North Pole–inspired festival coming to Vancouver this holiday season

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      Vancouver’s holiday-events calendar is getting a little busier, thanks to the arrival of the Aurora Winter Festival, a “North Pole–inspired” festival that’s coming to town from November 23 to December 30.

      The outdoor family-friendly event will see Concord Pacific Place transformed into a winter wonderland with festive characters like elves and yetis, light displays, and even ice-skating on a frozen man-made river. Attractions include a light dome that will broadcast a recreation of the Aurora Borealis, a tube park, carnival rides such as an 18-metre Ferris wheel, an entertainment tent with live music, and a holiday market boasting more than 50 vendors.

      Aurora Winter Festival

      A slew of food trucks will also be present, as well as Santa’s workshop, where Saint Nick himself is expected to make an appearance. Prior to visiting, guests may also download an interactive app that will guide them through Aurora’s four “worlds”, where they will search for icons that will keep the site, in their words, “energized and beautiful”.

      “We are confident that guests will be blown away by the diversity of activities and visuals that the Aurora Winter Festival will offer,” Scott Emslie, cofounder of the Aurora Winter Festival, said in a press statement. “The festival has something for all ages.”

      Tickets to the Aurora Winter Festival start at $14.99, and are available online starting October 5.

      Aurora Winter Festival takes place at Concord Pacific Place from November 23 to December 30. See website for details.