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Winter Festival of Lights Opening Ceremonies

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The largest Canadian illumination festival starts up in its 31st season on November 9th with the Winter Festival of Lights Opening Ceremonies. Watch as the magic of the season is captured in millions of tiny sparkling lights.

The Federal Government has declared 2013 to be the Year of Korea in Canada. In honour of this, the Opening Ceremonies will showcase a number of cultural and artistic activities highlighting Canadian and Korean cultures and traditions.

The Winter Festival of Lights began in 1983 and is the premiere illumination festival in North America. Each year 1.5 million visitors come to the Falls to witness the winter festival cheer. The illuminations include the world’s largest Canadian-American flag, the two-story Zimmerman Fountain and the Religions of the World Displays. This experience is a must and what makes it even better is that it is free!

From 2 pm to 8 pm, you can expect plenty of family friendly activities. There will be 100 exciting performances, lantern making, ice sculptures, food vendors, magicians and jugglers, arts and crafts, train rides and meet & greets!

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm: Official Recognition Ceremony for Niagara’s Korean War Veterans

3:00 pm to 6:00 pm: Cooking demonstrations by chefs Soung An, Jane Jhung and Sang Kim

3:30 pm to 4:00 pm: Autograph session with YTV’s Next Star, Brooklyn Roebuck

6:00 pm: Official Flip the Switch ceremony, which includes stunning renditions of Holiday Classics

8:00 pm: A 15 minute firework show synchronized to live orchestral performance

Check out some clips from 2011’s Opening Ceremonies!

The Author

Marc DeLisio is the Director of Marketing and Technology at Naturally in Niagara. Marc loves Niagara, and is striving to make it an even better place to Live, Work, Play, Invest and Retire!

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