December holidays are fast approaching, and cities around the country are gearing up for the celebrations with a variety of festivities, including the Aurora Winter Festival.
For the first time ever, the event will take place in downtown Vancouver as well as Toronto. One of the highlights is a new 60-foot Ferris wheel, which visitors can ride from Nov. 23 until Dec. 30 in Vancouver and Nov. 29 through Dec. 30 in Toronto. Vancouver’s Ferris wheel, located on the waterfront at Concord Pacific Place, and Toronto’s attraction will enable riders to see everything going on at the festival below.
Canada’s largest winter festival, which features a North Pole theme and incredible light displays, also includes ice skating on the Frozen River and tubing at the Tube Park. While tubing rides cost extra, it’s worth it to glide down the snow in the magical atmosphere.
Gifts are available at the Main Street Market, and hungry festivalgoers can whet their appetites at the Food Gardens.
Other highlights include a 50-foot LED light dome programmed with flowing Aurora lights, Santa’s workshop for children, additional carnival rides, and Main Street with over 50 Christmas-inspired market vendors.
“We are thrilled to bring the Aurora Winter Festival to Toronto and are looking forward to providing people with an unforgettable holiday experience,” said Scott Emslie, Festival Producer, in a press release.
Tickets for the festival cost between $14.99 and $19.99. The festival is open from 4 pm to 10 pm.
Other winter fests to check out this season include: Carnaval de Quebec, Quebec City; Winterlude, Ottawa; Winter Festival of Lights, Niagara Falls; Toonik Tyme, Iqaluit; Festival du Voyageur, Winnipeg; Jasper in January; Caribou Carnival, Yellowknife; Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous; Igloofest, Montreal; World Ski & Snowboard Festival, Whistler; Montreal High Lights Festival; Niagara Icewine Festival; Ice on Whyte, Edmonton; and the Fredericton Frostival.