Children's Holiday Party

holiday sweaters hanging on a clothes line

Join us for some virtual holiday cheer and fun!

Saturday, December 4, 2021
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Separate zoom rooms for each activity

We look forward to spending the morning with you and your families as we celebrate the holiday season together.

Select the activities your family would like to join by clicking on the 'Zoom Room' button in each activity box. Once you click the link the zoom room will launch. For the best experience, ensure the Zoom application is updated on your device.

We encourage you to explore all the activities available on the Children’s Holiday Party Website, including the virtual holiday photo booth and printable activity sheets.

Download your festive Zoom Background

Holiday Photo Booth - December 3 - 6

Visit the virtual holiday photo booth to capture festive memories with your family. 

 

 

The photo booth will be available from 9:00 am Friday, December 3rd, until 9:00 am Monday, December 6th. 

Questions or Technical Support?

If you have questions throughout the morning or need technical support, please reach out to mohawk.events [at] mohawkcollege.ca.

 

10:00 am - 10:20 am (select one of the following activities)

Holiday cookies sitting on a tray

Holiday Baking

Recommended age: All ages with adult assistance

Follow along at home to create some yummy Holiday Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows.

Join the Holiday Baking Zoom

Supplies Needed

You will require the following supplies to participate:

  • Large marshmallows (3 per stick)
  • Sticks or straws
  • Melting chocolate (chocolate wafers, chocolate chips, candy melts, etc.) in red, green, white and brown or preferred colours you would like. Having 3 colours available will allow you to create festive designs
  • Sprinkles
  • Microwave safe bowls to melt chocolate
  • Forks 
  • Microwave
Bingo card with holiday images on the card like tree and angle

Picture Bingo

Recommended age: 4+

Young guests can participate in this classic game using holiday images instead of numbers.

Join the Bingo Zoom

Question marks all over

Holiday Trivia

Recommended age: 8+

Test your holiday knowledge with a fun game of festive trivia!

Join the Trivia Zoom

 

Supplies Needed

In addition to the zoom we will be using a third party trivia site for this game. 

You can join Zoom and split your Zoom window and have the internet browser open with the trivia site or you can join zoom on a laptop and use your mobile device/tablet to load the trivia site.

 

10:30 am - 10:50 am (select one of the following activities)

Cartoon of three kids singing

Holiday Sing-a-long

Recommended age: All ages

Join this festive session to sing-a-long with Hamilton Wentworth District School Board Music Teacher Rob Blunsdon, as he and his guitar, lead us in some fun-filled holiday tunes. 

Join the Sing-a-long Zoom

Snowman painting

Snowman Painting

Recommended age: 6+

Join Mohawk’s own Heather Bridge and follow along step-by-step to create a snowman painting.

Join the Painting Zoom

Supplies Needed

For best results, we recommend using the supplies listed below however this craft can also be done using markers or crayons.

Supplies can be found at the dollar store.

  • Acrylic paint set (or any paint).  Blue, white, black and orange (you can select your own colour for the scarf and hat).
  • Artist canvas (or paper)
  • Paintbrushes (a few different sizes)
  • Pencil eraser
Question marks all over

Holiday Trivia

Recommended age: 8+

Test your holiday knowledge with a fun game of festive trivia!

Join the Trivia Zoom

 

Supplies Needed

In addition to the zoom we will be using a third party trivia site for this game. 

You can join Zoom and split your Zoom window and have the internet browser open with the trivia site or you can join zoom on a laptop and use your mobile device/tablet to load the trivia site.

 

11:00 am - 11:30 am (every one to join)

 

Graemazaing Magic Show & Special Guest

Be amazed as Mohawk alumni Graeme Reed '08 performs magic.

Closing Remarks by President Ron McKerlie and a visit by a very special guest.

 

Join the Magic Show Zoom

Santa sliding down a string of lights

 

 

At Home Holiday Activities

 

Letters to Santa

Send a letter to Santa via Canada Post. Santa and the postal elves are busy this time of year. Send your mail to the North Pole in time to hear back from Santa.

