Steveston Village celebrates the start of the holiday season in December with Christmas tree decorations at the Cannery, classic cars and Santa Claus.
Santa arrives by boat and there is a car show on the first day of the Christmas season, or at least that’s the case most years. 2020, however, is not a typical year. In 2020, because of COVID-19, there was no arrival of Santa Claus and no other big events. There was, however, still Christmas trees to admire at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery.
To learn about what happens in a typical year, when there isn’t a global pandemic, see below.
Christmas in Steveston Village
On that day a car rally is in town and Santa Claus arrives by boat at the wharf.
In 2020 the Christmas in the Village event was scheduled to take place on Sunday, December 6th. Because of COVID-19, however, it got cancelled. Exact details for the 2021 event are to be determined.
Christmas Classic Car Cruise
The last time it took place, in 2019, the Christmas Classic Car Cruise took place in Steveston Village on Sunday, December 1st, from 12:15 until 2:30 pm.
In years when it doesn’t get cancelled, the procession of cars makes its way through town starting shortly after 12 o’clock. The cars then remain on display for a while in the parking lot of the Steveston Hotel at 12111 Third Avenue (so right by the Cannery).
The event is a fundraiser for the Richmond Christmas Fund. It’s free for the public and donations of both money and toys are greatly appreciated. In all there are usually up to around three dozen cars ranging from convertible MGs to vintage trucks.
Arrival of Santa Claus
In years when there isn’t a virus to be concerned about, Santa arrives on a whale-watching boat at the wharf in Steveston Village. He then walks (with police escort most years) along the waterfront to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery where he hangs out for a couple of hours for photos with children.
Santa’s arrival time at the wharf is usually at 1:00 pm and he’s greeted by a small crowd. It’s not a big event, but it’s fun to watch for those who attend.
Festival of Trees
The Christmas at the Cannery “Festival of Trees” is a display of Christmas trees at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery during the entire month of December. Local merchants and community organizations each adopt and decorate a tree.
The Festival of Trees usually runs every day except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day between December 1st and 31st. The decorated trees are pretty and make the Gulf of Georgia Cannery look nice and festive.
Click Festival of Trees for further details.
For details about the venues and surrounding area, check out any of the following:
For lists of other Christmas-related things to do check out the following:
- Vancouver’s December Calendar
- Lower Mainland Christmas Craft Fairs
- Best Vancouver Christmas Activities
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