Join Matthew Wilkinson for a special holiday episode of Ask A Historian on December 9, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

This week Matthew welcomes Lindsay Doren, Coordinator of Education and Engagement for the Museums of Mississauga, as they explore some holiday traditions of the past and the many upcoming holiday events offered by Museums of Mississauga.

We invite you to register for one, or all, of the holiday events through Eventbrite.


Bradley Museum
Citrus and Spice for Christmas
Learn about the tradition of using and eating citrus fruits and ginger root at Christmas and why they are a holiday treat. Decorate and take home a gingerbread cookies
Dec 11 & 12, 2021

Weird and Wacky Holiday Traditions
What is a Christmas pickle? Why would you dive face first in a flaming bowl of raisins? Why do we get coal as a gift? Find out on this tour exploring weird and wacky Christmas traditions. Make and take home a holiday ornament.
Dec 18 & 19, 2021

Benares Historic House
Snap, Crackle and Pop: Christmas by Firelight
Learn how fire played a part in Victorian Christmas traditions and why we have a holiday called Boxing Day. Make and take home a Christmas cracker.
Dec 11 & 12, 2021

A Magical Holiday
The holidays are an extra magical time in the wizarding world. Join us at Benares to learn about the real world origins of wizarding world holiday traditions and enjoy some magic-themed holiday activities.
Dec 18 & 19, 2021

You are invited to email us questions you have about Mississauga and we encourage you to send a short (less than 1 minute) MP4 video of your question, which we may feature in one of our “Ask a Historian” videos.

Any questions not featured in our videos will receive a written response from Matthew.

We would also love to feature questions from young Mississauga residents who are curious about their city and will feature a dedicated video to these inquisitive kids.

Send your questions to us at: [email protected]

Photo credit:
Image of Corporal Ballard’s headstone created by Isabelle Perrot and Guillaume van der Wende