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What's On

Looking for an adventure in the City? From family-friendly activities, to engaging exhibits and tours, to outdoor walks and evening entertainment, you'll find fun things to do and explore at Toronto's Historic Sites!

The Holiday Season isn't far away and tickets for many of the events are already available online. There are a myriad of things to do, such as, decorate gingerbread houses or seasonal cookies at our family workshops. Colborne Lodge and Todmorden Mills are holding many great wreath-making workshops for all age groups, choose your dates soon - some are already sold out! To see all of our Holiday Happenings, click here.

New Event Calendar!
To search for events by date, click on our new calendar (below our regular listings). If you want to search by site, click on the Museum names below to see what's happening at that site. Click on the name of the event, and the description will open underneath it.

Colborne Lodge holds community events and seasonal workshops that highlight its location in High Park. Call 416-392-6916 or e-mail

Christmas Time at Colborne Lodge - Begins November 21

From Saturday, November 21 to January 3, 2016
Tuesdays to Sundays - 12noon to 4 p.m. 
December 24 & 31 - 12noon to 3 p.m.
Closed: Mondays, Dec 25, 26 and Jan 1
Warm up by the hearth at Colborne Lodge and take in the sights and aromas of a Victorian Christmas.  Enjoy the natural greenery decorations, toast the season with a glass of hot mulled cider by the wood stove and nibble on special holiday treats. The Lodge is nestled at the south end of High Park.
Holiday admission prices apply:
Adults $7.08, Seniors/Youths/Children $4.42 (plus tax)

Christmas Open House - November 26

Thursday, November 26, 5 to 7:30 p.m
Join us in celebrating the start of the festive season at our Victorian Christmas Open House. Everyone is welcome to drop by to tour the Howards' home decorated for a 19th-century Christmas and enjoy period refreshments by the crackling hearth fire in the winter kitchen. Begin your Christmas shopping early in the new Museum Shop at Colborne Lodge. Bring your family and friends. Admission is FREE.

Christmas Centrepiece Workshops for Adult & Youth - Dec. 12 & 13

Christmas Centrepiece Workshops
Create your own Christmas Centrepiece using natural materials. This 2-hour workshop is a great pre-Christmas get-together activity for groups of friends and families.  Set in picturesque High Park, the house offers a cosy historic ambience for this seasonal craft. A tour of the decorated parts of the house and light refreshments are included. Pre-registration required.

Adult and Youth (Ages 10 to 15)
Saturday, December 12 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, December 13 at 10 a.m.
$42.50 plus tax for one adult and one youth,  $12.50 plus tax for an additional youth

Click here to purchase tickets.

Christmas Cookie Creation for Children (8 to 12 year olds) - Dec. 19

Saturday, December 19, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Children will have fun making unique and tasty treats for the holidays in this historic baking workshop that uses a Canadian gingerbread recipe from the 1830s. While their cookies bake, participants will tour the house and discover Victorian Christmas traditions and stories. Participants will then take home the Christmas cookies they've made. They might even want to save a few for when Saint Nick comes to visit!  Pre-registration and payment required. $22.50 + tax (includes supplies and a dozen cookies to bring home). Limited spots available. Call 416-392-6916 Monday – Saturday for registration.

Christmas by the Hearth for 5 to 7 year olds - Dec. 20

Sunday, December 20, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Youngsters enjoy the warmth of an historic Christmas by decorating gingerbread cookies prepared from an 1831 Upper Canadian cook book followed by an enchanting interval of Christmas stories from long ago, snuggled by the kitchen hearth. Afterward, the children will go upstairs to peek at the Howards' Christmas tree and the presents underneath. Pre-registration and payment required. $17.50 plus tax (includes light seasonal refreshments). Limited spots available. Call 416-392-6916 Monday – Saturday for registration.

Don't miss these great events at Fort York. Contact us at 416-392-6907 or

Mince Pies - An Historic Cooking Class - November 29

Historic Cooking Classes in the 1826 Officers' Mess Kitchen - One in a Series

Mince Pies
Sunday, November 29

10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Join us in the 1826 Officers' Mess Kitchen where participants will prepare (and sample!) a variety of delicious 18th and early 19th century dishes during this series.

At this hands-on class, you will learn how to make the pastry and rich filling for these traditional fruit and meat-based pies. Lunch and mince pies to take home are included.

