Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls Gets Set to Light Up and Celebrate 35th Anniversary

(Niagara Falls, ON) August 30 – For 35 years, the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights (WFOL), has been lighting up Niagara Falls for the holidays, attracting millions of visitors to the world famous City each year. This year’s milestone Festival is set to open for the season on November 18th and will run through to January 31st, 2018.

“Although we’re still months away from the official launch for the winter season, our team is working diligently on making this year’s Festival the best yet,” said Tina Myers, Executive Director for WFOL. “If you haven’t been to see the lights in recent years, put the WFOL on your to do list this winter because the Festival has evolved significantly in recent years,” she added.

The WFOL Illumination Route has undergone an extension in recent years in order to accommodate new displays. The route is now eight kilometres long! In addition to new lights, programming has also been expanded with new events and innovative light shows. In all, the Festival features over two million lights, and the Festival’s illumination route travels through the Niagara Parks, past the roaring Falls, into Dufferin Islands and surrounding tourist areas.

“To see all the Winter Festival of Lights displays, its best to hop in a car and tour the route, but don’t forget to make stops along the way to get a closer look or to take a selfie next to your favourite illuminated display. This winter the WFOL will sparkle brighter than ever with huge celebrations planned for the Festival’s 35th anniversary. This season is going to be one to remember,” added Myers.

This year, the Festival plans to host a variety of special events and programming including Opening Ceremonies, Weekly Fireworks, Deck the Falls (returning for its second year), Sparkle Lighting Awards and the New Years Eve Concert, to name just a few.

Opening Ceremonies for the Festival at Niagara Parks’ Queen Victoria Park will take place on November 18th and will feature a fire and lightning performance where mythical characters will bring the elemental forces of nature to life in a spectacular production. The public is invited to attend the free event.

“Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has been a public power provider for more than 100 years. This comes with a social responsibility to our shareholder, the people of Ontario, and who visit our Province”, said Gerry Foote, OPG Vice President of Niagara Operations. “Partnering with WFOL was a perfect fit and demonstrates a clear example of how we are aligning with our mission statement – “Providing Power with Purpose” – by helping to provide power to illuminate millions of beautiful, festive lights in Niagara Falls during the holiday season.”

For more information and a full listing of events, please visit www.wfol.com.

About the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights

New lights, new entertainment, free programming plus our signature events, our 35th season will be a celebration you must experience!

As one of North America’s premier illumination festivals, the Festival of Lights is attended by over one million visitors a year, a trip to see the lights in Niagara Falls is a festive winter tradition for people of all ages. The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights has become famous for its many iconic illuminated displays including the Zimmerman Fountain with its sparkling white lights, the illuminated Skylon Tower, the light show on the century-old Toronto Power Generating Station, Noah’s Ark plus the many Canadian themed displays and trees wrapped in thousands of lights in the Dufferin Islands nature area, just to name a few.

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