Richmond is fully adorned with sparkling events and activities throughout the month of December. From twinkling illuminations to heartwarming stage shows, this is certainly the time to be jolly in the city.
And if you need additional ideas to transform your month into the most wonderful time of the year, check out the menu of Winter in the Village activities happening in Steveston now to December 31, 2019.
Songs in the Snow has become an annual tradition. | Photo: City of Richmond
- Jingle Bell Market at the Richmond Nature Park | December 1
- Christmas in Steveston Village | December 1
- ArtRich 2019 at the Richmond Art Gallery | December 6 - 31
- Songs in the Snow | December 7, 14, and 21
- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat | December 12 - 31
- Walk Richmond | December 14
- Tea With Santa at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport | December 14
- Richmond Orchestra & Chorus: Christmas Time is Here | December 14
- New Year’s Spectacular at the River Rock Show Theatre | December 31
JINGLE BELL MARKET AT THE RICHMOND NATURE PARK
December 1 (11:00am - 4:00pm)
Admission by donation
Christmas might seem far away but that gift list you scribbled down in October isn’t going to tick itself off. With only a few more weekends to go, it’s time to get proactive—and this festive market-in-the-park is the perfect start. Filled with local artists and artisans, you’ll also find some unique, nature-related present ideas at the Jingle Bell Market that are perfect for any green-minded friends or relatives you happen to be shopping for. And if you miss it, Steveston’s Cannery Farmers’ Market is also operating on December 1, 8, and 15.
Christmas in Steveston Village
December 1 (1:00pm - 4:00pm)
Those who believe Santa’s sleigh is his only mode of transport will think again when they attend this annual event. Be here for 1:00pm and you’ll catch Santa’s nautical side as he rolls up to Fisherman’s Wharf on a boat before high-fiving his way through the wide-eyed crowd to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. Snap photos with him inside the Cannery, where you’ll also be able to peruse the Farmers’ Market and take some holiday selfies at the delightful Festival of Trees.
ArtRich 2019 at the Richmond Art Gallery
December 6 - 31
The latest show at the city centre Richmond Art Gallery showcases emerging and established creatives from Richmond and nearby communities, covering a wide range of genres and disciplines. Expect an eye-opening array of artistry in this unique juried exhibition (there’s also a People’s Choice award component that is always popular). Intrigued? Drop by for the free-entry opening reception on December 6 (from 7:00pm to 9:00pm) where some of the artists will also be on-hand to chat about their creations.
December 7, 14, and 21 (4:00pm to 6:00pm)
Head to Town Square Park next to the Steveston Museum for Songs in the Snow, a charming annual tradition that sees local singers, choral groups, and toe-tapping musicians perform a full selection of heartwarming holiday songs. Warm yourself with a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy some festive games and vintage craft activities. And don't miss the village’s latest Yuletide attraction: the newly installed Dancing Trees Interactive Lights Display is also located in the park.
December 12 - 31
Tickets from $29
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, this ever-popular Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is the Gateway Theatre’s spirit-soaring 2019 holiday show. A perfect family-friendly production for all audiences, Joseph features energetic performances, lavish costumes, and a host of memorable songs from Close Every Door to Any Dream Will Do. Add an extra gift to your experience by booking ahead and dropping by for one of the run’s special events, including a Tea Matinee, Wine Wednesday, or post-show Talkback.
Enjoy a performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. | Photo: David Cooper
December 14 (10:00am to 11:00am)
The perfect way to make room for all that upcoming turkey, drop in and join Walk Richmond (there’s no need to register) for a festive special-edition stroll through the heart of the village. Meeting at Garry Point Park’s concession stand, you’ll walk at your own pace—taking in all the Christmassy village sights en route—before arriving at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site and then concluding at Steveston Community Centre for some seasonal light refreshments. Looking for an excuse to wear that glittery Santa hat you bought last year? This is the perfect occasion.
Tea With Santa at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport
December 14 (1:00pm)
Adults $79; children (12 and under) $35
This one-day-only festive tea party is a hot ticket item for Christmas-loving families around the region every year. Dress everyone in their finest holiday outfits for live music, balloon artistry, a hot chocolate bar, and the chance for keepsake photos with Santa himself. A special Christmassy afternoon tea—packed with decadent treats—is also served, while proceeds from the event are directed to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Book ahead ASAP.
Richmond Orchestra & Chorus: Christmas Time is Here
December 14 (7:30pm to 9:30pm)
Tickets adults $25; seniors & students $20; children (under 13) $10
Restore some traditional festive vibes to your holiday season with this delightful annual concert at Fraserview MB Church. Join the Richmond Orchestra & Chorus as they raise the roof with soaring renditions of classic Christmas music, from Charpentier to Tchaikovsky and from festive movie favourites to seasonal classics. Expect to leave the show feeling full of Yuletide cheer. Book here—advance tickets are discounted.
December 31 (from 7:30pm)
Tickets from $79.50
Before you know it, Christmas will be over—which means it’s already time to start planning your New Year’s Eve celebrations. One of the area’s biggest parties will be on stage at the River Rock, where a roster of top-ranked tribute artists will channel legendary performers Sam Cook, Jackie Wilson, and Aretha Franklin. Enjoy the show-only from 9:30pm for $79.50 or make it an extra special night by adding a sumptuous buffer dinner for $139.50 (show included). This isn’t the only New Year’s Eve party in town, though: consider the Rocking on the River event at The Deck Kitchen + Bar or the lavish New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport.