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First Light captures spirit of Christmas (6 photos)

22nd annual event at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons wrapped up its six-night run Saturday

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons' First Light is considered by many to be a must-see event that features family activities and live musical performances — all amidst the glow of thousands of candles.

After six nights, the 22nd year of the annual festival wrapped up Saturday night.

The popular event featured:

  • Live music: including Ruth Sutherland playing the harp in the church of Saint-Joseph, hand drumming by Chris Walser in the longhouse, and music by Doug Feaver in the chapel
  • Family-friendly fun: seasonal card making and quill pen writing, candle making demonstrations, storytelling and much more
  • Exceptional artisans: More than 50 talented vendors have already confirmed their participation
  • Delicious food: This year we've partnered with the Big Canoe Food Truck to offer favourites like hot dogs and poutine on the patio
  • Presentations: Blacksmithing, Wye Marsh birds of prey, and Historic Military Establishment of Upper Canada musket and mortar firing

The many guests were guided through the historic mission by thousands and thousands of candles.

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