Canada’s Wonderland, just outside of Toronto, will be hosting its first ever WinterFest on select days from Nov. 22 to Dec. 31.
The park will be decorated with dozens of Christmas trees and millions of lights. There will be ice-skating, live entertainment, savoury treats, crafts, and hands-on family activities. Kids can help elves mail letters to Santa and decorate cookies in Mrs. Claus’ kitchen.
One of the highlights will be a musical theatre show called Tinker’s Toy Factory. A new head elf has decided to swap out the production of old-fashioned toys like wooden trains and teddy bears with fancy, new technological gizmos. This puts Elf Tinker in a quandary. What will he do? Kids will feel like they are in the middle of a production line at the North Pole with toys overflowing and elves bustling about.
Kids will also be invited to help Charlie Brown and Linus find the perfect Christmas tree. The search begins in a maze of Christmas trees with holiday surprises along the path. In the end, kids and adults will no doubt find the perfect tree along with a lot of holiday spirit. The PEANUTS gang will also be leading a sing-along, talking about writing letters to Santa, their favourite holiday food and how to give the perfect gift.
In front of the park’s fountain on International Street, Snowflake Lake will be transformed into an ice skating rink (skate rental available on site). Each night at 5:30 p.m., singers and dancers will set the stage for the lighting ceremony of three, 50-foot (15 metre) Christmas trees featuring more than 40,000 ornaments.
Visitors can get a taste of traditional holiday favourites such as turkey, gourmet hot chocolate and peppermint fudge, and then catch one of a dozen live shows like Cool Yule Christmas and Jingle Jazz.
Parents can get a little Christmas shopping done at the marketplace area, which will have artisan and craft vendors selling personal care products, art, home décor, jewelry and homemade holiday fare such as shortbread.
Of the 15 rides that will be open, many are geared to young kids (and are weather dependent).
For more information, visit canadaswonderland.com.