Sleigh Bells ring at Barkerville Historic Town

The alpine snow is glistening and jangling bells can be heard jangling throughout BC’s Gold Rush Town, as a horse-drawn sleigh slides around a magnificent winter wonderland… it must be time for Barkerville’s annual Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas!

This coming weekend Barkerville Historic Town will celebrate a time when the Christmas season was filled with simple pleasures and genuine holiday cheer.

Visitors to Barkerville Saturday through Monday, December 10th-12th, will be able to enjoy interpretive displays like the Halverston House Mining Museum, the Nicol Hotel Museum, and the Lee Chong Company Store and Chinese Museum.  Joe and Betty Wendle’s Victorian Home will be open for warming hands and tasting fresh baking, and Christmas baking and lunch will also be available at the Goldfield Bakery.

Christmas shoppers can purchase traditional Victorian gifts for that special someone from the Barkerville Hotel and the Mason and Daly General Store, satisfy their sweet tooth at McMahon’s Confectionary, attend services at St. Saviour’s Anglican Church, listen to roaming carolers, and even visit Father Christmas at the Enchanted Forest.  The Visitors Reception Centre will play home to a chorus of spectacular bell ringers at 11 am on Saturday, December 10th, a local harp and pipe band will follow at noon, and the Quesnel Miniature Club will join the Christmas merriment with an authentic display of Victorian miniature homes and furnishings!

Barnard’s Express will be offering sleigh rides all weekend long, and as an added bonus this year will accept group bookings for private sleigh rides straight through the week until Sunday, December 18th.  Guests can even stay overnight in one of Barkerville’s popular Bed and Breakfasts, to discover what it was really like to spend the holidays during times gone by.

For more information about Barkerville’s Old Fashioned Victorian Christmas, including bookings for a private, horse-drawn Christmas adventure, please contact Judy Mooring at 1-888-994-3332, ext. 29, or email

Yule treasure the experience!