SOUTH EASTERN ONTARIO'S BIGGEST WINTER LIGHT FESTIVAL OPENS AT UPPER CANADA VILLAGE NOVEMBER 30, 2018
Morrisburg, Ontario – The Alight at Night festival, one of Ontario’s premiere winter events at historic Upper Canada Village opens on November 30, 2018. A million lights transform this 60-acre heritage site into a magical winter wonderland that you can explore by foot, horse-drawn wagon or romantic carriage ride. This year, the festival is open Thursday to Sunday nights from Friday, November 30 to December 23; closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and is open nightly from December 26 to January 5, 2019. Complete festival details can be found at www.AlightatNight.ca or by calling the Customer Service Unit at 613-543-4328 or 800-437-2233.
Alight at Night pricing offers an all-inclusive experience. One admission price provides entry to Upper Canada Village, horse-drawn wagon ride, Toy Train ride, Saint Nick’s Merry Mansion (until December 23), Carousel Corner, singing at Christ Church and a visit to the Bakery. Adult (13+) $16; Youth (5-12 yrs.) $12.00 and children 4 years and younger are free. Advance ticket purchase, particularly during the holidays, is strongly recommended to speed entry into the festival.
NEW FOR 2018: CAROUSEL CORNER New this year is Carousel Corner, set in the Village fairgrounds featuring a colourful vintage 1965 merry-go-round of 20 prancing horses offering rides for young visitors* throughout Alight at Night. For a keepsake photo, two additional life-size reproduction carousel horses are available especially for picture-taking in a booth nearby. More memories can be captured in a special festival portrait frame, and couples can cuddle for a kiss on a Mistletoe loveseat. Stop by the outdoor Carousel Corner Café to grab a hot beverage and warm up in one of the new holiday huts.
*Note: Carousel rides are for visitors under 100 lbs in weight. Parents or other guardians can stand alongside the horses their children will ride upon. Riders must be 36” tall or be accompanied by an adult.
Families with youngsters should plan to drop by Alight at Night early in December to experience the ultimate Santa visit at Saint Nick’s Merry Mansion (Crysler Hall). Alight at Night’s Victorian Saint Nick will be on site to hear Christmas wishes in his festively decorated holiday mansion until December 23.
December 5 Upper Canada Village offers an Accessibility night on Wednesday, December 5. This is an evening where people can ride in their own vehicle to view the Village adorned in lights. Only cars or accessibility vans 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 $15.00 per person (plus HST.)
ROMANTIC CARRIAGE RIDES IN A POMMIER CARRIAGE
You won’t find a more romantic holiday setting than Alight at Night. Plan a private tour in the comfort of one of the Village’s Pommier Carriages. Rides include 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. Limited availability, reservations are required, $92.10 (HST & admin. fee included).
For a treat, follow the enticing smell of fresh bread and cinnamon rolls baking in the wood-fired oven at the Bakery or stop by the Village Store to purchase and take home. Festive dining is available on site at two locations: table service at historic Willard’s Hotel or self-service at the Harvest Barn. Menus range from light dining and warm-you-up food to full course turkey dinners. Call Bytown Catering 613-543-0660 for reservations. Groups are welcome, reservations recommended.
Get in the holiday spirit with some old-fashioned carol singing at Christ Church. Vocalists and musical accompaniment are on site each night featuring guest choirs and solo performers to encourage all to sing a-long. This experience is consistently one of visitor’s favourites year after year.
Alight at Night proudly collaborates with The Counties SDG, Ontario Power Generation, City of Brockville, NAV Centre and Pommier Jewellers. Carousel Corner is made possible through Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport Celebrate Ontario funding.
The St. Lawrence Parks Commission, an agency of the Government of Ontario, operates facilities stretching from Kingston to the Quebec border. They include: Upper Canada Village, Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada (part of Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site), Kingston Pen Tours, Crysler Park Marina, Upper Canada Golf Course, Skywood Eco Adventure, Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary and 14 campgrounds and beach day-use picnic areas including the Long Sault and 1000 Islands Parkway.
Susan Le Clair
Manager, Customer Service & Corporate Communications
St. Lawrence Parks Commission
613-543-3704 ext. 2496