The alpine snow is glistening and the rhythmic jangling of bells can be heard throughout BC’s Gold Rush Town, as a horse-drawn sleigh glides through 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, from Saturday through Monday, December 11th-13th, will be able to enjoy interpretive displays like the Halverson 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 sampling fresh baking; Christmas specialty 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, the Mason and Daly General Store, C. Strouss General Merchants and McPherson’s Watchmaker’s Shop; satisfy their sweet tooth at McMahon’s Confectionery, attend services at St. Saviour’s Anglican Church, listen to roaming carolers, and even visit Father Christmas in the Enchanted Forest. The Visitors Reception Centre will play home to a chorus of spectacular bell ringers at 11 am on Saturday, December 11th, a local harp and pipe band will follow at noon, and Barnard’s Express will be offering sleigh rides all weekend long. Guests can even stay overnight in one of Barkerville’s popular Bed and Breakfasts, to linger in the holiday atmosphere of times gone by.
And this year – back by popular demand – the Theatre Royal’s Newman & Wright Theatre Company will produce a brand new holiday classic at Barkerville’s Wesleyan Methodist Church, called Frozen Christmas on Humbug Creek. Don’t miss this exciting yuletide treat!
For more information about Barkerville’s old-fashioned Victorian Christmas call 1-888-994-3332, or visit www.barkerville.ca. Yule treasure the experience!