Santa's Address

Santa Claus
North Pole
H0H 0H0
Canada

Letter to Santa Template (PDF)

Tips for Caregivers (Canada Post Website)

Holiday Activity Sheets

Have fun with these fillable interactive PDF activity sheets.

Christmas Traditions Around the World

 

Christmas Around the World

Please note: This is only a sample of what some countries do. For additional information, check out ‘Resources for Children’ below.

Egypt  - The Coptic Church celebrates Christmas on January 7 and it is celebrated by a Christmas service that ends at midnight and a special meal known as “fata” consisting of bread, rice, garlic and boiled meat.

Haiti - On Dec. 21, worshippers hike to a hilltop to sing and pray for 5 days until Christmas.

Holland - St. Nicholas arrives in November, bringing gifts. He arrives with his helper, Piet, in a boat and they both travel from their home in Spain. They then visit the children on Dec. 5th to give them gifts.

Hungary - On Dec. 6th, children are visited by Mikulas or St. Nicholas and receive a small gift. On Christmas Eve, called Holy Evening, families open presents left by Baby Jesus and the angels and then attend Midnight Mass.

Iran - Iranian people have a variety of religions with most people being of the Muslim faith. Some of the Christian people in Iran celebrate Christmas by not eating any animal products for 25 days before December 25th and they celebrate Christmas with delicious feasts and merriment.

ItalyBefana, the witch, flies from house to house on her broom looking for Baby Jesus and leaves sweets for children. 

MexicoEach night until Christmas, children dress up as Mary and Joseph and go door to door looking for lodging, re-enacting the Bible story. After Christmas dinner, children break a piñata.

Spain - Children leave gifts of food on Christmas Eve for the Three Wise Men’s camels.

Ukraine - Orthodox Ukrainians celebrate Christmas on January 7 and a tradition is for everyone to taste all 12 traditional dishes served.

Vietnam - Even though Christmas is a Christian holiday and Christians make up only a small part of the Vietnamese population, Christmas is still celebrated as a major festival with decorations and special food. Some children leave their shoes at the front door on Christmas Eve and Santa fills them with treats. 


References:

  • Hirshberg, C. (1996). Christmas around the world. Life, 19(14), 24.
  • Stalcup, A., Beem, J. A., Hall, C., Scherer, J., & Moore, A. W. (2008). Christmas around the world. Faces, 25(3), 38–41.

  • The Holiday Spot. (n.d.) Christmas celebrations around the world. The holiday spot. Retrieved November 26, 2021 from https://www.theholidayspot.com/christmas/worldxmas/

Other Winter Holidays Include:

Hanukkah

Celebrated this year Nov. 28 – Dec. 6 by Jewish people to celebrate the re-dedication of the Second Temple of Jerusalem in 200 BC, it is also called the Feast of Dedication and the Festival of Lights. Jewish people light the nine-branched menorah over the course of 8 nights, one per night until each candle is lit. The lights represent freedom, love of liberty and also the light of faith.

Kwanzaa (USA)

Celebrated this year from Dec. 26 – Jan. 1. This holiday was created in the United States in 1966 as a way to celebrate African American culture and community. Kwanzaa is celebrated with song, dancing, storytelling and large traditional meals. Over seven nights, families gather and one child lights one of the candles of the Kinara and then the family discusses one of the seven principles or values of African culture that contribute to building community among African Americans.

St. Stephen's Day (Europe)

This holiday is celebrated on Dec. 26 by Western Christians, on Dec. 27 by Eastern Christians and on January 9 by Christian Orthodox churches that follow the Julian calendar and commemorates the first Christian martyr, St. Stephen. In some countries, it is recognized as an official public holiday. In some regions, the tradition is to celebrate it by dressing in elaborate straw masks and going door to door singing or performing comical routines, begging for money or treats.


References:

  • Hanukkah. (2020). Salem Press Encyclopedia.

  • History.com Editors. (2020, December 7). Kwanzaa. History.com. Retrieved November 30, 2021 from https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/kwanzaa-history

  • Johnson, M. M. (1997). The Irish celebrate St. Stephen’s Day. British Heritage, 19(1), 14.


Questions or Technical Support?

If you have questions throughout the morning or need technical support, please reach out to mohawk.events [at] mohawkcollege.ca.