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Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Festival of Lights

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The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights invites you to join them as they kick-off the 2018-2019 season on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018!

The family friendly Opening Ceremonies of the WFOL will take place in  Queen Victoria Park just steps from Niagara Falls’ brink where Murray Street meets the Niagara Parkway just steps from the Falls.

Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Festival of Lights

The Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Festival of Lights will officially kicks off at 11:00 am and run until 8pm with fireworks launching at 8pm and 9pm. Come out to enjoy live entertainment, food trucks, interactive displays and special guests over the course of the event. Children’s entertainment runs from 11:00AM to 4:00PM with special guests from the Paw Patrol, live music by MiniPop Kids, a Home Depot kids workshop, the Heartland Forest train, air brush face painting and more!

Starting at 4:00PM WFOL feature shows start at the main stage with country music star: Beverley Mahood & Friends including performances by The Julian Taylor Band, Brad Battle, Mac Sheppard, Jamie Warren, Leah Daniels & Beverley Mahood. Firework shows will also light up the sky at Opening Ceremonies at 8:00 & 9:00PM.

All Day Activities (11AM – 8PM): Niagara Face Paints, Food Trucks, Tim Hortons Coffee Truck, RBC Mobile Truck (Kids colouring sheets, Leo the Lion, Plinko game & meet Canadian Olympians), Life-sized Games (Chess, X’s & O’s), Impulse illuminated See-Saws, Betty Lou PhotoBooth, Hamburg Honda, Hug a Coke Machine and the Misty Kids

11 AM – 4PM: Therapy Tails, White Meadows Farms Maple Syrup Tasting, Heartland Forest Tootsie Express Train Rides (11AM-3PM), demonstrations by the Niagara Woodcarvers Association

11:00AM – 11:30AM: Hammer Quest 2, live music on the main stage

Starting at 11AM: A live ice-sculpting demonstration in the park

11:35AM – 12 noon: Storytime with Oliver Raccoon

12 noon – 4:00PM: Meet Chase, Marshall, Skye and Rubble from the Paw Patrol!

1:00PM – 1:30PM: Mini-Pop Kids Live on the main stage

1:35PM – 2:05PM: 283PAC live entertainment

2:05PM – 2:25PM: Storytime with Oliver Raccoon

2:25PM – 3:30PM: 283PAC live entertainment

3:30PM – 3:55PM: Mini-Pop Kids Live on the main stage

4:15PM – 5:00PM: Leah Daniels Live on the main stage

5:00PM -6:15PM: Beverley Mahood & Friends Live on the main stage

6:30PM – 7:45PM: Julian Taylor Band Live on the main stage

7:45PM – 8:00PM – Flip the Switch Ceremony

8:00 PM – Grande finale fireworks show

After Opening Ceremonies tour the 8km long illumination route featuring over 3 million lights throughout the Niagara Parks, Dufferin Islands and surrounding areas!

WFOL Opening Ceremony FAQ’s

There is plenty of parking just off of Clifton Hill that extends to the Skylon Tower. Easily accessible to all attractions and events, there is even a jolly-cut available to access Queen Victoria Park easily and efficiently, provided you have no mobility issues. For directions to this parking lot, click here:
No, the Opening Festivities is a free event! There are certain activities (i.e. lantern making) that DO have a small fee associated with them. The Winter Festival of Lights will also be collecting food donations on behalf of Project Share.
The day’s activities will begin at 11:00am with the Hammer Quest 2, live music on the main stage and live ice-sculpting demonstration in the park. Afterwards, there will be an abundance of activities throughout the day to keep the family occupied and entertained! The fireworks grande finale will take place at 8:00pm, so it is best to arrive in plenty of time to ensure a good spot!
Bring your family and friends, your camera and warm clothing!! Please do not bring outside food or drinks as they are not allowed on-site.
Yes, there are two options for washroom facilities — those located on-site and those located at Tim Horton’s (located on the south side (across from Murray Street) adjacent to Queen Victoria Park.
Opening Ceremony Grand finale is at 8pm. Standard fireworks at 9pm

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