Ontario's Festivals Light Up the Holiday Season

    Ontariotravel.net Website Offers Ideas for Family Fun

    TORONTO, Dec. 18 /CNW/ - 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
    "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(TM) 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

    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

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For further information:

For further information: Alicia Farrow, Minister's Office, (416)
325-4543; Gary Wheeler, Communications Branch, (416) 325-8391

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