ABOUT THE EVENT / PROMOTION
Now in its 23rd year, Sainte-Marie’s First Light is an award-winning, must-see holiday event with a great lineup of family activities and live musical performances, all amidst the spectacular glow of thousands of candles.
Explore an extensive vendor fair to get a head start on your holiday shopping, enjoy take-home crafts and historical demonstrations, and wander through candlelit historical buildings and pathways dressed in beautiful seasonal greenery. Then warm up with a hot cup of cocoa by the fire!
First Light was recently named one of the province’s top 100 events by Festival and Events Ontario. There’s a reason this event is an annual tradition for many. Come and experience a little holiday magic!
Ontario’s first European Community, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons was the headquarters for the French Jesuit Mission to the Huron-Wendat people. In 1639, the Jesuits, along with French lay workers, began construction of a fenced community that included barracks, a church, workshops, residences, and a sheltered area for Indigenous visitors. This community was abandoned and burned down in 1649.
After extensive archaeological and historical research, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is now recreated on its original site, where the mission’s compelling story is brought to life with costumed historical interpreters, demonstrations and hands-on activities.
Located near Midland, on the Wye River, this world-renowned reconstruction offers visitors a unique opportunity to see the earliest Canadian pioneer life through self-guided visits, group tours, interactive education programs, and special events. Complete your experience by exploring our interpretive museum and themed gift shop.