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OPG Winter Festival of Lights illuminates Niagara Falls for 37th season

Millions of sparkling, colourful lights will once again transform Niagara Falls into a winter wonderland this holiday season.

The OPG Winter Festival of Lights kicks off Nov. 16, 2019, for its 37th season.
The OPG Winter Festival of Lights kicks off Nov. 16, 2019, for its 37th season.

For decades, the annual Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights has stirred up the festive spirit for countless families from Ontario and around the world. On Nov. 16, the 37th season will kick off with an exciting opening ceremony.

The free opening event starts at 3 p.m. at Queen Victoria Park and will feature a flipping of the switch ceremony, food trucks, and special guest performances by the Niagara Ballet, Niagara Star Singers, and cast members of Oh Canada Eh? Capping off the evening will be a seven-minute-long fireworks show at 8 p.m.

The festival, which attracted more than 1.8 million visitors last year, runs through the entire holiday season, wrapping up on Jan. 12.

“OPG is very proud to be a part of the Niagara Falls community and to be the title sponsor of this festival that brings so much joy and happiness to so many families,” said Jessica Polak, Vice-President of OPG’s South Central Operations.

The festival’s hallmark attraction remains the eight-kilometre-long illumination route, which boasts three million lights and stretches along the Niagara Parkway, Dufferin Islands, and throughout Niagara Falls. Other returning attractions include “Impulse,” which features 15 illuminated seesaws that increase in intensity with motion, and the “Passage,” a 25-metre-long illuminated tunnel.

The OPG Winter Festival of Lights attracted more than 1.8 million visitors in 2018.
The OPG Winter Festival of Lights attracted more than 1.8 million visitors in 2018.

New this year is an animated Timbits Hockey display and two giant Christmas ornaments. Also featured will be seven light art displays designed by artists from around the world in partnership with the Light Art Collection of Amsterdam.

Twenty-five firework shows, taking place every Friday night at 9 p.m. between Nov. 16 and Jan. 11, will light up the skies over the falls.

“We are incredibly excited to be able to feature so many unique installations that will be going on display in Niagara Falls for the first time ever this winter,” said Tina Myers, Executive Director of the festival.

For more information on the OPG Winter Festival of Lights, visit www.wfol.com.