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Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village

Burnaby Village at Christmas

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village is when Vancouver’s most interesting outdoor museum comes alive with Christmas lights and decorations in December.

This year’s Heritage Christmas runs from November 24, 2018, until January 4, 2019.

Burnaby Village at Christmas in 2018

An especially good time to visit Burnaby Village Museum is between late November and the beginning of January. That’s when the place becomes festive with Christmas lights and seasonal displays of all kinds. There is entertainment and admission is free – which makes Burnaby Village one of the best Christmas deals in town.

About Burnaby Village

Located at 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby Village Museum is “Where History Comes to Life.” This outdoor museum includes old-fashioned streets, historic buildings including a school, church and old homes, period-costumed townsfolk, a blacksmith, a historic Vancouver street car and even an ice-cream parlour, among other stores.

Want to see a place with historical value and Christmas lights? Then check out Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village.

Christmas Blacksmith Demonstrations at Burnaby Village
Being entertained at Heritage Christmas

About Heritage Christmas

Burnaby Village is a great place for people of all ages, especially during its Heritage Christmas season. During the event there are festive Christmas lights and decorations to admire as well as special entertainment at certain times.

Even if it wasn’t free, this attraction would still be highly recommended. Don’t miss it!

Heritage Christmas Hours & Dates

From November 24 until December 14 in 2018 Heritage Christmas is open from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm on weekdays and from 1:00 to 9:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

From December 15, 2018, to January 4, 2019, Burnaby Village is open from 1:00 to 9:00 pm every day (except for December 24 and 25 when it is closed).

Admission is free, but carousel rides cost about $2.65.

People at Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village
Light Displays at Heritage Christmas

Heritage Christmas Activities

Activities that take place daily most years at Burnaby Village over the winter holiday season include a Twelve Days of Christmas scavenger hunt for children, carousel rides, Christmas movies in the theatre and a Swans a-Swimming light display. All of these are free, except for the carousel rides which cost less than $3.00 per person per ride.

In addition to all of the above, there is also live entertainment.

Heritage Christmas Schedule

Every year at Heritage Christmas entertainers perform at various times on different days, but mostly on the weekends.

The official launch to the 2018 season takes place on December 1st with a special Bright in Burnaby event. See below for details.

(Note: times and performer details are subject to change.)

Bright in Burnaby Official Launch Event

The official launch event for Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village is the Bright in Burnaby event, which is on December 1st in 2018.

Activities on the day include the lighting of the museum’s Christmas tree and light refreshments. Revenues from carousel ticket sales on the day between 4:00 and 9:00 pm are donated to the Burnaby Christmas Bureau.

Scheduled events at Bright in Burnaby on the first Saturday of December in 2018 are listed below.

(Note: Scheduled times, performers and other details are subject to change.)

  • 2:00 to 2:30 pmThe Shoemaker and the Elves: a theatre production at Brookfield Hall
  • 2:00 to 4:00 pmFather Christmas at The Stride Studios
  • 2:30 to 3:15 pmCeltic Lasses – Live Music in the Church
  • 3:30 to 4:00 pmThe Shoemaker and the Elves: a theatre production at Brookfield Hall
  • 4:00 to 8:00 pm – Matt Henry: a roving juggler
  • 4:15 to 5:00 pmCeltic Lasses – Live Music in the Church
  • 4:30 to 5:00 pmNoel: roving carolers
  • 4:30 to 8:00 pm – Jorg & Borg’s roving Homespun Yuletide Elf Band
  • 5:00 to 5:30 pmThe Shoemaker and the Elves: a theatre production at Brookfield Hall
  • 5:00 to 5:30 pmBuddy the Elf (roving)
  • 5:30 to 6:00 pmNoel: roving carolers
  • 6:00 to 6:15 pm – Official Launch: Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Bandstand
  • 6:00 to 6:30 pmBuddy the Elf (roving)
  • 6:30 to 8:00 pm – Father Christmas at the Stride Studios
  • 6:30 to 7:00 pmThe Shoemaker and the Elves: a theatre production at Brookfield Hall
  • 6:30 to 7:00 pmNoel: roving carolers
  • 6:30 to 7:15 pm – Rene Hugo Sanchez and Friends: Live Music at the Church
  • 7:00 to 7:30 pm – Buddy the Elf Roving
  • 7:45 to 8:30 pm – Rene Hugo Sanchez and Friends: Live Music at the Church
  • 8:00 to 8:30 pmThe Shoemaker and the Elves: a theatre production at Brookfield Hall

The Celtic Lasses and Rene Hugo Sanchez & Friends performed at the event last year too.

