Ontario's Festivals Light Up the Holiday Season

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Ontario's Festivals Light Up the Holiday Season

Ontariotravel.net Website Offers Ideas for Family Fun TORONTO, Dec. 18 - Families looking for innovative ways to warm up to winter during the festive season will find some great ideas at Ontario's travel website, www.ontariotravel.net, Tourism Minister Peter Fonseca said today. "I encourage people to log on and discover for themselves the incredible range of fun family events and celebrations happening across Ontario this year," Fonseca enthused. "The festive season offers Ontario families all manner of wonderful winter fun - Ontario-style!" Here are a few of Ontario's seasonal highlights: Winter Festival of Lights - Niagara Falls (until January 8) Don your coat and mittens and join thousands of people at Canada's largest winter lights festival. The five-kilometre route along the Niagara Parkway, adjacent to Niagara Falls, is aglow with nearly two million coloured lights and over 100 lighting displays. Children of all ages will thrill to The Misty Kids™ new musical stage show featuring Crystal Bunny, Cool Cat and Chilly Dog. For information, visit www.wfol.com or call 1-800-563-2557. Cavalcade of Lights - Toronto (until December 31) Toronto's 41st annual Cavalcade of Lights chases the night away again this year with breathtaking fireworks, lighting displays and holiday tours of Toronto's most fascinating neighbourhoods, including Chinatown, Greektown on the Danforth, Old Cabbagetown and St. Clair Gardens. For more information, call the Special Events team at 416-395-0490 or visit www.toronto.ca/special_events/cavalcade_lights/index.htm. 7th Annual Alight at Night Festival, Upper Canada Village (until January 5) Upper Canada Village's Alight at Night Festival is a much anticipated holiday tradition for thousands of visitors each year in Eastern Ontario. Commencing at 5:00 p.m. every day, the Village is transformed into a winter wonderland. Over a quarter-million lights decorate the many heritage buildings and the grounds around them, including trees and fences. Again this year, features include horse-drawn wagon and carriage rides, train rides, Christmas music, dinners on site, shopping at the Village Store, and photos with Santa. For information, visit www.uppercanadavillage.com or call 1-800-437-2233. Festival of Lights - Kapuskasing (until March 31) Ontario's "Model Town of the North" makes it worth the drive to Northern Ontario again this winter as it transforms the already beautiful Riverside Park into a wonderful winter lightscape with over 100,000 shimmering bulbs and delightful displays. For more details about Kapuskasing's Festival of Lights, visit www.kapuskasing.ca or call 1-800-463-6432. These are just a few of the many holiday festivities taking place in Ontario over the next few months. For a more detailed listing of events, and to order your winter copy of Ontario Travel Discoveries visit www.ontariotravel.net/winter. Disponible en français www.tourism.gov.on.ca Contact Info For further information: Alicia Farrow, Minister's Office, (416) 325-4543; Gary Wheeler, Communications Branch, (416) 325-8391 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Alicia Farrow, Minister's Office, (416) 325-4543; Gary Wheeler, Communications Branch, (416) 325-8391