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5 Ways this Festival Will Light up your Night

Get into the holiday season by taking a step back in time to experience 17th century life at one of the most magical times of the year. The glowing lights set the stage for this enchanting historical, and cultural experience. We love First Light here are 5 reasons why you will too:

The Lights

Over 5,000 candles illuminate this 17th century historic attraction for an evening of fun. The lanterns are placed on either side of the path to guide you to each activity. As you travel through the paths stop at the fire pits to warm up in their fiery glow.

Don’t Miss the Fireworks show, Thursday evenings only at 7:00pm!



The Music

Harpists, guitarist, pianists and singers are staged throughout the experience to play music and create holiday cheer as you explore through Sainte Marie among the Hurons. Get in the rhythm while listening to the percussion of Indigenous drumming and lively Francophone folk music.

You can’t miss the cannon, it fires off every hour until 8:30pm.


The Activities

From making ornaments to crafting dolls out of corn husk, there are no shortage of holiday activities. Taste sweets and teas made using early remedies. Listen to the blacksmith explain how to forge metal, herbalists explain natural healing remedies and learn how to start a fire using flint and steel in several unique stations through this historic site.

Photo op: Snap a pic at one of the photo stations.


The History

First Light is hosted on a historic site offering an authentic glimpse into the 17th century life of the Huron-Wendat and French Jesuits.  This year MartyrsShrine opens their doors for guests to peek inside.

Tip: Make sure you look up at Martyrs’ Shrine ceiling, it’s shaped as an inverted canoe.


The Atmosphere

From the moment you step into First Light the crackling sounds of the fire and beautiful melodies will give you goose bumps.  Grab a hot chocolate to keep you warm as you travel from one experience to the next. Take in the beautiful music, learn about Indigenous and European traditions and remedies or spend time creating holiday crafts.


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