As Toronto continues its mandated lockdown, there are still ways to safely find some holiday cheer in the city, and one of those places is Union Station.
The popular downtown transit hub is now home to a luminous and immersive outdoor glacier wall installation that celebrates our northern climate.
Union Holiday – Presented by TD will be located at Union Station’s Front Street Plaza from November 30 to January 3.
To spread the spirit of the holiday season, organizers say the new installation “will transport commuters and passersby to another world by experiencing new textures and landscapes, from larger-scale cliffs that emulate the edge of ice floes and icebergs, to an exquisite feature piece of a frozen waterfall.”
The installation also has immersive sound and light shows that reflect the natural world – with shows taking place during the day and the evening.
According to organizers, the new downtown installation includes a sustainably-sourced tree, which is the largest Union has ever hosted, decorated in the spirit of the season.
“The idea of the ice wall was conceived by the Programming + Special Events team to create a new special experience for people as they pass through Union Station,” states the event website.
“Our creative journey started through the discovery of man-made ice castle experiences around Europe and North America. We felt that they combined the beauty of natural elements with the magic of a special and unique experience. Through conceptual development, our team gravitated towards a more sculptural approach that would imitate several naturally occurring ice forms.”
The installation is open daily, and there will be staff, as well as markers, to ensure safe physical distancing takes place throughout the installation.
To ensure the safety of all visitors inside the station, masks or face coverings are mandatory.
When: November 30 – January 3, 2021
Time: Open daily and in the evenings, with intermittent immersive shows
Where: 65 Front Street West, Toronto
Note: While local parks, some shops, and distanced events are reopened, Toronto Public Health is reminding individuals to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. If you decide to go out, maintain the six-foot physical distancing guidelines and wear a mask.