UPPER CANADA VILLAGE'S ALIGHT AT NIGHT FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 15 YEARS
The Mistletoe Maze is latest addition to region’s favourite holiday festival
Morrisburg, Ontario –Upper Canada Village’s award winning Alight at Night winter lights festival will celebrate its 15th season starting Friday, December 4, 2015 and will be open on select nights (5 pm to 9 pm) through Saturday, January 2, 2016. Widely recognized as one of Ontario’s premiere winter events, and recently named by the Huffington Post as one of Canada’s 12 Breathtaking Sights to see in a Canadian Winter, the heritage site is transformed into a magical winter wonderland that can be explored by foot, horse-drawn wagon or by romantic carriage ride. Complete festival details, dates and times can be found at www.AlightatNight.ca or by calling the Customer Service team at 613-543-4328 or 800-437-2233.
New for 2015 is the addition of an 8000 square metres Mistletoe Maze constructed from giant bales of Reindeer Hay! Returning by popular demand will be the 50 foot tall Alight at Night Ferris wheel where visitors get an unprecedented view of the spectacular lights. Saint Nick’s Merry Mansion at Crysler Hall will greet visitors with a Sound & Light Show featuring lights dancing to some of your favourite holiday songs. Inside a Victorian Saint Nick, adorned in a luxurious red suit with rich brocade, will be available to hear your Christmas wishes until Wednesday, December 23, 2015; a great photo opportunity for the whole family! Just outside the Village entrance, take a ride on the Miniature Toy Train, included in the price of admission.
Streamlined pricing provides affordable family fun with one price for all activities including entry to the festival, horse-drawn wagon rides, the Miniature Toy Train, Ferris Wheel, Mistletoe Maze and a visit with Santa. Adults (13 yrs +) $14; Senior’s (65 yrs +) $12 and Youth (6-12 yrs) $10; Children 5 yrs and under FREE. Pricing is plus HST.
“As we celebrate the 15th enchanting edition of Alight at Night, new innovations continue to be added. This year the Mistletoe Maze is sure to be a fun new activity for everyone to enjoy. Our team is delighted that a visit to Alight at Night is part of so many families’ holiday traditions.” said Geoff Waycik, Manager, Upper Canada Village.
Special Needs Night on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 is an evening where groups of people with special needs can ride in the comfort of their own vehicle to view the Village adorned in lights. Only "special needs" 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 per person (plus tax.)
Fun & Lunch with Santa will be held at the Harvest Barn restaurant starting at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 12. Saint Nick will be available to meet families and hear everyone’s special wishes. Enjoy a hot sandwich combo (drink and fries plus hot turkey sandwich for adults/hot dog for children) and decorate gingerbread men. The Village Store will be open for shopping following lunch. Fun & Lunch with Santa includes evening admission to Alight at Night. Reservations are required. Adult (13-64 yrs) $37.50, Senior (64 yrs+) $34.50, Youth (6-12 yrs) $27.50 and Children (5 yrs & under) $7.00. Prices are plus HST.
Romantic Pommier Carriage rides are an ideal way to have a private tour of the lights and make engagements, celebrate anniversaries, or simply to spend time with that special someone! The Pommier Carriage ride is $80.00 (tax & administration fee extra) which includes admission for two, a half hour romantic tour of the lights, and a gourmet departing gift. Pommier Carriage rides are very popular and book up quickly. Reservations are required.
Get in the spirit of the season and join in for carol singing in Christ Church. Performers will be on site each night featuring guest choirs and solo performers to encourage all to sing along. Visit the website for performers, dates and times.
And of course, no visit would be complete without holiday treats and festive dining. 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. Cinnamon Buns are also available for purchase in Cook's Tavern or at the Snack Shack next to the Mistletoe Maze.
You can also relax over a heartier meal, full service dining at Willard’s Hotel or at the Upper Canada Golf Course restaurant (just across the road) or cafeteria style service at the Harvest Barn. Traditional turkey dinners with all the fixings along with many other menu options will be available. Groups are welcome and reservations recommended. To make reservations at Willard’s Hotel or the Harvest Barn call B & A Foods at 613-543-0660. To make reservations at the Upper Canada Golf Course restaurant call Stephanie at 613-543-2035. Diners at the Upper Canada Golf Course restaurant can also take advantage of special VIP parking.
Alight at Night has been named one of Ontario’s Top 100 Events 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. Purchase tickets online at www.AlightatNight.ca.
For more information or to make reservations for Special Needs night, Fun & Lunch with Santa or for the Pommier Carriage, call the Customer Service team at 1-800-437-2233 or locally 613-543-4328 to make a reservation.
Alight at Night would like to recognize its generous event sponsors: Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation, Nav Centre (Saint Nick's Merry Mansion), Pommier Jewellers (Pommier Carriages), OPG (Ferris Wheel), BMO (Miniature Toy Train) and Hydro One.