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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.

The attraction last ran from November 27th, 2021, until January 3rd, 2022. The official launch event, however, wasn’t until Saturday, December 4th.

This year the Christmas attraction runs from November 26th, 2022, until January 2nd, 2023.

 


This article contains the following information about Heritage Christmas:

About Burnaby Village | About Heritage Christmas | Hours and Dates | Activities | Schedule | Video | Tips and Advice | Other Information


 

Burnaby Village at Christmas

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

Other exceptional Christmas-themed attractions that happened in the Lower Mainland in 2021 included the Vancouver Christmas Market, Soar with Santa at FlyOver Canada, and Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge. There were also Christmas activities at the PNE WinterLights event, and the Festival of Lights at VanDusen Garden.

The above are some of the absolute best places to find holiday cheer most years, as are places like Christmas Glow in Langley and the Surrey Holiday Lights attraction.

In addition to the above, there are also lots of free places to see Christmas lights. They include Bright Nights at Stanley Park, Lights at Lafarge in Coquitlam, Lights by the Lake at Harrison Hot Springs and the Dundarave Festival of Lights in West Vancouver, among other venues.

To learn about the above attractions see our article about Best Vancouver Christmas Activities. Or, to learn about the free attraction in Burnaby, continue reading.

 

Christmas Blacksmith Demonstrations at Burnaby Village
Being entertained at the Blacksmith shop

 

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, period-costumed townsfolk, and a blacksmith. Historic buildings such as a school, church and old homes are also included, along with a historic Vancouver streetcar and even an ice-cream parlour, among other stores.

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

 

About Heritage Christmas

Burnaby Village is a great place for people of all ages, especially during its Heritage Christmas season. In years that the event takes place, 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!

 

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

 

Christmas Hours & Dates

Heritage Christmas didn’t happen in the 2020 season due to COVID, but it returned in the winter of 2021! The operating hours for the first couple of weeks of the event that year were different from the rest of the Christmas season.

Hours of operation from the opening day on November 27th until December 10th in 2021 were 1:00 to 5:30 pm on weekdays and 1:00 to 9:00 pm on weekends. The exception was Monday, December 6th, when the event closed at 4:30 pm.

Then, from December 11th to January 3rd the event was open from 1:00 to 9:00 pm every day. The exceptions were Christmas Eve and Christmas Day when the entire village was closed.

In 2022 Heritage Christmas begins on Saturday, November 26th, and runs until January 2nd, 2023.

 

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 and carousel rides. Christmas movies in the theatre and a Swans a-Swimming light display are also part of the experience.

All of the above are free, except for the carousel rides which cost $2.65 per person to ride. There is also live entertainment most years.

In 2021 there weren’t any movies playing, but the rest of the above activities did take place. Masks were required in all indoor places on the site, and everyone who rode the carousel had to be vaccinated. There were no vaccine requirements anywhere else, however.

Also exciting for 2021, people could actually go inside the buildings once again! You didn’t have to simply peer inside the windows from the outside, which was the case at other times during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Christmas Music at Burnaby Village Church
Live Music at the Burnaby Village Church

 

Heritage Christmas Schedule

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

The official launch of the 2021 season took place on Saturday, December 4th, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm with a special Bright in Burnaby event. See below for details.

 

Bright in Burnaby Launch Event

The official launch event for Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village is the Bright in Burnaby event, which was on December 4th in 2021.

Activities on the day usually include the lighting of the museum’s Christmas tree and light refreshments, and it serves as the official launch of the whole Heritage Christmas event. Revenues from carousel ticket sales on the day between 4:00 and 9:00 pm are normally donated to the Burnaby Christmas Bureau.

 

Activities Schedule on Other Days

Live entertainment and special family-friendly activities generally take place on other days throughout the season too, especially on the weekends leading up to Christmas in normal years.

In addition to daily scavenger hunts, blacksmith demonstrations, carousel rides and Christmas movies, there are usually also children’s crafts and live performances like carolling or street performers at various times. In 2021 the scavenger hunt was a special “Spot the Animals” activity.

