First Light Banner Returns 2021


Sainte-Marie’s “First Light” is a must-see holiday event. Rediscover the historic site aglow from tranquil candlelight, as a beautiful amber glow illuminates the famous 17th-century mission. First Light returns for its 22nd year with an “Unplugged” experience. Candlelit pathways will guide you through the historic site and our historic buildings, dressed up for the holiday season. Experience the beauty of the season wrapped in history, with take home crafts, treats in the cookhouse and a selection of local vendors located in our Brebéuf Event Centre and museum, showcasing a variety of products for sale.


The Magic of First Light is now FULLY BOOKED. 

Please be advised that the reservation line is closed. 

Only restaurant packages are available (meal and admission to First Light included).  Availability is limited, book your dinner package online now on EVENTBRITE


Visit our vendors during the event, located in the museum and in the Brébeuf Event Centre. 

Please note that access to the Brébeuf Event Centre is free and does not require advance reservations (subjet to capacity limits). 

Click HERE to view vendors list for all 3 weeks.

First Light Vendors Week 2



















DATES: November 19, 20, 26, 27 & December 3, 4, 2021

TIMES: 5:30 pm to 9 pm (last admission at 7:30 pm)

RATES*: $8.00/pp (tax incl) / Children 5 and under are free

*with donation of a non-perishable item for our local food banks

Holiday Craft Market (Brebéuf Event Centre): Free admission, no reservations required but access subject to maximum capacity.

The Salvation Army will be collecting non-perishable food items every night. Your donation is appreciated.

Please note that First Light 2021 will be a significantly scaled down version of the traditional event. It has been modified to adhere to safety protocols and guidelines from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.


Restaurant Sainte-Marie:

Restaurant Sainte-Marie will be open all nights during the event for guests to enjoy a traditional meal (kid menu available).

Dinner packages available to book via Eventbrite at:  

View Menu


What to expect at First Light:

- Holiday displays and photo ops throughout the site
- Retail store
- Take-home crafts and cookies for the kids (please take one per child)
- Fireworks (on select nights)
- Crafters and Artisans Market in the museum and Brébeuf Event Centre
- A traditional meal and refreshments served at restaurant Sainte-Marie


How to attend the event:

Advanced reservations are mandatory for the First Light event.

The reservation line is open Monday to Friday, between 10 am and 3 pm only at 705-526-7838. 

We thank you for your patience, as we are expecting higher volumes than usual.

Admission to the Crafters & Artisans Market in the Brébeuf Event Centre is free of charge and does not require reservations.


Season Pass Holders:

All visitors to First Light must reserve tickets online prior to the event, in order to gain access to the historic site, including Season Pass holders. Upon arriving at the door, Season Pass holders will need to present their Season Pass and proof of ID. Please contact us directly via email, if you have any questions:


At the door:

• Admission will be based on the time-slot reserved on the phone
• Self-assessment required at the door. Hand-Sanitizer stations available
• Masks mandatory for visitors (2+ years old) and staff, at all times
• Contact tracing details required at the main door, vendors market and restaurant
• Proof of vaccination is not required to attend the event or the vendors market (only required if dining in the restaurant)


For ADDITIONAL INFORMATION about the event or to consult our COVID-19 Protocols, please click:

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First Light Video 2020












Enjoy all the festive season has to offer with Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, First Light Virtual Tour. Continue the tradition of making First Light a part of your holiday activities and cuddle up at home to experience the magic as we illuminate history in a virtual way:

To apply as an Artisan for this event, click here.

Only handmade/handcrafted products will be accepted. No Direct Sales. 

For more information or to receive a complete information package, please contact: or 705-528-7694