The Aurora Winter Festival inspires the festive spirit through magical winter experiences. Escape into a hidden village by the North Pole filled with captivating Christmas light displays and magical characters, and enjoy the market huts, food gardens, amusement rides, live entertainment, and plenty of other exciting activities. From visiting Santa’s Workshop to lacing up your skates on the Frozen Pond, there is something for every age at the Aurora Winter Festival. The festival takes place at Toronto’s Ontario Place, East Island and runs from November 29th to December 30th.

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Getting to the Aurora Winter Festival

Ontario Place, East Island
955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON

Parking

Event parking is limited and not guaranteed. On weekends, it is recommended to park at Exhibition Place which can be accessed via Newfoundland Road off of Lakeshore Drive (Parking 3 and 4 located in the map below). Parking can also be found in the Ontario Place parking lots (Parking 1 and 2 located in the map below), but space is limited. If you are planning to consume alcoholic beverages, we recommend finding other means of transportation or planning a safe ride home.

Go Train + TCC

The Aurora Winter Festival can be reached by Lakeshore West GO Line to Exhibition Station, with a complimentary shuttle from the station to the festival (please note: shuttle is only accessible to wheelchairs after 5 PM). For more information contact GO Transit at www.gotransit.ca or 416-869-3200. Alternatively, you can take the TTC 511 Bathurst509 Harbourfront29 Dufferin, or 121 Fort-York Esplanade. For more information, visit the TTC at www.ttc.ca or call 416-393-4636.

Enter your PRESTO Card number to receive 10% off GA and Family tickets, valid every Wed/Thurs, 4-8pm ONLY. Purchase tickets here.

Drop Off

The Aurora Winter Festival is located on the grounds of Ontario Place, East Island. We suggest all guests who will be getting dropped off proceed to the centre entrance of Ontario Place for drop offs.

Tube Park

Tube Park

Standing over 20 feet tall and 180 feet long, the Tube Park is a must do at the Aurora Winter Festival. Tube park rides cost extra (tickets are available on site).

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Amusement Rides

Amusement Rides

Bring out your inner child on our choo-choo train, or climb on our 60 foot ferris wheel to get the best vantage of the entire festival.

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Food Gardens

Food Gardens

Visit our Food Gardens for a holiday treat or delicious meal from one of our curated food trucks.

Entertainment Tent

Entertainment Tent

Snowy tube ride have you chilled? Head over to our heated entertainment tent to enjoy your mulled wine or hot chocolate during some joyous performances.

Santa's Workshop

Santa’s Workshop

Join Santa as he shares his favourite holiday stories in a magical story telling show and make your holiday gifts with his elves!

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Main Street Market

Main Street Market

Peruse through our market on Main Street for the perfect Christmas gift from one of our market vendors!

Frozen Pond

Frozen Pond

Lace up your skates (or rent ours!) and take to the beautiful frozen pond.

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Mystical Worlds

Mystical Worlds

Weave your way through the Disco Den, Arctic Retreat, Luminous Gardens and Whimsical Forest. Keep your eyes open for Yin the Yeti and Thyra the Ice Queen!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does my ticket include?

All Aurora Winter Festival tickets include access to the entire festival site including the Mystical Worlds, Santa’s Workshop, The Ice Pond (must bring skates, or rent ours!), access to Main Street Market Vendors and Food Trucks as well as the heated Entertainment Tent.

What are your hours of operation?

The Aurora Winter Festival is open from 4 pm to 10 pm. During the course of the festival there are some days we are not open, and will remain closed on those days. For more information, visit our Tickets page hereIf you have selected an 8 pm – 10 pm arrival time slot, please arrive no later than 8:30 pm to ensure you have enough time to explore the festival!

When is the Aurora Winter Festival?

The Aurora Winter Festival runs from November 29th – December 30th. As there are some days we do not operate during the week, please visit our tickets page for all the information. 

What can't I bring into the festival?

Entry may be refused if any of the following prohibited items are in your possession: illegal drugs, weapons, firearms, knives/dangerous items, glass (including bottles), alcohol, outside food or beverages unauthorized vending flyers, giveaways, promotional items, pets or other animals (excluding service animals), drones, professional recording equipment.

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The Aurora Winter Festival App

It’s time to take your experience at the Aurora Winter Festival to the next level. Introducing our official festival app! Our trusty sidekick includes the Mystical Worlds Quest, an interactive venue map, schedule of events & story time with Santa, and an exclusive opportunity to book a time to meet Santa! The app will allow you to make the most out of your time at the festival. Download now through the buttons below!

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