The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights transforms Niagara Falls into a palette of breathtaking colour with millions of sparkling lights and animated displays, located within the Niagara Parks, Dufferin Islands and surrounding tourist districts.
As part of the Winter Festival of Lights, Niagara Parks presents Aura: Let it Glow, bringing several incredible illumination-themed events to the Winter Festival of Lights throughout the entire 56-km Niagara Parks.
CASCADES OF FIRE
Join us November 9 – 18 as Niagara Falls and the Winter Festival of Lights hosts its first Cascades of Fire: International Fireworks Competition, presented by Hornblower Niagara Cruises.
Experience 18-minute fireworks displays synchronized to music in an incredible series of professional pyrotechnics in Niagara Parks. Each weekend, teams representing countries from around the world will perform in this spectacular international competition.
At the event, tune in to Star 102.5 FM to enjoy the corresponding music with each display for the shows on November 16 and 17. All fireworks begin at 9 p.m. weather permitting.
Please refer to wfol.com for updates on the Cascades of Fire International Fireworks Competition, presented by Hornblower Niagara Cruises.
Check out our interactive map below for the best viewing areas, parking information, and more.
BEST CASCADES OF FIRE VIEWING SPOTS
Niagara Parks is the place to be to experience all six Cascades of Fire displays. With the launch site on the upper Niagara River, you have plenty of options to choose from. Parking at Kingsbridge Park and Rapidsview Parking Lot is $10, including a free shuttle to each site below:
Table Rock Centre
With access to Table Rock Centre, Elements on the Falls Restaurant, quick serve Table Rock Grill, Tim Hortons, indoor restrooms and more, set up right at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls.
Toronto Power Park
Directly north of the launch site, you’ll have an unobstructed view of these massive displays. It’s just a 10-minute walk (1 km) from the Falls Parking Lot (Lot A) next to Table Rock Centre.
Park at Kingsbridge Park, south of the launch site, for an alternative viewing experience. The illumination of the falls will peak over the horizon, with the sparkling lights of the Niagara Falls skyline as your backdrop.
Niagara Parks Winter Marketplace
November 16-18 & 23-25
Join us for the Winter Marketplace at Niagara Parks, part of Aura in partnership with the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights. This year’s holiday market features local food, beverages, and one-of-a-kind craft vendors in holiday-themed outdoor cabins.
Help Niagara Parks launch Aura with a magical tree-lighting ceremony in Queen Victoria Park on November 16th at 7pm. This year’s 30-foot Blue Spruce, set next to the Illumination Tower, will be decked head to toe in festive lights and cheer!
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Tickets for the Fireworks Dinner Series are available now.
WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS + AURA EXHIBITS
Niagara Parks will officially unveil its 2018 illumination displays on November 16, marking the beginning of Aura: Let it Glow, part of the Winter Festival of Lights.
WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS FIREWORKS SCHEDULE
The Winter Festival of Lights Fireworks series, presented by Fallsview Casino, begins with a special show on Saturday November 3 at 9 p.m., part of the Winter Festival of Lights opening ceremonies.
Enjoy displays every Friday night at 9 p.m. from November 9 through January 25, 2019. Special displays daily December 23 – 29, with two displays on New Year’s Eve at 9 p.m. and midnight.
Explore unique lighting nodes across Queen Victoria Park, Oakes Garden Theatre, the Floral Showhouse, Table Rock Centre and more. Explore some of the featured displays from Aura and the Winter Festival of Lights below.
Explore this winter wonderland of nature-themed light displays perched among the winding footpaths and bridges of the popular Dufferin Islands. Park your car and explore on foot to get up close and personal with these family favourites.
TORONTO POWER GENERATING STATION
Completed in 1906, the Toronto Power Generating Station was a key piece to Ontario’s energy production through the first half of the 20th century. Watch as this historic structure is transformed by a spectacular sound and lights show. Dancing colours and patterns move in time with holiday music by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, broadcast locally on 100.5 FM.
