Elves at the Estate
Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Calling all elves!! Santa and Phil the Magic Reindeer are visiting Billings Estate National Historic Site to get you in the Christmas spirit! Join us at the museum for Christmas crafts, stories, and of course Santa!
Cost: $6.30/adult, $10.45/pair, $16.75/family
Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Séances aren’t just for Halloween! They were actually very popular at Christmas during the Victorian and Edwardian eras as a way to connect, during this very special time of the year, with a loved one who had passed. Psychic Connie Adams leads a size-restricted group of participants through a traditional séance in one of Ottawa’s oldest wood-framed houses.
Cost: $31.25/person. Registration required. Adults only, please. Registration opens Wednesday, November 1 at 10 am.
Sunday, December 10, 2017 and Sunday, December 17, 2017 from 10:30 am – 4:00 pm
Get into the holiday spirit with our annual Christmas Tea! Enjoy your traditional Christmas themed afternoon tea while listening to carolers and viewing the festive decorations around the Estate. Our Christmas Tea is always popular and reservations are strongly recommended.
Cost: $22.60/person. Reservations open Friday, November 3 at 10 am. Please call 613-247-4830 x221.
Vintage Stock Theatre's A Christmas Carol
Thursday, December 14 from 7 pm to 8 pm (Barcode: 1164689)
Friday, December 15 from 7pm to 8pm (Barcode: 1164690)
Thursday, December 21 from 7pm to 8pm (Barcode: 1164692)
Friday, December 22 from 7pm to 8pm (Barcode: 1164691)
Vintage Stock Theatre's adaptation of A Christmas Carol (by Marni Hunt-Stephens) is magically presented through scenes using familiar and well loved characters, in a uniquely period appropriate environment at Billings Estate National Historic Site. Experience an engaging performance of this holiday classic as you move throughout the Estate while Scrooge confronts his past, present, and future. This staging of A Christmas Carol is presented in English. Be sure to check the weather and to dress appropriately for conditions; parts of this performance will take place outdoors. Please be advised that the performance route includes climbing stairs. Recommended for ages 15 and older.
Cost: $25 per person (other pricing may apply)
How to register: You can register for this program using the City of Ottawa’s online registration system: https://apps102.ottawa.ca. On the ‘Activity Search’ page, enter the activity barcode that corresponds with your desired performance date (listed above) in the box labelled “Enter barcode number” or using the Advanced Search option, enter keyword “Christmas Carol”. Click “Add” for the desired performance date and log in to complete registration. If you do not already have an account, click “Create New Family Account”.
School Programs and Educational Activities are offered for students from kindergarten to Grade 8 from Wednesday to Friday during the months of May, June, September and October.
Food and drink
The museum's food service is known for both its quality and affordability. Specializing in refreshments and baked goods made from scratch and served overlooking heritage gardens, our food service is a unique addition to the site.
Tea on the Lawn and Boxed Lunches are available from May 17 to September 3 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, from 10:30 am until 4 pm, rain or shine. Indoor tea service can be arranged for groups during the rest of the year. Reservations are recommended to avoid disappointment.
Tea on the Lawn
The afternoon tea service overlooking this National Historic Site's beautiful flower gardens is one of the museum's most popular features. Choose a scone and tea served with Devonshire cream and jam or order our 3-tier service with finger sandwiches, scones, and desserts ($13.00 + tax per person). Reservations are highly recommended. Please call the museum at 613-247-4830.
Because we use the freshest ingredients possible, it's best to contact the museum at 613-247-4830 for the daily menu.
If you're interested in refreshments but would prefer a more casual meal than the Tea on the Lawn service, the museum can prepare a small boxed lunch for you and your family to enjoy on the park grounds of the museum. For $6.50 per meal, you'll receive one of the sandwiches being prepared as part of the tea service that day, a dessert, a drink, and a piece of fruit. Please call ahead to avoid disappointment.
Bring Your Own
Visitors are also welcome to bring their own snacks or meals and picnic in the park. To preserve the artefacts in the museum, no eating or drinking is permitted in the exhibition spaces.