Sunday, November 20, 2016

Winter Festival of Lights

Niagara Falls starts the holiday season with a concert, millions of lights and a great fireworks show. Two opening ceremonies were held on Saturday, November 19, 2016 in Queen Victoria Park at Murrary Street and Niagara Parkway with the Niagara Star Singers, the Zero Gravity Circus, a Laser Light Show and the firework finale. Winter Fireworks will continue Friday nights at 9:00pm from November 19 until January 27, 2017. A special Christmas program will see nightly fireworks form December 23 to December 30 at 9pm.
The free 34th annual kick-off of the Winter Festival shows started at 5:45pm and 7:00pm in Queen Victoria Park at Murray Street and Niagara Parkway. The fireworks were shot off in the Niagara Gorge starting at 6:40pm and 7:40pm.
Lights directed at the Canadian and American falls have been upgraded from xenon lights to new LED lighting technology which provides double the light. In addition the lights will be programmable from a smartphone and have more capabilities to allow for more colour combinations. The lights are more energy efficient and have less maintenance costs. The lights come on at dusk and requests can be made for specific colour combinations.

Illuminating the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls
"The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights turns Niagara Falls into an annual Winter Wonderland, with more than three million sparkling lights along a five-plus kilometre route. The Festival showcases grand holiday displays throughout the city and provides unique Niagara Falls events. The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights is the most enchanting of Niagara attractions and has become a family tradition for more than one million people from around the globe on winter getaways. The Festivals illumination route travels along the Niagara Parkway, past the roaring Niagara Falls, into Dufferin Islands and into surrounding tourist districts including Fallsview Boulevard, Victoria Centre, Clifton Hill and Lundy’s Lane. For more information please visit"
The setup for the falls illumination

The new banks of LED lights
The old spotlights on Horseshoe Falls
The falls also look excellent in daylight

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