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(Posted 11 a.m., Dec. 14)
Vintage Village of Lights, a journey back to a bygone era

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Santa talks to a pair of visitors at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum. Fred Sherwin/Photo

There 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.

You 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.

Every 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.

Several 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.

Visitors to the Vintage Village of Lights take a picture of the old fire hall at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Kids 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.

And 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.

More than 1,800 people visited the Vintage Village of Lights on the weekend, including more than 1,000 people on Sunday alone.

The 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.

Regular 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.

The Cumberland Heritage Village Museum is located at 2940 Old Montreal Road just east of Cumberland Village.

From 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 the right.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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