10 things to do in Burnaby this December

Nov 29 2019, 5:00 am

Deck the Heights, Burnaby Christmas Craft Fair, and more! Here are 10 fun and festive events happening in Burnaby this December!

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

Songs, Stories and Sweet Treats

What: Glenburn Soda Fountain and Confectionery hosts local children’s entertainer Mike Bryden for an interactive afternoon of stories and original songs. Parents get in for free, and coffee and snacks will be available for purchase. Tickets include a free scoop of ice cream.

When: December 4, 2019
Time: 2 to 3 pm
Where: Glenburn Soda Fountain — 4090 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

Deck the Heights



What: The Heights Merchants Association is starting a new festive tradition this year – Deck the Heights. Everyone is welcome to vote for the Best Window Display among participating businesses from December 7 to 20. Santa Claus and his elf will also help launch Deck the Heights on December 7.

When: December 7 to 20, 2019
Time: Launch party on December 7 from 12 to 5:30 pm. View windows anytime.
Where: Burnaby Heights Neighbourhood
Admission: Free

Burnaby Christmas Craft Fair

What: The fifth annual Burnaby Christmas Craft Fair features local handmade items, live music, and a number of raffles and prizes. Proceeds from the event go towards the music program at Burnaby Central Secondary School.

When: December 7 and 8, 2019
 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Burnaby Hall – 7837 Canada Way, Burnaby
Admission: By donation

Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas

What: Jerry Granelli, drummer for the Vince Guaraldi Trio that recorded the original A Charlie Brown Christmas album back in 1965, shares stories about working on the album plus plays songs from the holiday classic with his band, The Jerry Granelli Trio.

When: December 11 and 12, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

Winter Fun at Willingdon

What: Willingdon Community Centre hosts an evening of Winter Fun on December 12. Attendees will enjoy arts and crafts, festive movies, and games. Plus Santa will be available for photos throughout the event.

When: December 12, 2019
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Where: Willingdon Community Centre – 1491 Carleton Avenue, Burnaby
Register: Online

Burnaby Firefighters Breakfast in Support of the Angel Toy Drive

What: The Burnaby Firefighters host their eighth annual Pancake Breakfast in support of the Burnaby Christmas Bureau’s Angel Toy Drive and the CKNW Kid’s Fund on December 13. Attendees can bring a new toy or cash donation to receive a free pancake breakfast served by Burnaby Firefighters. There will also be live entertainment throughout the morning.

When: December 13, 2019
Time: 6 to 10 am
Where: Hilton Vancouver Metrotown – 6083 McKay Avenue, Burnaby
Tickets: Online, Free

In the BAG Family Sundays

What: Visit Burnaby Art Gallery for a different family-friendly art project this fall. December’s project is Wayfinding with Water.

When: December 15, 2019
Time: 1 to 4 pm, beginning on the hour and half-hour mark with the last at 3:30 pm
Where: Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Winter Crafts at Cameron: Noisy Makers for New Year’s Eve

What: Bring a young crafter to make a noisemaker for New Year’s Eve! Supplies will be provided, and attendees are welcome to drop by anytime between 2 and 3 pm. All children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

When: December 29, 2019
Time: 2 to 3 pm
Where: Burnaby Public Library – Cameron Branch – 9523 Cameron Street, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Heritage Christmas

Heritage Christmas/Burnaby Village Museum

What: Take a trip back to holidays past at Burnaby Village Museum with Heritage Christmas. See vintage-themed displays, listen to live music, and enjoy theatre performances. There will also be crafts for children, baking in the Farmhouse, and visits with Father Christmas.

When: Now until January 3, 2020 (closed December 24 and 25)
Time: Various times
Where: Burnaby Village Museum – 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Free, carousel rides $2.65


What: The Burnaby Art Gallery presents Echoes, an exhibition that questions our own contributions to a shared futurity through videoworks, digital prints, and sculpture.

When: Now until January 26, 2020 (closed Mondays and stat holidays)
Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm (Tuesday to Friday), 12 to 5 pm (Saturdays and Sundays)
Where: Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Suggested donation $5