Official Bell Homestead NHS Website, City of Brantford

Bell Homestead Rings In A Traditional Victorian Christmas 

November 3, 2010

CONTACT: Brian Wood, Curator (519) 756-6220




Our favourite time of the year at the Bell Homestead is fast approaching. Just as the Bell’s would have readied themselves for the holiday season, so too are the Homestead’s staff and volunteers, with preparations for our annual Christmas activities.

Let the ladies of the Homestead Café help with your holiday baking. On Saturday, November 27th, 10a.m. to 2p.m., you’ll find a plethora of homemade pies, cookies, and squares at the Homestead Café’s annual Holiday Craft & Bake Sale. You’ll also find just the right stocking stuffer or gift for that certain someone with items from our various craft vendors.

Decorated with natural Victorian flair, the Bell’s home comes to life with the garlands and greenery of the holiday season. “Ringing in the Holidays” begins November 30th, affording visitors the opportunity to see the home of the invention of the telephone done up to celebrate an 1870s Yuletide. Guests will see how many of our own Christmas traditions came into being over one hundred years ago. This annual Christmas exhibition runs until December 23rd, Tuesday to Sunday, 9:30a.m. to 4:30p.m. Evening group bookings are available with advanced reservation.

Those wishing to see the Homestead in a much different light are invited to our Holiday Lamplight Tours on Saturday, December 11th and Sunday, December 12th from 5p.m. to 8p.m. Your Christmas spirit will be enlivened amid the warm light of candles and oil lamps. Homemade baked goods from Eliza Bell’s wood stove are to be enjoyed on both nights as are traditional sounds of the season with Celtic harpist, Loril Shannik. Both evenings will feature entertaining tours of the Homestead conducted by the enrichment students of Banbury Heights and Mt. Pleasant Public Schools. The museum’s gift shop will be open for last minute gift buys. Admission to the Homestead both evenings is by donation. Also, join us both evenings for Christmas dinner at the Homestead Café. $19.95 for Adults, $12.95 for Children. Reservations are required.

For further information or to book a reservation for Christmas dinner, please phone (519) 756-6220.