Just ONE more sleep until Father Christmas comes to Barkerville Historic Town!

Father Christmas - photo by Thomas Drasdauskis

December snow is sparkling and jingle bells are ringing once again throughout the foothills of the Cariboo Mountains as the horse-drawn sleighs of Barnard’s Express slide around a magnificent winter wonderland. It must be time for An Old-Fashioned Christmas in Barkerville!

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

Visitors to Barkerville Saturday through Monday, December 8th-10th, will be able to enjoy interpretive displays like the Halverson House Mining Museum, the Nicol Hotel Museum, and the Lee Chong & Co. Chinese Museum. Joe and Betty Wendle’s 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 C. Strouss & Company Dry Goods, Mason and Daly General Merchants, A. McPherson’s Watchmaker, and the Barkerville Hotel. Visitor’s may also choose to satisfy their sweet tooth at McMahon’s Confectionary, attend Sunday services at St. Saviour’s Anglican Church, and even visit Father Christmas at the “Enchanted Forest.”

The Visitors Reception Centre will host a local harp and pipe band on Saturday, December 9th and the “Tregillus Collection” will join the Christmas merriment with an authentic display of Victorian miniature homes, dolls and furnishings.

Barnard’s Express will be offering sleigh rides all weekend long, and 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.

This year, as a very special treat, J.P. Winslow will perform two separate sets of Christmas Tunes with Mr. Teach, Saturday to Monday, at St. Saviour’s Church, and Danette Boucher’s summertime Theatre Royal production of Catherine Schubert: Lady Overlander, a half-hour, one-woman comedic-drama, will perform at the Methodist building.

For more information about An Old-Fashioned Christmas in Barkerville, including a detailed daily schedule, please visit www.barkerville.ca/christmas.htm.

Yule treasure the experience!