Norm Pirtovshek, general manager at Canada’s Wonderland, says this year the park is being transformed into a magical winter wonderland “like you’ve never seen it before.”
So here are the top things to expect this WinterFest, which runs from Nov. 22 until Dec. 31, showing more than 30 holiday attractions.
1- Three big Christmas trees
One of the 15-metre trees decorated for Canada’s Wonderland’s WinterFest. (Steve Somerville/Torstar)
Guests will experience enchanting themed areas adorned with more than 5 million holiday lights, festive decor and three 15-metre-high Christmas trees.
2-Whimsical WinterFest worlds
Want to see some magical worlds? Well come and see Tinsel Town, the North Pole, Elf Village, Charlie Brown’s Christmas Town, Candy Cane Lane, International Street, Season of Lights and the Christmas Market, where shoppers can find unique, artisan gifts and festive foods.
Fresh snow covers the decorated trees at WinterFest at Canada’s Wonderland. (Steve Somerville/Torstar)
3- Live Entertainment
These live entertainment includes the upbeat musical of Tinker’s Toy Factory. The musical is about Tinker, the elf, who has to deal with some sudden changes in Santa’s workshop that put his beloved old-fashioned toy-making in jeopardy.
Performers at Canada’s Wonderland will showcase their own version of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol at What the Dickens?!
The bubbly trio The Milestones performs classic Christmas tunes reminiscent of the 1950s
How about, A Peanut’s Guide to Christmas? Well, join Charlie Brown and the gang in this enjoyable sing-along celebrating the most wonderful time of the year.
WinterFest makes its debut at Canada’s Wonderland Nov. 22 and includes live shows, ice skating, spectacular lights and decor. Danusia Rogacki is the “brains” behind the artistic designs and decorations at this yuletide gift boutique and other areas. She leads a team of 12 who started work on this in mid-July. (Steve Somerville/Torstar)
4- Ice Skating
At Canada’s Wonderland you can indulge in this classic winter sport on Snow Flake Lake in front of the iconic Wonder Mountain.
This is the skating rink near Wonder Mountain at Canada’s Wonderland. The mountain will be lit with streams of light during WinterFest which makes its debut on Nov. 22. (Steve Somerville/Torstar)
5- Interactive attractions
There will be some interactive attractions like cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, writing letters to Santa at the North Pole Post Office and creating take-home keepsakes at Sally’s Christmas Crafts.
This is one of the several themed retail shops near Tinseltown at Canada’s Wonderland’s WinterFest. (Steve Somerville/Torstar)
With some select family rides, guests can receive free admission to WinterFest this year when they purchase a 2020 gold pass, which includes all the benefits of a season pass plus unlimited visits to Halloween Haunt and WinterFest in 2020 — all for $99.99 or 11 online payments of $9.09.