There are so many fantastic historical events to take in this holiday season. Even better, they are exceptionally economical! Try something new this year by going back in time with your family to see how people living in the Greater Toronto Area used to celebrate the season!
Here are our top 8 picks:
- Colborne Lodge – Head on over to this heritage home in High Park to make DIY wreaths and centerpieces (December 18th), take part in Victorian Christmas celebrations (now to January 6th), and/or make some delicious gingerbread cookie creations (December 17th)! Prices vary by activity; tours are $7.08 for adults and $4.25 for children.
- Gibson House Museum – In North York, learn about the Gibsons’ Scottish holiday traditions (now to December 31) and try your hand at gingerbread cookie decorating on December 10th! Tours are $7.08 for adults and $3.76 for children; decorating is $1 per cookie.
- Mackenzie House – Enjoy Victorian Christmas ghost stories on December 18th at the Mackenzie House museum. Catch Christmas themed tours from now until January 8th and have your little ones write a letter to Santa on cards printed on an 1845 printing press up to December 24th! Tours and ghost stories activity are $7.08 for adults and $3.76 for children.
- Scarborough Museum – Scarborough Museum is hosting festive, pay-what-you-can activity weekends in December, so head over there for treats and crafty fun! The Museum also hosts two rounds of Holiday Camps (December 28-30 and January 3-6) for kids ages 5-12. Campers get to cook over an open hearth, enjoy outdoor games, and make 19th-century toys! Camp begins at $114 per child.
- Spadina Museum – The Spadina Museum is hosting a roaring 1920’s Christmas from now until January 8th! It’s also hosting a LIVE 1930’s comedic radio play complete with kid-friendly activities (December 11th, 18th). Tours are $8.85 for adults and are free for children 5 and under. The radio play is $12 for adults and $8 for children.
- Toronto’s First Post Office – Did you know that the city’s oldest post office is located downtown on Adelaide Street is still fully functioning? It’s hosting its annual holiday open house and Post-a-Letter Sunday on December 11th! Free, but donations gratefully accepted.
- Fort York – Kids can be cooks’ apprentices for a day on Saturday, December 10th at Fort York! Kids ages 8-12 will learn to bake traditional treats in Fort York’s historic kitchen. And, from December 27-31, little ones ages 4 and up can join a hands-on gingerbread making workshop in the Officers’ Mess while their parents tour the grounds. Tours are $7.96 for adults and $3.76 for children.
- Black Creek Pioneer Village – You can enjoy a Sunday Christmas Dinner at Black Creek Pioneer Village on December 11th or 18th. You can also enjoy festive weekends at the Village from now until December 23rd! Tours are $15 for adults and free for children 4 and under. Parking is $7 daily.
Do you have any holiday favourites not on this list? Let us know!