First Light event at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons

First Light

Evenings November 24-26, December 1-3 & 8-10, 2016
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  

Admission $10.00 per person, with a donation of a non-perishable item, 

Kids under 5 are FREE! 

Fireworks are Thursday Evenings at 7:00pm Only 



Now in its 17th 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.  Visitors can 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.

FEO Logo“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 nine 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.

Please be advised that with the exception of service animals, pets are not allowed on the historic site for this event.

Special First Light Event Package!
Illuminating History!

For only $159 Stay, Dine and Experience First Light!
The renowned “First Light” event at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons heads into its 17th year in 2016 with an extended schedule of dates that will see the historic site aglow with over 5,000 candles.  In addition to November 24th, 25th and 26th, December 1st, 2nd and 3rd the dates of December 8th, 9th and 10th have been added. Also new for 2016 is an impressive historic program provided by our partner, Martyrs’ Shrine, as well the spectacular fireworks display will return this year (Thursday Nights ONLY).

The package includes:
•         1 night accommodation (Double Occupancy)at the Comfort Inn, Midland
•         A $50 Dining Voucher (valid at participating restaurants during the First Light weekends)*
•         Admission for 2 to First Light Event
•         Welcome Package with Lantern/Swag in Hotel Room valued at $10

To make reservations for this package
Call 705-526-2090
Comfort Inn Midland, 980 King Street, Midland Ontario L4R 4K3

*Participating restaurants include: Lot102, The Boathouse Eatery, Mom’s Restaurant, Explorer’s Café, and Restaurant Sainte-Marie.  



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