Father Christmas gave out candy canes to awestruck children during the event. Karen Powell photo

Barkerville’s Christmas event sees record number of visitors

More than 1,200 people attended the site on Saturday

Barkerville Historic Site held its annual Old Fashioned Victorian Christmas event Dec. 8-10, seeing record numbers attend the event: 1,236 on Saturday, and 917 on Sunday, although Monday has so far been less busy, according to Barkerville Historic Town and Park staff.

By comparison, the same event in 2017 saw 506 visitors on Saturday, 646 on Sunday and 217 on Monday.

Barkerville CEO Ed Coleman said he’s not able to pinpoint the exact reason the numbers were so high, but said they had changed their advertising strategy a bit, and the weather and road conditions were good, likely allowing more people to travel.

“The tube run is now also open, so that may have helped,” said Coleman.

The event, which was by cash donation or the donation of non-perishable food items, brought in more than 100 boxes of food for the Wells food bank.

The Old Fashioned Victorian Christmas event has been running for more than 50 years at the historic site. The three-day event finishes today (Dec. 10) at 4 p.m.

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