Gather Around the Christmas Tree

Thursday 8 December 2016
Activities at 5 pm – Tree lighting at 6:30 
Scotiabank Great Hall – Free admission from 5 to 8 pm

The Gallery’s magnificent Christmas tree, standing nearly 12 meters tall and six meters wide, is back for the holiday season. The tree will be lit on Thursday 8 December at 6:30 pm. Join us from 5 pm for a festive evening featuring a variety of activities for the entire family. Admire the colours of the tree and listen to Christmas carols performed by the violin ensemble Stellae Boreales while enjoying a delicious hot chocolate. The tree will be on display in the Scotiabank Great Hall until 9 January 2017.

Special offer for Members, Thursday 8 December only, take advantage of a 25% discount on Gallery Boutique purchases. Not a member? Become one now

Proud sponsor of the National Gallery of Canada Christmas Tree:

The Christmas Tree Lighting is supported by:
Lecompte Electric Inc., Lafleur de la Capitale, 360 Advanced Security Corporation, Swing N Scaff Inc., Almyr Construction Inc.

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Saturday 24 December 2016 to Sunday 8 January 2017, from 11 am to 4 pm

Closed 25 December and 1 January
In the Scotiabank Great Hall
Included with admission to the Gallery

Artissimo invites families to come and create artistic projects related to works at the Gallery. During the holiday season, make pine cone figures and animal sculptures inspired by works in the national collection.
Learn more

Artissimo Studio

Monday 26 December 2016 to Sunday 8 January 2017, from 11 am to 4 pm

Closed 24, 25, 31 December and 1 January
In Studio 1
Included with admission to the Gallery

Join us at the Artissimo Studio, where families can have fun making art – and then leave the mess behind! Let your creativity run wild and explore new materials while taking part in the air-dry clay workshop or the watercolour laboratory. Learn more

Christmas Concert

Sunday 18 December 2016
at 11 am

Scotiabank Great Hall
Included with admission to the Gallery

Experience a Winter Wonderland while the National Capital Concert Band paints a musical canvas with Christmas and holiday tunes next to our majestic tree.


Take advantage of the holidays and visit our temporary exhibitions. Learn more about exhibitions at the Gallery.

Alex Janvier

Until 17 April 2017
Admire the unique style and colours of works by Alex Janvier, one of the most renowned contemporary painters in Canada, in this major retrospective that brings together more than 150 works by the artist. Learn More

Josef Sudek.
The Intimate World of Josef Sudek

Until 26 February 2017
Explore the city of Prague through the eyes of photographer Josef Sudek, known as the “poet of Prague,” via more than 160 works by the artist and his artistic circle. Learn More

Cutline: The Photography Archives of The Globe and Mail

Until 12 February 2017
Explore the golden age of newspaper photography via The Globe and Mail photo archives and discover how images were cropped and retouched before the age of digitization. Learn More

Gift of Membership

Treat your family and friends to a gift membership to the National Gallery of Canada. Enjoy a $10 discount on the purchase of memberships between 17 November and 21 December and receive a special gift package. Promotion is valid for Family, Individual, Senior and Student memberships.
Learn more

Plan Your Visit

Holiday Hours

The Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm and Thursdays until 8 pm. Closed Mondays. Open every day between 26 and 31 December — Closed 25 December and 1 January. Open 2 January. Closes at 5 pm on 24 and 31 December.

The Boutique is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5:30 pm. Closed Mondays except 19 December: parking is free 19 December with a minimum $25 purchase before tax. Closes at 5 pm on 24 and 31 December.

For additional information on Gallery hours, please click here.


Adults — $12
Seniors and full-time students — $10
Youth, 12 to 19 — $6
Families (two adults and three youth) — $24
Children under 12 and Members — Free

Admission includes access to the national collection and special exhibitions.

Getting Here

National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa. Google Map.

Underground Parking

$2.75 per half hour, daily maximum $14 (Members $12). The clearance for our underground parking garage is 6 feet. Parking also permitted on adjacent streets. Learn more about other on-site amenities at the National Gallery.

Contact Us

Have a question about visiting the National Gallery of Canada? Don’t hesitate to get in touch. Contact us at 613-990-1985 or 1-800-319-ARTS and via email at or check out our list of Frequently Asked Questions.


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