Discovering the Winter Solstice

As the snow starts to fall and the winter season begins, your class is invited to join us for an exploration of the traditions that celebrate the Winter Solstice. Did you know many of our own holiday customs come from these historical winter celebrations and traditions?

With the use of a multi-media presentation, storytelling, and hands-on discovery, students will examine why we decorate with evergreens, burn a Yule log, and decorate with froebal stars and hang himmelis.

Each student will work with museum staff to create their own german star ornament to take home with them.

Dates Available:

  • November 21st - December 12th, 2017
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
  • 10:00 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.
  • Duration: 90 minutes

Curriculum Links:

  • Gr 1 / 2: Heritage and Identity: Changing Roles, Responsibilities & Community Traditions
  • Gr 3: Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada 1780-1850


  • $2.50/student
  • No fee for students enrolled in L&A County Schools
  • Helpers and teachers are free, we encourage multiple helpers to attend our programs.

To book, please contact JoAnne Himmelman at 613-354-3027 ext. 3506 or You can also fill out our online request form.

The museum prefers to a maximum of one class per session, but if you are busing from a distance, we can accommodate two classes with a maximum of 50 students. Please contact museum staff for details.

Programs are offered on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10am and 12:30pm, subject to availability. Please let us know your preferred date and time. Staff will contact you to confirm the date of your visit.