Here’s The First Look Inside the Highly Anticipated Vancouver Aurora Festival

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Vancouver Aurora Winter Festival

Experience some holiday magic this winter at the PNE, which has transformed itself into Canada’s largest winter festival.

With over one million lights sparkling across, Aurora Winter Festival kicked off November 22 and there is so much to see and do between now and January 5.

You can venture into one of the site’s four mystical worlds, take a spin on the rides or visit the North Pole – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

We got a sneak peek at what this winter wonderland has in store. Here’s what you can look forward to at the Vancouver Aurora Winter Festival:

Mystical Worlds and Characters

Explore each of the mystical worlds and meet the Ice Elves, Ice Queen and Yin the Yeti along the way. These characters love to share their world with others, so feel free to say hi. 

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Photo: Devon Nguyen / 604 Now

You can find them in the Polar Passage, Luminous Gardens, Whimsical Forest or the Land of Giants.

Aurora Winter Festival Vancouver PNE

Photo: Devon Nguyen / 604 Now

Rides, Slides and Games

There’s a handful of rides to give young ones a whirl, including the Berry Go Round, the Choo-Choo Charlie, the Bulgies and the Ferris Wheel among others.

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Photo: Devon Nguyen / 604 Now

If you’re looking for something more extreme, climb to the top of the 200-foot tube slide and enjoy the exhilarating ride back down.

Aurora Winter Festival Vancouver PNE

Photo: Devon Nguyen / 604 Now

Skating Pond

Strap on some blades and take a spin around the Tim Hortons Skating Pond. 

Enjoy the beautiful light installations and get into the spirit with holiday music playing in the background.

The rink is free, but if you don’t own skates, you can rent a pair for $6.

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Photo: Devon Nguyen / 604 Now

The North Pole

When you reach the North Pole, listen out for some magical storytelling by Santa Claus and his elves. You can listen in and perhaps meet him yourself.

Photo: Devon Nguyen / 604 Now

While you’re there, check out the Candy Cane Lane, where you’ll see the Gingerbread Hut, Candy Shack, and giant candy installations.

Food & Market

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Photo: Devon Nguyen / 604 Now

Peruse through the Holiday Market for gifts and stay warm with a hot drink and a meal at the Food Gardens. 

With a plethora of food trucks on site, there’s a little something safe for everyone. In case you’re wondering, mini donuts are available at two separate locations throughout the Aurora Winter Festival.

Photo: Devon Nguyen / 604 Now

Entertainment Tent

When you’re looking to warm-up, catch some live music (or both), head inside the massive heated tent for drinks and live performances every evening.

Aurora Winter Festival Vancouver PNE

Photo: Devon Nguyen / 604 Now

Photo: Devon Nguyen / 604 Now

Vancouver Aurora Winter Festival

When: Now through January 5th, 2020

Where: The PNE (2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver)

Admission: Ticket prices vary, starting at $12.99 for children and seniors and $17.99 for the General Admission pass. You can also get a family pass, starting at $49.99.

To get the full details on what to expect, visit Aurora Winter Festival at The PNE: Everything You Need to Know.

For more holiday events, take a look at our Events page.

This is branded content and was sponsored by our advertising partner. To learn more about the Aurora Winter Festival, visit them online.

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