Christmas at Hamilton Civic Museums
Dates November 27 to December 30
Hours 12 to 4 pm
Closed Mondays, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
‘Mary’ Christmas from Hamilton Civic Museums
Among the three National Historic Sites that jointly present more than 100 years of Christmas, eight Marys once graced their collective halls. Visitors are invited to explore Dundurn Castle, Whitehern Historic House and Battlefield House Museum on guided tours with costumed interpreters.
Battlefield House Museum
Former home of Mary Gage (1777 to 1853) and her 10 children - gather your family together for Christmas Past Times and step back in time to walk the beautiful landscape of BattlefieldPark, followed by a guided museum tour to experience an early 19th century home in wintertime with warmth, welcome and enticing aromas in the air.
Former home of Mary MacNab (1812 to 1846) and her children - rediscover a Victorian Christmas as Sir Allan MacNab and his daughters Minnie (Mary) and Sophia might have enjoyed in 1855. Cedar garlands grace the drawing room, and the dining room is set for a gracious Christmas feast. Encounter the story of the family who lived above stairs and the servants who lived and worked below stairs.
Whitehern Historic House
Former home of Mary McQuesten (1849 to 1934) and her six children – immerse yourself in the McQuesten’s Childhood Christmas, complete with their original toys and holiday décor including cedar garland, rich satin ribbons, and a twelve-foot high tree trimmed with tinsel and glass ornaments.
CSI Mystery PA Day Camp! - Where is the Witch’s Wart?
November 25, 8:30am - 4:30pm, 6-10 years, $55/child
Immerse your children in inquiry and play-based learning adventures.
Holiday Historic Cooking Workshop: Dishing Dundurn
November 26 & December 2, 9:30-12pm, 14+ years, $60.00/person
Enjoy an authentic Victorian Christmas cooking experience at Dundurn Castle followed by a guided tour.
Take Apart Workshop
November 26 & 27, 12-4pm, 6-17 years, $5/person
Take a closer look and discover what’s inside items like toasters, radios, computers, and electronic toys.
Christmas Evening Tours
December 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 30, 7-9pm, all ages, $35/person
Engage in carol-singing in the front hall and sample traditional foods in the historic kitchen during an extended tour.
The Big Sing
December 9, 7-9pm, all ages, $10/person or $25/family
Experience stunning vocal performances by the Strata Vocal Ensemble and sing-along with some favourites.
Children’s Holiday Historic Cooking Workshop: Elf Club
Join the Elf Club at Dundurn Castle and help make tasty treats for the season followed by a guided tour.
December 11, 9:30am-12pm, 6-12 years, $55/1 adult & 1 child; $20.00 for each additional child
Christmas Model Train Show
Encounter model, steam and electric trains decorated for the holidays.
December 11, 12-4pm, 5+ years, FREE event
Winter Break Drop-In Activity Centre: Victorian Toy Makers
Try out some classic Victorian toys and make your own keepsake to take home.
December 27-31 & January 3-8, 12-4pm, 3+ years, FREE event
Winter Whimsy – Dig It! Archaeology 101
December 27, 28, 29, various times, 5-12 years, $5/person
Join us as we learn about how people lived in the past by looking at the objects that are left behind.