In addition to the above, on the first Saturday of December there are also quilting demonstrations at Bell’s Dry Goods between 1:00 and 4:30 pm, steam demonstrations in the Steam Shed from 1:00 until 9:00 pm, and children’s craft activities at the Real Estate Office from 1:30 until 8:00 pm.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

In addition to lots of special activities taking place on the first Saturday of the Christmas season, the following events also take place the very next day on the Sunday:

  • 1:00 to 5:00 pm – Indigenous Programs in the Multi-Purpose Room
  • 1:30 to 8:00 pm – Children’s crafts at the Real Estate Office
  • 2:00 to 2:30 pmThe Shoemaker and the Elves: a theatre production at Brookfield Hall
  • 2:00 to 4:00 pm – Holiday Baking at the Jesse Love Farmhouse
  • 2:00 to 5:00 pmFather Christmas at The Stride Studios
  • 2:30 to 3:00 pm – Jorg & Borg’s roving Homespun Yuletide Elf Band
  • 3:30 to 4:00 pmThe Shoemaker and the Elves: a theatre production at Brookfield Hall
  • 4:00 to 4:30 pm – Jorg & Borg’s roving Homespun Yuletide Elf Band
  • 5:00 to 5:30 pmThe Shoemaker and the Elves: a theatre production at Brookfield Hall
  • 5:30 to 6:00 pm – Jorg & Borg’s roving Homespun Yuletide Elf Band
  • 6:00 to 8:00 pmFather Christmas at The Stride Studios
  • 6:30 to 7:00 pmThe Shoemaker and the Elves: a theatre production at Brookfield Hall
Christmas Music at Burnaby Village Church
Live Music at the Burnaby Village Church

Activities Schedule on Other Days

Live entertainment and special family-friendly activities take place on other days throughout the 2018/19 season too, especially on the weekends leading up to Christmas. In addition to daily scavenger hunts, blacksmith demonstrations, carousel rides and Christmas movies, there are also children’s crafts and live performances at various times.

Click 2018/19 Holiday Schedule for a list of what’s happening and when.

Best Christmas Activities

Tips and Advice

Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your visit to the Heritage Village event.

TIP #1: Check the event schedule and take in as much of the entertainment and free activities as you can.

TIP #2: Dress warmly if going at night.

TIP #3: The venue will be at its busiest on weekends leading up to Christmas, in the evenings and on days without rain.

TIP #4: Parking can be a challenge. Be prepared to walk a ways (like from other parts of Deer Lake Park).

Other Information

To learn more about the venue at other times of the year, click Burnaby Village Museum.

For more information on Heritage Christmas, see the official Burnaby Village website.

For more ideas on places to see Christmas lights in the Lower Mainland, check out Top Things to do at Christmas or Vancouver’s December Calendar.

Other free (or by donation) Christmas events in Metro Vancouver include the following:

  • Bright Nights at Stanley Park – amazing Christmas light displays at Stanley Park throughout the month of December. Admission is by donation benefiting the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund.
  • Christmas at Canada Place – a small number of holiday lights and Christmas-y displays along the promenade at Canada Place.
  • Dundarave Festival of Lights – illuminated Christmas trees in West Vancouver during most evenings in the month of December with special afternoon entertainment on Saturday afternoons.
  • Gingerbread Lane – decorated Christmas cookie displays at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 655 Burrard Street.
  • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas light decorations at Park & Tilford Gardens in North Vancouver with special family events on Friday evenings in December.
  • Ice Skating at Robson Square – it isn’t a Christmas event, but it is wintery and free. It takes place daily at Robson Square behind the Vancouver Art Gallery from the beginning of December until the middle or end of February.
  • Lights at Lafarge – beautiful Christmas lights all around Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam from late November until mid to late January.
  • Santa Claus Parade – a large Christmas parade and other activities in downtown Vancouver on the first Sunday in December.