• A Victorian Christmas

    SAT. & SUN. – Until December 18, the splendour of Victorian Christmas is revealed in each room of the grand residence belonging to the illustrious George-Étienne Cartier (in Old Montreal). Feast your eyes on the beautifully laid table, the magnificent tree, piles of gifts and other delights, as well as old-fashioned Christmas cards and early representations of Santa Claus.

    Share a kiss under the mistletoe with your other half, your parents, your children or your friends, like so many before you and take home a souvenir photo!

    Give someone the joy of receiving a greeting card you made yourself, as artist MamiKiki will open up her treasure chest full of ribbons, pine cones, lace and assorted items in a myriad of shapes and colours for you to use.

    Come down to the comfortable lounge in the basement to enjoy old-fashioned wassail (a warm drink made from apple juice and seasoned with spices such as cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger) or hot chocolate (developed by the Historic Division of Mars based on a recipe from 1750).

    Where did the story of Santa Claus originate? Why do we give each other gifts and cards? To find out more about these traditions, try out our interactive terminals.

    The Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site is at 458 Rue Notre-Dame E.

    More information at http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/qc/etiennecartier/activ/noel-victorien-victorian-christmas.aspx


    Youth (ages 5 to 16): $5.80
    Adults: $7.80
    Seniors: $7.30
    Family: $19.60