$75 plus tax. Pre-payment required (to cover materials and ingredients).

For class information please call: Bridget Wranich at 416 392-7455
To register, call: 416 392-7484


Frost Fair: Christmas Market Past & Present - December 5 & 6

December 5 & 6, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Stroll through the historic 1812 buildings of Fort York, where merchants will be selling their heritage inspired reproductions, regency fashions and holiday greenery. Experience military demonstrations, children's drill workshops, games and crafts. Enjoy heritage cuisine, try on historic costumes and print a Frost Fair souvenir on the Mackenzie House proof press. Visit with the Fort York Volunteer Historic Cooks in the Officer's Mess Kitchen as they prepare late 18th and early 19th century recipes.

In the new Visitor Centre, shop for unique Christmas gifts for friends and family from local artisans and Etsy sellers. Visit a Sugar Plum demonstration and talk by the Culinary Historians of Canada and sample historic negus ice and ginger ice cream. Savour gourmet pretzels, handmade shortbread, heritage chocolate and more. Enjoy dance performances and Christmas carolers all weekend long.

Regular admission applies:
Adults: $7.96 / Seniors (65 +): $4.87 / Youth (13-18 yrs.): $4.87 / Children (6-12yrs): $3.76 (plus tax). Children 5 and under are free.

Vendors in the Visitor Centre:

The Holiday Season at Fort York - Dec. 14 to 31

December 14 to December 31
Mon. to Fri.:10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sat. & Sun: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy a visit to Fort York National Historic Site this festive season. Sample some baking from the 1826 Officers' Mess kitchen and soak up the warmth of a crackling wood fire. Be sure to browse the Museum Store to find that special gift you won't find anywhere else. The Museum Store features gifts suitable for all ages and interests. Regular admission applies. Adults: $7.96
Seniors (65 +): $4.87, Youth (13-18 yrs.): $4.87, Children (6-12yrs): $3.76 (Plus tax).
Children 5 and under are Free

Gingerbread Make and Bake! - Dec. 27 to 31

Extra fun for Kids at Fort York (ages 4 and up)
December 27 to 31 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

When you arrive, sign your child up for a session of gingerbread making in the historic Officers' Mess Kitchen. While you enjoy a tour of Fort York, your kids can join the cooks to create traditional gingerbread cookies. In this hands-on workshop, they will use period cooking utensils and tools to sift flour, crush cinnamon, cloves or allspice, pound sugar and grate nutmeg and ginger as they prepare an 1800's gingerbread recipe. Samples can be taken home - if they last that long! Sometimes parents can take part too! The workshops are limited to 15 participants. Included with regular admission. Adults: $7.96, Seniors (65 +): $4.87, Youth (13-18 yrs.): $4.87, Children (6-12yrs): $3.76 (plus tax). Children 5 and under are Free.


Gibson House is a welcoming place for the community to find out about the history of the area or to gather and share crafts, traditions and recipes. Contact us at 416-395-7432 or

Scottish Holiday Traditions - Begins November 18

November 18 to December 31
Enjoy the simple and elegant traditions of the Scottish holiday season at Gibson House Museum. Learn how the Gibson family celebrated Hogmanay in the nineteenth century and sample some tasty treats by the open hearth. See the Victorian-era home decorated in natural greenery and take a guided tour with our knowledgeable staff. Holiday admission applies. Adults $7.08, Seniors/Youth $4.42, Children $3.76 (plus tax)

Victorian Tea - Sittings at 12 & 2:30 - November 28

Saturday, November 28
Two sittings: 12noon and 2:30 p.m.

Get into the spirit of the season by immersing yourself in the ambiance of a Victorian-inspired afternoon tea. Costumed interpreters will serve a selection of finger sandwiches, seasonal sweets and home baked scones with steaming cups of tea. Tour our charming, mid-19th-century historic house at your leisure and enjoy the authentic seasonal decorations. Pre-payment is required and seating is limited, so book your tickets today! Tickets can be booked by phone by calling 416-395-7432. $20 per person plus tax.

(Not recommended for children under 6 years of age).

