Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village is when Vancouver’s most interesting outdoor museum comes alive with Christmas lights and decorations in December.
Last year the event ran from November 23rd, 2019, until January 3rd, 2020. 2020/2021 season dates and details are to be confirmed. The venue is hoping to operate in December, with special safety precautions in place. Fingers crossed that they can!
VANCOUVER’S BEST CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES
Burnaby Village hosts one of the region’s best Christmas attractions for a number of reasons, not least of which is the fact that it’s free. Other top places to visit over the holiday season include Glow Vancouver, Glow Abbotsford, FlyOver Canada at Christmas and Bright Nights at Stanley Park. There are lots of other fabulous places too!
For information about Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village, see below.
Burnaby Village at Christmas
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.
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
In 2019, from November 23 until December 13, Heritage Christmas was 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 14, 2019, to January 3, 2020, Heritage Christmas was open from 1:00 to 9:00 pm every day (except for December 24 and 25 when it was closed). Admission was free to the event, but carousel rides cost about $2.65.
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 2019 season took place on November 30th 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 was on November 30th in 2019. We expect 2020 details to be comparable.
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 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.
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.
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.