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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Ho, ho, ho, Santa's soon got to go!

   One-Tank Trip for Dec. 15/18

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Santa and Mrs. Claus are about to wind up their 2018 tour that continues to draw huge crowds across the land.
   Like the “rock stars” they are, the dynamic duo will still be making a few appearances before the real work begins in advance of Dec. 25.
   But, there’s still time for kids to get their last-minute requests to Santa in person.
Come on, tell Santa what you want for Christmas at the Ingersoll village. (Photo by Andrea Roulston)
    Santa has had fun riding the rails, visiting with his fans and appearing in hundreds of parades in every city and town.
   In fact, the veteran of parades still has three left this weekend in Ontario: Burgessville, St. George and Woodville, all night-time spectacles tonight (Dec. 15).

Sunday, December 9, 2018

The holidays shine brightly at Bingemans in Kitchener, Ontario

Find your Christmas spirit at the third annual Gift of Lights
KITCHENER, Ont. — An even brighter version of a holiday tradition awaits at Bingemans this season.
For the third year, the Instagram-worthy Gift of Lights will delight visitors with a stunning two-kilometre drive through a beautifully lit and decorated campground. New this year, though, is the addition of a second tunnel of lights.           
“The light tunnel has been incredibly well received over the first two years we have showcased Gift of Lights,” says Mark Bingeman, President of Bingemans.
“We wanted to give our guests something even more special this season, so we’ve added the static tunnel from our first year and the animated tunnel from last year."
The 200-foot tunnel lends itself well to stunning photos, as do the rest of the light displays featured throughout the drive. Bingemans has gone above and beyond and have added even more lights to delight guests this season.

Downtown Detroit market vendors are busy for the holiday season

(Media Advisory)

Downtown Detroit Market vendors are busy during this winter season. Local entrepreneurs have the opportunity to test market their business concepts before investing in long term brick-and-mortar spaces in the heart of the city.

 Bedrock and the Quicken Loans Community Fund have created the Downtown Detroit Markets and surrounding activations as part of their ongoing commitment to drive entrepreneurship and increase diverse retail, food, beverage and art focused offerings within the city.

The Cadillac Square Lodge is a family-friendly pop-up space filled with games, cozy d├ęcor and ski-lodge themed amenities. This restaurant will be created in partnership with Parc’s team and the food and drink menu will be crafted by Executive Chef Jordan Hoffman.

New this season, Chef Toni Sova will be popping up Nostimo Kitchen in a large greenhouse in Cadillac Square. This location of Nostimo Kitchen will serve as Detroit’s Pantry while featuring a wide array of Michigan-made food goods, cook books and specialty olive oils all hand selected by Toni.

Capitol Park will be home to The Capitol Inn serving gourmet bar snacks, festive cocktails as well as Munich-inspired beer and wine. In partnership with Prime + Proper and Townhouse’s Jeremy Sasson, this pop-up will host rotating live musicians in a comfortable, chic atmosphere.

These activations are created by Bedrock and the Quicken Loans Community Fund, designed by Groundswell Design Group and made possible with the support of the Downtown Detroit Partnership

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Hit the festive holiday trails for holly, jolly fun

   One-Tank Trip for Dec. 8/18

    (c) By Jim Fox

   Hit the trails for some holly, jolly fun this month.
   Several offerings are the Blumination Dream Trail at Blue Mountain Village, Waterloo Region’s Mistletoe Trail and Stratford’s Christmas Trail.
   Blue Mountain’s event runs from now through Jan. 6 every night from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
   It’s described as a one-kilometre “magical, illuminated winter stroll through the village, around the Mill Pond and straight through your imagination.”
Horse and wagon rides around Blue Mountain Village on the Blumination Dream Trail. (Blue Mountain)
   The highlights are “interactive and entrancing light installations” called Blue Mountain “through the looking glass, a snow globe with you in it.”
   This free mega-watt winter experience ends in the Events Plaza, with “incredible light shows” daily at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Disney On Ice celebrates 100 years of Magic at Scotiabank Arena, Toronto

(News Release)

New Venue, New Dates: Tickets On Sale for Toronto Shows

TORONTO, ON -- The celebration of the century comes alive in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic. This monumental ice skating spectacular is coming to a new venue with new dates: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto from January 25-28, 2019 for 9 performances. Tickets are on sale now.

Mickey Mouse leads the parade
Audiences will be a part of the magic of Disney as Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse leads a parade of more than 50 beloved characters starring Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and featuring an ensemble of Disney Princesses including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White and Tiana.

Santa on the rails on the Port Stanley Terminal Rail

 (News Release) --  All aboard for the Santa Treats train rides on the Port Stanley Terminal Rail, weekends through Dec. 23 (2018) at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in Ontario.

   The “Santa Treats” train chugs through the Elgin County’s countryside and “children’s anticipation grows as we near our destination to meet Santa,” said rail president Dan Vernackt.

   The train departs and returns to the Port Stanley station (309 Bridge St.) by the King George Lift Bridge. It costs $15, adults; $9, children ages two to 14. pstr.on.ca; 1-877-244-4478

   Santa has treats for the kids! Watch your children’s anticipation grow as we near our destination to meet Santa. Live entertainment may appear on some trains.

