First Light 2018











Evenings November 22-24, November 29 to December 1 and December 6-8, 2018 - 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  

Admission at the door: $10.00 per person. Donation of a non-perishable item appreciated. Kids 5 and under are FREE! 



Now in its 19th 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 around the site, all the way to Martyr's Shrine.

“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 on Thursday and Friday nights.


Choir schedule

Don't miss the Fireworks on November 22, November 30 and December 8!

Parking is limited. A free shuttle bus will run on a loop from the Walmart parking lot to Sainte-Marie, between 5:30 pm and 9:30 pm, every evening. 

For some early holiday shopping, 50 exceptional artisans and vendors will welcome you in MUSEUM and the new BRÉBEUF EVENT CENTRE. The themed Sainte-Marie gift shop will be open each night.


First Light Vendors 2018

Special First Light Event Packages!
Illuminating History!

Take advantage of the First Light package which includes a souvenir lantern, entry to the event, food voucher for dinner at a local restaurant and an overnight stay and breakfast at the Comfort Inn 705-526-2090.

Reserve your Dinner Package at Restaurant Sainte-Marie! Dinner & Admission is only $34.95 per person, including tax & service. Call Nick Boudouris or Meaghan Moyratidis at 705-527-4162 or email

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



Sainte-Marie among the Hurons presents a fantastic lineup of special events for the 2018 season. National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21st and the annual First Light event are just a few of the special events Sainte-Marie among the Hurons will present this season.  In addition, the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre will present its annual POW WOW held at Sainte-Marie Park in September 2019.  Please check back regularly for detailed descriptions of Sainte-Marie's special events for 2019.

Proud partners of Huronia Historical Parks


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HHP_FirstLightLogo2016First Light (November 22-24, November 29-December 1 and December 6-8,  2018)

Experience Sainte-Marie’s spectacular “First Light” Event evenings November 22-24, November 29 to December 1 & December 6-8, as we illuminate the famous historic site with over 5,000 candles. Recognized by Festivals and Events Ontario as one of Ontario’s “Top 100” Events, “First Light” creates a wonderful holiday ambience, featuring hands-on activities for children, seasonal and folk music, Indigenous performances, craft & food vendors and much more.


National Indigenous Peoples Day
(June 21, 2019)

The Huron Wendat people are integral to the Sainte-Marie story, and the historic site continues to share aspects of Indigenous culture today.  Join us on National Indigenous Peoples Day June 21 as we pay tribute to Canada’s Indigenous people with drumming, dancing, singing, special on-site activities, and displays.

HHP_HarvestFestivalLogo2016Thanksgiving Harvest Festival


October 12-13, 2019

10 am to 5 pm

$8 admission fee (children 5 and under are free)

Sainte-Marie’s Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show and Sale is a fun family event, with lots of on-site activities for the family, access to the historic site and museum and outstanding artisans, crafters, local artists and food vendors.

The event is a regional favourite and includes both new and returning vendors.


Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre POW WOW 

September 2019. Stay tuned for event details

This annual POW WOW, presented by the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre at Sainte-Marie Park, is open to the public. It features Native dancing, traditional crafts and foods, and much more.

Exhibits and Museum

A great way to conclude your visit to Sainte-Marie, the interpretative Sainte-Marie Museum puts the Sainte-Marie story in a global context, with interactive displays and themed galleries. Special exhibits may also be featured throughout the year.