The Castle by Candlelight

Sessions for this event:

Session 1:
Sat Dec 10th, 2022 6:30 pm - Sat Dec 10th, 2022 9:00 pm

Session 2:
Sat Dec 17th, 2022 6:30 pm - Sat Dec 17th, 2022 9:00 pm

Tickets available at the door. $30.00 per person.

***Due to the historic nature of the site, none of our buildings are heated. Please dress for the weather and bring a flashlight!

Old Fort Niagara assumes a particularly festive air during the holiday season. Special activities kick off on Saturday evenings, December 10 and 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., as the Fort presents The Castle by Candlelight, a tour of the Great Lakes’ oldest building illuminated entirely by candles. Visitors to the event will also enjoy handmade natural decorations by the award-winning Youngstown Garden Club. Throughout the Castle, visitors will encounter members of the Fort’s 18th century garrison demonstrating everything from quill pens to fur trading to traditional games of skill. Twice each evening the garrison turns out to perform a grand feu de joie (firing of joy), a rolling fire of muskets and cannons. Cooks prepare a holiday feast, musicians play popular songs of the era and a Recollet priest reads the Christmas story in Latin in the Fort’s 296-year-old chapel. All proceeds go towards preserving and presenting the history of Old Fort Niagara.

*All sales are final. No Refunds or transfers.

**Event will proceed rain or "shine."


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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