A Victorian Christmas at the Cartier’s

Pineapple and Christmas baubles on a table

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

Individual visits

December 1 to 30
Weekends, from 10 am to 5 pm

December 26 to 30
Every day, from 10 am to 5 pm

Group visits

Reserve now

From November 19 to December 21
From Monday to Friday: 10 am to 5 pm

From November 24 to December 23
Saturday and Sunday: 9:30 am to noon

The program

Costumed woman wiht kids
Try on accessories of an other era!

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!

At 4 p.m., sample a sweet typical 19th century champagne during a history presentation.


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, paired with a square of old-fashioned chocolate… All of this with ambient music.


Young girl wearing a crinoline

Victorian clothing exhibition

Victorian-style clothing, as worn by Cartier and his family, will be showcased to highlight the richness and artistry of Montreal fashion at the time. Come to explore the trend of yesteryear!


Kissing beneath the mistletoe

A man kissing a woman beneath the mistletoe

Make your mark wearing elegant accessories and Victorian clothing. 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.


Fees

Adult : $7.80
Senior : $7.30
Youth 17 and under : $3.90

The indicated fees correspond to the 2018 regular admission, to which is added $3.90 by person for the special animation component.