Pumpkin displays illuminate Upper Canada Village for Pumpkinferno

One of the incredible displays of hand-carved pumpkins that create the magical experience at Upper Canada Village known as Pumpkinferno. Photo via Parks of the St. Lawrence.

Every fall, Upper Canada Village is transformed into a pumpkin-wonderland. Over 7,000 artificial pumpkins are carved into fantastic glowing spectacles. Starting Friday, Sept. 27 you can view the hand-carved pumpkins along a one kilometer path in the 19th century village.

This is the seventh season Pumpkinferno has been lighting up Upper Canada Village. Each year, new pumpkins are created to add to the display. The pumpkins are designed and carved by a group of young artists from the Eastern Ontario region. The group of new and returning artists begins each spring to create new carvings to feature at each year’s event.

“Our talented Upper Canada Village team created many new colourful exhibits for 2019. We are looking forward to showing off these displays.”

Tracey Ogilby, Manager of Upper Canada Village
A retro-inspired display of hand-carved pumpkins at Pumpkinferno, held annually at Upper Canada Village. Photo via Parks of the St. Lawrence.

Pumpkinferno runs rain or shine, so be sure to dress for the weather. The displays are outdoors, and it could be muddy underfoot.

Tips from the Upper Canada Village team:

  • Plan to arrive a little later. Two time slots are offered this year, 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Crowds diminish after 8 p.m., parking will be easier and the line up to get in will be shorter. Pumpkinferno is open until 10:00 p.m. with last tickets sold at 9:30 p.m.
  • Tickets are limited. Pre-book tickets online and have your tickets ready at the admissions gate.
  • Tickets are date specific and those arriving on the wrong night or time slot will be asked to return on the date or time the ticket is valid.
  • Watch the website and social media for updates. If the website indicates SOLD OUT, there are no more tickets available either online or at the gate.
The pumpkin displays transform the 19th century village into a magical experience for the whole family. Photo via Parks of the St. Lawrence.

This family friendly event runs Thursday through Sunday until October 27th, from 7 until 10 p.m. It is also open on Thanksgiving Monday, and the last tickets for each evening are sold at 9:30 p.m.

The eateries in the village will be open to fuel your excursion, though reservations are strongly recommended. Get all the detail about Pumpkinferno’s eats and treat here: http://www.uppercanadavillage.com/events/pumpkinferno/eats-treats/

Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended for this event. Tickets at the door will be limited, and are a higher price than purchasing them ahead online. You can purchase tickets on the Upper Canada Village website. (There is a combo ticket option if you’re planning to attend Alight at Night as well. I have written about Alight at Night in the past, both on Kingstonist and my blog, A Modern Mom’s Life.)

This year, there are two ticket times, 7 to 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 to 10 p.m. You may arrive at any time within your chosen window to begin your Pumpkinferno experience.

Upper Canada Village, located in Morrisburg, ON, is about an hour and half drive from Kingston, depending on traffic and weather. Luckily it’s a straight shot down Highway 401, then follow the signs. The village is located on Hwy 2 and you can’t miss it!

This highly-detailed prehistoric-inspired piecemakes it hard to believe the displays are actually hand-carved pumpkins.

My family and I visited Pumpkinferno on September 27th and were amazed. Read about our visit on my blog: Pumpkinferno lights up Upper Canada Village every fall

Jessica is a busy working mom and writer who enjoys covering local interest stories, and creating content for her own website A Modern Mom’s Life.  She loves living, working, and playing in Kingston.  You can see what she gets up to with her family on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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