Festivals & Events

Holiday Events at Hamilton Civic Museums

Memories rekindled promotion for 2019 holiday events at Hamilton Civic Museums

Experience 100 years of Christmas at Battlefield House, Dundurn Castle & Whitehern Historic House 

Hamilton Civic Museums invite visitors of all ages to their homes for the holidays!

Group of younger people on a Christmas tour at Whitehern

McQuesten Family Christmas

Whitehern Historic House & Garden
November 16 to January 5

Experience an early 20th century Christmas, complete with the family’s original toys and holiday décor including cedar garland, satin ribbons, and a twelve-foot high tree trimmed with tinsel and glass ornaments.

Group tour of Battlefield House Museum led by a costumed guide

Christmas in the Pioneer Spirit

Battlefield House Museum & Park
November 23 to December 31
Step back in time to the warmth and simplicity of an early 19th century Christmas when tallow candles lit the way and evergreen boughs bedecked the mantles.

A group of people touring dining room at Dundurn Castle

Victorian Christmas

Dundurn National Historic Site
November 23 to December 29
Rediscover Christmas in 1855 when cedar garlands graced the drawing room and the dining room was set for a gracious feast.

Full schedule of holiday events presented by Hamilton Civic Museums


Regular admission rates and hours of operation apply unless otherwise indicated.

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 to Sunday, November 22, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Whitehern Historic House & Garden, 41 Jackson Street West, Hamilton

Enjoy this special time of year as the McQuestens look back on the Christmas of their childhood. 

Christmas in the Pioneer Spirit

Saturday, November 21, 2020 to Sunday, January 3, 2021
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Battlefield House Museum & Park, 77 King Street West, Stoney Creek

Gather your family together, take a break from holiday shopping and step back in time to experience the warmth, welcome & simplicity of an earl

Victorian Christmas

Saturday, November 21, 2020 to Sunday, January 3, 2021
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Dundurn National Historic Site, 610 York Boulevard, Hamilton

Enjoy the beauty of a mid-19th century family Christmas celebration at Dundurn Castle.

First Day of Christmas at Dundurn

Sunday, November 22, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Dundurn National Historic Site, 610 York Boulevard, Hamilton

Visit Dundurn for the first day of its Victorian Christmas for free.

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 to Sunday, November 29, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Whitehern Historic House & Garden, 41 Jackson Street West, Hamilton

Enjoy this special time of year as the McQuestens look back on the Christmas of their childhood. 

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 to Sunday, December 6, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Whitehern Historic House & Garden, 41 Jackson Street West, Hamilton

Enjoy this special time of year as the McQuestens look back on the Christmas of their childhood. 

Christmas Evening Tours at Dundurn

Friday, December 4, 2020 to Sunday, December 6, 2020
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Dundurn National Historic Site, 610 York Boulevard, Hamilton

Enjoy a unique opportunity to see Dundurn Castle decorated for Christmas in the evening. Pre-registration is required.

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 to Sunday, December 13, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Whitehern Historic House & Garden, 41 Jackson Street West, Hamilton

Enjoy this special time of year as the McQuestens look back on the Christmas of their childhood. 

The Big Sing!

Friday, December 11, 2020
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Ancaster Old Town Hall, 310 Wilson Street East, Ancaster

Embrace the holiday spirit at the historic Ancaster Old Town Hall and enjoy live music with hot cider and treats.

Christmas Evening Tours at Dundurn

Friday, December 11, 2020 to Sunday, December 13, 2020
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Dundurn National Historic Site, 610 York Boulevard, Hamilton

Enjoy a unique opportunity to see Dundurn Castle decorated for Christmas in the evening. Pre-registration is required.

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 to Sunday, December 20, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Whitehern Historic House & Garden, 41 Jackson Street West, Hamilton

Enjoy this special time of year as the McQuestens look back on the Christmas of their childhood. 

Christmas Evening Tours at Dundurn

Friday, December 18, 2020 to Sunday, December 20, 2020
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Dundurn National Historic Site, 610 York Boulevard, Hamilton

Enjoy a unique opportunity to see Dundurn Castle decorated for Christmas in the evening. Pre-registration is required.

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, December 22, 2020 to Sunday, December 27, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Whitehern Historic House & Garden, 41 Jackson Street West, Hamilton

Enjoy this special time of year as the McQuestens look back on the Christmas of their childhood. 

Winter Whimsy: December

Wednesday, December 23, 2020
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Hamilton Children's Museum, 1072 Main Street East, Hamilton

School is out! Come into the Hamilton Children’s Museum for some winter fun.

Winter Whimsy: December

Thursday, December 24, 2020
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Hamilton Children's Museum, 1072 Main Street East, Hamilton

School is out! Come into the Hamilton Children’s Museum for some winter fun.

Winter Whimsy: December

Sunday, December 27, 2020
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Hamilton Children's Museum, 1072 Main Street East, Hamilton

School is out! Come into the Hamilton Children’s Museum for some winter fun.

Ring in the New Year

Sunday, December 27, 2020
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Dundurn National Historic Site, 610 York Boulevard, Hamilton

Enjoy a unique opportunity to see Dundurn Castle decorated for Christmas in the evening. Pre-registration required.

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, December 29, 2020 to Sunday, January 3, 2021
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Whitehern Historic House & Garden, 41 Jackson Street West, Hamilton

Enjoy this special time of year as the McQuestens look back on the Christmas of their childhood. 

Winter Whimsy: December

Wednesday, December 30, 2020
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Hamilton Children's Museum, 1072 Main Street East, Hamilton

School is out! Come into the Hamilton Children’s Museum for some winter fun.

Blue Years Eve

Thursday, December 31, 2020
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Hamilton Children's Museum, 1072 Main Street East, Hamilton

Celebrate a family New Year at the Hamilton Children's Museum. Visit all three galleries and join in on six 'count-downs' throughout the day.