Photos: Tiffany Shum
By: Kat Harlton
We headed to Canada’s Wonderland to check out their first ever Winterfest, which magically transformed the park into a winter wonderland full of enchantment and holiday cheer. The massive event features spectacular holiday lights and décor, world-class live entertainment, savory treats and fanciful Christmas activities.
As soon as you enter the park, you’re welcomed to International Street, full of holiday shops, and food. You’ll also notice Snow Flake Lake, a beautiful outdoor ice skating experience where guests can glide across the simmering ice in front of Wonder Mountain. This is also where the nightly Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place around 5:30pm, complete with a countdown to the moment where Snoopy and his special guests insert a giant plug into an oversized power outlet to light their two 50-foot-tall trees filled with thousands of lights and decorations.
A little further down International Street is the Candy Cane Cafe, where you can indulge in delicious seasonal treats including our favorite, the Candy Cane stuffed french toast.
We also really loved Charlie Brown’s Christmas Town which included a walk through Candy Cane Lane, where we got to hang out with the PEANUTS gang!
On the way back we stopped in Elf Village, which features Santa’s busy workshop, dance parties, festive holiday music, performances, and more! This is also where you can stop by Mrs. Claus’ kitchen to decorate your own cookies with the help of Mrs. Claus. Our magical night wasn’t complete without a stop to Canada’s Wonderland’s famous Festive Funnel Cakes and Churros, where we tried the Gingerbread (a classic funnel cake with a holiday spin!)
We had an amazing time, my only constructive criticism would be more heat lamps and/or warming shelters, especially ones that are accessible for those with disabilities. It also does get really busy around the time of the tree lighting ceremony and after, so if you have little ones you may want to go as soon as the park opens.
Can’t wait for next year!
Special thanks to Canada’s Wonderland for our media access. All reviews and opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view.