ONTARIO POWER GENERATION Presents the WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Enjoy Canada’s foremost illumination festival in Niagara Falls as we capture the magic of the holiday season!
The Festival is now closed as of December 30, 2020.
The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights was founded 37 years ago in 1982. Today we are proud to be Canada’s largest illumination festival and the premiere illumination festival in North America, attracting over 1.8 million visitors and 450 motor coaches annually.
The Winter Festival of Lights was founded in 1982 by a partnership consisting of the Niagara Falls Canada Visitor and Convention Bureau (now known as Niagara Falls Tourism), the City of Niagara Falls, The Niagara Parks Commission and a number of private businesses in Niagara’s tourism sector.
The Festival was created as a way to extend what had for more than a century been a summers-only tourism season in Niagara Falls.
During those early years in the mid-1980s, the fledgling Winter Festival of Lights drew a respectable 250,000 visitors annually and around 35 motor coaches. Today, the Festival attracts 1.5 million attendees and over 400 motor coaches each year as Niagara Falls continues its evolution into a year-round tourism destination.
During its first season the Festival had a small collection of lighting displays located near the Falls, since then the amount of lighting has expanded greatly. Today the Festival features over three million lights along an 8km illumination route that travels along the Niagara Parkway through the Niagara Parks Queen Victoria Park, into Dufferin Islands and into the surrounding tourist districts.
The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights is produced by Niagara Falls Tourism in partnership with Niagara Parks Commission, Tourism Partnership of Ontario and the Ontario Government.
Over the years, the Festival has earned countless travel and tourism industry awards including Event of the Year, Top Festival/Event in Ontario, Best Volunteer Program, Most Innovative Partnership and the prestigious Events of Distinction Award from Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO). In addition the American Bus Association (ABA) has long recognized the OPG Winter Festival of Lights as one of its Top 100 Internationally Known Events (2005 – 2015).
In 2013, the Festival entered into a new naming rights agreement with a title sponsor, Ontario Power Generation.
A research study conducted during the Festivals 2017-2018 season by Enigma Research Corporation found that the OPG Winter Festival of Lights attracts 1.647 million attendees annually with an economic impact of $56.4 million.