We’ve already listed several holiday attractions to look forward to in San Diego and at Southern California’s most popular theme parks, but we’ve left out perhaps one of the most celebrated holiday events of all: the Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls. This annual spectacle draws about 1 million visitors from all over the world to marvel at over 125 lighting displays and 3 million tree lights which form Niagara Park’s Winter Wonderland. The gorgeous park also comes alive with the world’s largest illuminated Canadian-American flag, as well as the Enchantment of Disney displays of light, which glows with your favorite Disney characters including The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Toy Story, and more. There are several lighting displays that are categorized into specific themes, including the Dufferin Islands Display, which showcases Canadian wildlife, the Winter Wonderland Display, which highlights several winter activities, as well historic events which took place at the Falls. In addition to the themed light displays, visitors can enjoy the famous Lundy’s Lane transform into Candy Cane Lane during their Niagara Falls trip, as the famous town is adorned with festive lampposts, illuminations, and candy cane displays.
Aside from the captivating light shows, the Winter Festival of Lights in excellent way to tour Niagara Falls, as the city will host events like their Candlelight Stroll, during which visitors can travel through town on a horse drawn wagon, as well as explore the city on foot. Those travelling to Niagara Falls during this time will also be greeted with weekly firework performances, a Christmas concert series, and a Classic Country show. There are also plenty of other exciting activities to participate in, such as the Candy Cane Lane 5K Race, or the Fun Run, which follows a 2.5 km route. And of course, no Winter Wonderland would be complete without a visit to Santa’s Village and an ice skating rink for the kids.
If you’re wondering where to go this Christmas, consider a bus tour to Niagara Falls, and stop by the Winter Festival of Lights, which will be here until January 31, 2011. Admission is free, which makes it great for families travelling on a budget!