Santas Are Taking Over the Stewart Museum

Free admission to the museum throughout the exhibition!


Come to St. Helen’s Island for a magical moment!

The magic of Christmas is coming to the Stewart Museum from November 16, 2016, to January 8, 2017. It is the 4
th edition of this event that has become an annual tradition for families and its fervent fans. Visitors are invited to see some 30 figurines of the jolly man in red and a gorgeous Szálasi doll castle that comes to life at the sound of music. Adding to the fun is a special program linked to the exhibition. Although admission to the Museum is free throughout the exhibition, donations are welcome.

Many of the Santas were handmade by American artists such as Beth Cameron, Lynn West and Lynn Haney, while others were created by Quebec artist Carole Landreville. They illustrate a fascinating aspect of doll making and show how the artistic representation of one of the best-known and loved figures in folklore has changed.

You will also see old photographs illustrating the pleasures of winter and learn about holiday season traditions. 


Santa will also visit the Museum on December 4 and 18, 2016 from 1 p.m to 3 p.m to collect the children wish gifts and take pictures. Come early!

Castle Ball animation (duration: 5 minutes)
From 10 a.m to 4 p.m. (every half-hour)

Families activities: 
At all time  
  • Christmas workshop - All the time
  • Scavenger hunt for children 3 to 10 years - All the time
  • Screening of 3 animated short films 
    From 10 h 05 a.m. to 4 h 35 p.m. (every :05 et :35 dès 10 h 05) | Approximative time : 25 minutes  

    An old box
     by Paul Driessen (bilingual) 
    by Frédéric Back (bilingual) and courtesy of Ici Radio-Canada
    Hold-up at Far West 
    by Jeff Hale (in French only).
Weekends only and weekdays from December 26, 2016,  to January 6, 2017
  • Stories reading. (bilingual or in the language spoken by children present)
    11 h 05 a.m et 2 h 05 p.m | Approximative time : 20 minutes
    Oh, What a Christmas!
    Finding Christmas

The Stewart Museum will be open exceptionally on December 26 and 27, 2016 and January 2 and 3, 2017 It will be closed on December 25, 2016, and January 1, 2017.


The Museum invites you to bring your own meals and snacks, which can be enjoyed in the entrance. (microwave non-available) 

Ball Night at the Szálasi Castle

Rudolph Szálasi, a professional soldier turned toy furniture maker after the Second World War. Based in Tann, in German Bavaria, his family ran the company, the Szálasi Boutique, is well known for its line of gilt furniture of Rococo Style made from the 1950’s through the 1980’s.

This elegant castle dates from 1975. It is composed of a ballroom where little couples dance the waltz to the harpsichord in the company of the royal family. The second floor displays the Queen’s chambers with bedroom and tearoom. Balconies allow the dolls to watch the festivities and a royal coach was driven by a coachman with livery takes the guests to this grand evening.

Video: Simon Lajoie


Pay parking ($)