Heritage Christmas - Late Nights

Date: December 12, 2015 - January 1, 2016 (1:00 PM - 9:00 PM)


2015 Hours - note 1:00pm opening time

November 21 - December 11*
      Monday-Friday, 1-5:30pm
      Saturday-Sunday, 1-9pm
      *December 7, early site closure, 4:30pm
December 12 - January 1, 2016 
      Daily, 1-9pm
     (closed December 24 & 25)


Free gate admission,
Carousel rides $2.55 each.

Daily Entertainment and Activity information [PDF - 466 KB].

The 2015 Experience

The holiday experience begins the moment you arrive! Festive lighting and decorations greet you at the entrance of the Village to give you a small glimpse of the spectacular display of history and lights awaiting inside.

 Thousands of lights will brighten every visit:

  • the multi-coloured lights on the huge sequoia tree by the carousel,
  • the tree-wraps in the Farmhouse orchard,
  • the lacy white lights on the maple tree near Hill Street,
  • warm-white lights across the bridge
  • lights that twinkle and change colours to sound at the Bandstand
  • enchanted lit path between Elworth and the Bandstand

Back this year, is another new creative and fun menagerie of Eco-sculptures. Be sure to look for leaping frogs, a sleigh parked the Vorce tram station with its unique team ready to pull on command, and a partridge in a tree of paired items. The elegant ‘dancing ladies’ are back (on the lawn of Elworth) as well as the sweater clad bears (outside Tom Irvine’s house).

A stroll through the streets of the Village uncovers wreaths, cedar swags and vintage-themed displays. At the bandstand, visitors can create their own magical holiday show with new full-globe lights that twinkle and change colours to sound.

Special entertainment is scheduled throughout the season including theatre performances, community choirs, street characters and musicians. Many family favourite activities are back including a craft for children, baking in the Farmhouse and, of course, visits with Father Christmas.Use our Entertainment Schedule [PDF - 466 KB] to help plan your visit.

Bring your cameras! You'll want to capture that special moment with Father Christmas.

A great way to see the entire site is to take on the challenge of our Twelve Days of Christmas scavenger hunt – the clues are the words to the song and the answers are sure to surprise and delight. Pick up your free scavenger hunt cards at the gates.

Home for the Holidays - A display of evening wear suitable for a New Year’s eve celebration is featured at Elworth, courtesy of the Canadiana Costume Society. This display will feature formal wear as well as enlisted member who is “home for the holidays.”


Enter this year's photo contest  (New, less stringent requirements.)


To view some of the 2015 highlights, head to our Photo Gallery.


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