*Please note that non-essential travel to Richmond is not recommended right now. Please visit Richmond when it is safe to travel. There are some virtual events you can join from the comfort of your own home*

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 2020 insider’s guide to Steveston’s Winter in the Village.

Winter in the Village
Steveston's historic sites will be illuminated over the holidays. | Photo: City of Richmond

Holiday Window Display

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, close to 40 Steveston businesses have set up twinkling, attention-grabbing window 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 Window Display” in Steveston.

You will play a part in determining the winner by voting for your favourite window display. Click here for an interactive map of all participating businesses. 

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

Holiday Lights

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. 

Steveston Light DisplayThe 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.

Other stops on the Light Up the Village tour include the No 1 Road Pump Station on Bayview and No 1 Road, and the Imperial Cannery. 

Letters to Santa

This might not be the news you want to hear, but the bearded wonder will not be arriving in Steveston by boat this year. However, don’t worry because your kids will still be able to send letters to Santa Claus. Visit the Steveston Post Office between now to December 10 or the Steveston Community Centre between November 25 - December 9 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

Please note that the hours for the Steveston Post Office may vary; please call in advance at 604.271.6868. The Steveston Community Centre is not physically open for visitors, but a mailbox will be available from 8:30am to 3:00pm daily. 

Winter in the Village
Santa is not available for photos this year, however kids can still write and send letters to him. | Photo: City of Richmond

Virtual Events

The bright lights, beautiful window displays, and winter themed decorations will make your visit to Steveston Village a must. For those who cannot make it out this year, there are also some festive activities you can do from the comfort of your own home. 

Running on December 5, 12, and 19 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, 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 and virtual caricature drawings. Free craft kits and seasonable refreshments, including hot drink packages, will also be available for pick-up at the Steveston Museum if you want to replicate the memories of standing outside of Town Square Park.

Click here to register in advance for free. Tickets must be reserved in advance.

Steveston Museum - City of RichmondVisit Steveston Museum and the Town Square Park to see some spectacular lights. | Photo: City of Richmond

Let’s have some fun with building food! From December 7 to 18, participate in a virtual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest by sending in a picture of your creation. You will be entered for a chance to win a holiday gift basket, and of course, bragging rights. 

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. Click here for scoop on the best local shopping gems.

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.