Enchanted Forest celebrates 15th year

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Saskatoon.

One millionth visitor expected at park this year

The newest attraction this year is the Huskies Dog Sled Team display. (Chanss Lagaden/CBC)

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Saskatoon.

The Enchanted Forest, one of the city's most popular holiday traditions, is getting ready to open for its 15th year.

Hugh Vassos, director of marketing, said more than sixty thousand people visit the Enchanted Forest ever year, making it one of the most popular Christmas light displays in Canada.

"My family has never missed one," Vassos said. "The experience of going through with your family is just tremendous."

This year, the one millionth visitor is expected to come through the Enchanted Forest. Vassos said that lucky visitor will win a trip for two to Las Vegas.

"People just love driving through here and looking at the lights," Vassos said. "Each of the evergreens are decorated with 10,000 LED lights. We move the displays around every year so it's like coming through for the first time. It's just become a Saskatchewan Christmas tradition."

The Enchanted Forest is an important fundraiser for both the Saskatoon Zoo Foundation and the Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation. Last year, the park raised about $250,000.

A light walk being held on Friday will be the first chance to visit the Enchanted Forest. No vehicles or pets are allowed. The Enchanted Forest is open to vehicles from Nov. 23 to Jan. 11. Admission at the gate is $8 per person or $30 per vehicle.


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