Alight at Night breaks attendance records

Crews start setting up the ferris wheel for Alight at Night, which opened Dec. 5, 2014. (Photo/St. Lawrence Parks Commission)

Randi Belec

MORRISBURG — Upper Canada Village’s winter lights festival, Alight at Night, broke past attendance records with 40,000 visitors over 22 nights. The festival in Morrisburg ended on Jan. 3, 2015 and saw a record high in attendance on Dec. 13 with 4,300 guests.

The St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) brought in two new experiences, a Ferris wheel and a Santa Claus visit. The Ferris wheel allowed for guests to view the lights from a whole new perspective, 50 feet above the ground. The Santa Claus visit was set in Crysler Hall, which was redecorated as Saint Nick’s Merry Mansion, which included a brand new sound and light show.

The SLPC is also responsible for other family events in the area such as Pumpkinferno, Fort Fright, and a potential new even at Fort Henry in Kingston. More events to look forward to are ‘Ignite the Night’, a five and ten kilometer races held on Jan. 10 as well as the ‘Frostbite Challenge’ a 5 kilometre winter obstacle challenge held on Jan. 31.

To sign up for the winter race events hosted at Upper Canada Village, visit their website.

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