One-Tank Trip for Dec. 7/19
(c) By Jim Fox
Pucker up! The Explore Waterloo Region Mistletoe Trail returns for the holidays.
This fun initiative in the Kitchener-Waterloo area features seven “Instagramable locations” where mistletoe has been hung.
|Kissing under the outdoor mistletoe is a Waterloo Region holiday tradition.|
Every photo submitted qualifies to win the romantic Mistletoe Trail Date Night Package.
The locations are where visitors are invited to stop by for a shareable moment – whether that is “a hug, a kiss and definitely a picture or selfie,” said Minto Schneider, CEO of the Waterloo Regional Tourism Marketing Corp.
“Visitors and locals are looking for things to do now that the cold weather is here,” she said.
This is called a fun way to encourage people to get outdoors to explore the region with family and friends.
It’s simple to do: Just take a picture under the mistletoe, post it on social media and share the fun while celebrating the season, Schneider explained.
New this year is the opportunity to bring your own mistletoe and share a picture under it at your favourite outdoor Waterloo Region location.
The official puckering-up spots are above the front doors of the Cambridge Fire Hall Museum; next to the Christmas tree in front of Kitchener City Hall; the Seagram Drive entrance to Wonders of Winter in Waterloo Park; and in Woolwich Township, above the new mural on the Old Post Office building in St. Jacobs.
There’s also Wilmot Township’s courtyard behind the Imperial Market & Eatery in New Hamburg; the entrance to Erbhaven Trails in Wellesley behind the township fire hall; and in North Dumfries Township at the Detweiler Meeting House in Ayr.
Every effort is being made in placing the mistletoe high and away from the hands of the Grinch, with tourism officials asking people to report any missing ones.
The winner will receive the package that includes dinner at the Rich Uncle Tavern in Kitchener, a one-night stay at the Delta Hotel in Waterloo and a VIP experience at a K-W Titans basketball home game.
The package is valued at $500 and photos must be posted by midnight Jan. 5 to be eligible.
Share the pictures using the hashtag #ExploreWRMistletoe and follow the fun on Instagram @explorewaterlooregion. Details at: explorewaterlooregion.com/explorewrmistletoe
Waterloo winter wonders
It started in 1993 when Bill Weiler, a “creative citizen” of Waterloo, received a loan from the City of Waterloo to install electrical service to power the first 5,000 lights in a park.
|Waterloo’s Wonders of Winter has 100 displays and 100,000 lights.|
Today with the help of the community this has become the Wonders of Winter with more than 100 colourful displays and some 100,000 lights in Waterloo Park.
It’s on 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights in December along with Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.
Highlights and attractions include free horse-drawn trolley rides, live plays, photos with Santa, fireworks and light displays.
|Horse-drawn trolley rides are offered at Wonders of Winter.|
The free event welcomes donations. wondersofwinter.ca
Still in Waterloo Region, they’ve got the Gifts of Light making an encore visit at Bingemans in Kitchener.
“The light isn’t at the end of the tunnel – the light is the tunnel,” said park president Mark Bingeman.
|A youngster is dazzled by the Gifts of Light in Kitchener.|
There are two tunnels each an impressive 60-metres long with one featuring static lights and the other being animated.
“It will get you in the holiday spirit as the largest drive-through holiday display in southwestern Ontario, Bingeman said.
The lights stretch about two kilometres through the Bingemans campground, with a combination of 300 static and animated light displays and more than one-million twinkling lights.
The tunnels contain thousands of lights and the displays shine brightly until Jan. 4. bingemans.com; (519) 744-1555
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