 

2021 Entertainment Schedule

Below is the entertainment lineup from 2021.

Note: Event details were subject to change. Also, with each group, they didn’t perform non-stop. They might have sang or played for half an hour, then taken a 30 or 45-minute break, and then returned to entertain some more.

 

Saturday, November 27th, 2021

  • 4:30 to 7:00 pm – Christmas Harmony Singers (Roving)

 

Sunday, November 28th, 2021

  • 2:00 to 4:15 pm – The Lucky Trappers
  • 4:30 to 7:00 pm – Christmas Harmony Singers (Roving)

 

Saturday, December 4th, 2021 (Bright in Burnaby)

  • 2:00 to 5:00 pm – Gingerbread Cookie Character (Roving)
  • 2:00 to 8:00 pm – Father Christmas
  • 3:00 to 4:45 pm – The Lucky Trappers
  • 3:30 to 6:00 pm – Noel (Roving)
  • 4:00 to 8:00 pm – Jorg and Borg
  • 4:00 to 8:25 pm – Matt Henry, Juggler
  • 6:00 pm – Bright in Burnaby Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • 6:15 to 8:45 pm – Christmas Revelers

 

Sunday, December 5th, 2021

  • 1:30 to 5:30 pm – Jorg and Borg
  • 2:00 to 5:00 pm – Gingerbread Cookie Character (Roving)
  • 2:00 to 8:00 pm – Father Christmas
  • 2:30 to 7:30 pm – Stories on Wheels

 

Saturday, December 11th, 2021

  • 2:00 to 6:00 pm – Jorg and Borg
  • 2:00 to 8:00 pm – Father Christmas
  • 2:30 to 5:30 pm – Gingerbread Cookie Character (Roving)
  • 6:00 to 8:30 pm – Noel (Roving)

 

Sunday, December 12th, 2021

  • 2:00 to 6:00 pm – Jorg and Borg
  • 2:00 to 8:00 pm – Father Christmas
  • 2:30 to 5:30 pm – Gingerbread Cookie Character (Roving)
  • 6:00 to 8:30 pm – Noel (Roving)
  • 6:00 to 8:30 pm – Christmas Holiday Singers

 

Monday, December 13th, 2021

  • 2:00 to 8:00 pm – Father Christmas
  • 6:00 to 8:30 pm – Christmas Harmony Singers

 

Tuesday, December 14th, 2021

  • 2:00 to 8:00 pm – Father Christmas
  • 5:30 to 8:10 pm – Christmas Revelers

 

Wednesday, December 15th, 2021

  • 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Father Christmas
  • 6:00 to 8:30 pm – Noel (Roving)

 

Thursday, December 16th, 2021

  • 2:00 to 8:00 pm – Father Christmas
  • 5:30 to 8:10 pm – Christmas Revelers

 

Friday, December 17th, 2021

  • 2:00 to 8:00 pm – Father Christmas
  • 6:00 to 8:30 pm – Christmas Harmony Singers

 

Saturday, December 18th, 2021

  • 2:00 to 6:00 pm – Jorg and Borg
  • 2:00 to 8:00 pm – Father Christmas
  • 2:30 to 5:00 pm – The Trollsons (Roving)
  • 2:45 to 7:40 pm – Matt Henry, Juggler
  • 6:00 to 8:30 pm – Noel (Roving)

 

Sunday, December 19th, 2021

  • 2:00 to 6:00 pm – Jorg and Borg
  • 2:00 to 8:00 pm – Father Christmas
  • 2:30 to 5:00 pm – The Trollsons (Roving)
  • 2:45 to 7:40 pm – Matt Henry, Juggler
  • 4:00 to 8:25 pm – Noel (Roving)

 

Monday, December 20th, 2021

  • 1:30 to 4:00 pm – Noel (Roving)
  • 2:00 to 4:30 pm – The Trollsons (Roving)
  • 2:00 to 8:00 pm – Father Christmas
  • 3:45 to 8:25 pm – Matt Henry, Juggler
  • 4:30 to 8:30 pm – Jorg and Borg
  • 6:00 to 8:00 pm – Christmas Revelers (Roving)

