Written by the Warrior
According to its website… “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!”
I have wanted to visit this event for years. However, those who are familiar with Ontario winters will surely know that, Ontario winters are cold! And Ontario winter evenings are ever colder! So, I put it off year after year, until January 2, 2016, when the mercury hovered at a balmy -2C with no wind chill. The 2015-2016 All Lights season began on December 4, 2016 and finished on January 2, 2016. So, serendipity, just in time!
The doors opened at 5pm and we arrived at 5:30pm. The parking lot was already packed. Once we got inside the village, I realized why. There were a lot to do. According to the map (and included in the ticket) were wagon rides, toy train rides, ferris wheel rides, a maze, carolling and a music and light show. There were also hot chocolate, cookies and cinnamon buns for purchase at various locations inside the village. We stayed until 9:30pm and that was just enough time to cover everything that we wanted to do.
First, we went on the horse drawn wagon ride.
Which enabled us to see most of the village.
Then we went on the toy train ride that took us to visit some neat places.
Then we went on the shortest ferris wheel ride in the world. Trust me, this was a good thing. Even at a balmy -2C, it was too cold to linger “high” above seas level for more than a few minutes.
Here was the maze that we explored. (The torch to the left of the maze was a warming station for people. Unfortunately, there were lots of ice around it that resulted in lots of people slipping and at least one dude completely wiping out).
Here was the location of the music and light show.
Here was where carolling took place. The music was upbeat, beautiful and could be heard from almost anywhere in the village.
And of course, more than anything, All Lights were all about lights, millions of them… beautifully put together… covering the entire village…
If you ever get an opportunity to visit Morrisburg, Ontario in December/early January, I highly recommend a visit to All Lights. It is a fabulous way to ring in a New Year.