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wfol2The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights transforms Niagara Falls, Ontario into stunning displays utilizing colours with millions of sparkling lights making up beautifully illuminated displays.  The Festival captures the magic of the holiday season from November 21, 2015 to January 31, 2016.

The Winter Festival of Lights began in 1983 and is proud to be Canada’s largest illumination festival and the premiere illumination festival in North America, attracting over 1 million visitors and hundreds of motor coaches annually.

The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights transforms Niagara Falls into an array of breathtaking colour with millions of sparkling lights and animated scenic displays, located within the Niagara Parks Winter Wonderland and adjacent tourist districts.

Donations are gratefully accepted by Festival Ambassadors at the exit of Dufferin Islands (suggested contribution ($5 – $10 per car; $1 per coach bus passenger), proceeds collected are used to enhance the lights and displays.

Niagara_falls_parkway_04.07.2012_16-23-14The Niagara Parkway, formerly known as Niagara Boulevard and historically as the Niagara Road, is a scenic road in the province of Ontario that travels on the Canadian side of the Niagara River from the town of Fort Erie to Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The Niagara Boulevard was originally the section only from Fort Erie to Chippawa and the northern portion was referred to as the Niagara Parkway.

The Niagara Parkway is a two-lane minor arterial road with a 60 km/h speed limit for the majority of its length, although the section from Hiram Avenue to Upper Rapids Boulevard in Niagara Falls is a four lane divided road signed at 40 km/h .

East of the Mather Circle, the road becomes known as Niagara Parkway and proceeds north through downtown Fort Erie, beneath the International Railway Bridge.

Traffic is diverted west to cross the river at Portage Road, where it then resumes on the Niagara Parkway at Kings Bridge Park.

NFwineryfallAs the Niagara Wine Festival kicks off, marking its 64th year, efforts are being made to ensure the staple St. Catharines event stays fresh and entertaining.

This year’s festival will feature 29 wineries and 12 culinary vendors within Montebello Park, with a total 40 wineries included through the Discovery Pass Experiences program. Winery visits with the passes begin this Saturday, with festivities at the park kicking off the following weekend.

Prior to the Grande Parade, held Sept. 26, a pre-show filled will a variety of entertainers will get underway in front of St. Catharines city hall and at the corner of Ontario and St. Paul Streets. The pre-show will kick off at 9:30 a.m. followed by the parade at 11.

In addition to live entertainment and an abundance of wine to try, the festival includes a variety of wine seminars and a children’s area for families.

Montebello Park festival hours:

Friday, Sept. 18 and 25, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 19 and 26, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 20 and 27, noon to 8 p.m.

For a full schedule and more information, visit www.niagarawinefestival.com.

indexStreet Performances

Shows are Thursday to Monday 1:30, 2:10, 3:30, 4:10, 5:30, 6:10, 7:30, & 8:10 pm ; NO SHOWS Tuesday & Wednesday

Street Performers – a wide range of versatile, professional performing artists who provide engaging, memorable entertainment, whether serving as featured stage entertainers or gathering their own audiences in festival settings – any place you’ll find an assemblage of people or heavy ‘walk-by’ traffic. Variety shows are largely interactive and comedic, and showcase the talent and skill of many colorful and exciting circus disciplines – magic, unicycling, chain saw juggling, clowns, rola bola, escape acts, rope walking – to name only a very few!

Death Defying Thrill Acts

Shows are Thursday to Monday 2:00, 4:00, 6:00 & 8:00 pm; NO SHOWS Tuesday & Wednesday

The Wheel of Fate
Daily Showtimes: 2:00 pm & 6:00 pm; showcased 10 storeys above the Imperial Hotel 5851 Victoria Avenue

NEW FOR 2015: Sky Scraping Sway Pole
Daily Showtime: 4 pm; showcased 70 feet above the Ripley’s Moving Theater rooftop 4960 Clifton Hill

The Motorcycle Highwire Acrobat Act
Daily Showtime: 8 pm; showcased between the Tussaud’s billboard sign and Day s Inn 5657 Victoria Avenue, a 330 foot span; starting at 30 feet high and raising to approximately 100 feet high.

Daredevil Characters

Character Photo Op – Thursday to Monday – 1:30, 2:10, 3:30, 4:10, 5:30, 6:10, 7:30 pm, & 8:10 pm; NO SHOWS Tuesday & Wednesday.

Visit all the Street Performances throughout the Thrill Zone and get your FREE photo op with all the different Daredevil Characters. Share them on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, & Instagram.

10847992_857048184345218_2494836143636577658_nThe 2015 fireworks happen over Niagara Falls on Fridays and Sundays during the summer at 10:00 PM.

They also occur on select holidays as follows:

  • Victoria Day (May 18, 2015)
  • Memorial Day (May 25, 2015)
  • Canada Day (July 1, 2015)
  • Independence Day (July 4, 2015)
  • Civic Holiday (August 3, 2015)0
  • Labour Day (September 7, 2015)

PLEASE NOTE: Fireworks schedule is subject to change. As always, fireworks performances are weather permitting and may be canceled due to poor weather conditions like high winds or rain.

Winter Fireworks Schedule

In the winter, fireworks over the Niagara Falls are more limited but still do occur on select days at 9:00 PM. You can view fireworks shows ongoing as part of the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights Opening Ceremonies, on some Friday evenings in November and December and on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Eve. The Winter Fireworks schedule and exact times and dates will be confirmed later in the year ; check back for up-to-date information.

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