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Jessica, Preston | December 1, 2017

It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of the holidays. If the pressures of the season begin to weigh on you, take a step back and enjoy Christmas the way it would have been celebrated in a simpler time. Consider checking out a Region of Waterloo Museums Family Pass to get a glimpse of Christmas past at one of our local museums.

The Waterloo Region Museum’s Doon Heritage village is a delight in December. Visit during Country Christmas (Sundays from December 3-17th, 11am to 4pm) to experience a rural village Christmas in 1914. Scottish, German, and English Christmas traditions are represented throughout the village as they would have been observed at the time. Enjoy horse drawn wagon rides and Christmas carol singalongs. If you’re very lucky you might even come upon Father Christmas himself!

The Schneider House is open Wednesday-Saturday until Christmas Eve. Be sure to attend the annual Christmas Open House on December 1st; this beautiful old homestead is always worth a visit, but it’s especially lovely when they’re offering traditional snacks and live music!

Cambridge’s own McDougall Cottage is open Wednesday-Sunday until December 17th. Their Holiday Open House is December 10th from 1 to 4pm. The charming stone cottage is at its most picturesque around the holidays, so be sure to visit before it closes for the season.

If you can’t make it to one of our wonderful museums, bring the museum to you! Read up on Christmas history, decorate your home with traditional handmade decorations, or experiment with some tasty traditional recipes.