11 a.m., Dec. 14)
Vintage Village of Lights, a journey back to a bygone
By Fred Sherwin
talks to a pair of visitors at the Cumberland
Heritage Village Museum. Fred Sherwin/Photo
was a time not so long ago, before LED lights, artificial
trees and e-mail, when people used to hang garlands made
out of popcorn and paper on trees cut down in the bush
and transported home by horse-drawn sleigh. A time when
Christmas was a lot simpler than it is today.
can take take a trip back in time and get a taste of that
bygone era by visiting the Vintage Village of lights at
the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum in Cumberland Village.
building on the museum grounds is illuminated by thousands
of strings of white lights, along with the trees, shrubs
and fences, offering a magical feel to the night air.
At the centre of it all is a giant sleigh being pulled
by eight, 20-feet tall reindeer.
of the buildings are open with each one offering a look
back in time at how Christmas was celebrated in the 20s
and 30s. Step into the church and listen to traditional
French Canadian folk music while watching a master of
the wooden spoons and the jig doll.
to the Vintage Village of Lights take a picture
of the old fire hall at the Cumberland Heritage
Village Museum. Fred Sherwin/Photo
can also make traditional Christmas crafts in the old
school house, or in the Mason Lodge where they can visit
with Santa and learn the history of Christmas traditions
like Christmas cards, tree decorations, and letters to
Santa. In the Faubert House you can see a kitchen as it
looked in the 1930s with all the modern appliances,
and decorate a gingerbread man.
when your feet get sore and you get tired of walking,
you can enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride and then cap your
visit off with a cup of hot chocolate.
than 1,800 people visited the Vintage Village of Lights
on the weekend, including more than 1,000 people on Sunday
Village will remain open for one more weekend before Santa
has to head back to the North Pole to prepare for the
big day. The museum hours this Friday, Saturday and Sunday
is 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
museum admission applies: $7 for adults, and $5 for students
and seniors. There is also a special family rate of $18
that includes two adults and any children under 18.
Cumberland Heritage Village Museum is located at 2940
Old Montreal Road just east of Cumberland Village.
Orléans take Hwy. 174 east past Trim Road to Cameron
Street. Turn right on Cameron Street and then left on
Old Montreal Road. The museum is two kilometres down on
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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