With so much going on in Niagara Falls during the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights, it’s sometimes easy to forget that it is first and foremost an illumination festival. In fact, it is one of the premier illumination festivals in North America with more than 120 sparkling displays located along the stunningly beautiful Niagara Parkway, a five-kilometre lighting area known as the Niagara Parks Winter Wonderland as well as in the adjacent tourist districts of Niagara Falls.
Within the Niagara Parks Winter Wonderland, you will see displays that offer a snapshot of Life in Niagara. These feature the award-winning Niagara grape and wine industry, historic 1812 battles and a variety of winter activities such as skating, skiing and ice hockey.
You’ll also notice the world’s largest illuminated Canadian-American Flag, at three-stories tall it morphs between the Canadian and American flags, in celebration of the nearly 200 years of uninterrupted peace between our two great nations. Other displays include the Zimmerman Fountain display, at two-stories high and over 40 feet wide, its animation gives the effect of a cascading waterfall in brilliant blue and white LED lights; and, of course, a display dedicated to the Festival’s lovable characters, The Misty Kids®.
Also, be sure to keep your eye out for favourites like the Snowman Band, the Teddy Bear Parade, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police displays located in front of the Niagara Parks Police building.
Jinju Namgang Yudeung Displays
To celebrate 2013 being the Year of South Korea in Canada, the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights featured ornate, hand-painted lantern displays and a stunning Tunnel of Wish Lanterns created by the award-winning Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival of South Korea. These lantern displays are equally captivating in the daylight as well as at night.
The lantern displays showcase Korean cultural icons including a pagoda, incense burner, a traditional Korean drum, dragons, jumping fish, leopard and magpie, Buddhist Temple Bell, women in traditional dress, jade lions, and a Pensive Bodhisattva along with a Western favourite – Santa and his reindeer!
In honour of the Honeymoon Capital of the World, the Festival’s lantern displays also include two Heart Displays that were made specifically to sit on! Take a photo of you and your favourite someone – selfies are allowed – and post it to the Festival Facebook page (Facebook.com/WinterFestivalofLights). It’s said that if you make a wish in a Heart Display it will come true.
Christmas Tree Forest
Also within Queen Victoria Park, you will see the new Christmas Tree Forest. Walk along the pathway in QVP and be dazzled by its 35 colourful, illuminated ‘man-made’ trees, ranging from 4’ to 12’ high.