2011 Holiday Events in London {#LdnOnt}

There are so many fun and exciting things happening in London for the holidays. I love this time of year as do most people, and our city makes sure we enjoy the holidays to the fullest. Read on to see all that’s going on.


The much-anticipated Cinderella production is now playing at The Grand Theater (Nov. 23 – Dec. 31). The Grand is running a contest for a chance to win reserved seating in the Royal Box Seats on December 21, 2011 at 7:30pm for a family of four.

To enter visit grandtheatre.com and upload a picture of your prince or princess dressed in their ‘royal best’.

Contest closes December 11, 2011 at 11:59 pm and the winner will be drawn randomly on December 12, 2011.



 Lighting of the Lights

Next to the summer festivals in Victoria Park, this is my favourite time of year. There will be 75,000 lights coming to life in the park on Friday, November 25, 2011 (today).

Event starts at 6:15 pm with lights coming on at 6:50 pm. Note that last year they turned the lights on early, before the time they said, so make sure to get there early.

You’ll also be able to help name the newest holiday display at the par.  Enter your suggestion in the “Name the Festive Train” contest for a chance to win a $50 in Spectrum gift certificates.

Panoramic Bird’s Eye View at City Hall

Beginning on November 25, the promenade deck at City Hall (12th floor) will be open to the public on from 7:00 – 11:00 pm for spectacular view of the lights at Victoria Park. Note that the following dates City Hall will not be open for viewing: December 5, 6, 12, 19, 20, 25, 26, 31 and January 1, 2012.

Skating at Victoria Park

The city’s favourite skating rink will be available this winter daily for free public skating from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  – with a one-hour closing for ice resurfacing from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Celebrate London: Rockin’ New Year’s Eve!

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the best spot in London. Events will start-up at 5:00 pm with family skating and will end at midnight with a fireworks display. Children’s fireworks will take place at 9:00 pm.

Visit london.ca for more information.


Whoot whoot…the holiday train is coming to London and will make its stop at the Richmond Road tracks (between Oxford St. and Central Ave.) on Wednesday November 30 at 8:05 pm.

The Holiday Train Program began in 1999 with a handful of communities and a few lights on a freight train. Today, with its hundreds of thousands of festive lights and a live show featuring well-known performers, it’s one of Canadian Pacific’s main ambassadors in working with communities in Canada and the United States and is the only fundraiser of its kind for food banks in North America. Since the program’s inception, more than $5.6 million and over 2.45 million pounds of food have been collected in Canada and the United States.

Be sure to bring non-perishable food items with you for donation.

Visit cpr.ca for other Canadian stops.

 However you choose to celebrate the holidays this year, I hope you enjoy every moment of it!

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