The National Gallery of Canada is the place to be this holiday season, with a celebration of storytelling from several cultural traditions, and fun activities for the entire family.
On weekends in December, storytellers will be on hand to share wondrous tales related to Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and the Winter Solstice. Our festive Interpreters will also be offering craft kits to visitors of all ages, making a trip to the Gallery the perfect family outing at this special time of year.
Join us in the Scotiabank Great Hall on four afternoons in December for Holiday Storytellers at the NGC, and enjoy seasonal tales for everyone by the region’s top storytellers.
English – 1:00 to 1:45 pm
French – 2:15 to 3:00 pm
Places are limited — first come, first served.
Social distancing and other COVID-19 protocols will be in place.
Sunday, December 5
A special afternoon of stories celebrating the Jewish Festival of Lights.
Selina Eisenberg (English),
Oro Anahory Librowicz (French)
Sunday, December 12
Top storytelling teams share entertaining stories for this magical time of year.
Mary Wiggen and Kathie Kompass (English),
Lorraine M. Jeansonne and Le Pére Garneau (French)
Saturday, December 18
Join us for festive tales celebrating the African holiday of Kwanzaa.
Ken Campbell and
Dr. Clyde Ledbetter, Jr. (English),
Abigail Eyob and
Ken Campbell (French)
Sunday, December 19 [CANCELLED]
Please note that the December 19 storytelling events are cancelled.
Get ready for winter with an afternoon of Algonquin tales.
Simon Brascoupé and
Mairi Brascoupé (English),
Elder Annie Smith St-Georges (French)
10:30 am to 3:00 pm
Drop by the Family Art Adventures kiosk for some holiday fun. Make a mini-snowperson, and create your own greeting cards.
Explore the Gallery with a self-guided activity kit, or sign up for a private 30-minute Art Adventure tour. Our skilled team will take you through the galleries, lead in-gallery games, and even give you a mini-drawing lesson!
Print the downloaded cards, then draw a picture of your favourite holiday meal or winter activity. To make a greeting card, simply fold the page.
Need some inspiration? Check out As the Old Sing, So the Young Pipe, painted circa 1640 by Jacob Jordaens (and Workshop) and Winter Landscape, Laval, painted in 1862 by Cornelius Krieghoff, then download the cards.
Don’t miss the Gallery’s stunning representation of the Aurora Borealis on the sails of the Scotiabank Great Hall from December 4 through January 9.
Illuminated at sunset, this display of colour will be visible from numerous nearby vantage points. Dynamic, alive and changing, the Northern Lights represent the diverse voices, ideas, artists, perspectives, times, and places that are embodied in the Gallery’s path forward — Ankosé — meaning “everything is connected.” An Anishinaabemowin word that emerged through conversation with Elders from the unceded territory upon which the Gallery is located, Ankosé recognizes the limitless connections that exist beyond the frame.
Happy Goat Coffee Co.
After visiting our exhibitions, stop by the Happy Goat Coffee Co. for a delicious winter warm-up. Enjoy a hot cocoa or other seasonal beverage, along with a special treat. And don’t forget to take home some roasted gourmet beans for the coffee lovers in your life! Happy Goat Hours
Give the gift of inspiration, creativity and art with a membership to the National Gallery of Canada.
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