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.

Christmas in the Pioneer Spirit

Saturday, November 23, 2019 to Tuesday, December 31, 2019
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

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 to Sunday, December 8, 2019
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. 

Victorian Christmas

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 to Sunday, December 8, 2019
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.

Christmas Evening Tours at Dundurn

Saturday, December 7, 2019 to Sunday, December 8, 2019
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 10, 2019 to Sunday, December 15, 2019
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. 

Victorian Christmas

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 to Sunday, December 15, 2019
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.

The Big Sing!

Friday, December 13, 2019
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 13, 2019 to Sunday, December 15, 2019
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 17, 2019 to Sunday, December 22, 2019
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. 

Victorian Christmas

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 to Sunday, December 22, 2019
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.

Christmas Evening Tours at Dundurn

Friday, December 20, 2019 to Sunday, December 22, 2019
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 24, 2019
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. 

Victorian Christmas

Tuesday, December 24, 2019
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.

Winter Whimsy: December

Friday, December 27, 2019 to Monday, December 30, 2019
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.

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Friday, December 27, 2019 to Sunday, December 29, 2019
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. 

Victorian Christmas

Friday, December 27, 2019 to Sunday, December 29, 2019
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.

The Science of Music: Holiday Drop-In Activity Centre

Friday, December 27, 2019 to Tuesday, December 31, 2019
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology National Historic Site, 900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton

How ever you celebrate the season, holiday music is in the air!

Ring in the New Year

Friday, December 27, 2019 to Sunday, December 29, 2019
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.

Blue Years Eve

Tuesday, December 31, 2019
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.

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, December 31, 2019
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

Thursday, January 2, 2020 to Sunday, January 5, 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 Science of Music: Holiday Drop-In Activity Centre

Thursday, January 2, 2020 to Sunday, January 5, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology National Historic Site, 900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton

How ever you celebrate the season, holiday music is in the air!