It’s the most wonderful time of the year. This year might look a little different, but Steveston Village will once again be transformed into a winter wonderland for the holiday season. From December 1 to 31,  there will be a sparkling array of free or low-cost Christmas events, activities, and attractions for the entire family. A one-stop-shop for Yuletide fun, the charming heritage village is hosting dedicated activities for locals keen to tap into the spirit of the season.

Ready to plan your activities for this joyous season? Read on for our exclusive 2021 insider’s guide to Steveston’s Winter in the Village.

Holiday lights adorn a large tree outside the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Richmond, BC

Gulf of Georgia Cannery | Photo: City of Richmond

Winter in the Village Passport

This holiday passport includes the Light up the Village self-guided tour, plus special offers and discounts at participating Steveston businesses. Each time you check-in at a designated location, or redeem a offer you'll automatically be entered for a chance to win weekly prize hampers filled with products from Steveston's retailers (valued at $200 each) for the month of December. A grand prize will be announced the first week of January (valued at $600). The more you use the passport, the more chances you have to win! Get your passport here!

Merchant's Holiday Display Contest

As you stroll through Steveston, it might feel like you are entering the filming set of Once Upon a Time, or have been transported into a fairy tale kingdom. This year, over 30 Steveston businesses have set up twinkling, attention-grabbing holiday displays to lift up the holiday spirits. From dangling paper snowflakes, to whimsical holiday decor, to rustic Christmas ornaments, businesses exercised their creativity as they compete for the coveted title of “Best Holiday Display” in Steveston. Starts December 1.

You will play a part in determining the winner by voting for your favourite window display - cast your vote at the Steveston Museum & Post OfficeVoting starts December 1.

Fisherman's Wharf Boat Display Contest

As you walk along the Fisherman’s Wharf, you may see sparkling holiday lights displayed on various boats. To make this season extra special, Tourism Richmond and the Steveston Harbour Society will be hosting the very first Boat Holiday Light Display contest! Displays and voting will start December 1, through to December 31st, giving you plenty of time to vote for your favourite boat. Voting information coming soon. * Please view the boats from the safety of the boardwalk, do not walk along the piers in the dark.

Winter in the Village - Window DisplaySteveston businesses will compete for the title of “Best Holiday Display". | Photo: City of Richmond

Holiday Lights & Light up the Village Self-guided tour

Over at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, the attraction's evocative heritage buildings are adorned with sparkling lights and decorations. The Steveston Museum will also be in a full-on festive mood with light decorations. A short walk away, the Steveston Tram will also have a beautiful display of enchanting lights.

At the intersection of No. 1 Road and Bayview Street, you will find yourself gravitating towards the glittering, walk-through light ornament—it's the perfect spot to take your obligated holiday selfie. Remember to tag #RichmondMoments for a chance to be featured on our social channels. 

Kids hugging inside a round "igloo" made of holiday lightsThe glittering, walk-through light ornament is a great spot for selfies. | Photo: City of Richmond

But that’s not all. Running from December 1 to 24, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site will be hosting its sparkling Festival of Trees, complete with dozens of inventively decorated displays dotted among the fascinating museum exhibits.

Coming soon! Get the free Winter in the Village digital passport and take the light up the village self-guided tour - digitally check-in to locations to receive entries into weekly prize drawers to win hampers filled with goods from Steveston merchants!

Letters to Santa

The bearded wonder will be arriving in Steveston by horse and carriage this year - keep a look out for him in December 5th. Your kids will also be able to send letters to Santa Claus! Visit the Steveston Museum & Post Office between now to December 10 to drop off your letter to Santa for free. Don’t forget to include Santa’s address on your envelope, as well as your return address so Santa can write back to you.

Santa's Address:
Santa Claus
North Pole
HOH OHO
Canada

Songs in the Snow

Running on December 4, 11, and 18 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, the heartwarming Songs in the Snow will be a virtual event this year. Moving from a vintage Christmas event to an online celebration, this year Songs in the Snow will be featuring toe-tapping performances

Click here to register in advance for free.

Holiday lights strong in trees next to the Steveston Museum in the city of Richmond, BCVisit Steveston Museum and the Town Square Park to see some spectacular lights. | Photo: City of Richmond

Christmas Shopping

Steveston Village is not only a magical place to visit during the festive season, it’s also a great place to check all the items off your Christmas shopping list. From one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry, to sought-after toys, there is something for every person on your list. 

Know Before You Go

Parking is available in and around Steveston Village, but there are also transit bus services: visit the TransLink website for trip-planning resources. And if it’s one of those sunny winter days, consider biking it: the village is well connected to several scenic cycling routes and trails. 

Please note that a face mask or covering is required in all indoor public areas. Stay two meters apart from people outside of your immediate household bubble. For more information about the latest Provincial Health Orders, please visit here.