Celebrating the Holidays at Black Creek
Black Creek Pioneer Village is a living history experience - visitors get the chance to step back in time and learn about 19th century traditions. The picturesque Village sits on more than 30 acres of country landscape, and features 40 heritage buildings from communities across south central Ontario and a collection of over 50,000 artifacts.
We visited just as Pioneer Village kicked off the Holiday season. The historical cottages were decorated with holly and evergreen garland and the fireplaces kept visitors warm. Wagon rides carried happy families through the grounds (for an additional cost of $2.00), and Santa waited for excited children to declare their Christmas wishes.
Take a look at our photos (noticeably absent is a photo with Santa, as my son is still a little weary of the jolly fellow).
Pioneer Village is located at 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, near Steeles Avenue West and Jane Street. The grounds are accessible via TTC and parking is $7.00.
Admission is $15 for adults and $11 for kids age 5-15. Bring a stroller, the grounds are vast and there is quite a bit of walking.
There is a collection of special Holiday events that take place throughout the Winter, including Christmas by Lamplight and Christmas Dinner. Daily activities include Victorian dancing, wagon rides, scavenger hunts, and brewery tours.
During our visit, historical interpreters (employees who act as community members from the 19th century) were inside many of the homes and cottages. We learned how to make cookies, spin wool, work with tin, and print a newspaper. The interpreters were friendly, knowledgeable, and provided a unique experience for visitors.