Toronto's Campbell House was ready for the holidays on Saturday with free roasted chestnuts and apple cider for $2 a glass. The tree lighting ceremony took place at 4:30 p.m. after an afternoon of children's holiday stories being told by the fire.
Campbell House is the oldest remaining home from the original Town of York built in 1822 by Upper Canada Chief Justice Sir William Campbell. The home was moved from it's first location what is now Adelaide St. and Frederick St. to it's current location at Queen Street West and University in 1972.
Today the house is open to visitors giving a view of what the town that would become Toronto was like in the very beginning. True to form, the holiday decorations are of that period said director Liz Driver. Bringing in bits of greenery and serving rich foods was how the holidays were celebrated 1822 Canadian style. Puddings rich with raisins and currants would be more in place than a tree with towering presents. In fact early Toronto holidays didn't have a tree uprooted inside, that would not come until the Victorian Age.
The large decorated tree outside is not period said Driver. With LED lights and beautiful decorations the tree brings a bit of the current Toronto to the old.
Toronto Hydro was also at Campbell House giving a free package of LED Christmas lights in exchange for two older sets. The LED lights are more energy efficient bringing down your holiday electricity costs.