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FYI: Upcoming Heritage Events

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

To mark the 175th Anniversary of the 1837 rebellion of Upper Canada, Gibson House is presenting two lectures:

A Rebel Evening with Storyteller Bruce Carmody

“Currents of discontent and rebellion are sweeping through the concession roads, farms and inns of Upper Canada. Join rebel leader David Gibson, recreated by master storyteller Bruce Carmody, as he expounds on the ideas and issues fueling the reformers. A farmhouse supper will be served.”

Pre-registration and pre-payment required. $40 plus tax.

Date: Saturday, December 8, 2012

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Location: Gibson House, 5172 Yonge Street just north of the North York Centre Subway Stop. (map)

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Contact Info:

Phone: 416-395-7432


Rebellious Women: Teaspoons Raised

“Discover history through the perspective of three women whose lives were touched by the events of the 1837 Rebellion. Join Adrianna Prosser as she portrays Mrs. Gibson, and her guests Mrs. Cummer and Mrs. Sheppard, as they gather for tea in 1851. Includes a Scottish tea in the historic rooms of the Gibson farmhouse.”

Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Call 416-395-7432 to register. $27.50 plus tax.

Date: Sunday, December 9, 2012

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Location: Gibson House, 5172 Yonge Street just north of the North York Centre Subway Stop. (map)

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Contact Info:

Phone: 416-395-7432


FYI: Upcoming Festive Heritage Events

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Here are a few festive heritage events taking place in some of Toronto’s historic museums throughout the Christmas season:

Colborne Lodge

If you are going to be in the High Park area, why not pay a visit to historic Colborne Lodge and see its halls all decked out for a Victorian Christmas.  Raise of glass of good cheer, mulled cider, and sample some authentic Victorian era holiday treats.

Holiday admission prices apply: Adults $7.08, Seniors $4.42 Youths $3.81, Children $4.42 (plus tax)

Dates: This event is on now, and runs through to January 6, 2013

Times: Tuesdays to Sundays, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm; Closed Mondays, December 25, 26 and January 1st.

Location: Colborne Lodge, South end of High Park on Colborne Lodge Drive, Toronto. (map)

Limited free parking.

Contact Info:


Phone: 416-392-6916

Colborne Lodge is also offering Christmas Cookie Creation for Children, 8 to 10 years of age.  These are not just any old Christmas cookies.  Kids will participate in a historic baking workshop, using a Canadian Gingerbread recipe from the 1830s.  While the cookies bake, the kids can tour the house, learn about Victorian Christmas traditions, and take in all the festive decorations.  They can also take their cookie creations home with them!

Pre-registration and pre-payment required. $22.50 plus tax (includes supplies and a dozen cookies to bring home).

Date: Sunday, December 23, 2012

Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Location: Colborne Lodge, South end of High Park on Colborne Lodge Drive, Toronto. (map)

Limited free parking.

Contact Info:


Phone: 416-392-6916

MacKenzie House

Take a step back in time and experience Christmas in a 1859 Victorian row house.  MacKenzie house is festooned in festive greenery and offering samples of mulled cider and biscuits to celebrate the season.

Holiday admission prices: Adults: $7.08; Seniors: $4.52; Youth and Children: $4.42 (plus tax).

Date: This event is on now and runs through until Sunday, January 6, 2013. (closed December 25,26 and January 1st)

Time: Tuesday to Friday, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Location: Mackenzie House, 82 Bond Street, Toronto (map)

Contact Info:

Phone: 416-392-6915


FYI: Upcoming Festive Heritage Events

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

We travel to Aurora for the first of today’s festive heritage events. This special event is not only a Christmas celebration, it is also the 150th anniversary of Hillary House, the Aurora Historical Society’s premier heritage property. On Saturday, December 8th, the Hillary House players are presenting ” A Canadian Christmas.”  Join the players for an evening of stories, music and memories that stretch back over 150 years.

Performances are on Saturday, December 8th, at 2:00 and 7:00 pm at Hillary House, 15372 Yonge Street (map)

Tickets, which include refreshments, are $10 and are available from the Aurora Historical Society at 905-727-8991.

Due to capacity restrictions, please purchase tickets in advance.

Aurora Historical Society website:

Our next festive heritage event is in the Hamilton area.  Drop by Westfield Heritage Village in Rockton and enjoy an afternoon of Christmas in the Country, complete with wagon rides, caroling, and of course, Father Christmas.

Admission: Special event pricing applies. Adults: $11, Seniors/Disabled: $10, Children: $6.50. Children 5 and under are free.

