The magnificent Christmas tree, standing nearly 12 meters tall and six meters wide, is back for the holiday season in the Scotiabank Great Hall of the National Gallery of Canada (NGC). Members of the public are invited to attend the tree lighting ceremony this Thursday, December 3 at 7 pm sharp, when some 12,000 bulbs will be lit on this natural tree, the largest ever installed at the Gallery. Admission is free from 5 pm to 8 pm.
In addition, at 5 pm, visitors can enjoy the magical atmosphere of the Scotiabank Great Hall while taking part in various activities and savouring a complimentary hot chocolate and holiday treat. Stellae Boreales, Ottawa Suzuki Strings’ premier performance violin ensemble, will perform holiday melodies. And for a lasting memory, visitors can have their picture taken in front of the tree, in a festive frame. In the Garden Court, children and adults can express their artistic sides by colouring pictures from Beauty’s Awakening, or create original drawings inspired by the exhibition.
The Café in the Scotiabank Great Hall is the perfect spot to take in the spectacular Christmas tree. Visitors will be able to savour a light snack with a glass of wine or indulge their sweet tooth with dessert and espresso at affordable prices.
Black & McDonald is the proud sponsor of the National Gallery of Canada Christmas tree.
Magical moments at the Gallery
Throughout the holiday season, the National Gallery of Canada offers a range of activities and exhibitions that will allow visitors to spend memorable moments with family or friends.
Christmas Concert: National Capital Concert Band – Sunday December 13 from 1:30 to 2:45 pm. In the Scotiabank Great Hall. Free with admission. Experience a winter wonderland while the National Capital Concert Band paints a musical canvas with Christmas and holiday tunes beside our beautiful tree. Founded in 1996, the NCCB has established a reputation as one of the area’s premiere performing ensembles. Over 50 musicians will perform music ranging from Handel to Irving Berlin, under the direction of Rocco Romeo.
Artissimo – Tuesday December 22, 2015 to Sunday January 3, 2016, from 11 am to 4 pm. Closed December 25 and January 1. In the Scotiabank Great Hall – Free with admission. Families can enjoy and make art in activities inspired by our national collection and current exhibitions. This holiday season we’ll be creating winter scenes, ornaments, nighttime cityscapes and more. Sponsored by Bell. Learn More.
Spotlight Talk – Saturdays and Sundays until January 3, 2016, and weekdays from December 28 to January 3, 2016 at 2 pm (English) and 2:30 pm (French), in the Prints, Drawings & Photography Galleries. Free with admission. Join a 10-minute talk on a work in the exhibition Beauty’s Awakening: Drawings by the Pre-Raphaelites and Their Contemporaries from the Lanigan Collection
Film: Woman in Gold – Thursday, December 10. The TIFF Film Circuit returns with Woman in Gold, a remarkable story based on Maria Altmann’s search to reclaim her heritage – Gustav Klimt’s Adele Bloch-Bauer I, a portrait of her aunt. The film screening will be followed by a conversation between Peter Altmann, son of Maria, and the Gallery’s Associate Curator of European and American Art, Anabelle Kienle Poňka. Starting at 5 pm, enjoy a tapas package inspired by Woman in Gold in the Water Court Foyer. Film and presentations in English, in the Auditorium. French simultaneous interpretation available for the pre- and post-film presentations if you make the request to [email protected] before December 3.
Monet: A Bridge to Modernity – Until February 15, 2016. Twelve remarkable paintings from a pivotal period in the career of Claude Monet, one of the most renowned and beloved French Impressionist painters.
Beauty’s Awakening: Drawings by the Pre-Raphaelites and Their Contemporaries from the Lanigan Collection – Until January 3, 2016. A stunning exhibition of more than 120 drawings, featuring all the major artists, movements and pictorial themes that make up the captivating art world of Victorian England.
So You Want to Be an Artist – December 5, 2015 – January 15, 2016. The next great artists have submitted their works to So You Want to Be an Artist?, a nationwide contest for teens 16 – 19 years old. See the work of the 15 finalists on view in the Artissimo Gallery.
National Collection – The Holiday season is a great time to stroll through the national collection galleries, which feature some of the Gallery’s newest acquisitions and latest installations by artists including Sophie Ristelhueber, Ian Wallace and more. Starting December 8, you can also enjoy the beautiful poinsettias in the indoor garden.
Far from the bustle of big stores, visitors will find tasteful art-inspired gifts for their loved ones at the Bookstore. Even better, they can shop online at ShopNGC.ca. On December 3 only, Members get an exclusive 25% off.
Give the gift of Membership
Purchase a gift membership before December 21 and get $10 off plus a special gift package.* Buy it in person at the main entrance or Bookstore before 5 pm on December 21. Or place your order online, by phone (613-990-1298) or via email at [email protected] before December 11 to have your gift membership mailed for free and in time for Christmas (within Canada).
* Promotion is valid for Family, Individual, Senior and Student memberships.
Tickets: $12 (adults); $10 (seniors and full-time students); $6 (youth: 12-19); $24 (families: two adults and three youth). Admission is free for children under the age of 12 and for Members. Includes admission to the NGC Collection.
The NGC is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays until 8 pm. Closed Mondays. Open between December 26 and 31. Closed on December 25 and January 1. For more information call 613-990-1985 or 1-800-319-ARTS.
About the National Gallery of Canada
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