December 22, 2022
Morrisburg, ON — Earlier this week, Andre and France Pommier of Pommier Jewellers, presented a special gift of a new horse-drawn carriage to Upper Canada Village. The donation comes just in time for the new carriage to join the fleet of two other horse-drawn carriages, all donated by Pommier Jewellers, operating popular rides at Alight at Night, currently running until January 7 at Upper Canada Village.
A long-time supporter of events like Alight at Night and Pumpkinferno, Pommier Jewellers is celebrating its 85th anniversary in business in Cornwall this year. Mr. Pommier felt donating another carriage would be a fitting way to commemorate this anniversary.
The carriage hails from Robert’s Carriages, a Canadian company that is one of the largest horse-drawn carriage manufacturers in the world, this horse-drawn carriage features a retractable roof and can seat up to 4 guests comfortably in the enclosed buggy behind the driver.
Tracey Ogilby, Manager of Upper Canada Village, and Julian Whittam, Coordinator of Interpretation, joined Brent Christie, Historic Agriculture and Livestock Specialist at the historic Village to receive the generous gift from the Pommiers. They noted that the private horse-drawn carriage rides are a beautiful way to experience the postcard-perfect setting of Alight at Night and are a popular add-on to the experience for romantic or special occasions.
A celebration of winter, Alight at Night transforms the historic village into a captivating winter wonderland lit with over a million lights, providing a fun, festive and family-friendly experience for all ages. Pommier carriage rides offer guests a memorable way to enjoy the Alight at Night outdoor light festival. Pommier carriage rides are available every 15 minutes but must be booked in advance. A carriage ride package includes entry to the event for up to 4 guests, a 30-minute private horse-drawn carriage tour of Upper Canada Village, and a parting gift.
The third carriage will add to the charm and guest experience at Alight at Night, which has already been named as one of Ontario’s Top 100 Events by Festivals & Events Ontario. The outdoor light festival, which features over 1 million lights, runs Thursday through Sunday until December 18 and will be open nightly from December 21, 2022 to January 7, 2023 (closed December 24 and 25). Timed-entry tickets must be purchased in advance from www.AlightatNight.ca.
About Upper Canada Village
Depicting life in a rural English Canadian setting during the year 1866, Upper Canada Village is one of the largest living-history museums in Canada. It was founded in 1961 and features more than 40 historic buildings, many of which were moved to the Village from the “Lost Villages” to preserve them prior to the flooding for the St. Lawrence Seaway development project. Talented historical interpreters bring these buildings to life every day, recreating traditional trades, farming, music and 19th century social life – creating an immersive guest experience that makes every visit to the Village different from the last.
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