Evenings November 26, 27, 28, 2015
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Now in its 16th year, Sainte-Marie’s “First Light” is a must-see event with a great line-up of family activities and performers, all amidst the spectacular glow of over 5,000 candles.
The magic begins when visitors approach the candlelit historic site, as a beautiful amber glow illuminates the famous 17th-century mission. A colourful historic encampment will greet visitors, set up by the popular “Survival In The Bush” group. Visitors can then stroll the candlelit paths which lead to a variety of fun family activities.
The cookhouse is filled with the sights and smells of delicious baked goods and cookie samples available for tasting. Historic blacksmithing will also be demonstrated, and a Nativity crèche will be on display in the stables near the Farmer’s Dwelling. Always popular with little folks, corn husk doll making will be offered in the Sainte-Marie foyer.
“First Light” has strong ties to community groups, and many will be involved in this year’s celebration, offering special “hands-on” children’s crafts and historic demonstrations. An abundance of music will also fill the air, including Native drumming and singing, lively Franco-Ontarian folksongs, and delightful community and school choirs performing seasonal music over the three evenings.
For some early holiday shopping, 20 exceptional artisans will be in the Sainte-Marie museum, and the themed Sainte-Marie gift shop will be open each night.
Admission is $10.00 per person with a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the local food bank. Children 5 and under are free.
Special Notes: Overflow parking will be available at Doral Industries, 100 Wye Valley Road and at the Martyrs’ Shrine east entrance across from the Sainte-Marie entrance road. Free shuttle buses will run to Sainte-Marie from these locations throughout each evening.
Please be advised that with the exception of service animals, pets are not allowed on the historic site for this event.