Upper Canada Village transitions from pumpkins to Victorian Santa


The Pumpkinferno lights have gone out in some 60,000 hand-carved pumpkins, that delighted 35,000 visitors of all ages at Upper Canada Village this fall.

Despite a rainy and cool fall, Pumpkinferno hosted over 35,000 visitors, a performance that put the event close to its target for 2014. 

Over 1,000 children from the Upper Canada District School Board and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario painted real pumpkins that were part of the Children’s Pumpkin Patch exhibit.  

Pumpkinferno also showed its appeal as it travelled across the province with a new installation at Dynamic Earth in Sudbury.  Fall visitation to Dynamic Earth rose by 30 percent with the added appeal of 15 of Upper Canada Village’s artistic pumpkin exhibits.

“We had a slow start this year due to the very rainy fall weather, but traffic really picked up each week,” said Geoff Waycik, Manager, Upper Canada Village.  “Feedback from our guests has been really positive.  This year we were able to respond to requests for new exhibits, and we introduced about 50 all new…” 

“Our team is now quickly dismantling and storing our Pumpkinferno displays to get ready for an exciting Alight at Night event that will open on Friday, December 5.”

Preparing for Alight at Night

The ever popular holiday lights festival Alight at Night at Upper Canada Village will be lighting up the Eastern Ontario sky beginning Friday, night, December 5.  

Alight at Night is introducing two exciting new experiences this year, a new Ferris Wheel and a transformation of Crysler Hall into Saint Nick’s Merry Mansion.  

Imagine the spectacular view of over one million lights decorating Upper Canada Village from 50 feet high up in a Ferris Wheel!  

The Ferris Wheel set in the Village fairgrounds will provide visitors to Alight at Night with the most spectacular view ever.  Rides on the ferris wheel will be available on a first come – first served basis and will be included with regular admission.

Families will love stopping by Crysler Hall newly decorated as Saint Nick’s Merry Mansion to visit a Victorian themed Santa Claus.  

Dressed in a luxurious red suit with rich brocade, Santa will be available to hear Christmas wishes until Tuesday, December 23, 2014. Visitors will be able to get a keepsake family photo with Santa in his finest Victorian attire.  

Saint Nick’s Merry Mansion is sponsored by Leon’s. 

Santa will also host a special ‘Fun and Lunch with Santa event at the Harvest Barn on Saturday, December 13 starting at 1:30 p.m.  Space is limited and reservations are required.  

Complete festival details including dates, times and pricing can be found at  www.AlightatNight.ca or by calling the Customer Service Unit at 613-543-4328 or 800-437-2233.


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