Heritage Christmas

It’s that time of year again. As Fall turns into Winter, the skies are grey more often than not, the temperature drops, and it rains a lot. A LOT.  I often struggle a bit in Winter, both with mood and motivation, but one thing that I do love about this season is the fantastic lighting displays that are created in and around Vancouver.

An event that I enjoy every year is the Burnaby Village Museum’s Heritage Christmas. This free event has something for the whole family. There’s a variety of entertainment, a scavenger hunt for the kids, and fantastic vintage themed lighting displays.

The Main Street
Bears wearing sweaters

The Bandstand

This light display in the Bandstand is sound activated and the lights change colour which is fun when the Village gets busy and when kids notice it.


There are musicians and entertainment scheduled throughout the day and evening – here’s an Irish “choir master” leading the crowd in a sing-along at the bandstand.

There are also heritage carol singers roving through the Village.

The scavenger hunt for kids requires some looking in windows and careful observation of the displays.

9 Ladies Dancing

Father Christmas (not Santa – after all it is Heritage) is onsite as well.

There is a lot to see and do, no matter what the time of day or the weather. I really enjoy the warming heritage atmosphere, even in the snow!




This year Heritage Christmas is running from November 25, 2017 – January 5, 2018 (closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Check it out. Just remember, it’s cold when the sun goes down so dress warmly and, as always, have fun.

The RCMP Musical Ride

RCMP Musical Ride

The RCMP Musical Ride is coming to town!

The RCMP Musical Ride consists of a troop of 32 riders and 32 beautiful black Hanoverian horses. Together they perform drills and precise formations set to music. It’s a great show of Canadian culture and also history – the drills and use of lances date back to the late 1800s. The show even includes a cavalry style “charge” which is a crowd pleaser.

RCMP Musical Ride

The Musical Ride is touring across Canada in celebration of Canada’s 150th  birthday. They are visiting all ten Provinces and one Territory. This week you can catch them in Burnaby at Swangard Stadium on August 18, and in Vancouver at the PNE on August 19, 20, 22 and 23. On August 21 they’ll be in Maple Ridge at the Maple Ridge AG Association grounds.

RCMP Musical Ride
We saw them a couple of years ago and just loved the beautiful horses with their sleek black coats contrasting with the red serge of the riders.

If you are wanting to do something a little different, check out this entertaining, family-friendly event. The full schedule can be found here.