Alight at Night

Open on Select nights December 5, 2014 to January 3, 2015

Bundle up for an evening stroll through this picture-perfect postcard setting! Close to one 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!

Each year Upper Canada Village is transformed into the holiday wonderland Alight at Night with fun new activities and awe inspiring lighting.  Read more...

NOW BOOKING -- Pommier Carriage Rides for Two

Make your visit extra special and book a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride for two in one of our Pommier Carriages.  It is an ideal way to make engagements, anniversaries or other events memorable! Your romantic carriage ride includes admission for two to Alight at Night, a half-hour, private tour through the Village streets, a gourmet departing gift for two which includes Village made bread and cheese and sparkling Apple Cider, plus a coupon for 20% off select merchandise at Pommier Jewellers in Cornwall.

Reservations are required.  Please call the Customer Service team at 613-543-4328 or 800-437-2233.

Top 10 Tips for Enjoying Alight at Night.

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 including carolling at Christ Church, festive dining, shopping and other seasonal surprises all add to the ambience of the event.

Now in its 14th year, the Alight at Night Festival is a favourite family tradition, and one of the region's main attractions in a variety of fun-filled Overnight Getaway Packages.

Don't forget to stop by Saint Nick's Merry Mansion (Crysler Hall) to visit our Victorian Saint Nick and tell him your Christmas wishes!  Santa will be at Upper Canada Village from December 5 to December 23, 2014, with the exception of Thursday, December 18.  Santa has a couple of special orders to fill and will be needed at the North Pole.

Let us take your family holiday portrait ($15 incl. tax) or take your own!

2014/2015 Dates of Operation

DEC 5 - DEC 7 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
DEC 11 - DEC 14 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
DEC 18 - DEC 23 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
DEC 26 - JAN 3 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Admission Fees

Child (5 and under) FREE
Youth (6 - 12) $10.00
Adult (13 and over) $13.00
Senior (65 and over) $10.00

Prices do not include HST

Admission also includes a wagon ride, train ride, ferris wheel (subject to availability) and parking.

Enjoy Old Fashioned Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides

Give your feet a rest and take in the sights and sounds aboard an old-fashioned horse-drawn wagon ride which is included with the cost of admission. Departures times start at 5:15 PM and run until closing time.

Reserving Wagons for Groups
  • Wagons may be reserved ahead of time for your group.
  • The maximum wagon capacity is 15 people per wagon.
  • A cost of $252.38 (includes taxes and administration fee) per wagon applies which includes admission for the group - up to maximum of 15 people.
  • 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 is $92.10 based on double occupancy.

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% off coupon for Pommier Jewellers in Cornwall

Must be reserved ahead by calling 1.800.437.2233. Carriage Rides are popular and book up quickly.

Romantic Carriage Rides Sponsored by:

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.

The rides depart nightly every half hour starting at 5:30 PM and run until closing; however, there is limited seating available. Train ride is included with admission to Alight at Night.  Note that the train may not operate every night due to weather conditions.

Train Rides Sponsored by:

Crysler Hall Sound & Light Spectacular & Carolling at Christ Church

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.  Hear three of Santa's favourite songs:  Here comes Santa Claus, Run Rudolph Run and The Man with the Bag.

To view a short clip of the Sound and Light Spectacular click here.


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.

Also, on certain nights, guest choirs perform and bring their gift of music to you.  On December 18 the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Choir from Ottawa will be performing from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Please check the carolling and guest choir schedule for evenings featuring musical performances.



Sound & Light Spectacular Sponsored by:


Special thanks to our nightly Caroling Sponsors:

Brister Group Cornwall Square Future Office Products
Frank Ault
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 select evenings during Alight at Night. Reservations are not required but recommended. Wine and Beer available.

For menu information and hours of operation call 613.543.0660 or visit the BA Food Services website.


Follow your nose to the bakery where you can find the bakers whipping up homemade bread and cinnamon buns nightly. You can find the fresh baked cinnamon buns and bread for purchase at the Village Store. Cinnamon Buns are also available for purchase in the Cook's Tavern or at the Snack Shack next to the Bakery.

Cook's Tavern

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. For menu information and to hours of operation, call 613.543.0660 or visit the BA Food Services website.

The Upper Canada Golf Course Restaurant

The restaurant at Upper Canada Golf Course located just across the road from Upper Canada Village will be open during the Alight at Night festival.  It offers full service dining in a relaxed holiday atmosphere overlooking the beautiful Upper Canada Golf Course.  The restaurant is fully licensed and can accommodate groups or individuals.  Please click here for the holiday menu during Alight at Night or for the group menu.  For more information or to make reservations, call Stephanie at 613-543-2035.

The Village Store

The Village Store will be open every night of the festival as well, offering a myriad of Christmas gift ideas including hand-made crafts, souvenirs and specialty food items, plus a tantalizing selection of sweets at the Village Store’s Old-Fashioned Candy Shoppe. Fresh brick oven-baked bread from the Village Bakery will also be for sale each evening at the Village Store. Adjacent to the Store, the Pantry offers a cozy venue to warm up with hot drinks and snacks throughout the program. Santa will again be at the Village Store on select evenings until Dec 23rd for holiday portraits and to meet with visiting children.

Fun & Lunch with Santa

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 13.

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), and decorate gingerbread men. Afterwards parents can browse and shop at the Village Store.

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.  2014 pricing is as follows:

Categories Rates (plus HST)
Adult (13-64 yrs) $37.50
Senior (65 yrs+) $34.50
Youth (6-12 yrs) $27.50
Children (5 yrs and under) $7.00

Must be reserved three days in advance by calling 1.800.437.2233 or 613.543.4328.

Make it an Overnight Getaway

Stay the night at the Montgomery House in Upper Canada Village. The Montgomery House is a cozy historic log building that offers modern comforts with 19th century charm.  Or try the Guest House, a spacious, riverside two-story farmhouse featuring all of the amenities and is also located close to the Village. Read more ...

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 from our sponsor hotels and other partners.

Special Needs Nights

Once again, the Village will set aside an evening - where groups of people with physical disabilities can ride in the comfort of their own vehicle to view the Village adorned in lights. Tuesday, December 9, 2014.

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 $13.00 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.