New this year free rides on a miniature Christmas train this Thursday evening
On Thursday, December 7, the public is invited to help the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) light its giant Christmas tree. The spruce tree, measuring more than 11 metres high and almost 8 metres wide, is decorated with hundreds of ornaments and some 10,000 lights. Several events leading up to the tree lighting are planned, including a performance by the Stellae Borealis violin ensemble and the making of tree ornaments. Children can also ride VIA RAIL’s Christmas Mini Train on the Plaza outside the Gallery and warm up with hot chocolate and a holiday treat inside (limited quantities available). Festivities get underway at 5 pm and the tree lighting takes place at 6:30. The fun continues until 8 pm. The Boutique will be open until 8 pm and on December 7 only, Members will benefit from a special 25% discount on purchases. Admission is free.
The tree, will sparkle in the Scotiabank Great Hall every evening until January 7, 2018. The public is invited to take selfies in front of the giant spruce tree and share them via the hash-tag #NGCTree.
The Gallery will be open throughout the holidays except for December 25 and January 1, and will offer hands-on art activities for the whole family from Saturday, December 23 to Sunday, January 7.
Black & McDonald is the proud sponsor of the National Gallery of Canada Christmas tree.
The holiday season is a great time to re-discover the Gallery's collection and exhibitions and create lasting memories with family and friends:
Christmas Concert: Sunday, December 17, 2017, from 1:30 pm to 3 pm. In the Scotiabank Great Hall — included with admission. Get into the Christmas spirit with the National Capital Concert Band (NCCB) and their holiday musical tableau. Established in1996, the NCCB is acknowledged to be one of the finest musical groups in the region. Find out more.
Artissimo: From Saturday, December 23, 2017 to Sunday, January 7, 2018, from 10 am to 4 pm. Closed on December 25 and January 1. In the Scotiabank Great Hall — included with admission. Families can enjoy participating in art activities inspired by the Gallery’s collection. Sponsored by Bell. Find out more.
Artissimo Studio: From Tuesday, December 26, 2017 to Sunday, January 7, 2018, from 10 am to 4 pm. Closed on December 24, 25 and on January 1. In Studio 1, near to the Auditorium. Included with Gallery admission. In Artissimo Studio, families can take part in fun art activities without worrying about making a mess! They can give free rein to their creativity and explore new materials in “Anything but a Brush” painting workshop in December and explore oil pastels in January. Find out more.
Canadian Biennial 2017: Until March 18, 2018. Over 100 works acquired by the Gallery in the course of the past three years, created by more than 50 contemporary Canadian and international artists. Find out more.
James Wilson Morrice. The A.K. Prackash Collection in Trust to the Nation: Until March 18, 2018. A journey to the favourite places to paint of the first Canadian artist to enjoy international renown during his lifetime. Find out more.
Gold and Silver: Images and Illusions of the Gold Rush: The story of the two great gold rushes told in fascinating, largely unpublished images. Until April 2, 2018. Find out more.
Frontera. Views of the U.S.-Mexico Border: Seven contemporary photographic approaches to the frontier between Mexico and the United States in images shot between 1997 and 2017. Until April 2, 2018. Find out more.
PhotoLab 3: Between Friends: Until February 3, 2018. The works of the young Canadian photographer Andreas Rutkauskas on the borderland between Canada and the United States. Find out 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 Thursday December 7 only, Members will benefit from a special 25% discount on purchases. 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 17.
Give the Gift of Membership
Short on ideas for your friends and family? They will be delighted to find a gift membership in their Christmas stocking this year. In addition to unlimited admission to the national collection and all special exhibitions, as well as exclusive Member previews, Members benefit from discounts at the Boutique, the Cafeteria, activities and workshops, as well as on parking while visiting the Gallery, and free subscriptions to the online NGCmagazine and the monthly e-newsletter. Learn more.
During the holiday season, the Gallery is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, and until 8 pm on Thursdays, from December 26 to 31. Closed on December 25 and January 1. Open January 2. For more information, please visit the Gallery’s Website.
Tickets: $15 (adults); $13 (seniors 65+); $7 (24 and under/students); $30 (families: two adults and three youth, 17 and under). Admission is free from 5 pm to 8 pm on Thursdays for all visitors, and every day for children 11 and under and for Members. Includes admission to the NGC Collection. Free admission on Thursdays from 5 pm to 8 pm. For more information, please visit the Gallery’s Website.
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 centuries, 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 center 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, visit gallery.ca and follow us on Twitter @NatGalleryCan, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram
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