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Let the Festivities Begin!
Niagara Falls Festival of Lights

November 18, 2004

Opening Weekend Festivities Begin with Mickey's Holiday Party Stage Show

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 flowers
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.

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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 the nation.


Media Contact:
Gabriela Butera, Niagara Falls Tourism
1-800-563-2557 x.53
eventplanner@niagarafallstourism.com


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