Every winter, the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights is held in Niagara Falls, Canada. This holiday season, the illumination festival will take place between November 18th and January 31st. The venue for the opening ceremony is the Queen Victoria Park. Live stage performances, the flip the switch ceremony and a fireworks show will bring in the festival.
An annual tradition for more than 30 years, the Winter Festival of Lights (WFOL) attracts over 1.5 million visitors including locals and tourists. From evening till late night, dazzling, colourful light displays transform the five-kilometre area along the Niagara Parkway known as the Niagara Parks Winter Wonderland and also adjoining tourist places like the Fallsview district. The lighting uses LED technology to illuminate over three million tree lights and more than 120 animated displays.
During the festival, visitors can choose to walk along the route taking in the spectacular displays or they can opt to drive along the course. There are several displays that continue to be popular every year including the Zimmerman Fountain and the world’s largest illuminated Canadian-American Flag. The flag switches between the Canadian and American flags – a testimony to the good relations that exist between the two countries. The Zimmerman Fountain bathed in light and colour looks impressive as it is over 40 feet wide. New displays this year include 3D Canadian wildlife and an audio-visual experience of music and projection lighting on the trees in Dufferin Islands.
The Fallsview district too has many attractions in store for visitors. Niagara’s famous Skylon Tower will be one of Fallsview’s highlights at the festival this year. The 520-foot high tower will be illuminated using the latest lighting technologies with 12 RGB wash fixtures and projectors including three image projectors. Spectral LV Lighting Systems has been instrumental in developing a new computerized light show which will further enhance the illumination display of the Skylon Tower.
Visitors to the Fallsview area can also enjoy the magnificent light displays along the two pedestrian crosswalks that form the route to and from the Fallsview Casino Resort. Furthermore, there will be exquisite lamppost illuminations in the area along Fallsview Boulevard and Stanley Avenue. Adding to the winter sparkle will be the lamppost snowflake displays that illuminate Murray Hill also known as Snowflake Hill. These displays will eventually lead the visitors to the Niagara Parks Winter Wonderland. The Winter Festival of Lights is also known for the gorgeous display of fireworks that take place over the area. Fallsview Casino Resort will present the Winter Fireworks program with shows at 9 p.m. every Friday night for the entire duration of the festival.
Visitors can view the illumination displays free of cost as there is no admission fee and festival ambassadors are present to collect voluntary donations at the exit of Dufferin Islands. The suggested contribution is $5 to $10 per car and $1 per bus coach passenger. The money generated is used to enhance the illumination displays at the festival.
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