    PSTR is an operating tourist railway. We are located in the beautiful, lakeside village of Port Stanley, Ontario. We have been operating trains safely for over 35 years and look forward to your visit. We are Elgin County's longest running tourist attraction. All aboard for fun and a scenic ride on the train.

* Please note: The Dec. 15, 11 a.m. train is sold out.

Sneak a peek at Santa and the elves in Ingersoll, Ontario

(News Release) The elves are hard at work at Santa's Village 2018 housed at the Ingersoll Ontario Cheese & Agricultural Museum.
Photos by Andrea Roulston
Event Information
Event Date: November 23-December 22
Time: 6 pm - 9pm
Type: Festival

Contact Information
Phone: 519-485-5510
Address: 290 Harris St., Ingersoll

Sneak a peek at Santa’s Workshop at Santa's Festival Village in Ingersoll. Come and see what ol' Kris Kringle and his elves have been working on.

Our theme this year is “Christmas Around the World,” said Andrea Roulston, Coordinator of this year’s Santa's Village.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Festive festival fun is wunderbar in Kitchener and across Ontario

   One-Tank Trip for Dec. 1/18

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Everything’s “wunderbar” in Kitchener as the next big event after Oktoberfest – the Christkindl Market – is wooing the crowds.
   Reflecting Kitchener's German heritage, the free event from Dec. 6 to 9 at Kitchener city hall recreates the centuries-old tradition that’s a feast for the eyes, ears and taste buds.
Folkloric characters organ grinder Klaus and farmer Knech Ruprect are greeters at the Kitchener market.
   Since medieval times, towns and cities across Germany come alive with the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Musical productions and blockbuster plays rock the season

   One-Tank Trip for Nov. 24/18
   (c)  By Jim Fox

   The curtain is rising for an extensive list of musical theatre and seasonal concerts.
   Mirvish Productions leads the parade with a steady stream of hit productions.
   The current season features Canadian premieres and new productions among 25 shows at five Toronto theatres.
The School of Rock at the Ed Mirvish Theatre has a kids’ rock band playing instruments on stage. (Photo by Evan Zimmerman-MurphyMade)
    Called a “breathtaking new musical,” the acclaimed Come from Away continues its extended run until April, moving from the Royal Alexandra Theatre in February to the Elgin Theatre until April 28.
   It tells the story of how Gander, Newfoundland’s townsfolk cared for 7,000 stranded airplane passengers during the 9/11 attack.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

The Oxford Winds and Woodstock Fanshawe Singers Celebrate Christmas (Nov. 23, 2018)

(News Release)

Once again, the Oxford Winds Community Concert Band begins the holiday season with their annual Christmas with the Winds concert on Friday, November 23 at 7:30pm at Knox Presbyterian Church in Woodstock (Ontario).

This year, the spirit of the season is doubled with the addition of the Woodstock Fanshawe Singers, led by Samantha Hayes.

Music Director, Stephanie Riehl, says “we have been hoping to work with the Woodstock Fanshawe Singers and we’re so delighted to feature them as our guests this year! We’ve planned some fun collaborations that we hope the audience will enjoy.”

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Shuffling off to Metro Detroit for fun and games, great shopping and pizza

   One-Tank Trip for Nov. 10/18
   (c) By Jim Fox

   “Detroit. It’s Go Time” is the new advertising slogan for Metro Detroit and there are many good reasons to go there especially at this time of year.
   After living up to its previous slogan of “America’s Great Comeback City,” Greater Detroit is booming as its downtown continues to be transformed.
Downtown Detroit viewed from Windsor is dominated by the seven skyscrapers of the GM Renaissance Center. (Jim Fox photo)
    Among the reasons to go back include sports, theatre, fine and eclectic dining, new hotels and businesses along with holiday-themed events and all those motor-vehicle attractions.
   Did I mention shopping?
   A favourite pastime for Ontarians is Black Friday shopping on Nov. 23 – joining the Michigan crowds the day after “their” Thanksgiving.
   The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau says the “retail romp” includes a “downtown collection of independent and brand-name shops as well as walkable shopping districts, outlet centres, megamalls and upscale collections.”

Saturday, November 3, 2018

It's beginning to look like a holly, jolly Christmas everywhere you go

   One-Tank Trip for Nov. 3/18

   (c) By Jim Fox

   For all those holly jolly people who just love Christmas/holiday/seasonal shopping and events, it’s back.
   It is November, after all, and hugely popular events – such as the Seasons Christmas Show – are billed as “kicking off the holidays.”
Santa makes a visit and poses for photos at the Seasons Christmas Show.
   Christmas aficionados can “save the date” for the really big show Nov. 16 to 18 at the International Centre in Mississauga.
   Among other events are Stratford’s Christmas Trail, Christmas in Paris and Otterville’s Studio Tour.

   Ho, ho, ho
   “The Seasons Christmas Show continues its tradition as the best place to begin holiday shopping and decorating,” said publicist Kate Calder.
   There’s the biggest-ever array of Christmas decorations, marketplace full of artisans and a lineup of DIY-maker workshops, she added.
   The show features about 250 exhibitors, holiday decor, stocking stuffers, handcrafted gifts, food, festive music and inspiring ideas.