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10 things to do in Richmond this December

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Daniel Chai Nov 30, 2018 10:00 am 1,890

Wrap up a great year with a great event in Richmond. From Songs in the Snow to It’s A Wonderful Life, here are 10 events to check out around the city this December.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

Lights in the Park

What: The Town Square Park (located beside the Steveston Museum) will warm up the chilly winter evenings as it is illuminated with a beautiful light display.

When: Now to Monday, December 31, 2018
Time: Evenings
Where: Steveston Town Square Park – 3791 Moncton Street, Richmond
Admission: Free

Heritage Building Light Display

What: During this holiday season, Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site is lighting up their beautiful heritage buildings for all to see. Come down in the evenings and see the site all merry and bright.

When: Saturday, December 1, 2018
Time: Evenings
Where: Britannia Shipyards – 5180 Westwater Dr, Richmond
Admission: Free

Songs in the Snow

What: Gather friends and family to welcome the holiday season with the Songs in the Snow concert series in Steveston Museum’s Town Square Park. The series will showcase local professional and amateur performers. There will be vintage style crafts, refreshments and other activities offered.

When: Saturday, December 1, Saturday, December 8, and Saturday, December 15, 2018
Time: 4 to 6 pm
Where: Steveston Museum – 3811 Moncton St, Richmond
Admission: Free

Jingle Bell Market

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What: Finish your last minute holiday shopping while supporting local artisans and vendors. Unique and interesting, nature-related gifts will be available for purchase.

When: Sunday, December 2, 2018
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Richmond Nature Park – 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
Admission: By donation

Lighting of the Fire Hall

What: Bring your friends and family out to the Hamilton Fire Hall No. 5 and join in the annual celebration of the lighting of this building with an afternoon of activities, entertainment and refreshments.

When: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Time: 3:30 to 5 pm
Where: Fire Hall No. 5 – 22451 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
Admission: Free

Steveston’s Winter Hayrides

What: Hop on board for this old-time favourite experience around Steveston Village that includes a sing-a-long and viewing of local, holiday displays. Trips leave at 30-minute intervals, snacks and hot chocolate available by cash donation. To register, please come in to Steveston Community Centre or call 604-238-8080. Pre-registration required.

When: Thursday, December 6 and Friday, December 7, 2018
Time: 6 to 8:30 pm (Thursday), 6 to 9 pm (Friday)
Where: Steveston Community Centre – 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond
Price: $7 per person. Children under one-year-old are free. 12-year-olds and under must be accompanied by an adult who also needs to register.

It’s A Wonderful Life

What: A heartwarming holiday musical for the whole family. It’s a Wonderful Life, set to soaring songs from the ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s, is a timeless holiday classic. With a little help from his guardian angel, George Bailey, is brought back from despair on Christmas Eve to see how he has truly touched all the people in his life.

When: Various dates from Thursday, December 6 to Monday, December 31, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Gateway Theatre – 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
Tickets: Online

Winter En Blanc

What: Celebrate this winter holiday with wearing only white clothing at this event that includes a delicious meal followed by karaoke, games and group line dancing. This event is for ages 55 and over.

When: Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Time: 11 am to 2 pm
Where: City Centre Community Centre – 5900 Minoru Blvd, Richmond
Admission: $8

Winter Wonderland

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What: Skate to festive music surrounded by thousands of sparkling lights, real snow banks, decorated holiday trees and more.

When: Friday, December 14, 2018, to Sunday, January 6, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Minoru Arenas – 7551 Minoru Gate, Richmond
Admission: Regular rates apply

Tea with Santa

What: A festive afternoon tea, benefiting Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon Foundation, with the man in red himself.
Get into the spirit of the season at this family-friendly event where attendees will enjoy a festive afternoon tea menu, a visit and take-home picture with Santa, cookie decorating station, hot chocolate bar and other special surprises. Proceeds from every ticket go to Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon Foundation, granting the wishes of children living with life-threatening conditions. Reserve by calling 604-248-3281 or emailing [email protected]

When: Saturday, December 15, 2018
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Where: Fairmont Vancouver Airport – 3111 Grant McConachie Way, Richmond
Price: $79 per adult, $35 children 12 and under

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Daniel Chai
Daniel Chai is a writer and actor based in Vancouver, BC.

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