Monday, December 07, 2015

Christmas By Lamplight At Black Creek Pioneer Village

Looking for something a little different to do? Maybe you want to get away from the craziness of modern life and pry your kids from their electronics for an evening? If you are in the GTA, I highly recommend visiting Black Creek Pioneer Village to take in their special holiday event - Christmas by Lamplight. This is a Saturday evening event Boo and I checked out this past weekend, and it runs for two more weeks, on Dec. 12 and Dec. 19, from 6:00-9:30pm.

During the event you can roam through the village at your own pace, and visit the various buildings to learn about life in Ontario in the 1800s, while enjoying special treats and demonstrations. The homes are decorated for the holidays in traditional style, and traditional treats such as roasted chestnuts, candied orange peel, and mince pies are all available for sampling. And there is music everywhere. Piano and violin in the doctor's sitting room, traditional players in the church, folk music in the town hall, and caroling around a bonfire.

Chestnuts were roasted inside the wood oven, and kept warm on the burner.
Perfectly roasted, warm, and ready to peel & eat. There was hot chocolate and hot apple cider as well.
A wonderful musical trio in the Town Hall.
Aside from exploring, eating, and enjoying the music, there are opportunities for crafts and learning as well. In the Tinsmith's shop we were shown how tin stars were punched and they explained how these were used both as decorations for the tree and as toys - hold gently by the tips between finger and thumb, then blow to make the star twirl. Boo has been a bit obsessed with this toy and actually brought it to school today to show his friends.
At the Tinsmith's shop
Tin Star
And we made beaded Christmas ornaments in the Seamstress shop.
Boo's icicle and my wreath
We sent a telegraph in the telegraph office and made embossed cards and talked to the blacksmith, and enjoyed all the fireplaces and lanterns and just general good cheer. It was a magical night, and provided a great opportunity to talk to Boo about what life was like in the 1800s.

Tickets for Christmas by Lamplight can be purchased online or by calling (416)-667-6295. Costs:
$34.95 Adult, $29.95 Child, Kids 3 & under are free. Parking is included in ticket price, as are the treats and crafts. The event runs from 6:00-9:30 and I recommend getting there as close to 6 as possible. There really is so much to see and do, you will easily fill 3+ hours.

Disclosure: We received complimentary tickets to this event, but I wouldn't recommend it if we hadn't had such a great time!  All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own or those of my family.

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