A World of Winter Wonders Awaits in Waterloo

You can do it all on an easy-on-the-budget, end-of-year getaway to Ontario's Waterloo region

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Published in Family Fun Canada in January 2017

No need to book an expensive European vacation this holiday season in order to visit a Victorian castle, ride a steam engine train, shop at an authentic Christkindl German outdoor market and see the night sky light up with festivals of lights. You can do it all on an easy-on-the-budget, end-of-year getaway to Ontario's Waterloo region, home to St. Jacob's, Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge.

Stars of wonder

Waterloo takes Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to the nth degree with festive lights designed to wow the crowds. Take a free 15-minute horse-drawn trolley ride through Waterloo Park and marvel at the 100,000 lights that make up the 80 colourful Wonders of Winter displays, including Santa Claus, nursery rhyme characters and cartoon figures. Rides run 6-9 pm on Friday and Saturday nights, including Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Billed as the largest drive-through holiday light display in southwestern Ontario, the Gift of Lights at Bingemans resort in Kitchener features a two-kilometre drive that includes a 60-metre long light tunnel and 30 impressive light displays. Runs until Jan. 1.

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