Join in on the festivities at the annual Alight at Night event near Ottawa
- Canada Travel Tips
- Tuesday, 29 November 2011 17:43
Ottawa is a city that loves the holidays and takes every chance it gets to celebrate the exciting season. Canada’s capital region hosts a variety of special holiday events, making it the perfect destination for travellers who cannot get enough winter joy and cheer. In December and January, visitors can take in the annual Alight at Night Festival, which takes place in Morrisburg, only a short distance outside of Ottawa.
The Upper Canada Village offers this annual event for locals and guests to honour the holiday spirit with massive outdoor displays of decorations and lights. During the year, this complex is a historical village that recreates the architectural designs and livelihood of those who lived in Ontario during the 1860s, says the attraction's website. Included are buildings such as a small schoolhouse and a blacksmith shop, and guests can peruse the different areas to learn about this region's rich past.
For the holidays, all the structures are adorned with hundreds of thousands of lights, transforming the village into a winter wonderland. Travellers who journey to the Upper Canada Village can walk along the snowy paths to view the lights, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, or cruise along on the mini train that circles the complex during the events.
If you are travelling with a special someone, carriage rides for two can be booked and include a private tour and sparkling apple cider. This may be a wonderful holiday treat for a loved one this winter. Other thrilling attractions to see and participate in include the Gingerbread house competition, lunch with Santa and holiday carolling. The complex also offers options for accommodations nearby and plenty of tasty dining delights so travellers who wish to stay for a few days can do so comfortably.
The festivities last from December 2nd to January 7th on various dates. Those planning to check out the village can visit the website for details on when specific events are happening throughout the winter. This fantastic celebration may be the perfect activity to try while on an unforgettable holiday in Ontario this holiday season.