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Monday, December 28, 2009

Alight at Night

Last night we piled our three Things into our mini-van and headed south east towards the town of Morrisburg, Ontario. We went to see the famous Upper Canada Village's "Alight at Night" display. For those still trying to decide whether or not to make the trek - absolutely do it! It runs until Sunday night and is only an hour drive from Ottawa. There is lots to see and do there, for kids and adults of all ages.

The three Things really enjoyed the horse-drawn wagon ride through the village. The view of the lights across the water and throughout the village was absolutely spectacular. My shots don't do it justice as I am still such a beginner photographer. I really couldn't get good night shots without a tripod - which I didn't bring with me. It was a bit chilly, so my hands were shaky, making most of the shots with no flash too blurry.

When the cold began to hit us (and in all honesty, we chose a great night to be there, the weather was pretty decent for Ottawa in December) we stopped at the life-size gingerbread house for some home-made cookies and fresh hot chocolate. You can see a great view of the village lights behind the three Things and their dad.

Thing 1 was absolutely smitten with his hot chocolate in a "coffee cup" with a real Starbucks-type lid. He's been talking about his "drinking coffee" episode non-stop for the past 24 hours.

We were able to browse through the displays of contestants and award-winners of the Canadian Gingerbread Competition. Let me tell you . . . these were no trailer park gingerbread homes. These were the cream of the crop, upscale Bel-Air mansion gingerbread homes. They were really fantastic and the three Things offered to do some sampling - completely against the rules of the competition, of course!

This beautifully-lit church was jam packed full of guests joining in to sing Christmas carols. They had the music playing through speakers outside on a nearby skating rink, making the entire atmosphere just that much more festive and merry.

Upper Canada Village will definitely be making an annual appearance on our Christmas schedules for years to come. This is a fabulous activity for families with children of any age. One tip for moms of young children (maybe age two and younger) - bring a backpack or small sled for the little ones. The entire village was larger than we expected so 23-month-old Thing 3 had to be carried a fair bit as her walking on ice and snow skills are not expert yet, by any means.


Anonymous said...

What a great thing to do with your family! I wish we had something like that around here when my kids were young. We did the pile in the car and drive around but the lights were few and far between!

Donna M said...

Sounds like a wonderful time was had by all. The pictures are great!

Jenny said...

Wow! That looks wonderful! What great memories you will have in the years to come there...wish we had something like that.

Happy Holidays!

Loukia said...

Amazing, Shannon! I wish I had known about this before Christmas - what a great thing to do with the family during the holidays... and we did have some really nice mild weather the last few days... today however, too cold for me! Anyway, I love Upper Canada Village, and we took the boys there this summer... now I will know for sure to go next year - how festive and beautiful! Great pictures!

Cynthia said...

OMG...that looks like so much fun!

BeachMama said...

Oh I wish we had gone when it was warmer. Maybe we will get another good warm night before the end on Sunday. It is far too cold tonight or tomorrow to take the kids outside. It's frightful out there.

Unknown said...

How FUN! I want to go - so festive! And Yes, what an amazing gingerbread house!

Kamis Khlopchyk said...

WOW! I was there several times as a kid but only in the summer. We lived in Ottawa when I was 8-11. I can still taste the homemade bread and cheese we always bought for lunch. YUM!

Glad you can make it an annual trip!

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