I was visiting Ottawa with my family and heard about PumpkInferno on a local tourism site and decided to check it out on opening night and I am glad we did! There are over 7,000 hand-carved, sculpted, pumpkins that are beautifully lit and grouped together to create elaborate sculptures, vignettes and interactive scenes; perfectly set in the backdrop of the UPV's historic pioneer buildings. This being Canada's 150th there were some wonderful creations of pure Canadiana like the Native American display, Patriotic Pastimes like lacrosse, fishing and of course hockey, as well as various scenes of Canadian history. We appreciated how much effort was put into the laying out and crafting of the pumpkin displays which we were told takes months of planning and weeks to set up. Our pumpkin creation favorites were a giant dragon, a musical Elvis "Jailhouse Rock" exhibit, Witches casting spells around the cauldron, an astronaut in a tree surrounded by a galaxy of stars & planets and a dog-sledder under a tree adorned with pumpkin snowflakes. I would recommend giving yourself 1-1.5 hours to stroll and take it all in plus time to stop at the cafe and gift shop. Dress for the weather and purchase your tickets online to avoid the ticket line up because it is a very popular local attraction, and I can see why! Pictures do not do the event justice or show the scope or grandeur of the lantern works of art that must be seen to be truly appreciated.
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