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Montreal Families

McCord launches holiday festivities at the museum

The McCord Stewart Museum is inviting families to take in various holiday-related activities from November 25 to January 8, as the museum decks its halls in celebration of the season.

Popular holiday window displays

Kids will likely get a kick out of the magical and nostalgic Ogilvy Christmas mechanical window. Depicting scenes that include a rustic mill and miniature handcrafted animals, the window displays constructed by German toy company Steiff Co. first appeared at Ogilvy’s department store in 1947. Taking in the display has since become a tradition for many families in Montreal. In 2018, it was donated to the museum so families could have a permanent place to visit it every year.

The Mill in the Forest will be presented outside the museum on the Victoria pedestrian street, while The Enchanted Village will be shown inside at the J.A. Bombardier Theatre. While the inside exhibit is free, donations are encouraged.

Univers enchantés, 2018. © Musée McCord Stewart

Other exhibitions to enjoy

In addition, four exhibitions are being presented in the museum’s galleries. Visitors are encouraged to take part in the Welcome! Want to Play? toy drive by donating a used toy in good condition to the museum from December 17 to 31. The toys will be given to a family that has newly arrived in Montreal. To participate, simply drop off a donation – accompanied by a card sharing a memory related to the item – in the donation box in the Enchanted Worlds exhibition in the museum’s theatre. All gifts will be distributed to families who are beneficiaries of the Centre social d’aide aux immigrants.

Those who are nostalgic for recipes from yesteryear can explore the web page What’s Cooking in Our Archives, a selection of 18th- to 21st-century recipes to test out over the holidays. With more than 1,000 cookbooks and recipe pamphlets to peruse, why not grab your apron and have a cooking session with the kids? Try your hand at maple syrup pudding, cherry crumb pudding, smoked cocktail sausages, or mini tourtières. And after the kids have gone to bed — the coronation cocktail!

On December 28 and January 4, families can check out the workshop What’s on Your Mind? at 10 a.m. The museum’s cultural mediators and Les têtes bien faites (specialists in philosophy for children) will help guide children aged 7 to 12 as they reflect on a collectively chosen topic inspired by the Ogilvy windows. In French, the workshop aims to promote open dialogue and listening. Space is limited and reservations are required on the museum’s website.

Alexander Henderson – Art and Nature © Musée McCord Stewart

Every day between December 24 and January 8, families can explore the exhibition Alexander Henderson – Art and Nature and have fun playing find and seek together. Space is limited and reservations are required on the museum’s website. And the ongoing Natu-natshishkueu: The Adventure of Connection activity invites participants to explore the exhibition Indigenous Voices of Today: Knowledge, Trauma, Resilience. Each child will receive a free backpack (while supplies last) containing a booklet that will take them on an adventure to meet Indigenous nations. This free activity is available in French and English. Recommended for children aged 6 to 11.

Round out your visit to the new Café Notman where you can enjoy hot chocolate and a menu featuring local, healthy ingredients. And holiday shoppers will find a selection of products made by local artisans in the boutique.

Tickets must be reserved online. It is free for Quebec residents the first Sunday of the month. It is always free for children 12 and under. And until December 31, it is also free for teens 13-17.

McCord Stewart Museum is located at 690 Sherbrooke St. W. For more information, visit musee-mccord-stewart.ca.

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