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10 fun things to do in Richmond this December

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Daniel Chai Dec 07, 2017 5:03 pm 1,235
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The holiday season is in full swing in Richmond, with Winter Hayrides, Songs in the Snow, and more fun events to check out around the city. Get going with our checklist of 10 things to do around Richmond this December.

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

Winter Hayrides

  • What: Hop board for this old-time favourite experience around Steveston Village that includes a sing-a-long and viewing of local holiday displays.
  • When: December 7 to 8, 2017
  • Time: 5:30 to 8:30 pm (Trips leave at 30-minute intervals)
  • Where: Steveston Community Centre – 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond
  • Price: $7 per person

London Heritage Farm Jingle Bell Tea

  • What: Step back in time when the pace of everyday living was a little slower and enjoy some old-fashioned hospitality. Relax in a cozy Tea Room with family and friends while sipping on signature London Lady Tea and savoring delicious baked goods.
  • When: Saturdays and Sundays until December 17, 2017
  • Time: Noon to 5 pm
  • Where: London Heritage Farm Society – 6511 Dyke Road, Richmond
  • Price: $14 per person

A Christmas Carol

Russell Roberts. Image: David Cooper

  • What: Gateway Theatre’s adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens story features live music and energetic staging. Like all of their holiday shows of the past, A Christmas Carol will be a fun-filled spectacle for the whole family to enjoy together.
  • When: Now to December 24, 2017
  • Times: Various times.
  • Where: Gateway Theatre – 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online

Richmond Orchestra & Chorus Association: Fundraiser for the Richmond Food Bank

  • What: The Spirit of Christmas features members of the Richmond Orchestra sharing beloved Christmas classics and new holiday staples in this second annual fundraising concert in support of the Richmond Food Bank. Admission for this event is by donation at the door with 100% of the proceeds to benefit the Richmond Food Bank.
  • When: Tuesday, December 12, 2017
  • Time: 7:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: South Arm United Church – 11051 Number 3 Road, Richmond
  • Admission: By donation

Songs in the Snow: A Vintage Christmas

  • What: Songs in the Snow is a winter community concert series. The community is invited to enjoy vintage themed activities, crafts, and entertainment. For all ages, enjoy refreshments while listening to seasonal music provided by local school and community choirs groups. Presented by The Steveston Historical Society with the Richmond Arts Coalition and the City of Richmond.
  • When: December 9 and 16, 2017
  • Time: 4 pm to 6 pm
  • Where: Steveston Town Square Park Address – 3811 Moncton Street, Richmond
  • Price: Free

Richmond Chamber Annual Christmas Luncheon 2017

  • What: A fun and festive luncheon to celebrate the season with valued colleagues and clients. Proceeds from this annual event support Pathways Clubhouse.
  • When: Thursday, December 14, 2017
  • Time: 11:30 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel – 7551 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
  • Registration: Online, $49-$69

Western Elite Circuit, Speed Skating

  • What: The Western Elite Circuit has a primary goal of providing quality speed skate racing opportunities for the developing Junior and Neo-Senior Short Track athlete.
  • When: December 15 to 17, 2017
  • Where: Richmond Olympic Oval – 6111 River Road, Richmond

Winter Wonderland at City Hall

  • What: Stroll through a winter wonderland for festive holiday spirit. Features a gallery of beautifully-decorated Christmas trees and weekly Saturday matinees by local music groups. Visitors are encouraged to make a donation and bring a non-perishable food item to support our local food bank. After viewing the trees, vote for your favourite.
  • When: Now to December 25, 2017
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Richmond City Hall Galleria – 6911 No. 3 Road, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

ArtRich 2017

  • What: The second bi-annual juried exhibition for regional artists. The exhibition celebrates local talent by providing an opportunity for emerging and established artists from Richmond and nearby communities to exhibit together. In celebration of Canada’s 150th, artists were encouraged in particular to consider environment, diversity, and reconciliation in their work. Presented by Richmond Arts Coalition with support from Richmond Art Gallery, the City of Richmond and the Canada 150 fund
  • When: Now to December 31, 2017
  • Time: 5:30 to 8 pm
  • Where: Richmond Art Gallery – 180-7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond,
  • Price: Free

Steveston Festival of Trees 2017

Steveston festival of trees

Steveston festival of trees. ( IgorAleks / Shutterstock)

  • What: The event allows merchants and community groups from the Steveston area to show off their creative talents by decorating their own Christmas trees, which will be on display inside the historic cannery for a friendly competition. Favourite designs are decided by votes, and the winners take a prize. The multi-day festival kicks off on December 1 at the Cannery Farmers’ Market, and runs right through until New Years Eve.
  • When: Now to December 31, 2017
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Cannery Farmers’ Market – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

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

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