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Celebrate Hogmanay!

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Ring in the New Year Scottish style by attending one of the various Hogmanay events happening around the province.

Our first stop is at Gibson House in North York for a Hogmanay Dinner.

“Gather at the historic Gibson House for a special evening inspired by the traditions of Hogmanay. Share a scrumptious dinner with familiar and new friends. Be lulled by the fire, and moved by the music. Take an imagined journey through story and drama to a New Year of another time. As the evening closes, come together with us to welcome our First Footer, celebrate our 2012 season and bring luck and best wishes to Gibson House Museum for 2013.”

Pre-registration and pre-payment required. $44.25 plus tax per person.

Date: Saturday, December 29, & Sunday, December 30, 2012

Time: 7:00 pm

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

Click here for directions around the construction

Paid parking in the area

Contact Info:

Phone: 416-395-7432


Our next stop is at Mackenzie House in Toronto.

“Enjoy an evening of Scottish music and foods at this traditional celebration of the New Year. The decorated house will be illuminated by gas and candlelight. Musicians Gin Lane will perform.”

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Admission: $22.50 plus tax. Please call 416-392-6915 for further details.

Date: Friday, December 28, 2012

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Mackenzie House, 82 Bond Street, Toronto

Contact Info:

Phone: 416-392-6915


Scottish Society of Ottawa Inaugural Event and Hogmanay Celebration

Our final stop for this round is the nation’s capital for the biggest Hogmanay celebration and the official kick off of the Scottish Society of Ottawa. This inaugural event captures the spirit of the famous Edinburgh Hogmanay Celebrations, complete with fireworks, bagpipes, highland dancers, and of course, a wee bit of Scotch-tasting to ward off the evening chill. Being in Ottawa, this Hognamany celebration will also include a distinct Canadian flavour:

“Music will come from local folkies Ecosse, Celtic fusion Cape Breton-style from Sprag Session and surprise special guest headline act, whose identity we’ll release closer to the big night. We’ll also have the Sons of Scotland and Glengarry pipe bands, the McCulloch step dancers and the Katharine Robinson Dancers.”

Date: Monday, December 31, 2012

Time: 5:00 pm – 1:00 am

Location: Ottawa City Hall (Outside at Marion Dewar Park)

Contact Info:

Free Admission

Lang may your lum reek!

FYI: Upcoming Heritage Event at Mackenzie House

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Mackenzie House marks the 175th anniversary of the Upper Canada Rebellion with the presentation of Fight and Flight! – A Rebel Evening of Music, Storytelling and a new Exhibit.

“December marks the 175th anniversary of the Upper Canadian Rebellion. This date saw the defeat of the rebels at Montgomery’s Tavern. Join us and listen to the rousing music of Canadian singer-songwriter Mike Ford and the suspenseful tale of Mackenzie’s escape from Toronto. Enjoy warm cider and baked treats.”

Pre-registration is required $22.50 plus tax.

Date: Friday, December 7, 2012

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

Contact Info:
Phone: 416-392-6915



While you are enjoying the evening of Rebel Music and Storytelling, don’t forget to check Mackenzie House’s new exhibit, Road to Rebellion:

“This new exhibit examines the personalities on both sides of the conflict: Sir Francis Bond Head’s government, determined to preserve the status quo; William Lyon Mackenzie and the Reformers, equally determined to force change. Over twenty years after the War of 1812 had ended, what defined a Canadian patriot? Was it unswerving loyalty to England – or striving for a more independent Canada?”

Included with admission.

Exhibit opens on December 7th.

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