Parking is free.

Date: Sunday,December 16, 2012

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Westfield Heritage Village, 1049 Kirkwall Rd, Rockton, ON. (map)

Contact Info: 1-800-883-0104.


FYI: Upcoming Festive Heritage Events

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

There are several festive heritage events happening in the Niagara region in early December. The Laura Secord Homestead is holding a Christmas open house. Drop by and see how the early Ontario settlers would have decorated their homesteads for the festive season. Partake in some old-fashioned treats such as cider and cookies, crafts for the kids and view some exhibits of Christmas past.

Date: Monday, December 3, 2012

Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Laura Secord Homestead, 29 Queenston Street, Queenston, Ontario (map)

Admission (before tax): Adults $9.50, Children (6 to 12 years) $6.25. Children 5 years and under admitted for Free at all Niagara Parks attractions.

Drop by Niagara Parks’ oldest property, McFarland House, and get a wee taste of a Victorian Christmas.  Enjoy some homemade cookies, mulled cider, and the all-natural historic Christmas decorations.


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Monday, December 3, 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: McFarland House, 15927 Niagara Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario (map)

Admission (before tax): Adults $5, Children (6 to 12 years) $3.75.

McFarland House is also hosting a very special Holiday tea.  For the first time ever, McFarland House is opening its Conservatory Tea Room to celebrate the festive season.

Reservations are required for this popular event; seatings will be at 11:30, 1:30, and 3:30. Please call McFarland House at (905) 468-3322 or e-mail for more information and reservations.

FYI: Upcoming Festive Heritage Event

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

The Archives Association of Ontario, Eastern Ontario Chapter, Presents:

Christmas Past Comes Alive

Date: Wednesday December 5th, 2012,

Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Location: City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive (corner of Woodroffe Ave. and Tallwood Dr.) map

 Brief Overview:

“The AAO Eastern Ontario Chapter is pleased to partner for a second year with the Ottawa Storytellers, and this year, it’s for an evening of Christmas stories. Storytellers Leah Sander and Kim Kilpatrick will tell Christmas stories, based on personal memories or historical events, and share the process of constructing and telling a story.

Join us in exploring common interests between archives and storytelling.

Refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there!

Please see our website for further details, and upcoming events.” 

FYI: Upcoming Festive Heritage Events

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Get a taste of how our early Ontario ancestors celebrated the season by visiting one of the many excellent Pioneer Villages around the province.

Lang Pioneer Village, Keene:

Christmas by Candlelight

“Delight in the sight and sounds of the most wonderful time of the year with a traditional Pioneer Christmas.”

Admission: Adults $10, Students/Seniors $9, Youth (5-14) $6, Under $5 Free.  Family (includes 2 Adults and up to 4 Youth) $30

Dates: Saturday December 8th & Sunday December 9th, 2012

Times: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm each night

Location: Lang Pioneer Village, 104 Lang Road, RR 3 Keene, ON (map)

Click here for full details on this event

Contact Info:

Telephone: (705) 295-6694

Toll Free: 1 866 289 5264 (LANG)


Black Creek Pioneer Village

Christmas at Black Creek

There are different activities for each weekend throughout this event.  Click here for a list of highlights.

Dates: November 17th until December 23rd, 2012

Hours of Operation: After Labour Day to December 21st, 2012

Weekdays: 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Weekends & Holidays: 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

For details on other heritage Christmas events, contact information, admission prices and how to purchase tickets, please follow this link to the Black Creek Pioneer Village website.

Doon Heritage Village

Country Christmas

“Enjoy Christmas in the country from the early 20th century! Take in the sights and sounds of a Christmas past with horse drawn wagon rides, music and Father Christmas. General Admission rates apply.”


Sundays: Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23,

Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Doon Heritage Village, 10 Huron Rd., Kitchener, ON (map)

For details on this and other festive heritage events, contact info and admission rates, please follow this link to the Doon Heritage Village website.

FYI: Upcoming Festive Heritage Event: Corktown Christmas Forest

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Enjoy some festive family fun at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse “Corktown Christmas Forest!”

Wander through the “Forest”- located in the West Hall – where you will discover Christmas trees decorated in hand-made Victorian ornaments. Each tree will be sponsored by a local business or group, and donated to the Salvation Army Local 614 of Regent Park following the event.

The schedule will include:

· 12 p.m. Reading of “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” by our own ballerina – Katherine Belrose!

