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Winter Festival of Lights

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The Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls, Ontario, is Canada's largest lights festival.[citation needed] It runs from mid-November to mid-January and attracts over one million visitors annually.[1] It features a beautifully decorated five-kilometre route along the Niagara Parkway, adjacent to Niagara Falls.[2]


The Winter Festival of Lights was founded in 1982 with the mandate of developing tourism in Niagara Falls during the winter months by the Niagara Falls Canada Visitor and Convention Bureau (now Niagara Falls Tourism), the City of Niagara Falls, The Niagara Parks Commission and numerous local businesses.[3]

In 2013, Disney and The Winter Festival of Lights mutually decided to end their relationship after two decades of partnership on the event.[4] In 2005 and 2007, the Festival was chosen as a Top 100 Internationally Known Event by the American Bus Association while its website and programme won "Best in Class" awards from Festivals and Events Ontario).[5] In 2018, the Winter Festival of Lights received the Event of the Year Award at the Canadian Tourism Awards presented by Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC). [6]


  1. ^ "Winter Festival of Lights launches 32nd season". Niagara Falls Review.
    - "Niagara Falls approves $300K in funding for Winter Festival of Lights". Niagara This Week.
  2. ^ "Fare Deals: Winter Festival of Lights flips switch illuminating Niagara Falls". Toronto Star.
  3. ^ "Winter Festival of Lights still sparkling". Niagara Falls Review.
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