Gingerbread Cookie Decorating (part of your tour) - December 12

Saturday, December 12, 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Start your adventure by decorating gingerbread cookies baked by museum staff with holiday sweets.  Then, take a tour of the museum with our costumed interpreters and learn how the Gibson's would have baked gingerbread over the hearth. Finish your visit by enjoying your gingerbread cookie!  Regular admission applies. Adults: $6.19, Seniors (65 +): $3.54, Youth (13-18 yrs.): $3.54, Children (2-12 yrs.): $2.65 (plus tax). Cookie decorating is $1 per cookie.

Festive Adventure Day Camp - For ages 7 to 11 - Dec. 21 or 22

Monday, December 21 and Tuesday, December 22, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(Please note the program is the same both days) Kids enjoy a fun-filled day spent baking treats in the historic kitchen, making seasonal crafts, playing games and meeting new friends. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.  $30 plus tax per child. Extended care available 8 to 9 a.m. and 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Add $10 plus tax for morning OR afternoon; $15 plus tax for both. Register your camper by calling 416-395-7432 or emailing

To the New Year: A Gibson House Hogmanay Dinner - Dec. 28 and 29

Monday, December 28, and Tuesday, December 29
Doors at 6 p.m. Program begins at 6:30 p.m.      
Gather at the historic Gibson House for a special evening inspired by the Scottish traditions of Hogmanay. Share a scrumptious dinner with familiar and new friends. Be lulled by the fire and moved by the music. Take an imagined journey through story and drama to a New Year of another time. As the evening closes, come together with staff to welcome our First Footer, celebrate our 2015 season and bring luck and best wishes to Gibson House Museum for 2016. $55 plus tax per person. Suitable for ages 12 & up). To purchase tickets click here.

David Gibson Democracy in Government - An Exhibit - Now Open

Runs until December 31
This exhibit is inspired by the Magna Carta's visit to Toronto – which will be displayed at Fort York National Historic Site, October 4 to November 7, 2015.  There was a time when our nation wasn't so peaceful. Visit Gibson House Museum this fall to learn how rebels like David Gibson, desperate to bring democratic reforms to the government of Upper Canada in 1837, were forced to take up arms.  While the Rebellion of 1837 failed to bring immediate change, it was an important step in the development of a new model of representative government and Canada's Confederation in 1867. Included with regular admission.

Community Quilt Group Get-togethers

Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m.
Relax and meet new friends while you improve your sewing skills. We invite members of all ages from North York's diverse communities to join us for informal evenings of learning and sharing. Both historic and contemporary quilting techniques are explored in a comfortable, social setting. Work on a group project or pay a small fee for materials and make your own piece. Even if you have never picked up a needle and thread before you are welcome to join in. It is FREE to participate; however, donations are always welcome.

Pay What You Wish Thursday Night Socials

Thursdays, 5 to 8 p.m.
Enjoy a relaxing, social evening 1850s style. Have some tea and sit by the fire in the kitchen, play board games and chat with neighbours and friends. Drop by the community quilt group and see what they are creating – add a stitch or two, if you wish. Children may explore hands-on activities and crafts. Activities will vary each week and we welcome your ideas and suggestions for future Thursdays. Admission is pay-what-you-wish.

Thursday Board Games Night – For All Ages
The First Thursday of each month
6 to 8 p.m. Part of our Pay-What-You-Wish Thursday Nights.
The Gibson family didn't have cable, a phone or wi-fi, so what did they do when the chores were done? They played games! Finished your work and chores for the day? Then come to the museum to play the featured games of the month as well as the classic games in the Discovery Gallery.

Tea and Tour Sundays

Sunday afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m.
There's a seat for you at the harvest table in the historic kitchen on Sunday afternoons this winter. Relax and have a chat over tea and homemade cookies. Enjoy a tour of this lovely, 1850s farmhouse. Included with regular admission.



These are the events taking place at Mackenzie House. Contact us at 416-392-6915 or

A Victorian Christmas - Begins November 24

Tuesday, November 24 until Sunday, January 3, 2016
Tuesday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.;
Saturday & Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m
Closed: Mondays, Dec. 25 & 26 and Jan. 1
This festive season take a step back in time to Victorian Toronto and experience the magic of a traditional Christmas in an 1859 row-house. Escape from the hustle and bustle while you enjoy a sample of mulled cider and a biscuit in the warmth of the historic kitchen. Discover the story of how families celebrated Christmas in 19th-century Toronto as you tour the Mackenzie home which is dressed in greenery for the holidays.

