Image of Christmas Ttee lit up at Fairfield-Gutzeit House in 2002

On November 26th, Light Up the Season is returning to tradition this year to celebrate 20 years of this beloved community event in Loyalist Township.

Loyalist Township invites you to join us on November 26th from 3:00-5:00 pm at Fairfield House, 4574 Bath Road, Amherstview to kick off the holiday season with our community.

The event will include wagon rides, cookies and hot chocolate, live music, ornament making to decorate the community tree, and a visit from some special holiday helpers.

Guests are encouraged to park at the W.J. Henderson Recreation Centre and catch the shuttle which will begin at 2:45pm. Parking at Fairfield Park is limited and will be reserved for accessibility.

Trees will be adorned with lights, which will be turned on for the first time on November 26th at Light up the Season and will be lit nightly until February 10th.

All activities will be free of charge thanks to the generous support of sponsors, including Ontario Power Generation.

The most cherished memories of the holidays are the traditions we share with our family, friends, and neighbours. Twenty years ago, a local community group came up with the idea of decorating two little trees at the Fairfield House, one with white lights and the other with coloured. With lots of helping hands this idea grew into Light Up the Season, an event for the entire community to gather and enjoy an evening of old-fashioned holiday spirit.

In addition to Light up the Season, Loyalist Township will install Community Trees at four Heritage locations throughout Loyalist Township. Schools, families, and organizations are invited to make decorations and add them to the trees. Trees are on the front steps of the Bath Museum, Fairfield-Gutzeit House, Babcock Mill, and Neilson Store Museum. We hope residents enjoy visiting these sites throughout December. Ornament supply kits will be available for pickup at the Municipal office in Odessa, W.J. Henderson in Amherstview and the Neilson Store Museum on Amherst Island or alternate arrangements can be made by contacting us.

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When and where      

November 26, (Trees will be lit nightly through the winter season until February 10)     

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.