Upper Canada Village opens their annual Alight at Night Festival Dec. 1

Seen in image above: Entrance of Upper Canada Village. Alight at Night season begins Dec. 1. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

MORRISBURG Upper Canada Village transforms into a winter wonderland lit with over a million lights and is filled with holiday charm starting December 1.  

Named one of Ontario’s Top 100 Events by Festivals & Events Ontario, Alight at Night will be open Thursdays through Sundays until December 23, closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and is open nightly from December 26 to January 6, 2018. Hours are 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

New this year, the Village fairgrounds will be transformed into Twinkle Town, a magical setting of winter-themed play areas for younger children, all set among twinkling, musical trees. Guests will enter through an air-filled igloo gateway, to discover colourfully lit winter-themed inflatables including a bouncy castle, giant-slide and climbing wall.  Twinkle Town helpers will be on hand to assist children.  Make a memory with a family picture in the giant Twinkle Town Christmas card! Twinkle Town is open weather permitting, during rain and high winds it may be closed.

For the ultimate Santa visit experience, stop by Saint Nick’s Merry Mansion (Crysler Hall) for a visit with a Victorian Saint Nick who will be on site until December 23.

Upper Canada Village offers two Accessibility nights on Tuesday, December 5 and Wednesday, December 6. This is an evening where groups of people can ride in their own vehicle to view the Village adorned in lights. Only cars, accessibility vans or parabuses are allowed. Coaches and school buses cannot be accommodated due to their size. For safety, Upper Canada Village will provide a trained and licensed staff person familiar with the Village roadways in the dark, to lead these vehicles through the site. Reservations are required, admission is $14.95 per person (plus HST.)

Plan your own romantic tour of Alight at Night in the comfort of one of the Village’s Pommier Carriages. Your carriage ride includes admission for two, half hour private tour through the Village streets, gourmet departing gift (fresh-baked Village bread, cheese and Sparkling Apple Cider) and a 20% off coupon for Pommier Jewellers in Cornwall. Reservations are required, limited availability, $92.10 (HST & admin. fee included).  

Follow the tantalizing smell of fresh bread and cinnamon rolls baking in the wood-fired oven at the Bakery. You will find fresh baked cinnamon buns and bread for purchase at the Village Store. Festive dining is available on site at two locations. Choose from sit-down dining in historic Willard’s Hotel or stop in for a casual meal at the self-service Harvest Barn.  Menus range from light dining and warm-you-up food to full course turkey dinners. Call J & A Food Services 613-543-0660 for reservations. Groups are welcome and reservations recommended.  

At Christ Church you can get in the holiday spirit with some carol singing.  Performers and musical accompaniment are on site each night featuring guest choirs and solo performers to encourage all to sing along.

Alight at Night pricing offers an all-inclusive experience.  Admission provides entry to Upper Canada Village, horse-drawn wagon ride, Toy Train ride, Saint Nick’s Merry Mansion (until December 23), Twinkle Town, singing at Christ Church and visit to the Bakery.  Adult (13-64 yrs) $15.95; Senior (65 yrs+) $13.95; Youth (6-12 yrs) $11.95.  Children 5 years and younger are free. Advance ticket purchase, particularly during the holidays, is strongly recommended to speed entry into the festival.  Full festival details and tickets are available on the web at www.alightatnight.ca.  


Enjoy show, dinner and music at ‘Christmas with Friends,’ Winchester United Church, Dec. 3.

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