Every year, during the Winter Festival of Lights (WFOL) in Niagara Falls, the landscape looks like a beautiful painting with a wonderful display of light and colour. Several places in the city will showcase stunning illuminated displays this year as well including Niagara Parkway, Dufferin Islands, Fallsview district and other tourist areas.
In addition to this, the nightly illumination of the falls and fireworks above it will also be of great interest to locals and tourists alike. There are several vantage points in the city that people can flock to for a view of the wonderful displays at the falls. These include the Queen Victoria Park, the Table Rock Welcome Centre, the Skylon Tower and other places.
Niagara Falls Winter Fireworks Schedule
The winter fireworks programme will be launched during the WFOL opening ceremony on November 19. Weather permitting, there are two fireworks shows slated for the night at 6:40 p.m. and 7:40 p.m. After that, there will be a fireworks display every Friday at 9 p.m. starting with November 25 and going on to December 2, 9, 16 and 23. A fireworks bonanza is in store with more than a week filled with fireworks displays from Christmas Eve on December 24 to New Year’s Eve on December 31. The winter fireworks will continue in 2017 with displays on January 6, 13, 20 and 27.
Niagara Falls Winter Illumination Schedule
Another gorgeous spectacle during the WFOL is the illumination of the falls. Combined with the fireworks display above, it makes for an unforgettable sight. The waterfalls are lit up in the colours of the rainbow during the WFOL lending a magical effect to the vast volumes of water cascading down.
The illumination is a tradition that dates back to 1860 when the falls were first lit up to honour the visit of the Prince of Wales to Niagara Falls. This was done using 200 white and coloured Bengal lights placed around the falls. In 1879, the process was repeated using electricity when the Marquis of Lorne, Governor-General of Canada and his wife Princess Louise visited the falls. Since 1925, the Niagara Falls Illumination Board has been in charge of illuminating the falls. The process that you see today for illumination is a very advanced one using a hi-tech touch screen computer and light projectors. A touch screen enables colour choices including primary and combination colours that in turn changes the gelatin colour panels in the light projectors. These colours are projected on the waterfall resulting in a spectacular light and colour display. That’s how you can see rainbow colours light up the falls during the WFOL.
Come along and enjoy the holiday season in Niagara Falls with the fireworks and illumination displays during the Winter Festival of Lights this year.
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