Another massive winter festival is headed to Toronto next month. For the first time ever, Ontario Place will be holding an outdoor festival that will last all winter long.
Dubbed "Winter at Ontario Place", the new seasonal festival is the latest addition to the list of features included in Ontario Place's revitalization project that is seeking to transform Toronto's beloved waterfront into a year-round destination for Torontonians and tourists alike.
And this year's inaugural event sounds like something out of a Christmas movie. Starting December 8th, Ontario Place will be open seven days a week for Winter at Ontario Place, which will feature a Winter Light Exhibition, outdoor skating, holiday movies at the waterfront's iconic Cinesphere theatre, as well as huge bonfires and fairy lights illuminating the entire island.
One of the first of its kind in Ontario, the Winter Light Exhibition at Winter at Ontario Place will feature 12 illuminated exhibits by local Toronto artists inspired by Ontario's winter landscape. According to event organizers, will be surrounded by light installations ranging from light sculptures and 12-feet-tall freestanding icicle structures to illuminated "water forms" and digital winter-themed imagery.
After a rendezvous through the magical light installation, visitors can skate on the festival's outdoor rink, which will be serving snacks and hot beverages, as well as offering music and skating services like rentals and sharpening.
And if skating isn't your thing, visitors can take a scenic winter hike through Ontario Place's new outdoor space, Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail. Equipped with accessible trails and cleared paths, strolling through the natural beauty of Toronto's waterfront will definitely be a highlight of the winter season.
But if you're looking for a warm spot to get cozy, the festival has several bonfires located on the north end of Cedar Cove on the West Island, not far from the skating rink. After that, you might want to catch a flick at Toronto's infamous Cinesphere theatre that was just reopened. Movie schedules and programming details will be released soon.
Best of all, the entire festival is FREE of charge, and will be open to the public daily from December 8th to March 18th, 2018!
*Note: cover photo image is not from the actual event*