Village to be Alight at Night, this Friday

The pumpkin displays have been put away and Upper Canada Village is preparing to light up for Alight at Night on Friday, December 6.  

The Alight at Night Festival at Upper Canada Village is one of Ontario’s premiere winter events where over a million lights transform this 60 acre heritage site into a magical winter wonderland that you can explore by foot, horse-drawn wagon or by romantic carriage ride.  

“Alight at Night is Eastern Ontario’s largest outdoor winter light festival,” said Darren Dalgleish, General Manager/CEO, St. Lawrence Parks Commission. “This year we certainly seem to have Mother Nature on our side with a fresh blanket of snow.”

 “We try to add to the visitor experience and with new technology on the market each year we are able to enhance our lighting displays to bring out the best of the beautiful backdrops and vistas that the Village and surrounding grounds provide.  We are making some exciting lighting enhancements to the Toy Train experience this year and I think families will love it”

The Festival is open on select nights from Friday, December 6 through Saturday, January 4, 2014, from 5-9 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

Upper Canada Village continues to impress visitors by introducing state-of-the art, innovative lighting during its Alight at Night Festival.  

Over a decade ago, the Village switched over all of its incandescent stringed lights to energy-saving LED Christmas lights, now over a million in total. 

 In 2010, new Wallwasher technology provided a rainbow of alternating colours that illuminate the facades of the Village’s historic architecture and paint a dramatic effect on many of the site’s majestic trees.  

The Sound & Light Show, featuring seasonal music accompanied by dancing lights, will be offered with shows playing every half hour on the grounds around Crysler Hall.  A video clip of the show has seen over 100,000 views on YouTube. 

And this year, visitors will delight in the addition of laser beam technology, where over 100 new projectors will shower tiny laser beams that will create a starry, firefly effect … watch for the dazzling results of this new technology along the Toy Train ride!  Toy Train rides are included with admission.

The Festival brings together many family favourite holiday traditions.  Carolling takes place in Christ Church at select times led by a keyboard player and vocalist.  

Christmas carol song books are provided in the church and visitors are encouraged to sing along or just soak up the holiday ambience.

Strolling through the site is a great way to see the lights at your own pace, or you can relax and take a horse-drawn wagon ride.  

For a more intimate and exclusive experience, romantic carriage rides for two are available in the Village’s Pommier Carriages.  It’s an ideal way to make engagements, anniversaries, or your visit extra-special!  Advance reservation is required. 

The Pommier Carriage ride is $80(tax extra) which includes admission for two, half hour romantic tour of the lights, gourmet departing gift and a 20 percent off discount for Pommier Jewellers in Cornwall.  

Carriage rides are very popular and book up quickly.  

Call 1-800-437-2233 or locally 613-543-4328 to make a reservation.

Follow the tantalizing smell of fresh bread and cinnamon rolls baking in the wood-fired oven at the Bakery.   You can find the fresh baked cinnamon buns and bread for purchase at the Village Store and the buns for purchase in Cook’s Tavern or at the Snack Shack next to the Bakery.

Visitors can also relax over a heartier meal, full service dining at Willard’s Hotel or cafeteria style service at the Harvest Barn.  

Alight at Night has been named one of Ontario’s Top 100 Events three times by Festivals & Events Ontario.  

Advance ticket purchase, particularly during the holidays, is strongly recommended to speed entry into the Festival and reduce time waiting in line.  

Streamlined pricing provides one price for all activities including entry to the Festival, horse-drawn wagon rides and a ride on the Toy Train – Adults (13 to 64 years of age) $13; Seniors (65+ years of age) and Youth (6 to 12 years of age) $10; Children 5 years of age under are FREE.  Tickets can be purchased online at



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