The holiday tradition returns at the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse. Explore the grounds, including traditional-themed holiday light displays, before heading inside for the annual Christmas Display. Poinsettias, cyclamen, azaleas, Christmas cactus and paperwhite narcissus are just a few of the expertly-crafted features you’ll find from the Niagara Parks horticultural team.
TABLE ROCK CENTRE
Table Rock Centre, located at the brink of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, comes to life once again with breathtaking blue and white lights, complementing the main attraction: the illumination of Niagara Falls.
QUEEN VICTORIA PLACE
Multi-coloured lights abound in Queen Victoria Park, with gorgeous displays throughout the grounds. Take a photo with our larger-than-life guardian angels, keeping watch outside the Niagara Parks Police headquarters. Outside Queen Victoria Place, Niagara Parks Aura’s signature Christmas tree steals the show.
OAKES GARDEN THEATRE
Constructed to serve as a grand gateway for those arriving to Canada, Oakes Garden Theatre beautiful architecture is further accentuated by numerous illumination displays throughout the grounds.
WHERE TO PARK & MORE
Parking and transportation throughout Niagara Parks has never been easier. Choose from several options to explore this year’s Aura and Winter Festival of Lights at your convenience:
Parking is available at Falls Parking, across from Table Rock Centre and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Entry includes in and out access all day. Paid parking is also available at the Floral Showhouse, Queen Victoria Place, and Rapidsview Parking.
The fully accessible, hop-on, hop-off WEGO transportation system is your ticket to everything Aura. With stops at each node and lines that connect to other key areas in Niagara, it all comes together at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls and Table Rock Centre.
PARK & RIDE
Check back for information about convenient park and ride shuttles for Aura: Let it Glow and the Winter Festival of Lights.
Explore our interactive map for the best viewing areas, parking, festival nodes and more!
Friday November 9
Celebration Fireworks is a professional fireworks manufacturer located in the city of Liuyang, China. Celebration Fireworks has been producing fireworks for nearly 20 years, exporting their pyrotechnics to America, Europe, Canada, Japan, Russia, Australia, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Celebration Fireworks is also a display fireworks company who frequently take part international Fireworks Competitions in Japan, Taiwan, Canada and China.
Friday November 16
Team Finland's Display has been rescheduled to November 16 at 9pm. Oy Pyroman Finland Ltd is Finland’s leading supplier of pyrotechnics and special effects. They’ve been staging events for over 20 years and are a forerunner in the field. Over the past 7 years they have invested seriously in fireworks displays and pyromusicals. They have the most modern equipment and the most extensive capacity in Finland.
Sunday November 17
Fireworks do Brasil is one of the largest pyrotechnic companies in Brazil and an established global player. Founded in 2000 by Italian descendants and now managed solely by the women of the family, this company brought centuries of Italian pyrotechnic expertise to South America. The special mix created by blending Italy's tradition, knowledge and passion with Brazil͛s flair, finesse and joie-de-vivre has created magnificent fireworks displays.
Friday November 16
Founded in August 2008, Da Nang was the first representative of Vietnam in any international fireworks festival. The team is proud to be able to represent the city of Da Nang, Vietnam in the Cascades of Fire International Fireworks Competition in Canada in 2018. The team believes Cascades of Fire to be a meaningful event and hopes that together with the other participating teams, a marvelous cultural feast with brilliant performances and unforgettable moments will light up the sky over breathtaking Niagara Falls.
Saturday November 17
Italy Pagano is an old family in the art of fireworks whose name IPON means Industry Pagano Ottaviano Naples. In fact, the company originated in the city of Ottaviano, near both Mount Vesuvius and Pompei. The activity started at the beginning of 1900 with Mr. Luigi, who introduced his son Francesco to the magic world of manufacturing fireworks. He in turn taught this art to his sons, Benito and Enrico, the present owners. Nowadays, after three generations, the firm is one of the most appreciated companies of artesanal italian fireworks.