Santas Are Taking Over the Stewart Museum

Come to St. Helen’s Island for a magical moment!

Now in its 4th edition, this holiday event has become an annual tradition for families and its fervent fans. Visitors are invited to see some 30 figurines of the jolly man in red and a gorgeous Szálasi doll castle that comes to life at the sound of music. Adding to the fun is a special program linked to the exhibition.

Many of the Santas were handmade by American artists such as Beth Cameron, Lynn West and Lynn Haney, while others were created by Quebec artist Carole Landreville. They illustrate a fascinating aspect of doll making and show how the artistic representation of one of the best-known and loved figures in folklore has changed.

You will also see old photographs illustrating the pleasures of winter and learn about holiday season traditions.

Santa Claus Visit
Santa will also visit the Museum on December 18, 2016 from 1 pm to 3 pm to collect the children wish gifts and take pictures. Come early!

Families activities
Weekends only and weekdays from December 26, 2016  to January 6, 2017

Christmas workshop – All the time

Castle Ball animation (duration: 5 minutes)
From 10 a.m to 4 p.m (every half-hour)

Scavenger hunt for children 3 to 10 years – All the time

Story reading (bilingual or in the language spoken by children present)
11:05 am and 2:05 pm | Approximately: 20 minutes
Oh, What a Christmas!
Finding Christmas

Screening of 3 animated short films:
From 10:05am to 4:35pm (at 5 minutes and 35 minutes past each hour starting at 10:05am) | Approximately: 25 minutes
An old box by Paul Driessen (bilingual)
Taratata by Frédéric Back (bilingual) and courtesy of Ici Radio-Canada
Hold-up at Far West by Jeff Hale (in French only).

Ball Night at the Szálasi Castle

Rudolph Szálasi, professional soldier turned toy furniture maker after the Second World War. Based in Tann, in German Bavaria, his family ran company, the Szálasi Boutique, is well known for its line of gilt furniture of Rococo Style made from the 1950’s through the 1980’s.

This elegant castle dates from 1975. It is composed of a ball room where little couples dance the waltz to the harpsichord in the company of the royal family. The second floor displays the Queen’s chambers with bedroom and tearoom. Balconies allow the dolls to watch the festivities and a royal coach driven by a coachman with livery takes the guests to this grand evening.

The Stewart Museum will be open exceptionally on December 26 and 27, 2016 and January 2 and 3, 2017.

Although admission to the Museum is free during the exhibition, donations are welcome.

BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH – The Museum invites you to bring your own meals and snacks, which can be enjoyed in the entrance. (microwave non-available)

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Video: Simon Lajoie