Kids & Family Programs

ROM for the Holidays

Illustration of families in front of the ROM during winter.

Thank you for your ongoing support of ROM events and programs. ROM for the Holidays 2018 has closed.

For thirteen exciting days, the Royal Ontario Museum is transformed into a fun-filled winter wonderland. Experience three amazing special exhibitions, VIKINGS, Dior, and Wildlife Photographer of the Year*, that will transport you to three very different worlds.
*not included with general Museum admission.

Make, discover and explore at ROM for the Holidays with daily activities and live performances from 10:30 am until 30 minutes before closing*, all included with admission.
*unless otherwise noted.

Daily activities include:

Living Viking History - Experience Norse daily life with re-enactments of these legendary explorers, warriors and artisans.
Program Partners: Torvik and Wulfthorpe.
Meet & greet until 30 minutes before closing, presentations at 12:30, 2:00 & 4:00 PM

SaMel Tanz - Art and culture come alive with performers SaMel Tanz as they dance their way through the ROM, with their contemporary and urban movements.
Program Partner: Toronto Fringe
1:30, 2:00 & 3:00 PM 

Sonshine & Broccoli - Get ready to sing with Sonshine & Broccoli! This high-energy, fun musical duo rock the ROM with new songs and fan favourites that will get you moving.
11:30 AM & 2:30 PM

A Wild Time - Get up close and personal with exotic wildlife and discover incredible animal facts with Hands On Exotics.
Meet & greet until 30 minutes before closing, presentations at 1:30 & 3:30 PM

Paper Couturier – Express yourself! Create and colour your own couture look to take home.

Viking Family Lounge - Join in some Viking games – compete in feats of strength, challenge your mind, or just have a roaring good time!

Deck the Halls - Be inspired by Viking voyages, wildlife, high fashion, and more! Design your own ornament to take home, or for the ROM's Holiday Tree.

Grab a Prop & Strike a Pose - Adventure, glamour, wildlife - the ROM has it all! Take an iconic selfie to immortalize your visit.

Animal Sagas – Meet some of the animals featured in Norse mythology, and ones that made the journey along the same routes as the Vikings. Can you find them all in this ROM Quest?

Making Faces – Transform yourself into a Vikings with our amazing face painting artists.
11:00 AM–4:00 PM

Wild Photos - Explore the science behind the art. See real specimens that inspire incredible wildlife photography.
11:00 AM–4:00 PM

Get Twisted - Keep your eyes open for colourful, creative sculptures by world champion balloon artist Mark Verge.

Family Selfie Trail - Lights, camera, smile! Explore the galleries while snapping photos of the highlights of your adventure.

Out of the Vaults: Ancient Games - Get upclose to ancient artifacts and learn about all the games that people liked to play.

And more!

Plan your ROM for the Holidays experience today, check before visiting for programing updates and time changes.

Whether celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or the first days of the New Year, make your holiday memories at ROM for the Holidays: Tuesday December 26, 2017 to Sunday January 7, 2018.

Looking to make the most of the time before school resumes? Give the kids a special week of discovery at Holiday Camp. This pre-registered day camp for ages 5 to 14 runs from Tuesday January 2 to Friday January 5, 2018.

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Date & Time

  • December 26, 2017 to January 7, 2018


A museum-wide event

Bloor Street (main entrance)



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Family making crafts at a holiday event at the ROM.

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