The thirteenth edition of the BHP Billiton Enchanted Forest is set to open this Friday November 18th, it was announced at media conference in the forest November 15. Now considered a Saskatchewan Christmas Tradition, the Enchanted Forest runs for seven weeks through January 8th every evening 5:30 – 11:00. Last year’s event drew 62,000 visitors with 35% tourists, making the event Saskatoon’s top winter visitor attraction.
Before the forest opens to vehicles on Friday, Saskatchewan Blue Cross and their Push2Play initiative is once again presenting a “Light Walk” on Thursday evening from 5:30 – 9:00. Walkers may warm up and enjoy a hot chocolate in the Forestry Farm House as they make their way through the displays on foot. No vehicles will be allowed in the forest and walkers should park nearby or make arrangements to be dropped off and picked up at the front gates. Admission is $5 per person or a family rate of $20.
The new display at the Forest is the Conexus Credit Union Curling display. This one of a kind display is the latest addition to the sports themed displays started last year by BHP Billiton with the popular hockey display. The curling display will be a huge attraction for curling fans around the province especially with the Tim Horton’s Brier coming up.
SaskTel and the SaskTel Pioneers are once again teaming up to present “Families to the Forest” where less fortunate folks are hosted on City Buses by the Pioneers volunteers. This important program brings over 1250 people to the forest to enjoy the magic of the Christmas Lights. A special “Tip of the Santa’s Hat” to SaskTel and the Pioneers for this outstanding community program.
The BHP Billiton Enchanted Forest is a major fundraiser for the Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation and the Saskatoon Zoo Foundation. Last year $125,000 was shared by the two organizations.
Gate admission is $25 per car or $6 per person. Visitors can save $5 off the gate admission by purchasing a Car Pass for only $20 at any Saskatoon Safeway, Shoppers Drug Mart, or the Midtown Plaza Guest Services Kiosk.
For more information please check out our website at www.enchanted-forest.org.