First Light

November 16, 2023 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Sainte-Marie among the Hurons
16164 Highway 12 East
Midland, ON
L4R 4K8
(705) 526-7838

First Light: Celebrating 23 years of holiday magic

Now in its 23rd year, Sainte-Marie’s First Light is an award-winning, must-see holiday event with a great lineup of family activities and live musical performances, all amidst the spectacular glow of thousands of candles.  

Explore our vendor fair to get a head start on your holiday shopping, enjoy take-home crafts and historical demonstrations, and wander through candlelit historical buildings and pathways dressed in beautiful seasonal greenery. Then warm up with a hot cup of cocoa by the fire! 

There’s a reason this event is an annual tradition for many. Come and experience a little holiday magic! 

Dates and times:

  • November 16, 17, and 18; November 23, 24, and 25; November 30, December 1 and 2
  • 5:30 to 9 p.m.


  • Pre-Purchase coming soon!
  • $15 a person, tax included
  • First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people eligible for free entry with a valid ID
  • Season passes are valid for this event
  • Children 5 & under are FREE
  • Members of the Canadian Armed Forces get free admission with valid IDs.