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May. 20, 2022 | Friday
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Niagara's Festival of Lights receives international recognition
The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights was the recipient of multiple awards this past week, including recognition from several respected provincial and international tourism affiliates. (supplied)

This week Niagara’s Festival of Lights was recognized internationally with four awards during the 64th annual International Festival’s and Events Association Convention, Expo and Retreat, which was held in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia on Wednesday.

The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights received the Gold Pinnacle Award for best new event for the Cascades of Fire International Fireworks Competition, which was presented by Hornblower Niagara Cruises.

Silver Pinnacle Awards were given for both best video event promotion and best event promotional photographs, for the Winter Festival of Lights, and a Bronze Pinnacle Award was given for best event website for the Winter Festival of Lights.

Aside from international recognition, it was announced on Sept. 26 that the local winter festival received the most votes for the third year in a row in the Ontario Choice Wards Festival and Events category for the Ontario Choice Awards hosted by Attractions Ontario.

“The Festival is truly honoured to be recognized for the hard work that has been put in by our staff, volunteers, board, stakeholders, sponsors and all the partners that contribute each season to create a world-class event,” said Tina Myers OPG Winter Festival of Lights executive director in a media release. “I can’t remember another time where we have received awards from three different organizations in one week. This is really special for everyone involved!”

The festival’s 37th edition will run from Nov. 16, 2019 to Jan. 12, 2020. This year’s season will feature new displays along its 8km illumination route including over three million lights.