A Victorian Christmas at the Cartier’s

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Looking for a touch of class this Holiday season? Discover how styles dating back to 1867 are still in vogue 150 years later! Be charmed by the elegant Victorian decor featuring miniature fir trees, handmade cards and of course, champagne!

It’s Christmas, 1867; the Confederation has just been formed, and festivities are in full swing at the Cartier home! All the latest trends in decoration, cooking and fashion are sought out to delight the guests. During your visit to the house, discover the history and unexpected origins of some of our still-current holiday traditions. If you’re looking to go out with friends or need a break from December’s hustle and bustle, come visit the Cartier house with its festive decorations. You can enjoy a hot drink by the fireplace, take a souvenir photo with charming period accessories, or make your own personalized holiday card.

A vintage Christmas tree

The program

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Costumed presentation in the Victorian house

Let yourself be enchanted by guides in period costumes who will describe how the bourgeoisie in Montreal prepared for Christmas in 1867: how they decorated their homes, what they ate, what traditions they observed, and more!

What’s more, short videos will explain the origins of the tradition of gift-giving and the history of Santa Claus - before he became a mascot for Coca-Cola!

Icône de deux coupes de champagne

Pop! Champagne!

History Presentation and Champagne Tasting

Dive into the opulence of Montréal’s nineteenth-century bourgeoisie and, tasting a Champagne glass in hand, discover the world of this prized wine of the Victorian era. A chic, trendy must-have!

People on red chairs around a fire near a brick wall

Hot drinks by the fireplace

Take a break from the December frenzy and enjoy a hot, old-fashioned drink next to the fireplace. Taste wassail (a hot mulled English drink) and the new Victorian Christmas tea, specially created for the historic site. All of this with ambient music.

Old photo of Sir George-Étienne Cartier

Photo zone – Winter scene memories

Use the costumes and accessories at your disposal and have fun creating your winter scene snapshots while drawing inspiration from studio photographs that were so popular in the Victorian era!

Kissing beneath the mistletoe

A man kissing a woman beneath the mistletoe

Make your mark wearing elegant Victorian accessories. Fill the next year with love and happiness by kissing your good company beneath the traditional mistletoe.

Adult new Canadian showing his handmade Christmas card
Share the joy of creating a Christmas card

Workshop: Handmade Christmas cards

A Victorian-style Christmas card workshop will give you the opportunity to make a special gesture. Reach out to a person living alone by dedicating them a personalized card. For a second year, collected cards will be given to the Little Brothers organization. Take the time to be inspired!

Imagine a country

Imagine a country exhibition, Christmas version

The Imagine a country exhibition will also have a Christmas makeover. Come discover this participative exhibition where visitors are invited to become actors of change in society, and to share their vision of an ideal country and their end-of-year wishes.

You will also have the opportunity to vote for the traditions you think should be part of the holiday season.


Adult : $7.80
Senior : $7.30
Youth 17 and under : $3.90
Family/Group: $17.60
The indicated fees correspond to the regular admission, to which is added $3.90 by person for the special animation component.