Students learn Christmas stories and traditions celebrated in other countries.The Story of Tinsel comes from the Ukraine, the Poinsettia comes from Mexico and the Pomander comes from England and the United States.


Available only in the month of December, students can create three different art projects that come from three different countriesThe first story is about spiders creating tinsel in the Ukraine, so students learn to weave a silver web and make a little spider out of bakers clay. The second story is about plain green plant that magically changed its leaves to red at Christmas time in Mexico, so students learn to draw and decorate a poinsettia on a gift bag. The third story is about how people in England and the United States used to make pomanders to mask bad smells by decorating oranges with cloves. Students take home a lovely gift bag filled with Christmas decorations and a Christmas Tree colouring sheet with all three stories to share with family and friends! 

Learning outcomes: 

Students will: 

  • Learn about three Christmas traditions from other cultures around the world 
  • Learn to weave a web and build a bakers clay spider. 
  • Learn to draw a simple outline of a poinsettia and then decorate it. 
  • Learn to create a decorative orange and clove pomander that smells wonderful.

Curriculum Links: 

Art: refining forms, creative process, expression and celebration, fine and gross motor skill development

Social: Being Together, Belonging and Connecting, Communities in the World

Science: Colours, shapes, critical thinking, problem solving and decision making

Suggested field trips to pair with: 

I Belong  Musée Heritage Museum

Visual Art Studio Field Trips: 

The Art Gallery of St. Albert runs clay and multimedia art fieldtrips in the Visual Art Studios at St. Albert Place, located at 5 St. Anne Street. Parent volunteers are required for our programs to be a successful experience for all, so please provide them with correct address information on your fieldtrip forms. 

St. Albert Place is a public building so it is important to keep voices down when entering the front doors and walking past the elevators to the end of the hall with your class. There are coat hangers available for three different classes under the windows outside of the studios. Please keep your students grouped together and knock on your assigned studio door when you are ready to enter. Instructors will meet you in the hallway to confirm student numbers and inform students and adults of important studio rules before entering. 

Kindly email or call 780 459 1163 for more information regarding booking a Visual Art Studio field trip. 

What Teachers are saying about Christmas Around the World: 

The kids and parent volunteers had a blastit was great to do something different and the kids had fun being out of the classroom! (The Instructor) was warm and cheerful. Thank you.”


We’re a non-profit organization, and program fees help cover the cost of instruction, supplies and equipment.

  • We charge a minimum class fee based on 16 students
  • $8.75 per student (minimum class fee of $140)


We’ll send an invoice to your school within one month—please don’t bring your payment to the workshop.

Please make cheques payable to Arts and Heritage St. Albert. Include invoice numbers and mail to: Arts and Heritage St. Albert, Suite #200, 20 Perron Street, St. Albert, AB  T8N 1E4

For account inquiries, contact us at 780-459-1163 or

Information and Policies


Total Time

1.5 hours


Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4

Curriculum Link

Art, Creative Expression, Holidays, Social Studies


Visual Arts Studios, St. Albert Place