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.
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.
FREE AURA SHUTTLE SERVICE
Experience Aura from a totally new perspective this year, on foot. Take our complimentary hop-on, hop-off shuttle to 4 spectacular illumination nodes, and walk amongst millions of lights. The Aura Shuttle runs in a continuous loop every 30 mins between 5pm – 9pm, making stops at Grand View Marketplace, Queen Victoria Place, Table Rock Centre and Floral Showhouse. See map below.
Runs every 30 mins between 5pm – 9pm
Friday & Saturday November 16 – January 31, 2019
Daily December 23 – January 6, 2019
No shuttle service Christmas and New Year’s Eve
Nov 23, 24 & 30
Dec 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 – 24, 26 – 29, & 30
Jan 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6
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 22 – 30, 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.
Enjoy a tropical paradise at the Floral Showhouse as part of the Deck the Falls holiday tour. For more information visit: wfol.com
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.
Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride from Table Rock Centre to Floral Showhouse as part of the Deck the Falls holiday tour. For more information visit: wfol.com
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.