Now in its 21st year, Sainte-Marie’s “First Light” is a must-see event with a great lineup of family activities and performers, all amidst the spectacular glow of over 5,000 candles. The magic begins when visitors approach the candlelit historic site, as a beautiful amber glow illuminates the famous 17th-century mission. Candlelit paths guide you throughout the historic site leading to a variety of fun family activities.
“First Light” has strong ties to community groups, and many will be involved in this year’s celebration, offering special historic demonstrations. An abundance of music will also fill the air, including Indigenous drumming and singing, lively Franco-Ontarian folk songs, and delightful community and school choirs performing seasonal music over the nine evenings. For some early holiday shopping, over 50 exceptional crafters and artisans will be in the Sainte-Marie Museum and the Brébeuf Event Centre.
Includes: dinner at “French Café at Sainte Marie” followed by free time to explore the buildings, shopping and musical performances (4:30p.m. to 9:00p.m.) Each person is encouraged to bring a food donation to help fill the canoe.
Tour departs: Tour Office at 2:30p.m., Barrie, Tollendale Village at 3:00p.m. & Barrie, Bayfield Mall behind Canadian Tire Store at 3:30p.m.