Aurora Winter Festival officially kicks off at the PNE tomorrow (November 22)

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      A massive holiday attraction is returning to the city, and we’re not talking about the annual Vancouver Christmas Market.

      The Aurora Winter Festival officially kicks off tomorrow and runs through January 5 2020, taking place at a new venue this year: the Pacific National Exhibition (2901 East Hastings Street).

      The North Pole-inspired fete made its debut last year at Concord Pacific Place, but its new home means the holiday event will have four times the amount of space for expanded activities and entertainment.

      Guests will be able to check out a larger tube park, and two outdoor skating rinks. Other family friendly attractions include amusement rides, story time with Santa and his elves, a craft tent, the gingerbread hut, the candy shack, and more.

      The festival is illuminated by more than a million lights, and event-goers will also be able to roam through the interactive four mystical worlds: Land of Giants, Polar Passage, Luminous Gardens, and Whimsical Forest.

      You may come face-to-face with winter characters when you roam through the four mystical worlds.
      Brandon Artis Photography

      Don’t fret about fuelling up, the village area will be home to the Food Gardens, which will be serving up plenty of holiday treats and grub, such as doughnuts, chimney cakes, Beavertails, poutine, perogies, and more.

      The Market on Main Street will feature many market vendors offering artisan goods and gifts, such as apparel, art, soap, and jewellery, among others.

      For those who may want a break from the cold temperatures, head inside the Entertainment Tent for mulled wine, hot chocolate, and live musical performances.

      Tickets ($12.99 to $59.99, plus taxes and fees) can be purchased in advance online.

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