Niagara Falls, ON – The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights’ new event, Deck the Falls Holiday Walking Tour, received rave reviews from attendees (testimonials attached). With the event now completed, organizers have presented awards to designers as part of the event’s décor competition.

Deck the Falls had thirteen participating venues along the tour, including ten venues with lobbies that were “decked-out” for the holidays with stunning festive décor! Attendees were able to judge each venue’s décor by providing a rating from one to five stars using the WFOL Mobile Application.

Décor at the Old Stone Inn Boutique Hotel was rated as the top design along the tour; this venue’s Celebrity Designer was Janette Ewan. At the Old Stone Inn, Janette’s work featured many woodland elements creating an enchanted forest feel with natural accoutrements like moss, decorative wolves’ heads and owls. In recognition of her top-rated décor, a $5,000 donation will be made in Janette’s name to the Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada, a charity that has been brightening the lives of seriously ill children and their families for over 25 years by bringing them joy, laughter and relief.

Deck the Falls also included five teams of student designers from the Humber College Interior Design program. Each of these five teams were mentored by one of the Celebrity Designers. The top rated student designed venue was the Radisson Hotel and Suites Fallsview by students Sophie Bisnaire & Bahar Honarpisheh; their design had an artic woodland theme featuring a giant polar bear as the focal point. For their winning efforts, this design team will receive a $1,500 bursary in support of their education.

Attendees who rated the décor using the WFOL Mobile Application had the chance to win a Niagara Falls Prize Package which includes a complimentary overnight stay for two in Niagara Falls, two adult Niagara Helicopter Passes and Niagara Attractions Passes; this prize was won by Ela Wodala.

The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights season continues until January 31st, 2017. Planning is already underway for the Festival’s up-coming 35th season November 18th – January 31st 2018, for updates, news & announcements regarding the next Winter Festival of Lights season watch WFOL.com.

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About the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights
The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights transforms Niagara Falls into a winter wonderland with millions of sparkling lights and breathtaking illuminations. The Festival takes place November 19, 2016 to January 31, 2017. The eight kilometre Festival illumination route runs along the Niagara Parkway, past the Falls, into Dufferin Islands and the surrounding districts of Fallsview Boulevard, Victoria Centre, Clifton Hill and Lundy’s Lane. The Festival’s iconic lighting displays, special events and attractions have become a tradition for more than one million visitors each year. Make it your winter tradition. For festival details please visit www.wfol.com.

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is proud to be part of the Niagara Falls community and the Winter Festival of Lights. For more than 90 years, OPG’s Sir Adam Beck hydroelectric stations in Niagara Falls have generated clean, renewable power. Today, more than 99 per cent of the electricity OPG produces is free of emissions that cause smog or climate change. For more information please visit www.opg.com.

Starlight Children’s Foundation™ Canada is part of Starlight’s global network, serving seriously ill children and their families through partnerships with more than 160 healthcare facilities. Over the past 25 years, Starlight has become a leading global charity that partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world. Collaborating with innovators in pediatric healthcare, entertainment and technology, Starlight provides a unique blend of family-centered programs and services from hospital to home.

For more information about the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights:
www.WFOL.com | Facebook: WinterFestivalofLights | Twitter: @WinterFestival
Contact: Tina Myers, Executive Director, (905) 374-1616, tina@wfol.com

Deck the Falls Testimonials:

#deckthefalls was amazing. A great way to explore the hotels, get inspired for the holidays and eat some great food with family/friends. Can’t do it all in one night.

  • Linda Goulet, December 3, 2016

@NiagaraFalls @WinterFestival #DeckTheFalls #FABULOUS Great night with the girls!! Go and enjoy!

  • Lori-Lyn Albanese, December 3, 2016

Just made the trip across the boarder yesterday and the lights were worth the trip. My family also bought tickets for the deck the falls tour, definitely worth buying. The people were great at each stop and the price is truly a bargain. We enjoyed the food and drink at each stop and we hope this tradition continues in the future.

  • Denver Drennen, December 4th, 2016

This is a great night out did most places last night hope to do more tonight. Hope next year more hotels will participate. Great way to showcase your hotel.

  • Janice Winger, December 4, 2016

Took my mom, step dad and sister last night to Deck the Falls holiday walking tour….what an amazing night. It was like trick o treating at Christmas!!! Each place you went you were amazed by the beautiful decorations and surprised with so many amazing treats! We were full!! My 80 year old step dad said next time he won’t eat dinner, cause he was enjoying the treats so much and he wants to buy four more tickets for next weekend to sample all over again! Everyone was so friendly and the volunteers amazing! Each hotel had something to offer that you visited and it was just amazing. We didn’t feel rushed to finish since you can break it up over the two weekends and it just gives us another reason to go out and enjoy the season. Great date night or girls night out for anyone looking for something festive to do this holiday season! Great job to Tina Myers and her team, and all the volunteers. Thank you for making the festive season even more festive!

  • Laura Elizabeth, December 4, 2016

Had the best night out with some of my favorites. If you are looking for a great night out with some friends or even an amazing date night I highly recommend #deckthefalls you pay $35 and can stop at 13 hotels each with something to do, eat or drink all included in your price. We are stuffed! We were there all night and didn’t even have time to finish it all, so we’ll be back next weekend!

  • @jayniner, December 4th, 2016

Awesome evening at Deck the Falls.

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