Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village is when Vancouver’s most interesting outdoor museum comes alive with Christmas lights and decorations in December.
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.
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.
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!
Heritage Christmas Hours & Dates
Heritage Christmas was scheduled to happen from November 21st in 2020 until January 1st in 2021. However, due to COVID-19, Heritage Christmas was cancelled for the 2020/21 season.
Hours of operation until December 18th in 2020 were going to be from 1 to 5:30 pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and also from 1 to 9:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The venue would have been closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
From December 19th, 2020 until January 1st in 2021, Heritage Christmas was going to be open from 1 to 9:00 pm every day of the week, except for December 24th and 25th when it would have been closed.
Dates and details for the 2021/22 season are to be confirmed.
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 typically cost less than $3.00 per person to ride. In addition to all of the above, there is also live entertainment most years.
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Heritage Christmas event was cancelled. Hopefully similar activities return next Christmas season.
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 to the 2019 season took place on November 30th with a special Bright in Burnaby event. See below for details.
(Note: the event did not happen in the 2020/21 Christmas season.)
Bright in Burnaby Official Launch Event
The official launch event for Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village is the Bright in Burnaby event, which was on November 30th in 2019.
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.
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 at various times.
Heritage Christmas Video
Below is a video of the Heritage Christmas event in 2019 (which was the last time it took place because it was cancelled in 2020). As you’ll see, the attraction features all kinds of beautiful exhibits and illuminations. There is also live entertainment, with carolers singing pretty much every night. The place looks magical at night and makes for a wonderful family-friendly activity.
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).
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.