Stay at the Oakes Hotel Overlooking the Falls

Make your trip complete with a stay at the hotel with the most spectacular view of the Niagara Falls! Capture all the lights from the winter festival and enjoy the natural beauty of the mighty falls, right from your hotel!

A wintertime visit to Niagara Falls during the Winter Festival of Lights has become a tradition for many people around the world. Make it your tradition starting this year! We can’t wait to see you at the Oakes Hotel Overlooking the Falls. Book your stay today!

Posted on November 9, 2016

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