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Holiday Season at the Museum

Enjoy our activities for the whole family

Until January 9

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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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In the light of the rising number of COVID-19 cases, the Canadian Museum of History is closing to the public effective immediately and will reopen on January 19, 2022. The Museum will continue to present rich and dynamic digital offerings on its website during the closure.

Gingerbread characters embody the warmth of this holiday season at the Canadian Museum of History!

Enjoy the festive lights and flavours by joining in seasonal events for all ages and gingerbread-themed family activities. Search for gingerbread characters hiding throughout the Museum, explore our exhibitions and take in a film at CINE+.

Be sure to visit our blog for some special holiday-themed behind the scenes content.

There’s something festive and fun for everyone!

Admission to the Museum of History includes access to all the Museum’s galleries and exhibitions.

Due to its highly interactive experience, the Canadian Children’s Museum remains temporarily closed.

To learn more, scroll down or click on one of the links below.


Two women looking up at the Christmas tree

Photo: Marie-Andrée Blais

Museum’s Tree-Lighting

December 3, 2021 to January 9, 2022
Come and admire the Museum’s dazzling outdoor tree throughout the holiday season. Adorned with thousands of red and green lights, the Christmas tree, which stands 14 metres high, will illuminate the Museum’s Plaza from December 3 until January 9, 2022.


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Enter Our Amateur Photography Contest to Win a Gift Certificate from the Museum’s Gift Shop

It’s easy! Take a picture of a luminous object or place that brings you joy during these grey days: lights, candles, buildings — anything goes! Share your photograph on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, with the hashtag #LightsCanMusHistory. The randomly selected winner will receive a $100 gift certificate for the Museum Gift Shop.

Christmas Tree

Photo: Greg Kolz

Contest Details

Duration: The contest runs from December 3, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. EST, to January 9, 2022 at 5 p.m. EST.

How to enter: Take a picture of a luminous object or place that brings you joy, and share it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, with the hashtag #LightsCanMusHistory.

Eligibility: You must be at least 18 years of age to participate.

Draw: The winner will be drawn at random from all eligible entries. The draw will be held between January 10 and 16, 2022.

Prize: A $100 gift certificate for the Museum’s Gift Shop. This prize cannot be exchanged for its cash value.

Good luck, everyone!


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Gingerbread Activities


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Behind the Scenes


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