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One of Metro Vancouver's largest holiday celebrations will transport you to a winter wonderland

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum hopes to transport you to a winter wonderland right here in Metro Vancouver.
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 Heritage Christmas is Metro Vancouver's largest annual holiday festival. Photo: Heritage Christmas is Metro Vancouver’s largest annual holiday festival. Photo: Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel/Facebook

Thousands of twinkling lights will adorn the charming vintage storefronts of Burnaby Village Museum, as carol singers and familiar characters like Buddy the Elf will roam its streets, as Heritage Christmas transports you to a winter wonderland right here in Metro Vancouver.

Considered one of the largest annual holiday celebrations in the area, Heritage Christmas is a free, family-friendly festive event that will spread holiday cheer - and a smile on your face.

 Heritage Christmas. Photo: Heritage Christmas. Photo: Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel/Facebook

Kicking off on Saturday, Nov. 23, and running daily to Jan. 3 (though they are closed Dec. 24 and 25), this year's Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum will feature a 12 Days of Christmas scavenger hunt, crafts for kids, and tons of live entertainment. Don't forget to take a ride (for a fee) on the gorgeous restored carousel, and say hello to the Interurban tram on site.

On Nov. 30, Heritage Christmas will celebrate the lighting of their huge maple tree with a lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. They'll have hot cocoa and apple cider on hand, plus the chance to meet Father Christmas at the Stride Studio. Attendees can also catch a performance of “A Home for Jo-Jo,” a stage show presented by the Forte Theatre Society at the Brookfield Hall.

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum

When: Nov. 23-Dec. 13 (Mon-Fri 1-5:30 p.m. and Sat-Sun. 1-9 p.m. Dec. 2 hours are 1-4:30 p.m.). Dec. 14-Jan. 3 (Daily from 1-9 p.m. Closed Dec. 24 and 25). Bright in Burnaby tree-lighting event is Nov. 30 from 5-9 p.m.

Where: Burnaby Village Museum - 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby

Cost: Gate admission is free, carousel rides are $2.65