Warm up for the start of the holiday season with two events at the Steveston Interurban Tram and Steveston Museum on Saturday, December 2.
Experience Winter Tram at the Steveston Interurban Tram from noon to 3:00 p.m. with free family activities including crafts and festive refreshments.
As part of your visit, explore the gorgeous restoration of Tram Car 1220 in detail. From its polished wood interior, specially woven rattan seats and brass fittings through to its red and cream exterior, it looks very much like a tram that Santa would ride on his trip south.
During Winter Tram, if you peak around the corner near the Christmas tree, you may just see the jolly man himself as Santa will be on site to hear the wish of every child who visits the Tram on the day. For more information go to www.richmond.ca/interurban1220 or call 604-238-8081.
After leaving the Tram building, head west for a quick walk to Steveston Museum’s Town Square Park for the inaugural Songs in the Snow. From 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, 9 and 16, bring your family to celebrate the spirit of Richmond in winter. Join the singing of favourite holiday songs performed by local community and school groups and create a vintage-style Christmas craft or two. Take a selfie beneath the beautiful illuminations in the park, enjoy free refreshments and explore the Japanese Building on-site for a different seasonal installation for each of the three event evenings.
In the holiday spirit of community and giving, this year’s Songs in the Snow supports the Richmond Hospital/Healthcare Auxiliary Thrift Shop building restoration on Chatham Street in Steveston and Ignite the Warmth, which provides blankets to the homeless. Bring a cash donation and/or a blanket for each of these worthy charities.
Songs in the Snow is presented by the Steveston Historical Society, the City of Richmond and the Richmond Arts Coalition. This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Richmond Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast. For more information, visit historicsteveston.ca.
These two events are just the beginning of the Christmas in Steveston Village weekend. The festivities continue on Sunday, December 3 with events in and around the Gulf of Georgia Cannery and Steveston Village. Don’t forget the local highlight of Santa’s arrival by boat at Fisherman’s Wharf at 1:00 pm.
The Steveston Interurban Tram is located at 4011 Moncton Street. Visit us daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. until Friday, December 22. The Steveston Museum is located at 3811 Moncton Street and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays.