Castle by Candlelight (fundraising event)

Sessions for this event:

Session 1:
Sat Dec 7th, 2019 6:30 pm - Sat Dec 7th, 2019 8:15 pm

Session 2:
Sat Dec 14th, 2019 6:30 pm - Sat Dec 14th, 2019 8:15 pm

Enjoy the holiday season in the spirit of yesteryear!


Tickets for Castle by Candlelight are available:

1) At the door for $25 on December 14 (OR)

2) In advance, online for $15 before 11:59 p.m. this Friday, December 13! Click here for advanced tickets!


Tour and explore Old Fort Niagara’s 1726 French Castle, which will be decorated for the season by the Youngstown Garden Club and lit entirely by candles. Meet historical characters and witness the firing of the grand feu de joie. Visitors can make seasonal crafts and write with a quill pen, plus enjoy music, cooking demonstrations, Native dancing, campfires and other activities. This seasonal, historically-authentic experience will put you in the Christmas spirit!

Online ticket sales will open November 4, 2019, using the links above. Tickets are $15 online and in advance for general admission. Children ages 5 and under are free. Ticket sales are final and not refundable. Tickets will be $25 at the door. 

Castle by Candlelight is a fundraiser for Old Fort Niagara's educational programs. Fundraisers are not included in memberships to the Old Fort Niagara Association.

Please keep in mind:

This event happens no matter the weather (rain, snow, sleet, etc.).

Children under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.

Dress for the weather and wear sensible footwear.

Flash photography, recorders, laser pointers, night vision and paranormal apparatus are prohibited.


Old Fort Niagara will be a Toys-for-Tots drop-off location should you wish to drop off a donation at the event. Thank you!


Updates will be shared on this page.

General Events Event

Hours of Operation

January through March, Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. (Closed Monday-Thursday) 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

April 1- June 30, Open Daily 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

July and August, Open Daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

September 1 - October 15, Open Daily 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

October 16 - December 31, Open Wednesday through Sunday (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays) 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

The fort will be open daily during Christmas week, December 26 - 31. 

Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. 


General Admission



Children (6 to 12 years) 


Children (5 and under):






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Old Fort Niagara is operated by the Old Fort Niagara Association, an independent, not-for-profit organization established in 1927. We do not rely on tax dollars. Instead, the Fort is funded through a combination of admission fees, museum shop sales, and charitable contributions.

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