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On this page: Opening Ceremonies, Middle Night, Navigating Downtown Orillia

We wish to thank the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, an Official Partner of the Orillia 2024 Ontario 55+ Winter Games, for presenting this year's Opening Ceremonies.

We would also like to thank Sunshine Harbour, an Official Partner of the Orillia 2024 Ontario 55+ Winter Games, for presenting this year's Middle Night event.

Opening Ceremonies, Presented by OLG

On Tuesday, February 6, 2024, the Orillia 2024 Ontario 55+ Winter Games will take place at two venues, the Orillia Opera House and St. Paul's Centre. We will assign Opening Ceremony venue by district and hotel location, and communicate which Opening Ceremony venue you will be at with your hotel information. 

Please note: Your ticket for the Opening Ceremony will be your accreditation badge. Please make use of the transportation provided for the event.

The Orillia Opera HouseOrillia Opera House building exterior

The Opening Ceremony at the Orillia Opera House will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Entertainment includes Canada's foremost Gordon Lightfoot tribute band, Classic Lightfoot Live with John Stinson. 

Since its opening in 1895, the Orillia Opera House has been a focal point for the cultural life of the City of Orillia. The only professional quality performing arts venue north of Toronto, this historic theatre has also previously been the home to Council Chambers, City Hall offices, market stalls, and most famously, the town's lock-up. Today, the Orillia Opera House features performances by a wide variety of internationally renowned artists, all year long.

St. Paul's Centre           Musician Thompson Egbo-Egbo                     

The Opening Ceremony at St. Paul's Centre will run from 7:30 to 9 p.m.  Entertainment includes enigmatic jazz group, Thompson Egbo-Egbo Trio.

St. Paul's Centre is a hub of cultural activity in Orillia. Home to the annual Roots North Music Festival, the 400-seat Great Hall also hosts concerts, live theatre, workshops, cultural events, and public services throughout the year.

Visit St. Paul's Centre

Middle Night, Presented by Sunshine Harbour

Middle Night will take place in the City's historic and cultural hub, downtown Orillia, on Wednesday, February 7, 2024. An itinerary and downtown map will be provided to each participant.

Transportation will be available to bring participants to and from the downtown core from their accommodations. A separate middle-night downtown shuttle (called ‘the ski lift’) will transport the participants up and down the main street for easy access to the various amazing businesses and attractions the downtown has to offer.

Each participant will be provided with downtown dollars to spend in the downtown core, as well as a scavenger hunt bingo card which, upon completion, can be submitted for a chance to win an Orillia Getaway prize pack. Downtown dollars are gift certificates for the entire downtown (with few exceptions). Details on where these dollars can be accepted are available on

Dress Code: Your best retro winter sporting gear - prize for best costume! 

We will have our “ski patrol team” (Games ambassador volunteers) sprinkled throughout the downtown to help guide our guests and answer any questions.

Welcome to Downtown Orillia!

Downtown Orillia will act as the backdrop for the Orillia 2024 OWG 55+ Opening Ceremonies and Middle Night events. Featuring dozens of boutique shops, restaurants, pubs, public art, and the Orillia Arts District, you won't find any shortage of entertainment in the core. Explore our heritage-themed streets with free walking tours while you keep an eye out for the hub's eclectic public art.

Business Directory Free Historical Walking Tours Orillia Arts District Public Art in Orillia


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