Winter Festival of Lights
The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights began in 1983 and is proud to be Canada’s largest illumination festival and the premier illumination festival in North America, attracting over 1 million visitors and hundreds of motor coaches annually. It has been recognized as a Festival of Distinction by Festivals & Events Ontario and a Top 100 Internationally Known Event in North America by the American Bus Association for the past several years.
The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights transforms Niagara Falls into a winter wonderland of breathtaking colour, twinkling lights, animated and 3D displays throughout Niagara Parks, Dufferin Islands and surrounding tourist districts such as the Clifton Hill District. The illuminations include the world’s largest Canadian-American Flag, Niagara’s iconic Skylon Tower, 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.
Clifton Hill is home to a number of Winter Festival of Lights displays during the winter season. Trees in this area feature warm white lighting with light strands hanging down from the limbs to resemble Spanish Moss Trees. At the foot of The Hill is an arrangement of illuminated spiral trees and decorative lighting at Oakes Garden Theatre. A large spiral tree containing ornaments and surrounded by presents is located at Grand View Marketplace.
On the Victoria Avenue Promenade near the Upside Down House, see the heroes in a half-shell: Michaelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael & Donatello the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Two archways above the street welcome visitors as they enter the Clifton Hill District from both Ferry Street and on Victoria Avenue near Bender Street. Be sure to stop by the life-size Santa’s Sleigh led by two of his reindeer; visitors can sit in the sleigh for the perfect holiday photo opp! The Clifton Hill District is also decorated with a cluster of giant 6′ retro light bulbs another great selfie photo opp.
At the bottom of Clifton Hill is an area known as Grandview, for the Winter Festival of Lights this area will feature decorative lighting including spiral trees at Oakes Garden Theatre, the Grandview Christmas Tree with presents and trees adorn with warm white lighting and dangling strands to resemble trees with Spanish Moss.
QUEEN VICTORIA PARK
Moving towards the Falls, visitors can view the Festival’s iconic Zimmerman Fountain, the Niagara Parks Duck Pond and the illuminated Niagara Parks Police Building with Angels.
Queen Victoria Park is beautifully illuminated with a forest of tree-shaped displays in various colours. Behind these trees, white blinking lights are spread across the moraine which resembles sparkling stars in the night sky.
New for 2018 the Winter Festival of Lights will feature Light Art exhibits from the Amsterdam Lights Festival. Seven unique Light Art pieces will be on display along the Niagara Parkway from November 3 to January 6.
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