Christmas in your classroom!

VIRTUAL Yesteryear Christmas

Yesteryear Christmas is back for 2020 – virtually!  

Cost: $30/ class
Length:  Approximately 20 minutes 

Journey back through time and experience Christmas a hundred years ago. Treat your class to a fast-paced, pre-recorded virtual tour of the Miner’s Cottage, before and after it’s decorated for the season! Students will learn how miners’ families lived in Nanaimo, and marvel at a candle-lit Christmas tree, homemade ornaments, and wooden toys waiting for Christmas morning. Inquiry questions and an educator background resource provides the history of the cottage and optional extension activities.  The video will be available to registered classes from December 1-18, and can be viewed as many times as desired.  Virtual Yesteryear Christmas meets provincial Social Studies curriculum for grades K-3 

Christmas Ornament Craft (included) 

Students can also make their own holiday ornament as a seasonal craft kit is included in the booking fee.  After booking their class, teachers will be notified when their craft kit is available for pick up at the museum, Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00-3:30.   

Instructions and pre-cut materials for the Christmas Ornament craft are included, but teachers will need to supply glue and felt-tip pens. We recommend Aleene’s Tacky Glue and Sharpies, but any liquid glue and felt-tip markers should work. 

Fireside Chat (optional booking) 

Cost: $10/ class
Length: 20 minutes

An opportunity for students to chat with a live museum educator, and learn about different Christmas and winter traditions around the world.  Available December 1 – 16, Tuesday to Friday.  The session is delivered through Microsoft Teams or Zoom. 

Optional – Fireside Chats must be specifically booked as an add-on to Virtual Yesteryear Christmas – it is not automatically included in your booking.

To book, Virtual Yesteryear Christmas with or without the Fireside Chat add-on, contact Steph Kveton at or fill in the form at the bottom of this page. Please specify if you would like to book the Fireside Chat add-on in the comment section.

Access Portal

After booking, follow this link to access the Yesteryear Christmas video and craft instructions! This portal is password protected – you will receive the code when booking your program.

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