YOUNGSTOWN – Old Fort Niagara will host its annual Castle by Candlelight program at 7 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 22 in its oldest building, the 286-year-old French Castle. Admission is $8.
The Castle will feature holiday decorations created by the Youngstown Garden Club. Lanterns will light the walkways as soldiers in French 18th century uniform, accompanied by fifes and rums, fire a ceremonial salute for the Christmas season.
In addition to the outdoor activities, cooks will prepare traditional holiday fare, including wild game, while period characters entertain visitors with tales of winter in the 18th century. A priest will recite the Christmas story in the traditional Latin in the fort’s chapel, while fur traders and French soldiers party downstairs.
Performers portraying Native Americans and frontier residents from 250 years ago will discuss winter survival and demonstrate woodworking, horn smithing, and the preparation of traditional hot chocolate. Visitors will have the opportunity to write with a quill pen and play a traditional game.