It’s that most wonderful time of the year––and Steveston Village will once again be transformed into a sparkling winter wonderland. From December 1 to 31, there’s a stocking-full of free or low-cost Christmas activities to experience here. Your one-stop-shop for holiday fun, the shoreline heritage destination is the perfect place to tap into the spirit of the season.

Ready to plan your Yuletide days out? Read on for our exclusive 2022 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 | Photo Credit: City of Richmond

WINTER IN THE VILLAGE PASSPORT

Dive into full-on festive mode with the Winter in the Village digital passport. Sign-up for the free app to access a self-guided tour of local Christmas sights plus special offers and discounts at participating Steveston stores and restaurants. And there’s more: each time you check-in at a designated location or redeem an offer, you’ll be entered for a chance to win weekly gift baskets filled with prizes from village businesses. The more you use the passport, the more chances you have to win!

HOLIDAY DISPLAY CONTEST

This year, dozens of Steveston businesses are installing twinkling, attention-grabbing festive displays to help elevate your holiday spirits. From dangling paper snowflakes to whimsical Christmas décor to rustic Yuletide ornaments, give yourself plenty of time to visit them all––then vote for your favourite at the Steveston Tram or the Steveston Post Office and Museum. Voting starts December 1.

Steveston businesses will complete for the title of “Best Holiday Display” | Photo Credit: City of Richmond

FISHERMAN’S WHARF HOLIDAY BOATS CONTEST

Walk along Fisherman’s Wharf and check out the sparkling holiday lights displayed on the participating boats bobbling alongside. And when you find one you really love, cast a vote for it via our Facebook page. Please be sure to view the holiday boats from the safety of the boardwalk, and do not walk along the piers in the dark. Voting starts December 1.

FESTIVAL OF TREES

Steveston’s Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site is once again hosting one of Metro Vancouver’s most popular Christmas tree displays. You’ll find a forest of shimmering trees here, each creatively decorated by local businesses and organizations. Keep in mind that the Cannery is a paid-entry attraction (adults $12.50; seniors $10.75; under-17s free) and be sure to explore its museum-like exhibits and excellent gift shop while you’re here. The Festival of Trees runs from December 1 to December 24. Voting can be done onsite or online.

The glittering, walk-through light ornament is a great spot for selfies | Photo Credit: City of Richmond

SONGS IN THE SNOW

This charming outdoor event features festive songs and holiday sing-alongs. Admission is by-donation and performances take place at Town Square Park, located alongside the Steveston Post Office and Museum on Moncton Street. Presented by the Steveston Historical Society, performances are planned for successive Saturdays on November 26 (4pm to 5pm), December 3 (4pm to 6pm), December 10 (4pm to 6pm) and December 17 (4pm to 6pm).

Visit Steveston Museum and the Town Square Park to see some spectacular lights | Photo Credit: City of Richmond

STEVESTON CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR

Kick-off your Christmas shopping with this popular annual event at the Steveston Community Centre’s Net Shed. Expect a full-on holiday atmosphere (warming refreshments included) as you explore around 120 carefully chosen vendor stands. You’ll have all your gift-buying done in no time––which means you’ll also have time to find something extra special for yourself. Admission is by donation (cash only) and the event runs from 10am to 4pm on November 26.

CHRISTMAS MARKET AT THE STEVESTON HUB

With its plethora of browse-worthy independent boutiques, Steveston is always a great place to find unique gifts. But time your village visit for December 3 or 4 and you can add Steveston Hub to your pressie-shopping expedition. Located at 3551 Moncton Street, this second floor venue will be hosting 24 Richmond and Steveston makers, each offering brilliant ideas for everyone on your gift list. The market runs from 11am to 4pm on both days.

SANTA IN THE VILLAGE & MORE

A beloved Yuletide tradition for many locals and visitors, head to Steveston on December 4 for a full afternoon of free holiday activities. The fun includes the Christmas Classic Car Cruise (12:15pm to 2:30pm), where vintage vehicles trundle around the streets, and––drum roll please––the 1pm arrival of Santa himself by boat at Fisherman’s Wharf, followed by his carriage parade around the village. There will also be free carriage rides for visitors. Can’t make it on December 4? Free carriage rides will also be offered on December 11 (1pm to 5pm)

Santa arriving at Steveston’s Fisherman’s Wharf by boat

HOLIDAY DOG PARADE

Fans of both Christmas AND dogs won’t want to miss this December 11 parade where both you and your canine pal are encouraged to dress-up in festive finery. Meet at 11am at Phoenix Pond bridge to join the walkies over to Starbucks. There will be prizes for the best-dressed participants. Next, head over to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site where you and your pooch can pose for free photos with Santa and Mrs Claus (from 11:30am to 12:30pm)

MUSICA INTIMA VOCAL ENSEMBLE

Let your Christmas spirits soar on December 11 (between 2pm and 4pm) at this delightful by-donation performance at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site. Renowned Vancouver-based vocal maestros Musica Intima will perform soul-stirring renditions of beloved Christmas songs and carols as well as some you may not have heard before. It’s the perfect way to ease yourself into the magic of the holiday season.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Parking is available in and around Steveston Village. Don’t want to drive? There are plenty of transit busses that also serve the area––visit the TransLink website for trip-planning resources. And if it’s one of those scenically sunny winter days, consider biking it: Steveston is well connected to several cycling routes and trails. 

Last Updated on December 1, 2022 by Tourism Richmond