Fall is officially in full swing and October is finally here. While everyone is getting into the spooky spirit, the holiday season is quickly sneaking up on us. With how quickly the months are flying by, soon we will be covered in snow and decorating our homes with holly and twinkling lights.
The ultimate way to get into the holiday spirit is to celebrate the season at one of Ontario's many festivals dedicated to this time of year. One of the province's must see events you definitely do not want to miss is the Niagara Fall's Winter Festival of Lights.
Not only is the festival itself a magical experience but this year the Light's Festival will be hosting the Cascades of Fire International Fireworks Competition. That means two full weekends of beautiful fireworks displays for visitors to enjoy this November.
While the Winter Festival of Lights opens on November 3rd, 2018, the Cascade of Fire competition will not be taking place until November 9th. The competition is made up of six competing countries that will put on their best display over two weekends at the Falls.
Brazil, China, Finland, Italy, and Vietnam will have their fireworks shows displayed before Canada debuts a special finale on November 18th. While fireworks shows are a typical part of the Winter Festival experience, this international competition is sure to stun anyone who watches.
This is the first time Niagara Falls has been asked to how the fireworks festival. Each show is 18-minutes in total and will be synchronized to music for a magical experience.
After the fireworks show, you can enjoy Canada's largest illumination festival at the Winter Festival of Lights. Presented by Ontario Power Generation, this is Niagara Falls attraction brings in over 1.5 million visitors each Winter and takes you through the most mystical and twinkly 8-kilometre trail!
Luckily for visitors, neither of these events come with a price tag because they're free of charge. Of course, visitors can donate some funds to the Winter Festival of Lights to ensure that it keeps running every year.
The fireworks competition is visible not only from the Canadian side of the falls but can also be seen by our neighbours in the United States. Judges will consider things like colour, creativity, timing, effects and crowd reaction when picking the best show. You can also tune into the music on the radio (Star 102.5) so you can have the complete experience even if you're farther away!
According to the Cascades of Fire website, the fireworks shows are expected to be huge. Not only do they run for almost 20 minutes, but there will also be plenty of amazing moments that will surely be Instagram worthy!
So what are you waiting for? Grab your best friends, your family members, or take your special someone on a magical holiday date! This is an event that will not only take your breath away, but it's also a memory you'll have to last a lifetime!
The Cascades of Fire Fireworks Competition will be taking place over two weekends this November, with shows on the 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and Canadian finale being held on the 18.
The Winter Lights Festival presented by Ontario Power Generation runs from November 3rd until after the New Year on January 31st, 2019. Don't miss out on these magical events before the holiday season is over!