Christmas by Lamplight: A Toronto Tradition

Chirstmas Decorations Black Creek Pioneer Village

Now that families all over America have made it through Thanksgiving dinner, it's time to turn our attention to the next major holiday on the international calendar. Savvy executives recognize the importance of Christmas celebrations and year-end special events to thank employees. Why not head for Toronto for something really special?

Every year, during the last weekends before the holidays, Christmas by Lamplight takes place at Black Creek Pioneer Village, one of Toronto's most unique event venues. The village re-creates life in Upper Canada (now Ontario) in the 1800s.

Victorian Kissing BoughThe Stong family homestead (consisting of a farm house, log house and barn) is at its original location. Other heritage buildings have been moved to the site to create an authentic 40 building historical village. You'll find 2 old school houses, a mill, and a historic brewery. Homes and shoppes have traditional furniture and many have their original decor. Guides wear period costumes and demonstrate the various trades that it takes to run a village. At their shoppes the shoemaker, photographer, and broom maker display the tools of their trade as it was practiced in the mid 19th century.

Black Creek Pioneer Village is always an interesting place to visit but, during Christmas, the village is transformed with holiday decorations. There are wreaths, hollies and the Victorian kissing boughs that preceded mistletoe.

When the village is open at night for Christmas by Lamplight, Gas light and oil lamps create a warm glow.

At the doctor's house, a pianist plays traditional Christmas music in the parlor. Carolers stroll throughout the village. Over at the church, there have been choirs and musical groups to entertain visitors while you warm up. Last year, there were dance lessons in the ballroom at the Halfway House which was at one time was a real inn. Visitors learned traditional reels.

The print shop displays period Christmas cards. The tin smith and cabinet maker show children how to make traditional toys and ornaments.

Tinsmith Making ToysChristmas Treats

You never know what treats await you. This is your chance to taste a sugar plum. Chestnuts are roasted over an open fire. Warm apple cider and hot chocolate keep the chill away. The smell of cookies and other holiday treats fills the air in the Halfway House. At the end of the evening you can relax and enjoy a turkey dinner with all the trimmings at the Halfway House or in the Canada West room, a modern setting.

DecorationsBlack Creek Pioneer Village accepts bookings from groups and event planners. There are meeting venues that are perfect for year end business meetings. Whether need to move beyond standard fare for Christmas corporate events or you are looking for a memorable family outing, plan to be in Toronto for Christmas by Lamplight. It is a Christmas tradition for many families. You'll look forward to Christmas by Lamplight every year.

Looking for a place to stay for Christmas by Lamplight? Search the Cvent Supplier Network for hotels in Toronto or nearby York Region and King Township.

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