November 27, 2018
Inside Ottawa Valley
Come by Heritage House Museum and enjoy the most festive event of the year on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Live music, tea in the parlour, goodies, meet local artists and a jolly old soul at the Victorian Christmas Party. Share in the sights, sounds and flavours of an 1860s Christmas. Gather around a traditionally decorated tree in the parlour and enjoy a cup of tea or hot apple cider with a homemade seasonal treat, made specially by the museum’s elves. Admission is $5 or free for children 12 and under.
Guests who are looking for a little more history on Christmas traditions are welcome to wander through the period rooms of the house with a tour guide at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Discover the origins of holiday rituals from the first Christmas cards and holiday music, to decorations and food. For our younger visitors there are a variety of crafts, games and activities throughout the afternoon. Come visit the craft corner or search the museum to help Santa find his elves! Faces young and old will surely brighten up as Santa Claus makes a special appearance, before he returns to the North Pole to pack his sleigh for Christmas Eve. Don’t forget to ask Santa for a photograph by the old fireplace in the parlour.
During their visit, guests will also experience the original artwork that is on display as part of the 37th annual Art Show and Sale and visit Hogwarts for Christmas in our Magical World of Smiths Falls exhibit. Several of the local exhibiting artists will be on hand to discuss their pieces, and children can make a special Harry Potter ornament to hang on their trees. The museum gift shop will offer holiday sales, samples, and draws. Pick up that perfect artisan craft, ornament, jewelry or local history book.