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Alight at Night Festival Brightens Up Winter in Stormont Dundas and Glengarry

January 15, 2020 10:00 A.M. | St. Lawrence Parks Commission

MORRISBURG, ONTARIO — 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% 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." – Tracey Ogilby, Manager 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

About St. Lawrence Parks Commission
The St. Lawrence Parks Commission, an agency of the Government of Ontario, operates facilities in 16 municipalities stretching from Kingston to the Quebec border, including Upper Canada Village, Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada (and a UNESCO World Heritage Site); Kingston Pen Tours, Skywood Eco Adventure, Crysler Park Marina, Upper Canada Golf Course, Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary and 14 campgrounds and beach day-use picnic areas including the Long Sault and 1000 Islands Parkway. To learn more, visit www.parks.on.ca.

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Rosalyn Gambhir
A/Communications & Media Relations Officer
St. Lawrence Parks Commission

Krista Doyle
A/ Director of Marketing
St. Lawrence Parks Commission

St. Lawrence Parks Commission

13740 County Road 2
Morrisburg, ON, K0C 1X0
Tel: 1-800-437-2233 or 613-543-4328

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