 

Tuesday, December 21st, 2021

  • 2:00 to 5:00 pm – Gingerbread Cookie Character (Roving)
  • 2:00 to 8:00 pm – Father Christmas
  • 3:00 to 7:00 pm – Jorg and Borg
  • 4:00 to 8:25 pm – Matt Henry, Juggler
  • 6:00 to 8:00 pm – Christmas Revelers (Roving)

 

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

  • 1:30 to 4:00 pm – Christmas Harmony Singers (Roving)
  • 1:45 to 6:10 pm – Matt Henry, Juggler
  • 2:00 to 8:00 pm – Father Christmas
  • 3:00 to 7:00 pm – Jorg and Borg
  • 4:00 to 6:00 pm – Christmas Revelers (Roving)
  • 6:00 to 8:30 pm – Noel (Roving)

 

Thursday, December 23rd, 2021

  • 1:30 to 4:00 pm – Christmas Harmony Singers (Roving)
  • 2:00 to 8:00 pm – Father Christmas
  • 2:30 to 7:30 pm – Stories on Wheels
  • 4:00 to 8:25 pm – Matt Henry, Juggler
  • 4:00 to 8:00 pm – Jorg and Borg
  • 5:30 to 7:00 pm – Christmas Revelers (Roving)
  • 6:00 to 8:30 pm – Noel (Roving)

 

Sunday, December 26th, 2021

  • 2:30 to 4:30 pm – 12 Days of Christmas Sing-A-Long
  • 2:30 to 5:30 pm – Gingerbread Cookie Character

 

Monday, December 27th, 2021

  • 2:00 to 4:30 pm – 12 Days of Christmas Sing-A-Long
  • 2:30 to 7:30 pm – Stories on Wheels

 

Tuesday, December 28th, 2021

  • 2:00 to 4:30 pm – 12 Days of Christmas Sing-A-Long
  • 2:30 to 7:30 pm – Stories on Wheels

 

Wednesday, December 29th, 2021

  • 2:00 to 6:40 pm – Matt Henry, Juggler
  • 2:30 to 7:30 pm – Stories on Wheels

 

Thursday, December 30th, 2021

  • 4:00 to 8:25 pm – Matt Henry, Juggler
  • 5:30 to 8:00 pm – Jazz Age Street Combo

 

Friday, December 31st, 2021

  • 3:30 to 7:55 pm – Matt Henry, Juggler
  • 6:00 to 8:00 pm – Jazz Age Street Combo

 

Saturday, January 1st, 2022

  • 2:00 to 4:30 pm – The Wonder Box
  • 2:30 to 5:30 pm – Gingerbread Cookie Character
  • 6:00 to 8:15 pm – The Lucky Trappers

 

Sunday, January 2nd, 2022

  • 2:00 to 4:30 pm – The Wonder Box
  • 2:30 to 5:30 pm – Gingerbread Cookie Character
  • 5:30 to 8:00 pm – The Boytles

 

Monday, January 3rd, 2022

  • 2:00 to 4:30 pm – The Wonder Box
  • 2:30 to 5:30 pm – Gingerbread Cookie Character
  • 5:30 to 8:00 pm – The Boytles

 

Heritage Christmas Video

Below is a video of the Heritage Christmas event in 2019 (which was the last time the event took place until 2021 because it was cancelled in 2020). The attraction features all kinds of beautiful exhibits and illuminations. There is also live entertainment, with carolers singing pretty much every night.

As you’ll see, the place looks magical at night and makes for a wonderful family-friendly activity.

Note: Every year the place looks a little bit different. In 2021, for example, there wasn’t the scene with the white maids that appears in this video and that has been part of the attraction for the last few years. Instead there was a display featuring a couple of giant blue herons inside a large blue cage of lights.

 

 

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. It can get pretty cold in December (although not as cold as other parts of Canada).

TIP #3: The venue is 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 decent distance (like from other parts of Deer Lake Park).

 

Christmas Illuminations at Burnaby Village
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village

 

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.

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