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Black Creek Pioneer Village Gets Festive On Its 50th Year


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This holiday season kindle your spirit at Black Creek Pioneer Village, an outdoor living history museum that recreates an 1860s Ontario village. On December 4th, the Village will be all dressed up in its festive best and ready to entertain and delight visitors with traditional holiday activities for the whole family. Visitors will also learn about the history of Ontario's Christmas traditions as they explore heritage homes and buildings and speak to many costumed interpreters who will guide them through the past. There is no place quite like it in the city for experiencing the magic of the season.


A special media preview tour will take place on Friday, Dec. 3 (RSVP by Dec. 2).


For event details please visit:


Christmas at Black Creek Pioneer Village:

Come see the Village transformed into Christmas wonderland with the sights, sounds, tastes and aromas that will bring out the holiday cheer! As always, visitors will be able to interact with the blacksmith, the cabinetmaker, or others who will guide them through Canadian history as it happened during the holiday season. The Village will be in dressed up with evergreen garlands, handmade tree ornaments, glowing fireplaces and visitors will get to see many traditional holiday activities as part of the special seasonal programming including an old fashioned taffy pull, shadow puppet making, Christmas flaming pudding tastings, as more!

Cost: Adults $15.00 plus HST, Children (ages 5-15) $11.00 plus HST

When: Every day until December 23 during regular hours


NEW! Lunch with Santa:

Celebrate a magical Christmas with your family at Black Creek Pioneer Village's Santa event. Visitors will get to enjoy a delicious pancake lunch (pancakes, sausage and drink); participate in holiday crafts, decorate a Gingerbread cookie, take a guided horse-drawn wagon ride, and visit with Santa. Admission includes access to the Village- where you will get to participate in hands on activities throughout the village. This is a pre-ticketed event. Tickets can be purchased online at

When: December 3- 5, December 11-12, and December 18 -23
Weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; weekends 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cost: Children - $26.00 plus HST; Adults - $24.00 plus HST

Member rates:
$21.00 plus HST Children; $19.00 plus HST Adults


Christmas by Lamplight

For three magical evenings, Black Creek Pioneer Village will transform into the world of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". Bathed in the glow of lamplight and dressed in its finest Holiday décor, The Village welcomes you to enjoy live music, food and activities. This event is one of the all-time favourites among visitors to Black Creek when the whole Village is lit by the light of hundreds of antique lamps. Program only or with dinner options available Reservations are required.

When: Saturdays, December 4, 11 and 18 from 6 to 9:30 p.m

Cost: Please check for ticket prices. Tickets can be purchased online.


NEW! Black Creek Gingerbread Village Exhibit

What could be sweeter this holiday season, than a village of historical homes built from gingerbread? Come be inspired by the gingerbread creations of replicas of some of Black Creek Pioneer Village's most beloved heritage buildings such as the Tinsmith Shop, Doctor's House, Roblin's Mill, the School House and more. Each Gingerbread masterpiece was created by contest participants who were judged by their replica's accuracy and creativity. Throughout the month of December visitors can view the charming miniature Black Creek Pioneer Gingerbread Village display and also buy raffle tickets to win one of the great Gingerbread Houses to take home and enjoy over the Christmas Holidays. Proceeds will go towards special projects at Black Creek.

When: December 3 - 23


Sunday Christmas Dinners

Another perennial favourite, there are usually three sittings for this traditional Christmas feast. Enjoy roast Turkey with all the trimmings and delicious locally sources cuisine in the most beautiful Village in Toronto. A vegetarian menu is available. Reservations are required.

When: Sundays, December 5, 12 and 19


NEW! Toy and Music Box Exhibits:

Look & Play: A Toy His-Story

Imagine the delight in the eyes of a child as she received an exquisite life size doll, dressed in elaborate silk costumes with hand-made lace and mother of pearl accessories; or of a child of a less affluent family as she received a long awaited simple, wooden penny doll which would wear outfits lovingly created in the upcoming winter months. For the boys there might have been a new fire engine, a handsomely painted ammunition wagon complete with marble sized stone shot or a home-carved wooden milk wagon or logging cart.

Fire trucks, trains, penny banks, wagons, dolls, doll houses and miniatures, all treasured childhood toys bring a colourful reflection of life and lifestyles in the 19th century and a delightful, sparkling festive display to BCPV this Holiday Season.

Let The Music Play: the Magic of Mechanical Music

The magic of musical boxes is that they play themselves! Their tinkling, merry sounds produce a musical tone unlike that of any other musical instrument. A wonderful accompaniment, full of seasonal joy!

CTV Toy Mountain:

Christmas at Black Creek Pioneer Village is a very special time. This year we're making it even more special by participating in the 2010 CTV Toy Mountain campaign benefitting The Salvation Army. We encourage visitors to help share the spirit of the Christmas season by helping us to generously fill our bin with new unwrapped toys so that thousands of less fortunate children in the GTA can have a happy holiday season.

For every toy donation received, visitors will get a thank you candy cane! The first 100 donations will also get a raffle ticket to win a replica Black Creek Pioneer Village Ginger Bread Heritage House. Toys will be collected at admissions December 4 -19.


For Ticket Information and Reservations for all events:

Where: Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto



About Black Creek Pioneer Village
Black Creek Pioneer Village is Toronto's premier outdoor living history museum. Visitors can explore heritage homes and buildings restored to re-create an 1860s Ontario village. Historic interpreters in period dress demonstrate how villagers lived, worked and played. The Village hosts learning programs and special events that highlight local heritage and culture. The tranquil setting, rural landscapes, heritage gardens and period farm animal breeds make Black Creek Pioneer Village the perfect place to break out of the modern world and journey into the past. Located in north Toronto, Black Creek Pioneer Village is owned and operated by Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). For more information please visit


Black Creek Pioneer Village acknowledges support from the City of Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture, The Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto, and the public.




Dec. 3rd Media Tour RSVP:
Rowena Calpito
416-661-6600 ext 5632


Media contact:
Eric Philpott
philpott | communications
(905) 773-6651