On December 14 and 21 Old Fort Niagara presents its annual Castle by Candlelight, a chance for visitors to tour the French Castle lit entirely by candles and witness the grand feu de joie (firing of joy), a ceremonial rolling fire of muskets and cannons accompanied by fife and drum music.
In addition to these outdoor activities, cooks will prepare traditional holiday fare while period characters entertain visitors with tales of winter in the 18th century. A Recollect priest will recite the Christmas Story in Latin in the Fort's chapel, while fur traders and French soldiers downstairs pass the winter evening in more boisterous pursuits.
The Castle will feature holiday decorations created by the Youngstown Garden Club. Each year, the Garden Club creates a new array of traditional decorations to lend the Great Lakes' oldest building a festive air.
The event takes place from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each night. Visitors can arrive anytime between these hours. The grand feu de joie will be performed by the massed garrison at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. The Fort's Log Cabin will be open, offering hot beverages and live holiday music. Admission to the event is $8.00 per person. Visitors are encouraged to dress for the weather, wear walking footwear and bring a flashlight.