The Niagara Parks Commission has announced several special events and activities for the holiday season, including the Winter Festival of Lights.
“Niagara Parks’ Aura: Let it Glow” will feature several illumination-themed events for visitors that involve millions of lights throughout Niagara Parks.
The displays will fan out from the centerpiece of the festival, Queen Victoria Park, near the base of the Skylon Tower at the foot of Murray Hill.
Visitors will notice new holiday lighting along the Niagara Parkway and throughout park facilities along the roadway flanking the Niagara River, including at Dufferin Island, and Table Rock, where visitors can snap photos at a new 10-foot-high, walk-through ornament displayed within the Grand Hall overlooking the brink of the Horseshoe Falls.
Another new feature is a display at Mowat Gate, composed of large trees draped in warm white lights to mimic Spanish moss, creating a magical illuminated forest.
Beginning Friday, a new interactive light exhibit, The Passage, will take over the front lawn of Queen Victoria Place. Walk through the 84-foot tunnel composed of 20 illuminated circles that change colors with every step.
Other bursts of light will include:
– Toronto Power Sound and Light Show: The festival has transformed the historic Toronto Power Generating Station above the falls with a sound and light show choreographed to music by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and broadcast locally on 100.5-FM.
– Niagara Falls Winter Fireworks: The fireworks series continues at 9 p.m. every Friday through Jan. 26, with additional shows Dec. 23 to 29.
– Annual Christmas Display at the Floral Showhouse: Features an arrangement of poinsettias, azaleas, Christmas cactus and many other festive surprises. Adult admission is $5; $3.75 for children ages 6 to 12.
– Niagara Falls Wonder Pass: Passes include admission to Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury, the Butterfly Conservatory and the Floral Showhouse, as well as two-day transportation on the WEGO bus system and additional bonus coupons.
For more information, visit niagaraparks.com