Let the Festivities Begin!
Niagara Falls Festival of Lights
November 18, 2004
Opening Weekend Festivities Begin with Mickey's Holiday Party Stage
Niagara Falls, ON - The Winter Festival of Lights (WFOL) is pleased
to announce the official start to the 22nd annual event with Opening
Weekend Festivities scheduled for Saturday, November 20th and Sunday,
November 21st, 2004.
The Festivities begin at 5:15 pm with Goofy and Pluto joining City
of Niagara Falls Mayor, Mr. Ted Salci, Niagara Falls MP, Mr. Rob
Nicholson, Niagara Falls MPP, Mr. Kim Craitor, Niagara Parks Commission
Chair, Mr. Jim Williams, and WFOL Chair, Ms. Ethel White-Ashby,
on the Festival's stage in Queen Victoria Park, as they flip the
switch to ignite one million lights and nearly 100 motion lighting
displays, including the
world-famous Enchantment of Disney displays.
The Opening Weekend Festivities continue with a spectacular fireworks
show and the renowned Mickey's Holiday Party Stage Show, presented
in association with Air Canada. The Show may also be seen at 6:45
pm and on Sunday, November 21st at 5:30 pm and 7 pm.
The 22nd annual Winter Festival of Lights is held from November
20th to January 18, 2005 and features a five kilometer lighting
route known as the Niagara Parks Winter Wonderland.
Other activities to occur during Opening Weekend Festivities include
Concerts at the Arena, featuring Patti Page with John Dickens and
Bill Anderson on November 20th & 21st, and John McDermott with
Carmel Quinn on November 21st & 22nd. Both shows are being held
at the Niagara Falls Memorial Arena.
During Opening Weekend Festivities there will also be opportunities
to enjoy Santa vs. The Snowman, the first-ever IMAX holiday film;
the Festival of Colours, encompassing an array of beautiful, holiday
at the Niagara Parks Greenhouse; and Nuncrackers: the Nunsense Christmas
Musical Dinner & Show, among other activities.
Not to be missed is the first of ten appearances of the Festival's
unique and popular Everyone Loves a Night Parade at 8 pm as well
as the first Friday Night Fireworks, being presented by the Fallsview
BIA at 9 pm.
Both of these activities occur on Friday, November 19th and are
the unofficial start to the Winter Festival of Lights.
"We are proud to begin the 22nd annual Winter Festival of
Lights and invite everyone to attend what will surely be another
fantastic event," enthused Ethel White-Ashby, WFOL Chair.
For more information about the Winter Festival of Lights, visit
www.DiscoverNiagara.com or call 1-800-563-2557.
About the Winter Festival of Lights
Now in its 22nd year, the Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara
Falls, is a nine-week festival that attracts over 1.1 million people
annually and is the largest winter lights festival in Canada, while
its New Year's Eve
Concert Extravaganza is the only nationally televised New Year's
Eve event and attracts over one million television viewers across
Gabriela Butera, Niagara Falls Tourism
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