Drive-thru holiday lights show opening at Ontario Place

The fantasy-themed Snow Magic will take over the park's East Island starting on November 12


Burning Man will meet the holiday spirit at drive-thru lights show opening at Ontario Place this fall.

Walkable winter light shows were becoming a popular pastime during the dark winter months in and around Toronto prior to the pandemic. With capacity restrictions on events still easing gradually, drive-thru events are sticking around as a holiday tradition again this year.

Billed as “COVID safe and fully contact-less,” the all-ages, fantasy genre-themed show Snow Magic will open at Ontario Place’s East Island on November 12 and run through January 16.

The 1.7-kilometre drive-thru is divided into three themes: celestial, terra firma and oceanic. It lasts 30 minutes, and visitors can expect to see art pieces shaped liked dragons and sea creatures, crystal caverns, projections, pyrotechnics and a light forest.

In all, there are 18 art installations, including some that rely on real-time artist involvement. Artists and lighting designers who have pieces in Snow Magic include Nathan Whitford, Brian Moore, Studio F Minus, Nadine Bariteau, Max Streicher, Ryan Longo and Philippe Blanchard.

The soundtrack, created by composer Miff Zawadzki, will be available via an FM radio station.

Snow Magic is produced by Drive Thru Fun Co. and creative directed by Crystal Siemens.

“This is the first drive-thru event that is taking place at Ontario Place and we have infused it’s geographical location and uniqueness into our thematic journey,” Siemens said in a press release.

The show will run Wednesdays to Sundays from 5:30-11 pm. Tickets cost $45-$65 per vehicle and are available via the Drive Thru Fun Co. website. One dollar from each ticket sale will be donated to the SickKids Hospital Foundation.

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