The Frost Fair at Fort YorkFun | Written on November 27, 2015
There is a rich history behind the location that is currently known as Fort York that dates back the 1700s. It is a story of war, strategy, control and ultimately peace and preservation. The Fort York museum, the exhibits and events all contribute to the pages of this story and bring to life a past unbeknownst to many.
In keeping with this history, the Fort York Foundation presents the “Frost Fair: Christmas Market Past & Present”. While many holiday celebrations embrace the present and future, this incredible event will include a trip back in time. On Saturday December 5th and Sunday December 6th beginning at 10:00 am (and continuing into the afternoon), visitors are invited to experience a different Fort York – one from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Vendors will be onsite to offer a variety of artifacts, holiday plants and decorations and regency-inspired clothing for sale, all designed to give visitors the opportunity to take home a little piece of history or some souvenirs from their holiday experience at Fort York. The buildings on the grounds that date back to the 1800s will be open to event participants, who are welcome to explore them as a part of the experience of learning about the Fort York of the past. There will also be a series of re-enactments, including military demonstrations and children’s drill workshops, as well as games and crafts.
This full day of historic festivities wouldn’t be complete however, without some historic fare. There will be a variety of foods offered that have been prepared as a nod to the period, in addition to a sugar plum demonstration and a talk by the Culinary Historians of Canada. Participants can also experience the Officer Mess Kitchen of the 18th and 19th centuries, meet with Fort York Volunteer historic cooks and try a variety of delicious historic foods.
This event isn’t all history though. After all, it’s been titled the Christmas Market Past and Present. In addition to heritage tchotchkes, the Visitor Centre on the Fort York grounds will be open for the purchase of original, current pieces, created by local artisans and Etsy sellers. You may just find the perfect holiday gift there. And while you’re shopping, enjoy gourmet pretzels, handmade shortbread, heritage chocolate and other mouth-watering treats.
For this event, the price of admission is $9.00 for adults, $5.50 for seniors aged sixty-five and older, $5.50 for thirteen to eighteen year olds, $4.25 for kids aged six to twelve years old and free for kids under five. Special rates may apply for groups of ten persons or more.
With Christmas carollers performing on site throughout the day on December 6th and 7th, holiday dance performances and more, Fort York is offering a different way to get into the holiday spirit this year – with a trip to their Christmas Market Past and Present.
For more information about the Frost Fair at Fort York or the Fort York National Historic Site, visit them on the web here.
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