Upper Canada Village tops annual Alight at Night attendance by a whopping 16 percent — over 39,000 visitors

Above, Christ Church lit up during Upper Canada Village's annual Alight at Night. Courtesy photo

Great impact on local economy

MORRISBURG —  Upper Canada Village’s award winning winter lights festival, Alight at Night, welcomed an impressive 39,097 in visitors, which is above the festivals average annual attendance by over 16 percent in its 19th remarkable season. The Tourism Regional Economic Impact Model estimates a regional economic benefit of $4.3 million this year for the Stormont Dundas and Glengarry area; an extremely positive impact for the local community.

“It’s has been remarkable to see Alight at Night grow from when it first launched in 2001. It has become a long-standing tradition and holiday favourite for so many people,” said Tracey Ogilby, Manager of Upper Canada Village.

More than a picturesque setting with close to 1 million lights, Alight at Night is a magical winter wonderland destination that offers a multitude of things to do for visitors. From a 1960s vintage merry-go-round for young visitors, miniature train that winds its way around the village, horse-drawn wagon for groups, romantic carriage ride for couples, classic Christmas carols, and even a Victorian-style mansion. Alight at Night offers an all-inclusive experience with 18th-century charm.

Online publication Narcity’s Amber Van Wort recently published that, “You’ll feel like you’re walking through a real-life postcard as you stroll through this charming village of lights.”

Alight at Night also offered three “Accessibility Nights” which fully sold out. These very special nights are reserved for people with limited mobility and allows them to ride in the comfort of their own vehicle to view the Village adorned with lights. 

With so much popularity, next year marks the 20 year anniversary for Alight at Night. Excitement and planning are in the works already at Upper Canada Village.

Quick Facts

  • Alight at Night Festival first opened in 2001
  • Named one of Ontario’s Top 100 Events by Festivals & Events Ontario
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