Hamilton Civic Museums - Events, Workshops and Exhibitions

Battlefield Monument in Winter
Battlefield House Museum & Park


Dundurn Castle


Whitehern Historic House & Garden

Experience 100 Years of Christmas at 3 National Historic Sites

Explore three National Historic Sites beautifully decorated for Christmas:
  • Battlefield House Museum & Park
    Step back in time to experience the warmth, welcome and simplicity of an early 19th century Christmas. Relive Christmas in the Pioneer Spirit when tallow candles lit the way and evergreen boughs bedecked the mantles.
  • Dundurn Castle
    Rediscover a Victorian Christmas at Dundurn National Historic Site the MacNab family might have enjoyed in 1855. Cedar garlands grace the drawing room, and the dining room is set for a gracious Christmas feast.
  • Whitehern Historic House & Garden
    Experience The McQuestens Childhood Christmas, complete with their original toys and holiday dcor including cedar garland, rich satin ribbons, and a twelve-foot-high tree trimmed with tinsel and glass ornaments.

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 4, 2015. Buy online and save 20%.


Exhibit:

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 18, 2015
Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015 to Thursday, December 24, 2015
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 then wander over to the Old Town Hall for a Tea and Talk on Chrimstas traditions. (see Bah Humbug! listing for details)
Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Free event.


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 21, 2015 to Sunday, January 3, 2016 (Closed Mondays)
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 22, 2015
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 28, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ages: 14 years and older.
Cost: $50.00 per person. Pre-registration required.


Workshop:

Dough-Re-Me


Dundurn National Historic Site

Family fun is on the menu! Come to Dundurn and prepare some tasty treats in the historic kitchen below stairs. While your treats are baking in the oven, costumed interpreters will guide you on a tour of the home. Complete your visit with a tasting of your delicious treats.
Date: Sunday, November 29, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ages: 6 years and older.
Cost: $55.00 for 1 adult and 1 child. 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 4, 2015 to Sunday, December 6, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: $27.00 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 11, 2015 to Sunday, December 13, 2015
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 18, 2015
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 18, 2015 to Sunday, December 20, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: $27.00 per person. Pre-registration required.


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