Check out: Previous-timey Xmas Festival of Trees Old Songs

Future situations: Outdated-timey Christmas show to Dec. 31 Competition of Trees to Jan. 3 Outdated Audio for the New Yr on Jan. 1

Helmcken Residence provides glimpse of Christmases previous

Get the whole spouse and children for a glimpse of Christmases earlier at Helmcken Home Aged-Fashioned Christmas, on the grounds of the Royal B.C. Museum, right up until Dec. 31.

Till the conclusion of the calendar year you can pay a visit to Helmcken Home, one of the oldest household in B.C. continue to on its authentic internet site. People can action again a century and a half in time to see Christmas traditions of 19th-century Victorians.

The interior of the historic home has been embellished with shows of Christmas crackers, playing cards and carols.

With the re-creativity of the Old City gallery at the museum, Helmcken Residence is the only exhibit exactly where website visitors can view time period Christmas decorations this calendar year.

The initial operator of the house was Dr. John Helmcken, a surgeon who married the daughter of Gov. James Douglas in 1852. He is remembered for his function in negotiating British Columbia’s entry into Canadian Confederation. He died in 1920 and is buried in Ross Bay Cemetery.

Admission is absolutely free. The property is open up from midday to 2 p.m. day-to-day until eventually Dec. 31. It is situated on the grounds of the Royal B.C. Museum, 675 Belleville St.

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Old Songs for the New Year at Christ Church Cathedral

Get started the yr off with some classical audio as Christ Church Cathedral hosts Aged Songs for the New 12 months: Christmas Pastorales from Middle Europe, performed on ­original and reproduction baroque devices at the cathedral on Jan. 1.

The totally free New Year’s Day live performance has turn out to be of the city’s treasured traditions, attracting about 500 songs fans to the cathedral.

This year’s method attributes not often performed pastorals by the Bohemian composer Joseph Anton Sehling.

Performers include things like Rachel Allen (soprano), Cassidy Stahr (alto), Marc Destrubé (baroque violin), Kathryn Wiebe (violin), Natalie Mackie (viola da gamba) and Christina Hutten (organ).

The concert is introduced in partnership with the Pacific Baroque Competition, an yearly competition hosted by the Victoria Conservatory of New music in collaboration with the cathedral.

Assistance for the concert is supplied by Raymond James Generational Wealth Management.

Admission is by donation. The concert operates 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 1, 2024 at Christ Church Cathedral, 930 Burdett Ave. For additional details, go to The concert will also be livestreamed at for those people unable to attend.

Catch the Festival of Trees until eventually Jan. 3

Get the entire spouse and children to the Competition of Trees — that includes extra than 70 festively embellished trees — in help of B.C. Children’s Medical center, at the Bay Centre, now until Jan. 3.

You can explore the glowing forest (see it right after dark for a certainly magical encounter) and vote for your favourite tree. You can vote onsite by scanning the QR code found on the flooring decal in entrance of the tree of your selection.

Consider component in a Festival of Trees Scavenger Hunt for a chance to get a $500 Bay Centre reward card.

Go to one particular of the suggestion tap machines on ranges 2 and 3 to make a donation to B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation with the proceeds likely towards cancer investigation.

Viewing of the trees is absolutely free. The trees are situated on levels 2 and 3 of the Bay Centre, 1150 Douglas St.

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