3 Festive light events that will warm your heart

Nov 28, 2019

With the holiday season on the horizon, we’ve been out exploring some of the amazing festive light events across the BruceGreySimcoe region. There are tons of amazing holiday events in our backyard, but these 3 sparkle and shine in our eyes. Load up the family, pack your camera or your selfie stick, and hit the road to kick start your festive fun.

Blumination Dream Trail

Where: Blue Mountain Village
When:  November 30 to March 28 from dusk until 10 p.m.
With one million lights artfully arranged around the Blue Mountain Village, the award-winning Blumination Dream Trail is a must-see this holiday season. The village was already well-known for their festive light show but this new Dream Trail takes things to the next level. The displays are creative, unique and very interactive. Definitely a hands-on experience for all ages. Finish at the events plaza to watch the musically-choreographed light shows at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. each evening. Saturdays feature fireworks, horse and wagon rides and visits with Santa. Make an evening or a weekend of it, add dinner, shopping (shops are open til 9 during the Blumination event) or bring your skis and snowboard and hit the slopes. The Blumination Dream Trail is free for all to stroll and enjoy. Find out more here and download the map here.



First Light

Where: Sainte-Marie among the Hurons
When: Evenings November 21 to 23, November 28 to 30 and December 5 to 7, 2019
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  
Now in its 20th year, First Light at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons has become a festive tradition for many families. With over 5000 candles lighting this already magical historic site, an amber glow guides you from longhouses to log homes with acoustic music drifting from some and native drumming coming from others, with Franco-Ontario music greeting you in the restaurant. The smell of baked goods welcomes you, outdoor fires are stoked for a quick warm up and children’s activities await in many of the buildings. Add some Christmas shopping with 40 artisans on site as well as the Sainte-Marie gift shop offering extended hours. Admission is $10 per person with a donation of a non-perishable food item. Kids under 5 are free. Fireworks run at 7 p.m on November 21, November 29 and December 7th. Puchase your tickets online.
Stay in the area with the First Light package that includes a souvenir lantern, entry to the event, a food voucher for a local restaurant, and an overnight stay and breakfast at the Comfort Inn. Call 705-526-2090 to reserve. Nearby Sugar Ridge Retreat also offers a First Light Yoga and Meditation package that will add another layer of experience to your First Light visit.

The Festival of Northern Lights

Where: Downtown Owen Sound and Harrison Park
When: Nov 16 to Sunday, January 5
This local favourite kicks off November 16th with a special event that celebrates the flip of the switch and continues until January 5th. The Festival in the Park event on December 7th adds another family friendly twist. New for 2019/20, you can complete a Scavenger Hunt throughout the festival and drop off your completed sheet to for a shot at some great prizes. Download the sheet here. Strolling through the light displays along the Sydenham River and throughout Harrison Park have become festive traditions for many. Head to downtown Owen Sound and enjoy this festive light show free of charge.

To find out more about events in BruceGreySimcoe visit our Festival and Events page.