The National Gallery of Canada’s Scotiabank Great Hall will be full of the sights, sounds and smells of the holiday season as it welcomes the public to its annual tree lighting ceremony this Thursday, December 8th at 6:30 pm. Festivities get underway at 5 pm with Christmas carols performed by Stellae Borealis, holiday activities suitable for the whole family and mugs of complimentary hot chocolate. Admission is free. The evening wraps up at 8 pm.
This year’s tree measures 11 meters high, six meters wide, and weighs close to 1,360 kilos. The balsam fir, decorated with more than 300 large ornaments and thousands of LED lights, will sparkle every night in the Scotiabank Great Hall until January 9, 2017.
The Gallery will be open during the holidays, except on December 25 and January 1, and will organize creative artistic activities for the entire family from Saturday, December 24, to Sunday, January 8th.
Black & McDonald is the 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., and Almyr Construction Inc.
The holiday season is a great time to discover the Gallery's collection and exhibitions and create memories with family and friends:
Christmas concert: Sunday, December 18, 2016, at 11 am. Scotiabank Great Hall — included with admission to the Gallery. Experience the magic of winter while the National Capital Concert Band paints a musical canvas next to the majestic tree with Christmas and holiday tunes.
Artissimo: Sunday, December 24, 2016, to Sunday, January 8, 2017, from 11 am to 4 pm. Closed December 25 and January 1. Scotiabank Great Hall — included with admission to the Gallery. Families will have fun creating artistic projects inspired by artworks at the Gallery. Sponsored by Bell. Learn more
Artissimo Studio: Monday, December 26, 2016, to Sunday, January 8, 2017, from 11 am to 4 pm. Closed December 24, 25, 31, and January 1. In Studio 1, close by the Auditorium. Included with admission to the Gallery. At the brand new Artissimo Studio, families can have fun making art – and then leave the mess behind! They can let their creativity run wild and explore new materials while taking part in the air-dry clay workshop or the watercolour laboratory. Learn more
Alex Janvier: Until April 17, 2017. More than 150 paintings and drawings of unique style and colours by Alex Janvier, one of the most renowned contemporary painters in Canada. A major retrospective that covers nearly 70 years of Janvier’s prolific career. Learn more
The Intimate World of Josef Sudek: Until February 26, 2017. An exploration of the city of Prague through the eyes of photographer Josef Sudek. More than 160 works by the artist and his artistic circle. Learn more
Cutline: The Photography Archives of The Globe and Mail: Until February 12, 2017. An incursion into the golden age of newspaper photography and the press room before the age of digitization. Learn more
Far from the bustle of big stores, visitors will find tasteful art-inspired gifts for their loved ones at the Boutique, open Tuesday-Saturday until Christmas. On Monday, December 19, the Boutique will be open 10 am – 5 pm and visitors will receive free parking with any purchase of $25 or more. Visitors can also shop online at ShopNGC.ca and receive free shipping in Canada with purchases of $50 or more until December 18.
Give the Gift of Membership
Purchase a gift membership before December 21 and get $10 off plus a special gift package. Promotion is valid for Family, Individual, Senior and Student memberships. Learn more.
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 and all special exhibitions on view throughout the holidays.
The Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays until 8 pm. Closed Mondays. Free admission on Thursdays from 5 pm to 8 pm. Open between December 26 and January 8 inclusive. 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
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art. The Gallery also maintains Canada's premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st century, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and photographs. In 2015, the National Gallery of Canada established the Canadian Photography Institute, a global multidisciplinary research centre dedicated to the history, evolution and future of photography. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is to increase access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. For more information, please visit gallery.ca and follow us on Twitter @gallerydotca.
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