Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights
This year is definitely a milestone year to celebrate. It’s been 35 years since the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights was created for visitors from all over the world to enjoy! And what an incredible tradition it has become… There are so many visitors from both near and far who have been bringing their families from day one and are now passing the tradition on to their children. It’s never too late to begin the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights tradition with your family.
There’s only one more week left to enjoy the fun, as the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights runs until January 31st. This is an event that so many people have incorporated into their annual traditions and this year it’s even more spectacular than ever.
This year the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights features 2 Million lights over a an 8km illuminated route. The route travels through the Niagara Parkway from the base of Clifton Hill past the mighty Falls, into Dufferin Islands and into the surrounding tourist districts (Fallsview Blvd., Victoria Centre, Clifton Hill and Lundy’s Lane). The route will be illuminated until January 31st, 2018 (from dusk to midnight).
Here is what’s new to the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights:
New Light Exhibits and Illuminations
New this year is a signature fixture at the Lundy’s Lane Battlefield, at the top of Drummond Hill. This new display is called the “Niagara,” which measures five metres tall, with animated twinkling lights that cascade down the Niagara’s central pillar.
There will be a new illuminations look right in our neighbourhood. At the base of Clifton Hill, the trees in this area will feature white lighting with light strands hanging down from the limbs to resemble Spanish Moss on the trees. Along Victoria Avenue there will be new animated displays featuring the Clifton Hill Skyline with Niagara SkyWheel added to the street light posts. To celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial the Winter Festival of Lights unveiled a new Canada 150 display along Fallsview Boulevard.
Another new enhancement for this Festival…The lightshow on the Toronto Power Generating Station has been reprogrammed with lights choreographed to a new soundtrack of music from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Enjoy the show from the Floral Showhouse parking lot and tune into 100.5FM to hear the music for this show.
Along the route you’ll still be able to enjoy your favourite displays: the Zimmerman Fountain, Noah’s Ark, the two storey tall Canadian/US Flag, the Canadian Mounties, three dimensional Canadian wildlife displays in Dufferin Islands, the illumination of the Skylon Tower, Floral Showhouse and forest of trees at Queen Victoria Park.
Plus if you haven’t experiencing Niagara Falls in the Winter (the actual Falls), you are in for a real treat. The beauty of the snow and ice is beyond breathtaking, just be sure to bundle up!
Niagara Falls Events in January
Speaking of traditions, you can’t miss the annual Niagara Icewine Festival happening until January 28th
Don’t miss these amazing Niagara Falls Concerts at the Fallsview Casino: Jim Gaffigan, Jake Owen and early February: Jason Mraz, Chris Janson and Jersey Nights.
Plus many of our Niagara Falls Attractions are open year round: Journey Behind the Falls, Bird Kingdom, Butterfly Conservatory, Niagara SkyWheel and many more.
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We look forward to celebrating the 35th Annual Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights Season with you and your family!