July 23, 2024

     Take a trip out to Blue Mountain Village and experience the free, 1-kilometre trail of Christmas lights to put you and your family in the Christmas spirit. But don’t forget your mask!

Looking towards the village and all their magical lights set up for the Christmas season. Photo shot by Sam Smewing

     Blue Mountain is an alpine ski resort located in Collingwood, Ont., with a great view of the Nottawasaga Bay. It’s a two-hour drive from Waterloo but is well worth the trip for an afternoon.

     The resort is mostly known for its recreational activities, open year-round offering something for every season. Its most popular season is winter with 42 different snowy trails for skiing and snowboarding attracting people from around the world. Blue also offers snowshoeing, cross country skiing and multiple winter events.

One of the many unique stores that is apart of the Blue Mountain Village. Photo by Sam Smewing.

     Blue Mountain also has its own village made up of 40 unique stores and restaurants. The urban architecture gives the village a cozy, seasonal vibe that homes more than 1,000 different accommodations with a variety of different lodges to fit your needs.

   During this winter, the village is hosting an event called Enchant- Holiday Magic At Blue Mountain. This frosty festival started on Nov. 15 and will go on until Dec. 25. The event happens every year with a new theme and is free to visitors to come and experience.

     Blue Mountain has transformed into a magical Christmas village for the event- with its buildings covered in lights, holiday decor and seasonal music being played throughout

  Enchant- Holiday Magic’s main event is the 1-

One of the unique restaurants that is apart of the Blue Mountain Village. Photo by Sam Smewing.

kilometre trail of lights that takes place in the evenings along the outskirts of the village. It’s made up of fantastic light displays, fire pits and interactive displays.

One of the beautiful light displays that make up the light trail in Blue Mountain. Photo by Sam Smewing.

     John and Gwen Walker are a young couple who brought their kids to Blue for the night to experience the Christmas magic.

     Gwen Walker said, “So many things have changed this year for the kids it’s hard. We want to make Christmas as special as we can for them and bringing them here gets us all in the spirit. We’ll definitely be coming back.”

     With so much fun to offer, Blue Mountain and its village is making sure to prioritize health and safety due to the ongoing pandemic. There are arrows along trails and walkways to instruct people on where to walk. Maximum capacity in certain areas and stores have also been reduced.

     “We were wary about bringing the kids with everything going on,” said John Walker, “but after coming here it’s been easy to see that the place has really come together to keep everyone safe. With all the signs and masks, we aren’t worried.”

Blue Mountain is a great place for friends and families. Photo by Sam Smewing.

     Masks are enforced to be worn inside and even outside of the buildings due to the crowds and sanitization and cleaning have been increased to keep families safe.

     If families plan on coming to ski at Blue while also seeing the lights, it would be a good idea to plan in advance. In order to manage capacity, Season Passholders will have priority access while other guests will have to purchase a lift ticket online ahead of time.

     Blue Mountain is making sure to stay up to date with all Government and Public Health daily to ensure that families from all over will be as safe as possible when visiting their Christmas village.

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