Each holiday season, London, Ontario invites visitors to enjoy a festive stroll through beautiful Victoria Park and enjoy the glittering display of lights that create a Winter Wonderland. In addition to more than 75,000 lights decorating park trees, there are a variety of displays including Santa and his reindeer, tin soldiers, a jack-in-the-box and the nativity that can be viewed from Nov. 30 through Jan. 1.
Victoria Park's festive decorations and outdoor skating rink are a longstanding tradition in London's celebration of the holiday season. Weather permitting, the skating rink is open throughout the winter season. There is free public skating daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with a one-hour closing for ice resurfacing from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Last November, hundreds of children entered the “Name the Festive Train Contest” during the annual Lighting of the Lights. Of the more than 200 entries received, the Parks and Recreation judging committee narrowed the decision down to their three favorite train names. Voting took place online and the winning name is the Candy Cane Coach!
And, for all those good little boys and girls who need to get their wish list to the North Pole, there’s even a Santa's mailbox.
The final evening for the lights to shine is Jan. 1 following the culmination of the Forest City's holiday festivities — Celebrate London: Rockin’ New Year’s Eve! For more information regarding London’s Winter Wonderland, please call (519) 661-5000 or visit www.london.ca. And for helpful information on planning a quick fall or winter getaway to London, please visit www.londontourism.ca.