Here's What WinterFest at Canada's Wonderland Looks Like
Canada's largest theme park promises to put you and your family in the holiday spirit.
'Tis the season, and Canada's Wonderland has amped up its offerings and appearances for the most wonderful time of the year. WinterFest, the first winter festival of its kind at Canada's largest theme park, promises to put you and your family in the holiday spirit, and them some! Upon entering the park, guests will see the entrance facade transformed with garlands, wreaths and giant nutcrackers, that perfectly frame the park. You will undoubtedly feel that you are walking into an alternate universe to what you usually experience during the summer season.
There's a ton of entertainment offerings with carolers, live shows, crafts, holiday lights and of course Christmas trees! All the shops have been completely transformed: all new merchandise, all new menu items and all new experiences. There are festive foods, rides for the kiddos, and many seasonal attractions. The fountain in front of the park’s glorious Wonder Mountain has been turned into a dazzling ice-skating rink – Snowflake Lake, which offers a skating experience amid the lit tree-lined walkways. Be sure to stick around at 5:30pm at the main entrance for the tree lighting ceremony, and to see all the park's lights get "plugged" in. It's quite the sight. Enter through Wonderland's iconic castle that glistens and glows. Then stroll through the park to enjoy 5 million lights and 200,000 holiday decorations.
Kids can hang with the PEANUTS gang and everyone’s favourite Beagle at Charlie Brown’s Christmas Town (a reimagined Planet Snoopy) which features fun family activities, kid-friendly attractions and rides (kiddie rides are also open in Kidzville.) Families can send letters to Santa, visit a candy castle, dance at a Polar Party, bake cookies in Mrs. Claus' Kitchen, and much more. Stop by Santa's room for photos with St. Nick.
And don't miss out on all the live entertainment! Cool Yule Christmas features a cast singing your favourite holiday hits in a dazzling Christmas show. What The Dickens!? offers up another version of the holiday classic “A Christmas Carol. Tinker’s Toy Factory is a lively, acrobatic musical theatre production, designed for children, and The Holly Jolly Trolley performs a collection of Christmas songs. Join Charlie, Lucy, and Linus in a fun-filled holiday sing along as they get ready to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.
After taking in the countless decorations, shows and rides, there are two more must stops: food and shopping.
Foodies will delight in all the holiday fare! Stop by the Candy Cane Café to indulge in delicious seasonal treats including Nutella or Candy Cane stuffed French toast. North Pole Treats serves up a delicious festival of treats from several different cultures. And Canada’s Wonderland’s famous funnel cakes are available with a holiday twist, with flavours like Gingerbread, Candy Cane, and Eggnog. You'll find many of your favourite holiday treats including delicious gourmet hot chocolate throughout the park. There's even a traditional Christmas dinner for those wanting a complete holiday experience.
Need to get some holiday shopping done? Guests can browse through a collection of exceptional artisans and craft vendors at the Christmas Market which offers all kinds of gifts for the season. Local artists are showcasing their wares each evening with hand-crafted products, including winter accessories, personal care products, art, home decor, jewelry, and apparel. The North Pole Mercantile offers a large selection of ornaments and tree décor, more apparel, Santas, Nutcrackers, toys, and holiday candy. The many shopping locations throughout the park have something for everyone on your list.
If you're looking for a winter-lovers' paradise, WinterFest is the place to be. To say Canada's Wonderland went all-out on this event is an understatement. The park is simply stunning. The lighting is spectacular, and every little detail has been taken into consideration with all decorations, each providing that perfect 'insta' worthy photo opp. The shows are well produced and entertaining; the costumes are exquisite. Street performers are welcoming, and provide interactive fun.
So, bundle up the family and head out to this delightful winter festival. But, don't let the cold weather scare you; there are many indoor warming stations, and outdoor heat lamps and bonfire camps that help keep you warm throughout the park.
WinterFest is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until December 31. Current park hours are 3pm to 9pm. Start your journey early because there is a lot to pack in during your visit. Tickets start at $21.99. Guests with a 2020 GOLD season pass can attend WinterFest for free, making it a tremendous value if you're planning park visits all season long. You can also save by purchasing your tickets online.
Find out more at www.canadaswonderland.com/play/winterfest.