Here are all the FREE holiday activities you can enjoy at the Burnaby Village Museum

Nov 20 2018, 4:14 am

It’s that time of year again; time to get festive and spread all kinds of Christmas cheer.

Burnaby Village Museum is hosting their Heritage Christmas this season, the place to go for all kinds of Christmas celebrations, including their annual tree lighting ceremony on December 1, a festive gift shop, seasonal treats, live entertainment, and (of course) visits from Father Christmas. Listen to the Sounds of Christmas from different eras playing in locations around the Village; it doesn’t get more festive that that.

We’ve done the research and compiled a list of all the FREE activities you can enjoy at this year’s Heritage Christmas — mark it in your calendars, you won’t want to miss this season’s fun.

Bright in Burnaby

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree/Burnaby Village Museum

The main event: You won’t want to miss this. Witness the official tree lighting in an evening of ceremony, celebration, and community in a night of incredible Christmas spirit. Be sure to arrive by 6 pm when the tree lighting ceremony will commence. Following the ceremony enjoy a hot chocolate or apple cider, while supplies last.

Help raise funds for the Burnaby Christmas Bureau by taking a ride on the carousel between 4 pm and 9 pm on December 1, with Concord Pacific matching the proceeds and doubling the donation.

Photo opportunities


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Who doesn’t enjoy a good photo opportunity? Regardless of your age, take part in many photo spots with Father Christmas, Santa’s Sleigh (complete with a ‘reindeer’ team), and the Village’s ‘Owl be Home for Christmas’ and ‘Calling Birds’ displays. Get ready for some truly festive Instagram pictures.

Theatre performances by Forte Theatre Society and Rainforest Theatre

Enjoy a performance of The Shoemaker and His Elves by community theatre group Forte Theatre Society in a retelling of the classic Grimm’s Christmas fairytale at Brookfield Hall, and The Little Mermaid, a new musical comedy re-imagining of the classic story presented by Rainforest Theatre.

Christmas-themed scavenger hunts


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What better way to get involved in the Christmas spirit than a scavenger hunt amongst friends? Spend the afternoon taking part in the hunt for the twelve gifts mentioned in the Twelve Days of Christmas. Clue sheets will be available at the entrance of the Village.


Heritage Christmas

Heritage Christmas/Burnaby Village Museum

Enjoy a variety of entertainment ranging from musicians, theatre performances, street characters, and choirs.

Heritage baking


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Nothing smells better than freshly baked cookies, so make sure to enjoy the aroma wafting out of the Farmhouse kitchen every Sunday afternoon. If you’re lucky, you may even get a sample of a ginger sparkle or a shortbread cookie!

Christmas-themed displays

Burnaby Village Museum

Christmas display/Burnaby Village Museum

The best part about Christmas is, without a doubt, the festive displays. You can enjoy an abundance of season vintage displays throughout the stores in the Village, and when night falls, witness the spectacular light displays. Marvel at displays from past years including sound reactive lights in the Band Stand, as well as brand new displays including elegant masked ladies behind curtains of light.

Carousel rides


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Although not free, you can take a ride on the Village’s carousel for just $2.65 per person. If you’re stuck on ideas for stocking stuffers, grab some carousel tickets (there are Baker’s Dozen tickets available for $31.75) — there’s no expiry date on them, so they make the perfect gift.

Bright in Burnaby 2018

When: December 1, 5 pm–9 pm
Where: Burnaby Village Museum – 6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Price: Free Admission | Carousel rides $2.65 each

Heritage Christmas 2018

When: November 24 to December 14, 1 pm–5:30 pm (Monday to Friday), 1 pm–9 pm (Saturday & Sunday), December 15 to January 4, 1 pm–9 pm (daily), closed December 24 & 25
Where: Burnaby Village Museum – 6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Price: Free Admission | Carousel rides $2.65 each

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