- Get into the spirit of the season at holiday workshops, special holiday
activities and Christmas by Lamplight -
TORONTO, Nov. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - In the 19th century, life was simpler: people enjoyed eating together, sharing
music and going for walks and enjoying the sentimental feelings
associated with the season. It was also the time when many holiday
traditions began. Santa Claus, then called St. Nicholas, made his first
appearance in 1822. The first Christmas card appeared in 1843 and by
the 1860s people in Toronto had come to see Christmas as a special time
to be spent with family and close friends. Black Creek Pioneer Village
brings that world to life again with a rich program of holiday
activities for a new generation of Canadians with unique holiday
workshops, special weekend programming, a gingerbread village, Santa's
Cottage and Christmas by Lamplight.
During the holidays, the Village is dressed up in its seasonal best. The
decorations make extensive use of natural materials, such as evergreens
and dried fruits and flowers grown right in the Village. Each heritage
home reflects how different families would have celebrated Christmas in
the 1860s. Guided walks on the weekends, such as the "Tour of Christmas
Traditions," provide a glimpse into the customs that underlie our
modern-day celebrations, and give visitors a chance to chat with
historical interpreters in the Village. Other popular activities
include creating a Christmas card and "Christmas Feasts & Flaming
Puddings" presentations where visitors can experience these culinary
delights for themselves.
Every year Black Creek Pioneer Village celebrates the season with its
signature "Christmas by Lamplight" event. On these special evenings the
site's historic buildings will be lit by the lustrous glow of two
hundred antique lamps placed throughout the Village, along with
candles, and - in some homes - a roaring fire in the hearth. To add to
the Christmas spirit, musicians will be playing, carollers will be
singing, stories will be told traditional treats such as roasted
chestnuts, mulled apple cider, mincemeat tarts, and real sugarplums
will be served. Start your Christmas season with this nostalgic trip
into the past.
Christmas at Black Creek Pioneer Village Event Details
Family Wreath Workshop - December 8 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Enjoy a festive afternoon at Black Creek Pioneer Village creating a
wreath to deck the halls or adorn your front door!
Pre-registration required. Maximum two children with each adult. $ 30
member, $35 non-members (taxes not included)
*All children participating in the workshop must be between 5 and 14
years of age. Adult participants must be at least 18 years old.
Please call 416-667-6295, ext 2 for more information and to register for
a Black Creek workshop.
Christmas at Black Creek Pioneer Village (weekends until December 23)
11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.:
Enjoy the Village at its best, all dressed for Christmas. Weekends are
filled with flaming puddings, Christmas tours, holiday crafts and
ballroom dancing. On weekends starting December 7th, visit with Santa
in his cottage, or take a ride on a horse-drawn wagon!
General admission fees apply. For a complete list of activities visit:
Christmas by Lamplight - Saturdays, December 7, 14, & 21, 6:00 p.m.to
For three magical evenings, Black Creek Pioneer Village invites visitors
to join in the holiday festivities. Bathed in the glow of lamplight and
dressed in its finest holiday decor, Black Creek comes alive with live
music, food and activities. Program only or with dinner options
Pre-ticketed event. To order tickets please contact Customer Service at
416-667-6284 during business hours or via e-mail at: email@example.com
For more information about the program and prices, please visit:
Christmas Dinners - December 8, 15, & 22 - 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Enjoy a delicious meal with friends and family.
Members: Adult $45.00/Children (4-12 years old): $22.50
Non-Members: Adult $49.95/Children (4-12 years old): $24.95 Children 0-3
years old are FREE*
Prices include parking & admission to the Village. Above prices do not
Reservations required. Please call 416-667-6284
General Village Admission:
Adults (ages 15 - 59) $15
Children (ages 5-14) $11
Seniors (ages 60+) $14
Students (15+ with ID) $14
Children 4 years and under (when accompanied with a parent) are FREE
Parking $7 per car/day
About Black Creek Pioneer Village
Black Creek Pioneer Village is Toronto's premier outdoor living history
museum. Visitors can explore heritage homes and buildings restored to
re-create an 1860s Ontario village. Historic interpreters in period
dress demonstrate how villagers lived, worked and played. The Village
hosts learning programs and special events that highlight local
heritage and culture. The tranquil setting, rural landscapes, heritage
gardens and period farm animal breeds make Black Creek Pioneer Village
the perfect place to break out of the modern world and journey into the
past. Located in north Toronto, Black Creek Pioneer Village is owned
and operated by Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). For more
information please visit www.blackcreek.ca.
Black Creek Pioneer Village acknowledges support from the City of
Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture, The Conservation
Foundation of Greater Toronto, and the public.
SOURCE: Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
For further information:
Black Creek Pioneer Village
416.661.6600 ext 5632