During the Victorian Christmas program, until December 24, children are invited to write a letter to Santa Claus during their visit. Children love writing to Santa Claus to tell him about their Christmas wish lists. Select a card that has been printed on our 1845 printing press, and write a personal message. Drop the wish card into our magic post box and it will go to Santa!

Included with Holiday admission. Adults: $7.08; Seniors /Youth: $4.42 Children: $3.76  (plus tax)

Christmas Baking Workshop for Adults - December 5 - SOLD OUT

Saturday, December 5, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - SOLD OUT
Come and try your hand at Victorian Christmas baking in our wood stove, learning about the tastes and culinary technology of the 1850's. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. $20 plus tax. Please call 416 392-6915 for further details.

Mackenzie Escapes! - with Storyteller Bruce Beaton - December 6

Sunday, December 6
12:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.

Bruce Beaton portrays William Lyon Mackenzie and tells the true story of his escape following the Rebellion of 1837. Loyal friends, close calls, icy water and hiding with pigs: it's an amazing tale!  Included with admission to the museum: Adults: $7.08; Seniors /Youth: $4.42 Children: $3.76 (plus tax)

Kids’ Crafts - Extra fun for kids during tours - Dec. 27 to Jan. 3

Sunday, December 27 to Sunday, January 3
Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Dec. 25 & 26 and January 1

Bring the family to visit the last home of Toronto’s first mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie, then enjoy some kid time printing in the recreated printshop and making a New Year's noisemaker!

Adults: $7.08; Seniors /Youth: $4.42 Children: $3.76  (plus tax)

Hogmanay! A Scottish New Year Celebration - December 30

Wednesday, December 30, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Enjoy an evening of Scottish music and foods at this traditional celebration of the New Year. The decorated house will be illuminated by gas and candlelight. Popular musicians Gin Lane will perform. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

Tickets: $22.50 plus tax. Please call 416-392-6915 for further details.


The Market Gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the St. Lawrence Market. Call 416-392-7604 or email Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

Framing Toronto: City of Toronto Art Acquisitions 2010 to 2015 - Now Open

An exhibition of art featuring a wide variety of works in the City's collections
October 31 until February 6, 2016

The City of Toronto has been collecting art since the 1850s and today the collection includes over 2500 paintings, prints and sculptures. The collection is enhanced every year through donations and purchases. This exhibit brings together a wide variety of art for viewing in the gallery. From Charlie Pachter's War of 1812 series to an interpretation of the St. Lawrence Market by Chris Albert, this exhibit demonstrates the unique and innovative work that artists in Toronto create through various media such as prints, photographs, watercolour and oils. Collectively these art works represent a cultural legacy in the visual arts.

A Victorian Tea - December 19

Saturday, December 19, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Guests will enjoy an illustrated talk on 19th-century Toronto focusing on the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood, followed by a Victorian Tea inspired by historic recipes. Guests will also learn about traditions surrounding Stir-up Sunday in the Victorian era! This is a pre-registered event. Tickets can be purchased online:

Decorate a Cupcake! - December 19

Saturday, December 19, 9 a.m. to Noon
Drop by the West Mezzanine Kitchen of the South St. Lawrence Market for cupcakes and colouring, then visit the Market Gallery for an arts & craft activity! For children of all ages! Sponsored by the St. Lawrence Market Tenants Association & the Market Gallery. Admission is FREE.

Montgomery's Inn has been welcoming visitors for over 180 years. Join in events that celebrate theatre, music, food and the history of  Etobicoke. Contact us at 416-394-8113 or

Montgomery's Inn Indoor Winter Market - Every Wednesday

Every Wednesday from 2 to 6 pm.
Buy direct form local farmers and food artisans. Organic fruit and vegetables, cheese, bread and prepared foods as well as ethically raised meat, honey and more!

You don't have to pay admission to the museum just to come in and shop.

Please note:

Outdoor season: May 21 to October 29
Indoor season: Starts November 4 & continues all winter 

Art Exhibition - Mustafa Cetin - On until November 30

Solo Art Exhibition
In the Community Room
Continues until November 30

Be sure to come and explore the abstract works of Mustafa Cetin in the Inn's Community Room.
Included in admission (you may just come to view the art for no charge). Examples of his work are below:

2014 Acrylic on Canvas, 16" x 20"