Looking for things to do over the Christmas holidays? Here’s an idea: jump in your car and check out the Blumination Dream Trail — a new attraction at Blue Mountain in Ontario.
A popular ski destination, Blue Mountain has something new cooking for visitors– and it’s dazzling. From December 1 to January 6, the entire Blue Mountain Village will be lit up with the Blumination Dream Trail – a magical stroll and light display that will get any grinch into the holiday spirit. The 1-km long pathway is illuminated by a captivating festive light show that winds through the village and around the frozen pond – and it’s one of the best things to do during the holidays.
It’s more than just your run-of-the-mill holiday lights in Ontario towns at this time of year. This festive attraction includes everything from interactive 3D art installations to a Christmas tree light show paired with holiday tunes to a kaleidoscope of twinkling lights illuminating the pond. The Blue Mountain Village Association teamed up with local production company, Smash Reality Inc., and the Landmark Group to create this work of art.
“It’s an exciting new experience to add to group holiday parties,” says Patti Kendall, Director of Marketing and Events for Blue Mountain Village Association. “And a great addition to your family winter holiday traditions.”
In case you haven’t been to Blue Mountain, it’s located in Grey County, between the foot of the Niagara Escarpment’s scenic Blue Mountains and Georgian Bay. While many people gravitate here for 42 stellar ski and snowboard trails in the snowy months, the village is more than a winter destination. There’s a Victorian-inspired pedestrian village with over 50 unique shops and restaurants open year-round, as well as a spa, a mountaintop skating trail, snowshoe trails, and the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster. And now, the destination has launched the Blumination Dream Trail – a fun (and free!) family activity to check out during the holiday season.
One art installation that kids will love: the “LiteBrite” – a giant board covered in buttons. Push the buttons and they light up, allowing you to create designs or write messages on the board. (It also clears itself every few minutes, just in case some buffoon decides to write or draw something unsavoury that isn’t PG-13)
Of course, you’ve got to make the most of your visit Blue Mountain while you’re there. There are dozens of quaint little shops to explore – most of which are open daily until 9pm – as well as a mixed bag of restaurants and bars serving everything from sushi to steak to pizza to tacos. Plus, Blue Mountain Resort is offering lodging packages at special rates complete with free hot chocolate to keep you warm on your adventures.
The one- or two-bedroom suites at The Westin Trillium House are excellent options for families, especially if you need access to a kitchenette. I loved having access to a stovetop, kettle, microwave, fridge, and dishwasher. It’s pricier than the standard suites, but you’ll save money making breakfasts and snacks in your suite.
Beginner skiiers, don’t stress! Blue Mountain has a “Newbie Ski Package” that includes your equipment rental and a lesson with a pro on the bunny hill. I did this after not skiing in 12 years, and within an hour, I was zipping down the bunny hill, having a blast.
For other things to do in Grey County, check out our past coverage here.