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COLBORNE LODGE

South end of High Park on Colborne Lodge Drive
Limited free parking  clodge@toronto.ca  416-392-6916

Christmas at Colborne Lodge
From Saturday, November 21 to Sunday, January 3, 2016
Tuesdays to Sundays – Noon to 4 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)


FORT YORK NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

250 Fort York Blvd.
On-site parking available. fortyork@toronto.ca  416-392-6907

The Holiday Season at Fort York
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.

Plus!
Gingerbread Make and Bake!
Extra fun for Kids at Fort York (ages 4 and up)
December 27 to 31 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
While you enjoy a tour of Fort York your kids can join the cooks in the Officers' Mess kitchen to create traditional gingerbread cookies. In this hands-on workshop, kids 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! Workshop is limited to 15 participants. Included with regular admission, sign up in the Museum Store when you arrive. 


GIBSON HOUSE MUSEUM

5172 Yonge Street
Limited free parking  gibsonhouse@toronto.ca  416-395-7432 

Scottish Holiday Traditions
November 18 to December 31

Wednesday to Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed Dec. 25, 26 & Jan. 1

Enjoy the simple and elegant traditions of the Scottish holiday season at Gibson House Museum. Learn how the Gibson family celebrated the season 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 Season admission applies.


MACKENZIE HOUSE

82 Bond Street
Paid parking in the area  machouse@toronto.ca  416-392-6915

A Victorian Christmas
Tuesday, November 24 until Sunday, January 3
Tuesday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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.

Plus! 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 admission. Adults: $7.08; Seniors /Youth/Children: $4.42 (plus tax).

Kids’ Crafts
Sunday, December 27 to Sunday, January 3
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)


SCARBOROUGH MUSEUM

1007 Brimley Road, just north of Lawrence in Thomson Memorial Park  Free parking. shm@toronto.ca  416-338-8807

Festive Weekends  
December – 12 to 4 p.m.  
'Tis the holiday season! Sample hot chocolate, and baked holiday goodies. We ho-ho – HOPE everyone enjoys their time here at Scarborough Museum this month! Admission is Pay What You Can. 


SPADINA MUSEUM

285 Spadina Road
Paid parking next door at Casa Loma spadina@toronto.ca  416-392-6910

A Roaring Twenties Christmas
November 24 to January 3
Tuesday to Friday: 12 to 4 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 12 to 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays, Dec. 25 & 26 and Jan. 1
Experience a 1920s Christmas on a guided tour of Spadina.  Holly wreaths, garlands of evergreens and mistletoe festoon the house based on the memories of the Austin family grandchildren.  In the kitchen visitors will enjoy holiday treats made from original recipes and sip mulled cider warmed on the art deco gas range. Holiday admission applies. Adults 8.85, Seniors/Youth (13-18 yrs.) $7.08, Children (6-12 yrs.) $5.75 (plus tax), Children (5 and under) Free.


TODMORDEN MILLS HERITAGE SITE

Bottom of Pottery Road, East of Bayview Avenue, West of Broadview Avenue   Free parking   todmorden@toronto.ca    416-396-2819 

Christmas in the Valley
Dec. 19 to 23, 27 to 30, Jan. 2 to 3, Noon to 4 p.m.
December 24 & 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Experience two different eras of Christmas at Todmorden Mills as we explore the holiday traditions of the 1890s and the 1940s. Sample historic recipes, create a take-home craft, and join us for a winter-themed outdoor tour of the Wildflower Preserve. Adults: $7.08; Youth/Seniors: $4.42; Children: $3.76 (plus tax).

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FORT YORK NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

250 Fort York Blvd. 
On-site parking available. fortyork@toronto.ca  416-392-6907

Gingerbread Make and Bake!
Extra fun for Kids at Fort York (ages 4 and up)
December 27 to 31 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
While you enjoy a tour of Fort York your kids can join the cooks in the Officers' Mess kitchen to create traditional gingerbread cookies. In this hands-on workshop, kids 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! Workshop is limited to 15 participants. Included with regular admission, sign up in the Museum Store when you arrive. 


MACKENZIE HOUSE

82 Bond Street 
Paid parking in the area  machouse@toronto.ca  416-392-6915

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

Kids’ Crafts
Sunday, December 27 to Sunday, January 3
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)


SCARBOROUGH MUSEUM

1007 Brimley Road, just north of Lawrence in Thomson Memorial Park. Free parking shm@toronto.ca  416-338-8807

Three-Day Holiday Camp – Ages 5 to 12
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Make 19th-century toys, cook over the open hearth, play games and enjoy lots of outdoor fun! Pre-register for these camps online at www.toronto.ca/torontofun or call 416-338-4FUN (4386).  

December 29 to 31 - $107
Course Code: 2775174
Extended Care:
8 to 9 a.m. Course Code: 2655179 - $8.40
4 to 5 p.m. Course Code: 2655180 - $8.40

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GIBSON HOUSE MUSEUM

5172 Yonge Street
Limited free parking  gibsonhouse@toronto.ca  416-395-7432 

To the New Year: A Gibson House Hogmanay Dinner - (Ages 12 & Up)
Monday, December 28, and Tuesday, December 29, 6 p.m.
Gather at 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. Click here to purchase tickets.


MACKENZIE HOUSE

82 Bond Street
Paid parking in the area  machouse@toronto.ca  416-392-6915

Hogmanay! SORRY WE ARE NOW SOLD OUT!
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. 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.


MONTGOMERY'S INN

4709 Dundas Street West
Free Parking 416-394-8113

Twelfth Night Supper and Ball
Friday, January 8, 4 to 10:30 p.m.

On the twelfth day of Christmas...step into the atmosphere of times gone by. Dance by the fire to live music, enjoy a delicious historical supper, wassail and other seasonal treats. Play traditional games and tour the fascinating historic Inn by candlelight in all its festive decorations. Historical and festive modern clothing are all welcome. All dances will be taught and led. No dance experience or partner are needed (and there is no lead or follow). Please note the dance workshop is required for people newer to English Country Dancing and will help everyone enjoy the evening to the fullest

Schedule:

4 to 5 p.m.              Tour of the Inn

5 to 6.30 p.m.         Dance workshop

6.30 to 8 p.m.         Historical supper, carol-singing & games

8 to 10.30 p.m.       Dancing to live music. Refreshments served.  

Tickets: Adults $55, Students & Seniors $45. Space is limited! Register at www.JaneAustenDancing.ca

 

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COLBORNE LODGE

All of Colborne Lodge's wreathmaking and centrepiece workshops are now Sold Out.
Please visit our What's On page

next October to see our 2016 lineup of holiday season decor workshops.

MACKENZIE HOUSE

82 Bond Street 
Paid parking in the area  machouse@toronto.ca  416-392-6915

Kids’ Crafts
Sunday, December 27 to Sunday, January 3
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)


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We have Museum Gift Shops!
You don't have to pay admission to visit the museum shops at the City's Historic Sites. It's free to browse our great collections of unique gifts thoughtfully chosen to be sold at the individual sites. Running out of ideas and time? Drop by and see gifts ranging from stocking stuffers to the perfect gift for the person on your list. Reasonably priced. Great selection. Visit

  • Colborne Lodge
  • Fort York
  • Gibson House
  • Mackenzie House
  • Montgomery's Inn (ask about the Christmas cake!)and
  • Spadina Museum