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FYI: Upcoming Festive Heritage Events

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

So far we have covered plenty of historic and heritage sites that offer a glimpse into early settler, Victorian and even Edwardian Christmas traditions. Today’s festive heritage event covers the Regency period.

Discover how our Regency era ancestors celebrated the festive season at Todmorden Mills’ Regency Christmas in the Valley.

“Our early 19th-century historic homes are decorated traditionally for the season with real evergreen garlands as well as the “kissing bough” hanging in the Helliwell parlour, complete with apples, candles and mistletoe. Sample period festive desserts such as “Whim-Wham” and “Hedgehog Tipsy Cake.” Families can make Regency-style Christmas decorations as a take-home craft.”

Adults $5.31; Children $2; Youth/Seniors $3 (plus tax).

Dates & Times:

  • Sunday, December 9th, 16th, and 23rd, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Monday, December 24th, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 27th to Sunday, December 30th, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Monday, December 31st, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, January 2nd to Sunday, January 6th, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: Todmorden Mills Heritage Site, 67 Pottery Road, Bottom of Pottery Road, East of the Bayview Extension, West of Broadview Avenue. (map)

Contact Info:

Phone: 416-396-2819

email: todmorden@toronto.ca

Holiday Treats from the Past

As part of their Cast Iron Chef historic workshop series, Todmorden Mills is giving you the opportunity to create some of your own Regency era Christmas goodies.

“Prepare and sample tasty Christmas treats on the open-hearth of our Regency Cottage. Based upon authentic 19th-century recipes, these treats will surprise and delight the contemporary palate!”

Pre-registration is required. Adult: $20; Children over 8 years: $15 (plus tax).

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2012

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Todmorden Mills Heritage Site, 67 Pottery Road, Bottom of Pottery Road, East of the Bayview Extension, West of Broadview Avenue. (map)

Contact Info:

Phone: 416-396-2819

email: todmorden@toronto.ca

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:

email: clodge@toronto.ca

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:

email: clodge@toronto.ca

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

email: machouse@toronto.ca

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: http://www.aurorahistoricalsociety.ca/

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.

website: http://www.conservationhamilton.ca/westfield-2/special-events-at-westfield/christmas-in-the-country 

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.

Dates:

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 mcfarland@niagaraparks.com for more information and reservations.

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)

E-mail: info@langpioneervillage.ca

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.”

Dates:

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 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: www.janeaustendancing.ca, or contact the Enoch Turner schoolhouse at: enochturner@heritagetrust.on.ca 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

email: museum.archives@haldimandcounty.on.ca

website: http://www.haldimandcounty.on.ca/homepage.aspx

FYI: Upcoming Festive Heritage Events

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Looking for something fun and festive to do with the Kids in the Etobicoke area?  Drop by Montgomery’s Inn and take part in one of their Gingerbread House Workshops. Decorate your family’s dream house together. All the supplies you need to create a classic gingerbread house will be provided.

Pre-registration only. $30 per house plus HST.

Dates:

  • Saturday, November 24, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 25, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 1, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 2, 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.

Location: Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario M9A 1A8 (map)

Contact Info:

Phone: 416-394-8113

Fax: 416-394-6027

Email: montinn@toronto.ca

Website: www.montgomerysinn.com

The festive fun continues at Montgomery’s Inn with the Humber River Shakespeare Company’s presentation of the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. Back by popular demand – this time as a full stage production – this holiday season staple is not to be missed!

Dates:

  • Thursday, December 6, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, December 8, 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 13, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, December 14, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 22, 2 p.m.

Prices: $15 adults, $10 children. Click here to purchase tickets directly from the Humber River Shakespeare Company.

Location and contact Info for Montgomery’s Inn:

4709 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario M9A 1A8 (map)

Phone: 416-394-8113

Fax: 416-394-6027

Email: montinn@toronto.ca

Website: www.montgomerysinn.com

FYI: Upcoming Festive Heritage Events

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

As promised, here a few more festive heritage events to help you plan your seasonal activities:

Fanshawe Pioneer Village: Dickens’ Dinner – Cricket on the Hearth  (map)

On November 30, go back in time and spend Christmas in 19th century London.  Enjoy a traditional 19th century Christmas dinner served country-style, followed by an outstanding performance of The Cricket on the Hearth, based on the short story by Charles Dickens.

Tickets $50.00 each Plus booking fees & H.S.T., maximum of 45 tickets per performance

Event Dates:

  • Friday, November 30th
  • Saturday, December 1st
  • Friday December 7th
  • Saturday, December 8th
  • Friday, December 14th
  • Saturday, December 15th

Advance tickets required through Eventbrite.com.  (Click here for access to Eventbrite Registration on Fanshawe Pioneer Village’s website.)

All proceeds support the BIG ON HISTORY! Capital Campaign

Contact Info:

Phone: 519-457-1296

website: http://www.fanshawepioneervillage.ca/

Santa is going to be one busy guy! Beginning on December 1st, families are invited to a Visit with St. Nicholas. Enjoy an all you can eat hot pancake breakfast, followed by a baked gingerbread man to decorate for dessert. Hop aboard a horse-drawn wagon for a beautiful winter ride around the Village and visit a selection of buildings preparing for Christmas. Of course the day wouldn’t be complete without the visit from St. Nicholas himself, who drops by to see each child.

Tickets $12.00/ pp plus HST for anyone over the age of one.

Advance tickets required and being sold through EventBrite.com. (Click here for access to Eventbrite Registration on Fanshawe Pioneer Village’s website.)

Event Dates:

  • Saturday, December 1st
  • Sunday, December 2;
  • Saturday, December 8;
  • Sunday, December 9;
  • Saturday, December 15;
  • Sunday, December 16

Saturday Sittings - 9:30, 11:00, & 1:00 pm

Sunday Sittings – 9:30, 11:00, 12:30 & 2:00 pm

Contact Info:

Phone: 519-457-1296

website: http://www.fanshawepioneervillage.ca/

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