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Christmas at Battlefield House
Battlefield House Museum & Park


Dundurn Castle


Whitehern Historic House & Garden

Mary Christmas!
Experience Christmas at 3 National Historic Sites

Explore three National Historic Sites beautifully decorated for Christmas, and learn about the Marys that once lived in these elegant homes.
  • Dundurn Castle former home of Mary MacNab (1812-1846) and her children
  • Whitehern Historic House & Garden former home of Mary McQuesten (1849-1934) and her six children
  • Battlefield House Museum & Park - former home of Mary Gage (1777-1853) and her ten children

Link to buy online tickets

Purchase admission to Dundurn Castle during the Victorian Christmas event and receive 2-for-1 admission vouchers for Whitehern Historic House & Garden and Battlefield House Museum & Park. Vouchers valid through January 5, 2014. Buy online and save 20%.


A Forest of Christmas Trees


Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum

Get into the holiday spirit! Decorate a Christmas tree and win a prize. Explore a magical display of Christmas trees and vote for your favourites! Prizes awarded at The Big Sing on Friday, December 12, 2014
Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 to Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Regular admission rates apply to the museum.


Magical Evening Opening of Forest of Christmas Trees


Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum

Please join us for a magical evening opening of our Forest of Christmas Trees exhibition. Explore the “forest” and vote for your favourite trees while enjoying hot cider, festive treats and music
Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Free event.


Bah Humbug! The Old Fashioned Christmas and how our traditions began.


Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum

Join us at the historic Ancaster Old Town Hall for a special tea, with festive treats and a talk about the origins of many Christmas traditions. Daryl MacTavish, Program Coordinator at Fieldcote Museum, will provide an entertaining and informative talk about "old fashioned" Christmas customs, traditions and decorations. The Ancaster Old Town Hall is located at 310 Wilson Street.
Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: $5.00 per person


Victorian Christmas


Dundurn National Historic Site

Enjoy the beauty of a mid-19th century family Christmas celebration at Dundurn Castle. The Garden Club of Hamilton decorates the Castle in Victorian splendor with cedar boughs, ribbons and dried flowers. Bring your family and share a Hamilton holiday tradition.
Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014 to Sunday, January 4, 2015 (Closed Mondays)
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Regular admission rates apply to the museum.


Christmas in the Pioneer Spirit


Battlefield House Museum & Park

Gather your family together, take a break from holiday shopping and step back in time to experience the warmth, welcome and simplicity of an early 19th century Christmas. The Gage family home comes alive with evergreen boughs on the mantles and enticing aromas in the air
Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014 to Sunday, January 4, 2015
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Regular admission rates apply to the museum.


First Day of Christmas


Dundurn National Historic Site

Visit Dundurn for the first day of its Victorian Christmas for FREE! Join costumed interpreters at Dundurn Castle for a free visit of the lavish home of Sir Allan MacNab and his family. The Castle will be decorated by The Garden Club of Hamilton with cedar boughs, ribbons and dried flowers. Bring your family and share a Hamilton holiday tradition. Please bring a non-perishable food item to help stock the Good Shepherd's pantry!
Date: Sunday, November 23, 2014
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Free event.


Workshop:

Victorian Christmas Delights


Dundurn National Historic Site

Enjoy an authentic Victorian Christmas cooking experience at Dundurn. Your culinary journey begins as you are greeted by costumed cooks who lead you below stairs to Dundurn’s 19th century kitchen for a unique and entertaining experience preparing seasonal desserts! A tour of Dundurn decked out for the season is also included.
Date: Saturday, November 29, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ages: 14 years and older.
Cost: $50.00 per person. Pre-registration required.


Christmas Evening Tours


Dundurn National Historic Site

Enjoy a unique opportunity to see Dundurn Castle decorated for Christmas in the evening. Begin your evening with carol-singing in the front hall, followed by an extended tour of Sir Allan MacNab's lavish home and a chance to sample an assortment of traditional Christmas foods served in Dundurn's historic kitchen.
Date: Friday, December 5, 2014 to Sunday, December 7, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: $27.00 per person. Pre-registration required.


The Big Sing!


Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum

Embrace the holiday spirit at the historic Ancaster Old Town Hall, 310 Wilson Street, for live music, hot cider, treats and Christmas Tree Awards. Enjoy a delightful concert and carol sing-along with the Kaleidoscope Singers. Not to be missed!
Date: Friday, December 12, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: $10.00 per person. $20.00 per family.


Christmas Evening Tours


Dundurn National Historic Site

Enjoy a unique opportunity to see Dundurn Castle decorated for Christmas in the evening. Begin your evening with carol-singing in the front hall, followed by an extended tour of Sir Allan MacNab's lavish home and a chance to sample an assortment of traditional Christmas foods served in Dundurn's historic kitchen.
Date: Friday, December 12, 2014 to Sunday, December 14, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: $27.00 per person. Pre-registration required.


Eat, Drink and Be 'Mary'


Battlefield House Museum & Park

Create family holiday memories to take with you into the future at a site steeped in the past. Explore the home of Mary and James Gage to experience the warmth and enchantment of an early 19th century Christmas. Join us for music, caroling, children's activities, hearth-baked treats and mulled cider. Visit with St. Nicholas (bring your camera for a unique photo opportunity) and shop for nostalgic holiday gifts
Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Regular admission rates apply to the museum.


Christmas Evening Tours


Dundurn National Historic Site

Enjoy a unique opportunity to see Dundurn Castle decorated for Christmas in the evening. Begin your evening with carol-singing in the front hall, followed by an extended tour of Sir Allan MacNab's lavish home and a chance to sample an assortment of traditional Christmas foods served in Dundurn's historic kitchen.
Date: Friday, December 19, 2014 to Monday, December 22, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: $27.00 per person. Pre-registration required.


Christmas Workshops


Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology

Get out of the cold and into our beautiful historic Woodshed. Enjoy our free drop-in self-guided craft centre. Be inspired by history and get crafty!
Date: Saturday, December 20, 2014 to Wednesday, December 24, 2014 (Closed Monday)
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Free event. Regular admission rates apply to the museum.


Christmas Family Sunday


Whitehern Historic House & Garden

Celebrate the holiday season with your family. Enjoy a casual visit to view the McQuesten Childhood Christmas in the home, then visit The Stable for a seasonal concert and sing-along with refreshments.
Date: Sunday, December 21, 2014
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Regular admission rates apply to the museum.


Christmas Workshops


Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology

Get out of the cold and into our beautiful historic Woodshed. Enjoy our free drop-in self-guided craft centre. Be inspired by history and get crafty!
Date: Saturday, December 27, 2014 to Tuesday, December 30, 2014 (Closed Monday)
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Free event. Regular admission rates apply to the museum.


Christmas Family Sunday


Whitehern Historic House & Garden

Celebrate the holiday season with your family. Enjoy a casual visit to view the McQuesten Childhood Christmas in the home, then visit The Stable for a seasonal concert and sing-along with refreshments.
Date: Sunday, December 28, 2014
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Regular admission rates apply to the museum.


Christmas Workshops


Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology

Get out of the cold and into our beautiful historic Woodshed. Enjoy our free drop-in self-guided craft centre. Be inspired by history and get crafty!
Date: Friday, January 2, 2015 to Sunday, January 4, 2015
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Free event. Regular admission rates apply to the museum.


Hamilton Civic Museums - Events, Workshops and Exhibitions

Offering over 100 annual festivals, events, workshops and exhibitions,
Hamilton Civic Museums provide hours of entertainment for the entire family.

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