Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood is one of our favourite places to visit in Ontario. We make the hour long drive several times a year to take advantage of all of the activities that are available at the resort.
This winter Blue Mountain Village has been transformed into a Christmas wonderland with the entire village decorated in garland and bows with a dazzling holiday light display in the evenings.
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For this visit, we decided to arrive later in the afternoon, stay for dinner and walk the Enchant Holiday Light Trail around the pond in the evening.
The Enchant-Holiday Magic event runs from November 14th, 2020 to January 3rd, 2021 with the village and boardwalk trail light up from dusk to 10pm. We even heard that Santa takes time out of his busy Christmas schedule to make an appearance in the village on Saturdays between 1pm to 4pm.
The village is dog friendly and we saw several dogs walking with their owners, so you can bring them too and they can also experience the holiday magic.
If anyone in your family are train lovers, they will be thrilled to see the toy train that circles throughout the village during the day.
Getting to Blue Mountain Resort
Blue Mountain Village is a four season destination located between the foot of the Niagara Escarpment’s scenic Blue Mountains and the crystal clear waters of Georgian Bay.
Located just 90 minutes north-west of Toronto it’s easy to get to the Blue Mountain Village. The Resort is located off of Highway 26 on Blue Mountain Road, 11 kilometres west of Collingwood and 11 kilometers east of Thornbury. The physical address is 156 Jozo Weider Boulevard, the Blue Mountains.
There’s a cobblestoned pedestrian village that offers a wide variety of family accommodations, activities, events and attractions including over 40 unique shops and restaurants, zip lines, ropes courses, hiking, biking, Segway tours and more.
Covid-19 Procedures at Blue Mountain
Blue Mountain Village has taken several precautions regarding Covid-19 and we felt very safe walking around the village, the boardwalk trail, browsing the shops and eating in the restaurants.
Restaurants have limited their dining capacity and in some cases reservations are required. Masks are required inside, except when seated at your table, and tables are arranged for social distancing.
Masks are required in all indoor spaces and recommended to wear throughout the village when walking outside. There’s a one way walking path around the boardwalk light display path and arrows directing foot traffic throughout the village.
There’s limited capacity in the Village retail stores and when capacity is reached, there are socially distanced line ups outside of the store entrance. Hand sanitize stations are located at the entrance of each store.
The Resort has also limited the number of rooms rented each night to limit the amount of people at the Village.
Our first stop when we arrive at Blue Mountain is always to Beavertails for one of their delicious Canadian pastries.
If you haven’t had a Beavertail before it’s a hand-stretched whole wheat pastry that is both crispy and chewy at the same time (and it’s decisious!).
This time, we split a “Hazel Amour” Beavertail (chocolate hazelnut spread with a dusting of icing sugar) with a few cups of hot chocolate.
We’ve already decided what we are going to eat at Beavertails the next time we stop by the Village. We’re going for the “Charmed” Beavertail with Lucky Charms marshmallow cereal!!!
Firehall Pizza Co.
There are several different restaurants in the Village, but our favourite one is the Firehall Pizza Co.
It’s a lot of fun for the kids because it looks like a real fire hall and they serve great pizza!
The Village Shops
There’s a unique mix of locally-owned shops and brand name stores, including art and home décor, toys, beauty products, men’s and women’s fashion, and Canadian-made active wear.
The year round Georgian Christmas Store is one of our favourites with Christmas ornaments and figurines, seasonal fashions and decor.
We love the socks, hats and Canadian as Puck pillows!
And we always have to make a stop for chocolate treats to bring home at Rocky Mountain Chocolate.
Mill Pond Gardens
The Mill Pond Gardens are set up with several socially distanced stations to take a break and warm up when it starts to get chilly.
This area has also been decorated with lights and garland.
We loved relaxing in these comfortable and colourful Muskoka Chairs around the fire.
Mill Pond Boardwalk Light Trail
There’s a boardwalk around Mill Pond that has been turned into a Holiday Light Trail with several Instagram-worthy photo opportunities.
The Iconic “Blue” sign is the perfect spot overlooking the pond and ski hill with the resort in the background for your first photo opportunity.
As you walk along the boardwalk, there are several different light displays. We loved walking under this white light tunnel that looked like icicles!
Another great stop for a photo with the pond and village shops in the background!
We loved the light up benches.
The trees and shrubs were also covered in lights along our walk.
And our favourite was this tunnel of changing coloured lights that seemed to move with the sounds of Christmas music playing in the background.
And our final stop on the path was this candy cane inspired bridge!
The lights in the garland and trees throughout the village really turned this place into a Christmas wonderland. And it was beautiful at dusk.
The main village square trees were ablaze in beautiful coloured lights.
And our final stop before heading home for the night was to visit the Nutcracker wishing light display.
Blue Mountain Resort is a wonderful year round destination for families, couples and friends, but it’s extra wonderful at Christmastime.
Seeing the Village decorated in garland, bows and holiday lights for Christmas is pretty magical, especially with the addition of the Enchant lights trail this year.
It doesn’t cost anything for parking, exploring the village shops or walking the Mill Pond holiday light trail so it’s an affordable option for families.
Do you have an outdoor holiday light trail/display where you live? We’d love to hear about them in the comments section below!
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