Why you need to check out Toronto's newest holiday festival this winter

Oct 2 2018, 2:40 pm

It’s time to get into the festive spirit because the ultimate Christmas event is heading to Toronto!

The Aurora Winter Festival has announced the full details around its five-week holiday extravaganza coming to Toronto this winter.

For the first time ever, Aurora Winter Festival will transform Toronto’s Ontario Place from November 29 to December 30 into a hidden village with enchanting elements inspired by the North Pole including magical characters, captivating light displays, endless fun, games and activities.

We are thrilled to bring the Aurora Winter Festival to Toronto and are looking forward to providing people with an unforgettable holiday experience, says Scott Emslie, Festival Producer.

Upon entering the Aurora Winter Festival, guests will explore four Mystical Worlds inspired by the North Pole, each region bursting with sensory experiences, impressive set designs, sculptures over 20-ft tall, and custom light displays.

The Mystical Worlds are home to a number of magical characters including Thyra, Queen of the Ice Elves, who resides in an impressive castle, Rivera and Zaos, both ice elves sworn to protect the Mystical Worlds, Yin the Yeti Prince, who loves to have fun and is a big fan of disco, and of course, Santa and his team of elves.

Other attractions include:

  • Light Dome  — 50′ LED dome displaying the Aurora Borealis
  • A Frozen Pond — An outdoor skating rink amid the Aurora Borealis lights
  • Santa’s Workshop — A chance for kids to meet Santa Claus and explore craft stations with the elves
  • Rides — There will be a selection of rides for all ages on site including a Ferris wheel, carousel, and train
  • Tube Park — Will include a large 170-ft slide with artificial snow
  • Entertainment Tent — Large heated tent to eat, drink, sing, and be merry
  • Food Garden — Will include over 12 of Toronto’s best food trucks and vendors
  • Main Street — Outdoor huts with over 50 holiday-inspired market vendors

Additionally, through a convenient smartphone app, guests will be invited to join the Mystical Worlds Quest, offering exclusive opportunities and prizes. The app will also feature a comprehensive map, merchandise store and background on festival characters.

Aurora Winter Festival

Aurora Winter Festival

How to get tickets for Toronto’s magical new winter festival:

Daily Hive readers will be able to access tickets one day before they become available to the general public.

The Daily Hive presale begins at 10 am on Wednesday, October 17, and will last 12 hours (ending at 10 pm). It can be found here.

General ticket sales begin on Thursday, October 18, at 10 am on the Aurora Winter Festival website.

Tickets start at $14.99 for children (4 to 12)  and seniors (64+) and are $19.99 for general admission (13 to 64). Children from ages one to three can attend for free.

Aurora Winter Festival

When: November 29 to December 30
Where: Ontario Place, East Island

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Daily Hive is a proud media sponsor of the Aurora Winter Festival. 

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