St. Catharines’ Museum is Ready to Celebrate Christmas in July 

Christmas in July takes place at the Museum on Tuesday, July 23, from 6 to 8 p.m., and will include the vintage automobile on display, as well as other special artifacts photos and more from the movie. Santa will be making an appearance, there will be live music and much more.

Ralphie’s family car from the much-beloved holiday classic film “A Christmas Story” is coming to the St. Catharines Museum this July. See more details below

 Thee vintage car from the cult classic A Christmas Story – the Parker family’s 1937 Oldsmobile F37 – will be rolling into the St. Catharines Museum next week. 

An Invite from the City of St. Catharines and the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre 

Posted July 17th, 2019 on Niagara At Large 

Niagara, Ontario – The St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre is issuing a triple-dog dare to the community, with an invitation to join them for a festive celebration marking the halfway point to the holidays. 

The museum will celebrate Christmas in July as part of its Open Late series on Tuesday, July 23, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The family friendly event will include some Christmas movie history, including the vintage car from A Christmas Story – the Parker family’s 1937 Oldsmobile F37 – on display for the evening. 

“The movie A Christmas Story is a cult classic and a fan favourite, so we figured what a better way to celebrate Christmas in July than by escaping the heat and humidity for an evening enjoying some holiday spirit as we mark the halfway point to Christmas,” said museum curator Kathleen Powell.

“Many people don’t know that some of the scenes of this iconic movie were filmed in St. Catharines, so this is a chance to learn a bit more about the film and its connection to the city.” 

A special display highlighting trivia, artifacts and photos from the beloved holiday flick, which featured a variety of indoor and outdoor scenes filmed in St. Catharines in 1983, will also be part of the festivities.

In addition, there will be a visit by Santa Claus, cookie decorating, ice cream treats with Marble Slab Creamery Fourth Avenue and live music, with Vox Violins performing some holiday favourites. 

The Open Late program runs every Tuesday through to Oct. 8, with the museum open until 8 p.m. Admission is a $5 donation per person. The museum is also planning an End of Summer Bash on Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 6-8 p.m.

The drop-in style event will feature games, activities, ice cream and more. “Whether it’s one of our events, or simply exploring our collection, Open Late is a fun way for people of all ages to explore the museum and local history,” said Powell. 

The museum is located at Lock 3 of the Welland Canal, 1932 Welland Canals Pkwy. For more information call 905.984.8880 or visit

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