· 1 p.m. Performance by members of the Corktown Chamber Orchestra

· 2 p.m. Reading of “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Stuart Hughes of Soulpepper Theatre Company

· 3 p.m. Performance by the St. Paul’s Toronto School of Irish Music

· 4 p.m. Reading of “The Steadfast Tin Soldier”

· All day: Victorian ornament-making demonstrations: try your hand at scrapwork balls, paper fans, cornucopias, sugar plums, stars and pomanders! Cider, coffee, tea and treats for all, and cupcakes baked by Pretty & Sweet will be on offer. Tours of the Schoolhouse will be available all day.

Admission to this event is free for children 10 and under and pay-what-you-can for adults - recommended donation is $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors.   

Date: Sunday December 2, 2011,

Time: 11am to 5pm

Location: Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, 106 Trinity St., Toronto. (map)

For more information or to buy tickets in advance, visit Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, email or call 416-327-6997.

Tickets will also be available at the door.

FYI: Upcoming Festive Heritage Events

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Here are 3 more festive heritage events happening around the province in the next few weeks.  Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Midland will be holding the unique 17th century holiday celebration, First Light:

“The magic begins when visitors approach the candlelit historic site, as a beautiful amber glow illuminates the famous 17th-century mission. A colourful historic encampment will greet visitors, set up by the popular “Survival In The Bush” group. Visitors can then stroll the candlelit paths which lead to a variety of fun family activities. “

Cost: Admission is just $8.00 per person (children 5 and under are free), with a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the local food bank.



  • November 29-30
  • December 1, 2012

Times: 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, 16164, Highway 12 East, Midland ON.,  (map)

Contact Info:

Telephone: Tel: (705) 526-7838

TTY (Text telephone): (705) 528-7697


Special Notes: Please be advised that with the exception of service animals, family pets are NOT allowed on the historic site for this event. Overflow parking will be available at Doral Industries, 100 Wye Valley Road. Free shuttle buses will run to Sainte-Marie throughout each evening.

On the weekend of December 1st, Perth will be holding its 7th annual Heritage Perth Christmas House Tour.

“The women of CFUW Perth and District invite you to tour some of Perth’s most unique homes and help us raise funds to support higher education for women and young girls, local libraries and childrens’ reading programs.”

Tickets, in the form of a brochure illustrating the homes and their history, are available November 1st.

Dates: Saturday, December 1st & Sunday December 2nd, 2012

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Perth, Ontario (map)

If you would like more information about this topic, please call Karen Hickey at: 613 267-9587 or e-mail her at

For information on more seasonal events happening in Perth, visit their website at:

St. Mary’s Museum in Stratford is holding an open house featuring, “traditional games and goodies, entertainment and much more – including the opening of the “All Wrapped Up” Christmas exhibit.”

Date: Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Time: 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: St. Mary’s Museum, 177 Church St. South, Stratford ON. (map)

Contact Info:


Email address

There are many more seasonal heritage events in Stratford to choose from. Visit their website for more details:

FYI: Upcoming Festive Heritage Events

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Victoria County Historical Society: Candlelight Christmas House Tour

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2012

Time: 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Lindsay, ON (map)

Tickets go on sale the first week of November For more information call: 705-324-3404

2012 Candlelight Tour Poster

Are you a fan of Jane Austen and the Regency period?  Join JaneAustenDancing on December 16th for a Christmas Ball.

“Join us as we celebrate the season and Miss Austen’s birthday with a ball at this very elegant venue. The day will include a Regency clothing and hair workshop, dance workshop, and tour of this lovely 19th-century building. Evening ball with refreshments, non-alcoholic punch and live music, in the beautifully decorated West Hall.”

Date: Sunday, December 16, 2012

Time: 12:00 pm – 9:00 Pm (doors open at 11:30)

Location: Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Museum, 106 Trinity Street, Toronto (map)

Ticket Information:

Purchased by December 3: $55 for adults, $40 for students and seniors

Purchased after December 3: $65 for adults, $50 for students and seniors

Ticket price includes admission to the afternoon workshops, a tour of the Schoolhouse, elegant light refreshments and the evening ball with live music.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the JaneAustenDancing website:, or contact the Enoch Turner schoolhouse at: or 416-327-6997.

FYI: Upcoming Festive Heritage Events

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Ever wondered how Ontario’s early settlers celebrated Christmas? Drop by the Haldimand County Museum & Archives on December 1st, and enjoy some tea and a lecture on how settlers from 1812 celebrated the festive season.

Admission is $8.00

Date: Thursday, December 6, 2012

Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Location: Haldimand Museum & Archives, 8 Echo St., Cayuga ON. (map)

Contact Info:

Phone: 905-772-5880