Burnaby is going all out this year with holiday activities! (JamesChen / Shutterstock)

The ultimate list of Burnaby winter activities

Get into the festive spirit with this list of Burnaby winter activities including decoration making, shopping, and lots of visits with Santa!

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November 17, 2022 | 5:00 am

Are you looking for some fun holiday events in Burnaby? We made the ultimate list of Burnaby winter activities for you to check out. We’ll be updating this list throughout the season so be sure to check back.

Nov. 18-20 Deer Lake Craft Fair

 

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The Deer Lake Craft Fair is being held at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts from Nov. 18-20. There will be over 40 local B.C. artisans at the market, including glass blowers, sculptors, patissiers, jam makers, fashion, and jewelry designers. This is the perfect place to get a head start on some holiday shopping.

Address: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave.

Nov. 20-Jan. 2 Holiday Lights Display

Lights will be going up all over Burnaby starting on Nov. 20. You can visit your favourite parks for some beautiful scenery and maybe the chance to snap your next award-winning Instagram photo. You can find a full interactive map of all the places displaying lights here

Nov. 20 Shrub Making Workshop

Not to be confused with the leafy variety, Join Heidi Kuhn, founder of Mixers & Elixirs, for a hands-on workshop where you’ll learn to make shrubs. A shrub is a fruit concentrate made with an intriguing blend of local fruits, organic apple cider vinegar, a touch of sugar and fresh herbs. You’ll start by learning the history of these tangy mixers, then study and sample some popular recipes before concocting your own creation. Each participant will take home their own custom shrub. All supplies will be included.

Address: Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave.

Nov. 22. Upcycled Winter Decorations

Learn to make fun and festive winter decorations using upcycled materials! Choose from an array of examples or get creative and make your own holiday decor. All supplies will be provided, however, participants are encouraged to bring materials they’d like to upcycle (toilet paper rolls, ribbon, fabric swatches, old greeting cards, etc.).

Address: Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave.

Nov. 25 Pro-D Day Toonie Skate

Head over to the Bill Copeland Sports Centre for a toonie skate from 12-3:30pm. Skate and helmet rentals are included in the admission price. 

Address: Bill Copeland Sports Centre, 3676 Kensington Ave.

Nov. 26-Jan. 2 Heritage Christmas

The Burnaby Village Museum will be turning into an old-school Christmas paradise starting Nov. 26. Wander the museum’s 10-acre venue and take in all the seasonal entertainment, demonstrations and activities. Take part in our bird-themed scavenger hunt including a menagerie of adorned larger-than-life Eco-sculptures. Enjoy a meal or a treat at the Ice Cream Parlour or other offerings from Cravings Kettle Corn. As always, admission to the museum is free but you’re encouraged to plan your visit in advance because this event can get very busy. 

Address: Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave.

Eat your way through these Burnaby bakeries

 

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The cold weather is the perfect time to enjoy some fresh baked goods, and we put together a list of some of the best bakeries in Burnaby you need to visit. We’ve included fan favourites like Gabi & Jules, Punk Rock Pastries, Chez Christophe, and many more!

Nov. 26 Edmonds Festival of Lights

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Visit the Edmonds Community Centre to celebrate the season at a free family-friendly event. There will be jugglers, stilt walkers, a visit from Santa, and holiday crafts for the kiddos. There will also be festive music along with hot chocolate, popcorn, cotton candy and hot dogs served by the fabulous Burnaby firefighters. Then the big tree will be lit at 5:15pm.

Address: Edmonds Community Centre, 7433 Edmonds St.

Dec. 3 Cedar Woven Reindeer

In this workshop, you’ll learn to make your own woven cedar reindeer ornament. This class will weave together cultural knowledge about cedar and its many culturally significant and revered uses.

Address: Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave.

Dec. 10 Heritage Health & Beauty Care – Felted Soap Making

Learn the art of wet felting by making felted soap in this hands-on workshop perfect for kids and adults alike! Felted soap not only looks fantastic, its wool coat helps soap last longer, makes slippery bars easier to handle, gently exfoliates the skin, and can replace a washcloth or bath pouf in the shower. This course includes all the supplies necessary to make two bars of felted soap.

Address: Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave.

Dec. 17 Ugly Christmas Sweater Toonie Skate

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Visit the Bill Copeland Sports Centre for a toonie skate from 12-3:30pm wearing your ugliest Christmas sweater. Skate and helmet rentals are included in the admission price. 

Address: Bill Copeland Sports Centre, 3676 Kensington Ave.

Dec. 17 Winter Fun

The Willingdon Community Centre will be hosting an afternoon of winter fun on Dec. 17 from 1-3pm. There will be an Elfie Selfie station, holiday crafts, letters for Santa, active games, entertainment, refreshments, and more!

Address: Willingdon Community Centre, 1491 Carleton Ave.

Dec. 17 Swim with Santa

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Did you know Santa could swim? Well, now you do. You can take a dip with Santa Claus from 1:30-3:30pm at the Eileen Dailly Leisure Pool & Fitness Centre. There will also be some seasonal crafts for you to complete outside of the pool. 

Address: Eileen Dailly Leisure Pool & Fitness Centre, 240 Willingdon Ave.

Dec. 31 New Year’s Skate

The Kensignton Complex will be holding a New Year’s toonie skate from 12-3pm. Skate and helmet rentals are included in the admission price. 

Jan. 1 Polar Bear Toonie Skate

Head over to the Bill Copeland Sports Centre for a toonie skate from 12-3:30pm. Skate and helmet rentals are included in the admission price. 

Address: Bill Copeland Sports Centre, 3676 Kensington Ave.

Marco Ovies

Marco Ovies is Burnaby Beacon's Lifestyle Reporter Creator focusing on all things food, events, and fun things happening in the city.

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