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A Christmas Long Ago – In-Museum Program

Read and explore a Christmas story with your students through hands-on artifacts, photographs of Christmas long ago, and a tree decorating activity.






November 13, 2023 - December 22, 2023 | Saskatoon


Social Studies

Program Cost

$3 per student


2 hours

Program Type

Teacher Led Program led by a teacher, with guidance from Museum staff.


For those who celebrate, Christmas is a time when thoughts turn to family gatherings, decorated trees, turkey dinners, brightly wrapped gifts and Christmas carols. Like today, settler children in the early 20th century grew more excited as Christmas drew near – wondering what the hung stocking would hold, what new toy may be under the tree, what shape the newly cut tree would take and what goodies their family would bake.

For the A Christmas Long Ago program the teacher will be provided with a script for the story session. The story will be accompanied by a series of pictures, specific artifacts and replicas along with an explanation and directions. As well, students may place some old-fashioned decorations on a Christmas tree and/or look at some old-fashioned gifts.

Accompanied by their chaperones, students will also have a chance to explore the galleries, including the Eaton’s Once Upon A Christmas display.


A Christmas Long Ago – Full Program Information (PDF)

“The WDM’s programs are so well-organized and I always look forward to bringing my students to any program they offer each year! There’s no better way to teach our students than to use programs and resources with real-life Saskatchewan connections. A Christmas Long Ago is one of them! The students are so engaged during the story time and absolutely love finding the old artifacts in the room.” – Educator, 2022

Educator In-Service: An educator in-service session will be offered by request via Zoom. This is an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the program.


Curriculum Connections


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“The recreation of the Christmas scene was great. The students were very interested and engaged the whole time and they loved being able to participate and interact by holding different objects and trying out the old toys. The duration of the presentation seemed to be the perfect length.” – Teacher, 2021


How to book or inquire

This program is available Mondays through Thursdays, November 13 until December 22, 2023.

Sessions take place from 9:30 – 11:00 am.

Two classes with the same teacher or from the same school may attend the program on the same day, taking turns in the program space.

Applications will be accepted starting August 28, 2023.

Click here for the A Christmas Long Ago application form >>

If you have questions please email or call the Saskatoon Education Department at or 1-306-931-1910 .


Museum Manners & Program Rules

Museum Manners & our Virtual Code of Conduct are rules intended to keep students and our artifacts safe and ensure a good experience for all visitors. Please make sure your chaperones and students are aware of and ready to follow them. NOTE: Specific Museums and programs may have additional rules.... Read More

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