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Fort William Historical Park is a major North American tourist attraction whose unique festivals, activities, and impressive heritage setting regularly make headlines.
Here's a look at some of the great upcoming activivities at Fort William Historical Park this December.
Fort William Historical Park 'Tis the season to embrace the past, present and future ---- in one locale
The year may be winding down, but Fort William Historical Park (FWHP) is just getting started, offering a variety of programs throughout the holiday season.
Rogue Productions returns with their theatrical rendition of Charles Dickens' enduring classic, A Christmas Carol, happening December 4-6 and 10-13, 2015 at the Great Hall. Tickets are $20.00 for adults and $15.00 for students & seniors.
Actors perform A Christmas Carol at Fort William Historical Park
Walking tours are also available at the Fort throughout the winter at 11 am and 2 pm daily. Tours last roughly 90 minutes, beginning at the Fort's Visitor's Centre. Visitors should dress accordingly.
Children and adults can also journey through the cosmos, Thursday to Saturday at 7 pm, during the Star Walk at the David Thompson Astronomical Observatory. The Fort's top astronomers will take visitors on a journey from the subatomic universe to the very edge of the observable universe, using telescopes to see galaxies, planets, nebulas and more.
Back on earth, Fort William sprawls more than 225 acres and welcomes more annual visitors from around the world than the entire population of its host city, Thunder Bay (120,000). Fort William's general manager, Sergio Buonocore, said it's the park's diverse programming that has people returning to North America's largest living history attraction.
"We have a visitor first philosophy," said Buonocore. "We're always doing something to keep things fresh and interesting for our guests." The peaceful trading post transforms into a giant spook-house in October -- the busiest month of the year -- for the always sold-out Haunted Fort Night. Preparations are already underway for the popular winter carnival in February, featuring a glistening snow maze --an attraction that earned Fort William a place in the Guinness World Records for the world's largest snow maze in 2015.
"It's a fantastic place to work," said Buonocore. "It's the crown jewel of the tourism industry in Northern Ontario."