New Expanded dates for Sainte-Marie’s spectacular “First Light” Event

New Expanded dates for Sainte-Marie’s spectacular “First Light” Event

first-lightThe famous “First Light” event at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons heads into its 16th year in 2015 with a second schedule of dates that will see the historic site aglow with over 5,000 candles. In addition to November 26th, 27th and 28th, the dates of December 3rd, 4th and 5th have been added. Also new for 2015 is a spectacular fireworks display on Thursday November 26th and Thursday December 3rd.

Rated a “Top 100 Event” in the province for 7 consecutive years by Festivals and Events Ontario and number 4 in the “Top 8 Christmas Light Shows in Canada” , as judged by, First Light creates a magical evening by candlelight, and features a host of family activities, music, artisans, and much more.

As visitors enter the historic site by candlelit paths, they’ll encounter the fascinating “Survival In The Bush” historical encampment at the main gates. Still more interactive activities await with quill pen writing of greeting cards in the Jesuit Residence, and a holiday craft in the Carpenter Shop. Smells and tastes of the season will fill the historic Cookhouse. La Clé d’la Baie, Éco-Huronie, Huronia Museum and The Métis Nation of Ontario will offer interactive crafts. The sounds of musket drill will accent the night courtesy of re-enactor group Royal Newfoundlander Bulger’s Company, who will also be serving hot chocolate.

Music has always been a big feature of the First Light event and this year will offer a great line-up of performers. The colourful Doug Feaver will perform his energetic selection of historic folk music, and popular Franco-Ontarian performers Vince Therrien, Randy Brethour and Michel Payment will share folk and festive music on the historic site. Inspiring First Nations singing and drumming will resonate inSainte-Marie’s famous longhouses, performed by John Somosi, Misty Creek and Red Spirit Drum Group. A great selection of community choirs will also entertain at the event, including The Kempencelts, Le Choeur d’la Clé, and the O.P.P. Chorus.

For some early Christmas shopping, over 20 exceptional artisans will be in the Sainte-Marie Museum offering a wide array of quality gift items on all six dates.

Overnight packages including breakfast and dinner, event admission and a souvenir lantern are also available at the Comfort Inn Midland for $149.00 per night. Space is limited; please call 705 526 2090.

First Light will be presented at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons evenings November 27, 28, and 29 and December 3, 4 and 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Presenting sponsors are the Township of Tay, Newmarket-Tay Hydro and Admission is $10.00 per person with a non-perishable food item. Children ages 5 and under are free. For information call (705) 526-7838 or visit

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Historic Interpreters Del Taylor (left) and Kelly Murray finalize decorations for First Light at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons. The seasonal celebration occurs evenings November 26, 27, and 28 and December 3, 4 and 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


First Light occurs evenings November 26, 27, and 28 and December 3, 4 and 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Over 5,000 candles will light the grounds and historic buildings such as The Chapel at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons.

Special Notes

Overflow parking will be available at Walmart on Highway 12. Free shuttle buses will run to Sainte-Marie from this location throughout each evening.

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