"ALIGHT AT NIGHT FESTIVAL"
Thursday to Sunday December 2 - 18
Nightly December 19 - January 7
(Closed December 24 & 25, 2011)
Open 4:30 - 9:00 pm
Over a HALF-A-MILLION lights adorn the heritage buildings, trees and fences of Upper Canada Village creating a one-of-a-kind magical backdrop for its annual Alight at Night Festival…a true winter wonderland!
|NEW THIS YEAR! See the dramatic new effect of state-of-the-art *Wall Washer lighting, showcasing each of the Village’s buildings in its own “best light”!
*Funded by the Government of Ontario
Bundle up for an evening stroll through this picture-perfect postcard setting! Come experience the enchantment of horse-drawn wagons and romantic carriage rides for two; and hop on board a life-size Toy Train. Holiday music, festive dining, shopping and other seasonal surprises all add to the ambience of the event. Now in its 11th year, the Alight at Night Festival has become a favourite family tradition, and one of the region's main attractions in a variety of fun-filled Overnight Getaway Packages.
PLEASE NOTE WE HAVE NEW STREAMLINED PRICING! Admission, wagon ride, train & Parking included - Adult (13 yrs.+) $13.00 / Senior (65 yrs+) $10.00 / Youth (6-12) $10.00 / Child (5 yrs & under) FREE
TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLINE SOON!
Enjoy Old Fashioned Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides
Departures - Starting at 5:00 p.m. nightly until closing
Give your feet a rest and take in the sights and sounds aboard an old-fashioned horse-drawn wagon ride. Included with the cost of admission.
Reserving Wagons for Groups
Wagons may be reserved ahead for your group.
Maximum capacity is 15 people per wagon.
Flat rate of $222.20 (includes taxes and administration fee) per wagon applies -- includes admission for the group - max. 15.
Group bookings are available during select times and must be reserved 3 days in advance by calling 1-800-437-2233 or 613-543-4328.
Book a Romantic Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride for Two
Cuddle up for your own private tour of the lights on one of the Village's two Pommier Carriages … an ideal way to make engagements, anniversaries, or other events extra-special!
Cost for a Romantic Carriage Ride - $80 per couple.
Your Romantic Carriage Ride includes:
• Admission for Two to Alight at Night
• Half-hour private tour of the Lights through Village Streets
• Gourmet Departing Gift for Two (Village Bread & Cheese and Sparkling Apple Cider)
• $20 Gift Certificate for Pommier Jewellers in Cornwall
Must be reserved ahead by calling 1-800-437-2233. Carriage Rides are popular and book up quickly.
Take a Trip on the Toy Train
Hop on board the Toy Train, illuminated by a multitude of lights, and take a round trip through Crysler Park.
Rides depart nightly every half hour starting at 5:00 p.m. until closing. Limited seating available. Train ride is included with admission to Alight at Night.
Crysler Hall Sound & Light Spectacular
The star attraction at the festival guaranteed to dazzle the senses is a nightly Sound & Light Spectacular on the exterior of the stately Crysler Hall in the heart of the Village.
3rd Annual Canadian Gingerbread House Championship
Masterpiece gingerbread creations from the Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts in Ottawa will be showcased nightly inside Crysler Hall, alongside prize-winning gingerbread entries from the public.
Grand Prize of $1500 and 2-Night Getaway to be awarded at start of the festival.
Please click for 2011 Rules, Regulations, and Entry Form.
It's Music to Your Ears!
Get in the spirit of the season and join our sing-along carolling on select evenings in Christ Church.
Holiday music piped into the air at different locations throughout the site adds to the festive mood each evening.
Please click here for carolling schedule in Christ Church
Eat, Drink and Be Merry…
Willard's Hotel - Open for Alight at Night!
Historic Willard's Hotel, located in the heart of the Village, will be open from 4:30 to 9:00 p.m during Alight at Night from December 9 to 23 Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. They will also be open nightly from December 26 to January 7. Reservations are not required but recommended. Wine and Beer available.
Please click for Willard's Hotel Alight at Night Menu.
Call 613-543-0660 for more information / reservations.
NEW! Festival Food Court
For some added flavour to your visit, be sure to stop by the all-new, open-air Festival Food Court, located in the heart of the Village along Queen Street. Warm up to a variety of family-friendly Foods-to-Go, from potato spirals-on-a-stick, grilled burgers and dogs, to steamy hot chili and the Village’s newest specialty item .... warm-from-the-oven Cinnamon Rolls, baked on site in the Bakery! Lots of other tasty treats, along with hot and cold beverages, means there’s something for everyone to enjoy ... all in a festively lit outdoor setting!
Take a break and warm up inside Cook's Tavern, now licensed to serve beer and wine, along with hot soup, chili and other snacks and hot cocoa.
The Harvest Barn
Step out of the cold and into the Harvest Barn located along Albert Street in Upper Canada Village, and you will find warm-you-up food and beverages, including a dinner special offered nightly.
The Harvest Barn also welcomes group bookings of 20 or more.
Please Click for the Harvest Barn Banquet Menu. Harvest Barn Festive Menu.
For more information, or to make reservations, call 613-543-0660
The 19th Hole Bar & Grill
Before or after your visit to Alight at Night, plan to dine in the comfortable surroundings of The 19th Hole Bar & Grill (at the Upper Canada Golf Course), open select nights throughout the festival. Located across the highway from Upper Canada Village.
The 19th Hole Bar & Grill also welcomes groups of 20 or more.
The 19th Hole Bar & Grill Group Menu The 19th Hole Bar &Grill A La Carte Menu
For more information, or to make reservations, call 613-543-2035.
Fun & Lunch with Santa
One Day Only - Saturday, December 10
Santa is going to be making an extra-special appearance during this year's Alight at Night Festival, when he drops in for an afternoon visit at the Harvest Barn on Saturday December 10. Starting at 1:30 pm., FUN & LUNCH WITH SANTA promises to be fun for the whole family! Tell Santa your special wishes, enjoy a hot sandwich combo, (drink and fries plus hot turkey sandwich for adults/hot dog for children), decorate gingerbread men, and make your own Christmas wrap. Afterwards, kids can shop or spend time in the Movie Room at the Village Store while parents browse and shop at their own leisure.
Enjoy all of the above along with your evening admission to Alight at Night including parking, wagon and train rides, all for one package price (HST extra): Adult/Senior $37.50 / Youth (6-12) $27.50 / Child (5 & under) $7.
Must be reserved three days in advance by calling 1-800-437-2233 or 613-543-4328.
Make it an Overnight Getaway
Turn your visit into an overnight getaway at one of the region's finest hotels and bed & breakfasts, all located just minutes away in the quaint villages of Morrisburg, Ingleside and Williamsburg, and a short drive away in the nearby city of Cornwall. You'll discover a variety of things to enhance your visit from shopping & dining to live professional theatre.
Click Here for Overnight Getaway Packages
Special Needs Nights
Once again, the Village will set aside select evenings prior to opening - where groups of people with physical dissabilities can ride in the comfort of their own vehicle to view the Village adorned in lights. November 30 and December 1.
Only "special needs" vans or parabuses allowed - no coaches or school busses, please. For everyone's safety, we will provide one of our own trained and licensed staff who is familiar with the Village roadways in the dark, to lead these vehicles through the site.
Admission to tour the Village when part of a "Special Needs" group is only $13 per person. Reservations must be made ahead, by calling 1-800-437-2233 or locally 613-543-4328.
Taxes are extra on all fees above unless otherwise noted. All programming subject to change. Please check back closer to December.
We wish to acknowledge our other Alight at Night sponsors:
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