Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir at the 2010 World ...The world comes to London, Ontario starting this weekend. After much hype, lead-up, glamour makeovers and plenty of fanfare, the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships arrive and will take over downtown London from March 11 – 17th, 2013. If you call London home, you might be lucky to spy the likes of Patrick Chan, Kaetlyn Osmond, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (ice dance), or Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford (pairs). They are all skaters who will proudly be representing Canada next week on the ice. Dare I forget to mention the rest of the international competitors who will be in town from all over the world as well. We are in for a treat my friends!

Patrick Chan at the 2011 World Figure Skating ...You don’t have to be from London to take in the Championships though. Everyone is welcome! All you have to do is buy a ticket and sit back to enjoy the show at Budweiser Gardens. Tickets range in price from $20-$30 for practice tickets on Monday and Tuesday, up to $1,130 – $1,356  for an all-event ticket package, which gets you into practices, all short programs, all free programs, the exhibition gala and includes a $25 voucher for the Skate Canada boutique. You also have options to buy single tickets, 3-ticket packs or 12-ticket packs. For more information, or to purchase tickets online, contact Budweiser Gardens or Skate Canada.

Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford at the 2011 Fo...If you will be visiting London to take in the Championships and are wondering if there is anything else going on in London while you are in town, the answer is of course YES! Not only can you also take in competitions and practices at Budweiser Gardens, but the Western Fair Sports Centre will have limited tickets to watch practices from March 11 – 15th for $15 (available at the door), with children under 12 free. Whether you see a practice or competition, you should make a point to go by Budweiser Gardens (99 Dundas St) at least one night between March 11 -16th to see the Tree of Light Sounds and Light Show. This 10-minute light show celebrates skating and London on the Eastern exterior facade of Budweiser Gardens. The premiere show is at 9 pm on Sunday, March 10th, with subsequent shows being held at 8 pm and 10:10 pm from Monday through Friday. The final light shows will be on Saturday, March 16th at 8 pm, 9:30 pm and 11:20pm.

Other events going on around town will include the Carving a Chunk Outta Cancer chainsaw sculpting event as sponsered by Stihl Canada, at the Bell Building (across from Budweiser Gardens) from March 11 – 17th from 9 am – 5 pm. The Skating & Scenes Art Show and Sale will be held at the Talbot Centre (465 Richmond St) from 9 am  – 6 pm from March 1 -31st. There will be cultural performances at Skate Canada House in Covent Garden Market Square from March 13 -17th and free family entertainment at the Canadian Tire Family Zone at Covent Garden Market from March 13 – 17th. You won’t want to miss the other  bright lights around the city, like at Victoria Park or throughout downtown. In fact, a week to explore all that London, Ontario has to offer just won’t be enough!

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