10 things to do in Burnaby this December

Nov 25 2018, 4:26 pm

Find your December delight with our checklist of 10 things to do around Burnaby this month. Enjoy Heritage Christmas, Light Up The Heights, and more.

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

Heritage Christmas

What: Stroll through the streets of Burnaby Village Museum to see wreaths, cedar swags and vintage-themed displays. At the bandstand, visitors can create their own magical holiday show with lights that change colours to sound. Special entertainment is scheduled throughout the season including theatre performances, community choirs, street characters and musicians. Many family-favourite activities are back including craft for children, baking in the Farmhouse and visits with Father Christmas.

When: Now to Friday, January 4, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Burnaby Village Museum – 6501 Deer Lake Ave Burnaby
Admission: Free, carousel rides $2.65

Light Up the Heights 2018

What: With a focus on shopping locally for the holidays, the Heights Merchants Association hosts a sidewalk festival, with carolers, the Man in the Red Suit and his helpers, all while Heights merchants offer holiday specials all day long. Plus check out the Trees Lighting Ceremony at 4:30 pm at Burnaby Fire Hall No. 5 (4211 Hastings Street).

When: Saturday, December 1, 2018
Time: 12 to 5:30 pm
Where: Burnaby Heights Neighbourhood
Admission: Free

7th Annual Christmas Jazz Concert

What: Dixon Transition Society presents its 7th Annual Christmas Jazz Concert, featuring local artists Miles Black, Glenda Rae, and Brett Wade. The evening includes a silent auction, refreshments and beverages, general merriment, and fantastic jazz music. All proceeds raised at the concert will go to Dixon House, a 10-bed home where women and children often come immediately after escaping abuse.

When: Sunday, December 2, 2018
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: The Sanctuary at Brentwood – 1600 Delta Ave., Burnaby
Tickets: Online, $20-$25

In Conversation: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir


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What:  Join the most decorated figures skaters in the history of the sport, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir as they discuss their new book, Tessa and Scott: Our Journey from Childhood Dream to Gold. Photo opportunity to follow. Individuals must purchase a copy of Tessa and Scott: Our Journey from Childhood Dream to Gold to get a wristband and then join the photo line

When: Thursday, December 6, 2018
Time: 7 to 8 pm
Where: Chapters Metrotown Metropolis – Metrotown 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Winter Fun at Willingdon

What: Bring your family and friends for a night of live music, arts and crafts, games and festive movies. Santa will be making a guest appearance throughout the night for photos. All ages, children must have an adult attend with them.

When: Thursday, December 6, 2018
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Where: Willingdon Community Centre – 1491 Carleton Avenue, Burnaby
Register: Online, $2

Friday Flicks: Home Alone

What: Join Burnaby Public Library for a screening of Home Alone. When eight-year-old Kevin McCallister’s family left for vacation, they forgot one minor detail: Kevin. Left on his own, Kevin must protect his home from two wily burglars.

When: Friday, December 7, 2018
Time: 6:30 to 8:15 pm
Where: Burnaby Public Library – Tommy Douglas Branch – 7311 Kingsway, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Carol Ships Parade of Lights

Carol ship/Harbour Cruises

What: A shore-side celebration to see the Carol Ships sail by. Come to Barnet Marine Park and watch the flotilla of carol ships sail past. The ships are expected to sail by between 8 to 8:30 pm, times may vary depending on the weather. Please come early to avoid missing the ships. Drink concession will be available, weather permitting from 6:30 to 9 pm.

When: Friday, December 14, 2018
Time: 6:30 to 9 pm
Where: Barnet Marine Park – 8181 Barnet Road, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Burnaby Firefighters Breakfast in Support of the Angel Toy Drive

What: The Burnaby Firefighters’ 7th Annual Pancake Breakfast in support of the Burnaby Christmas Bureau’s Angel Toy Drive and the CKNW Kid’s Fund. Bring a brand new toy or cash donation for a free pancake breakfast served by the Burnaby Firefighters, or take your breakfast to go. Plus enjoy performances by The West Coast Symphony, The Vancouver Fire Fighters Band Burnaby South Secondary School Bands (Grade 9, 10, 11, 12), and more.

When: Friday, December 14, 2018
Time: 6 to 10 am
Where: Hilton Vancouver Metrotown – Crystal Ballroom – 6083 McKay Avenue, Burnaby
RSVP: Online, Free

Light & Dark: A Seasonal Arts Experience

What: Celebrate the season with an arts experience for the whole family. Enjoy interactive art activities, a labyrinth of light cause & effect, circus family entertainment and more.

When: Saturday, December 15, 2018
Time: 3 to 8 pm
Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Ugly Christmas Sweater Toonie Skate

What: Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater and enjoy an annual Toonie Skate. Skates and helmet are included in admission fee.

When: Saturday, December 22, 2018
Time: 12:30 to 3 pm
Where: Bill Copeland Sports Centre – 3676 Kensington Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: $2

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