Barkerville’s Victorian Christmas sets eight-year attendance record with help from the Hansons

Father Christmas visited the goldfields a little early this year, and judging by the enthusiastic welcome he received over three days of old-fashioned yuletide festivities at Barkerville Historic Town, the spirit of giving was ready and waiting for him. More than 800 travelers from all parts of the Cariboo, Northern British Columbia, and as far away as Germany made Barkerville a treasured part of their holiday season from December 13 to 15, bringing with them more than 800 pounds of non-perishable food donations for the Royal Canadian Legion holiday hamper program in the nearby District of Wells.

“I don’t think we could have asked for better weather,” said Carleigh Drew, Barkerville’s new Marketing, Products & Activities Officer. “There was sunshine, sleigh rides, smiles all around… and the generous support of our guests, whose weekend admission was by donation to either the Wells Legion or the Barkerville Heritage Trust, means so much to so many this time of year.”

One of the more popular activities at Barkerville’s attendance record-setting Victorian Christmas was the daily presentation of A Hanson Family Christmas, an a capella choral concert of traditional advent hymns and holiday carols sung by up to nine members of the same family, at the Methodist Church. An average of 100 people per day squeezed into the church’s warm wooden pews, or spilled out onto its entrance porch during the hour-long recital. Whether standing or sitting, members of each audience were witness to a truly remarkable and authentic Victorian Christmas experience.

For more information about Barkerville’s Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas, or any number of Barkerville’s seasonal special events, please contact Judy Mooring at 1-888-994-3332, ext. 29 or visit


A Hanson Family Christmas at the Methodist Church - photo by Daniel Hanson

A Hanson Family Christmas at the Methodist Church – photo by Daniel Hanson