Hobby Horse Workshop
Monday, December 9
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Victoria Park Poolhouse
(the only building in Victoria Park)
Parking lot is located off of Sudbury Street. Then walk the trail heading down the hill, past the playground, and to the Poolhouse
Free! Suggested donation is $10 / person
With nails for teeth and a snapping jaw, the hobby horse is a strange mummers disguise and a most peculiar breed of animal. Build a hobby horse and then wear it at the Mummer’s Parade on December 14th. We want a cavalry of holiday beasts and need your help!
Read more about hobby horses here.
Workshops are free. $10 suggested donation. No registration. Just come on in! Space is limited and based on first-come, first-served.
Recommended for ages 10 and up. There must be one supervising adult for each child under 16 years of age.
Groups larger than 8 participants will need to notify the Festival at least a week in advance to confirm availability. To do so, email us at
You need not bring anything for this workshop. However, we encourage you to bring along any of the suggested materials below to make your horse personal. We also like to recycle whenever possible.
1. Fleece blankets, large towels, fabric, or sheets (to cover the horse’s face)
2. Pieces of fur, faux fur, scarves, or wool (to make a horse’s mane)
3. Jar lids, tennis balls, or anything round (for the horse’s eyes)
4. Broom handles or used hockey sticks (to support the horse’s head)
5. Any extra fancy bits to give your hobby horse character
Make Your Own Horse at Home!
About the Hobby Horse Workshop
The Mummers Festival has been running Hobby Horse Workshops since 2009. We turned to archival materials and conducted interviews to learn more about this tradition. Our template is modelled after mid-1900s hobby horses located in the Memorial University Folklore Archives. These horses now turn up at the Mummers Parade and are used during the traditional Christmas-time, house-visiting tradition of mummering. The Festival has successfully repopulated the province with this nearly-extinct and most peculiar breed.