Record-setting crowds bring welcome holiday cheer to Barkerville’s Victorian Christmas


  • Approximately 1600 people from all over British Columbia and abroad visited Barkerville Historic Town & Park between Saturday, December 9th and Monday, December 11th
  • This year’s event set an historic attendance record for the most Old Fashioned Victorian Christmas visitors ever, breaking a previous record set in December of 2015
  • Admission to Barkerville’s annual holiday event was by donation, either a monetary gift or a non-perishable food item for the Wells Legion holiday hamper program
  • More than 20 bankers boxes, totaling nearly 1000 pounds of donated non-perishable foodstuffs, were collected over the three days
  • Barkerville’s Old Fashioned Victorian Christmas was bustling with special events and activities for yuletide revelers looking to experience the wintertime magic of western North America’s largest heritage attraction nestled beneath an elegant blanket of snow
  • In addition to a variety of annual activities and unique shopping opportunities, a few new experiences were available to Old Fashioned Victorian Christmas guests this year, including
    • a Goldfield Bakery gingerbread workshop, filled with delicious cookies and an incredible assortment of sweet-stuffs for some serious decorating fun
    • authentically-printed greeting cards and papery gift ideas from the Cariboo Sentinel
    • a Q City Singers presentation of old fashioned Christmas Carols to a standing room-only audience at the Wesleyan Methodist Church on Sunday, December 10th and
    • a QJS Band performance of brass band Christmas classics at St. Saviour’s Anglican Church on Monday, December 11th
  • Barkerville’s Old Fashioned Victorian Christmas event also played host to the opening day of Barkerville’s 2017-18 Shamrock Lift & Tube Run season, a low-impact, family oriented outdoor activity that launched to great reviews in this past January


“Given the unprecedented impact of this summer’s wildfire activity on the tourism economy of the entire region, this overwhelming show of support from our global Barkerville community has been a very real, and gratefully accepted, holiday gift.” Ed Coleman, CEO, Barkerville


1. Miss Wilson’s Christmas Tour [Credit: Barkerville Historic Town & Park]
2. Snowy Main Street [Credit: Barkerville Historic Town & Park]