16 free things you can enjoy at Burnaby Village Museum on December 2

Nov 24 2017, 6:34 pm

It’s the most magical time of the year.

And it’s made even better when the lights are twinkling. That’s why Burnaby Village Museum is hosting ‘Bright in Burnaby’ on Saturday, December 2 from 4 to 9 pm.

You can arrive early at the free event, gates open at 1 pm, (and stay late) as you experience the wonder of the tree lighting ceremony, carolers, street entertainers, musicians, crafts for kids, live music, and of course see Father Christmas himself.

The long-awaited annual Heritage Christmas is happening right now at Burnaby Village Museum, and this event packages all of the free family fun and community spirit all into one night. With that being said we’ve compiled a list of 16 free things you can enjoy at the Museum on December 2.

Photo opportunities

Sleigh and reindeer/Burnaby Village Museum

Make the most of the festivities and take some hilarious photos on the day. Get a selfie or ask your friend to snap an Instagram-worthy photo of you with Santa’s sleigh and his team.

When: All Day
Where: Vorce Plaza

Steam demonstrations

Waterous steam engine/Burnaby Village Museum

Check out an interesting steam demonstration at Burnaby Village Museum in between the blacksmith and the log cabin. Did we mention that it’s free?

When: All day
Where: The Steam Shed

Free roasted chestnuts


You know how Nat King Cole’s famous Christmas song starts with ‘chestnuts roasting on an open fire’? Well you can pop along to Vorce Plaza to enjoy some free roasted chestnuts at any stage during the day at Bright in Burnaby.

When: All day
Where: Vorce Plaza

Quilting demonstrations

Pacific Spirit Quilters/Burnaby Village Museum

Since the weather’s getting colder you’ll want to stay as warm and cozy as you can at home. The Pacific Spirit Quilters Guild will be onsite at Bright in Burnaby to show you how to start quilting yourself!

When: 1 to 4:30 pm
Where: Bell’s Dry Goods

BCR Brass Band

You can go along to the Bandstand to hear the BCR Band perform festive songs so good that they’ll inspire you to wear a Santa hat.

When: 1:15 to 2 pm; 2:45 to 3:30 pm
Where: The Bandstand

World juggling champion Matt Henry – Trained Human

Matt Henry/Trained Human

Matt Henry has performed his one-man show on stage Hong Kong, London, Tokyo, New York, Paris, and Las Vegas. He’s the original ‘trained human’ and ‘master of the unnecessary’ so you’re going to want to see his cutting-edge performance at least once on December 2.

When: 1:30 to 2:15 pm; 3 to 3:30 pm; 4 to 4:45 pm
Where: The Roving

Children’s craft

Snowman craft/Burnaby Village Museum

Bring the kids along to Bright in Burnaby to enjoy a festive day out where they can create craft works of art with other children at the Real Estate office.

When: 1:30 to 8 pm
Where: The Real Estate office

Father Christmas

Father Christmas/Bright in Burnaby

Bring the kids along to Bright in Burnaby to meet Father Christmas in person and get a photo taken with the main man himself.

When: 2 to 5 pm; 6:15 to 8 pm
Where: The Stride Studio

Forte Theatre Society presents Toy of the Year

You’re going to want to bring the kids to see this Christmas production which features Santa‚Äôs newest elf, Susie, as she tries to come up with a new toy.¬† You’ll get taken on a journey where valuable lessons are learned in terms of kindness, respect, and helping others.

When: 2 pm; 3:30 pm; 5 pm; 6:30 pm
Where: Brookfield Hall

Street entertainer Frosty

You’ll have the opportunity to see ‘the’¬†frosty the snowman entertaining crowds at the Roving at select times during the day.

When: 2 to 2:30 pm; 3 to 3:30 pm; 4 to 4:30 pm
Where: The Roving

Celtic Lasses

Celtic Lasses/Facebook

Enjoy Celtic fiddle music when you hear performances by the Celtic Lasses Рthree girls with three violins, one penny-whistle, and an ongoing passion for Celtic music.

When: 2:30 to 3:15 pm; 4:15 to 4:45 pm
Where: The Church

Rebecca Blair

Rebecca Blair/Facebook

You can catch harpist Rebecca Blair playing enchanting music at three different stages throughout Bright in Burnaby.

When: 4 to 4:30 pm; 5 to 5:45 pm; 6:15 to 7 pm
Where: Love Farmhouse

NOEL carolers

Join the NOEL carolers as they sing your favourite Christmas songs.¬†There’s also a holiday sing-along happening at 5 pm at The Roving and at 7 and 8 pm at the Bandstand.¬† Go along and join in, if you don’t know the words you can simply hum along.

When: 4:30 to 5 pm; 5:30 to 6 pm; 6:30 to 7 pm
Where: The Roving

Buddy the Elf

Buddy the Elf/Burnaby Village Museum

If there’s anyone you’re going to want to get a selfie with it’s Buddy the Elf.

When: 4:30 to 5 pm; 5:30 to 6 pm;bu 6:30 to 7 pm
Where: The Roving

Tree lighting ceremony

Enjoy the magic of the annual tree lighting ceremony at Bright in Burnaby. You don’t want to miss this magical moment. Make sure you arrive before 6 pm!

When: 5:50 to 6:15 pm
Where: The Bandstand

Rene Hugo Sanchez and Friends

Rene¬†learned how to play mandolin and guitar at age five and started touring at age of eight. So you really don’t want to miss his performance!

When: 6:30 to 7:15 pm; 7:45 to 8:30 pm
Where: The Church

Carousel rides

Carousel/Burnaby Village Museum

Okay so this one’s not a free activity but you can take a ride on the carousel for just $2.65 per person. All proceeds from tickets will be donated to the¬†Burnaby Christmas Bureau between 4 and 9 pm. To make it even better, Concord Pacific will match the proceeds, doubling the donation.

If you buy tickets on the day of, they don’t have to be redeemed on the night purchased. In fact, Bakers Dozen carousel tickets would make a great stocking stuffer for someone on your list!

Now don’t forget to clear your calendar for December 2!

Bright in Burnaby 2017

When: December 2, 1 to 9 pm |¬†Special ‚ÄėBright in Burnaby‚Äô activities 4 to 9 pm
Where: Burnaby Village Museum –¬†6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Price: FREE | Carousel rides $2.65 each

Heritage Christmas 2017

When: November 25 to January 5
Where: Burnaby Village Museum –¬†6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Price: FREE | Carousel rides $2.65 each

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