12TH ANNUAL ALIGHT AT NIGHT FESTIVAL
"ALIGHT AT NIGHT FESTIVAL" 2012/2013
CLOSE TO 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!
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 12th 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.
The Toy Train will not operate on Friday, January 4 or Saturday, January 5, 2013. We apologize for any inconvenience.
DATES AND HOURS OF OPERATION
Friday to Sunday, November 30, December 1, 2
Thursday to Sunday, December 6, 7, 8, 9
Thursday to Sunday, December 13, 14, 15, 16
Thursday to Sunday, December 20, 21, 22, 23
Closed December 24 & 25
Nightly – December 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 January 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
ADMISSION (tax not included)
$13 Adult (13 and over)
$10 Senior (65 and over) / Youth (6 - 12)
FREE Child (5 and under)
ADMISSION ALSO INCLUDES WAGON RIDE, TRAIN RIDE AND PARKING!
Enjoy Old Fashioned Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides
Departures - Starting at 5:15 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.
$252.38 (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 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 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.
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.
Rides depart nightly every half hour starting at 5:30 p.m. until closing. Limited seating available. Train ride is included with admission to Alight at Night.
Please note that the Toy Train will not operate on Friday, January 4 or Saturday, January 5.
Visions of a Victorian Christmas
Now in its 12th season, Alight at Night has become a true family tradition!! To celebrate this, Crysler Hall will set the stage for an all-new Visions of a Victorian Christmas exhibit, where visitors will get an elaborate glimpse into the origins of some of the popular traditions associated with the season today. Drop in to marvel at beautifully animated 19th century tableaus of the traditional family Christmas dinner, church carollers, and delightful Dickens characters, all within the walls of this majestic mansion.
The Sound & Light Show will still be offered on the grounds around Crysler Hall. The Gingerbread Competition previously held inside Crysler Hall will not run in 2012.
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.
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.
Click here for the Carolling Schedule
Also, join us on Thursdays during Alight at Night at Christ Church to hear guest choirs perform and capture the season's magic!
DEC 6: Chorale Canadienne Sensation 7 – 8 p.m.
DEC 13: Trinity United Church Choir Chesterville 6 – 7 p.m.
DEC 20: Ukrainian Orthodox Church Choir Ottawa 7 – 8 p.m.
DEC 27: Riverside Singers Brockville 5:30 – 7 p.m.
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 http://www.bafoodservices.ca/aan.htm.
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 and the Chip Hut.
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 http://www.bafoodservices.ca/aan.htm.
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
One Day Only - Saturday, December 15
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 15. 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 (HST extra): Adult $37.50 / Senior $34.50 / 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.
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. December 4 and December 5.
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. 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.
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