WATCH: Celebrating an Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas in Barkerville

Billy Barker brightened many people’s day as Father Christmas during the Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas Saturday, Dec. 14 at Barkerville Historic Town and Park. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Billy Barker brightened many people’s day as Father Christmas during the Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas Saturday, Dec. 14 at Barkerville Historic Town and Park. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Father Christmas walks down Barkerville’s main street Saturday, Dec. 14 during Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Father Christmas walks down Barkerville’s main street Saturday, Dec. 14 during Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Two-year-old Parker Servatius of Prince George rides through Barkerville in style thanks to his mom, Ashley, during Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas Saturday, Dec. 14. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Two-year-old Parker Servatius of Prince George rides through Barkerville in style thanks to his mom, Ashley, during Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas Saturday, Dec. 14. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
One-of-a-kind Christmas cards are printed and ready for visitors inside the Cariboo Sentinel office at Barkerville. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)One-of-a-kind Christmas cards are printed and ready for visitors inside the Cariboo Sentinel office at Barkerville. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Nine-year-old Yvaine Hagblom of Prince George and her mother, Kara, decorate gingerbread cookies inside the schoolhouse Saturday, Dec. 14 during Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Nine-year-old Yvaine Hagblom of Prince George and her mother, Kara, decorate gingerbread cookies inside the schoolhouse Saturday, Dec. 14 during Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Keeping the stairs clear for visitors Saturday, Dec. 14 during Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Keeping the stairs clear for visitors Saturday, Dec. 14 during Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Miss Florence Wilson leads a town tour along Barkerville’s main street Saturday, Dec. 14 during the first day of the three-day Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas event. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Miss Florence Wilson leads a town tour along Barkerville’s main street Saturday, Dec. 14 during the first day of the three-day Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas event. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
The Cornish Waterwheel is covered in snow Saturday, Dec. 14 at Barkerville Historic Town and Park. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)The Cornish Waterwheel is covered in snow Saturday, Dec. 14 at Barkerville Historic Town and Park. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Barnard’s Express Stage Lines offered horse-drawn sleigh rides through Barkerville Saturday, Dec. 14 during Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Barnard’s Express Stage Lines offered horse-drawn sleigh rides through Barkerville Saturday, Dec. 14 during Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
One of the Barnard’s Express Stage Lines horse-drawn sleighs comes around the back of Barkerville Saturday, Dec. 14 during Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)One of the Barnard’s Express Stage Lines horse-drawn sleighs comes around the back of Barkerville Saturday, Dec. 14 during Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas also marked the opening of the Shamrock Tube Run at Barkerville Historic Town and Park. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas also marked the opening of the Shamrock Tube Run at Barkerville Historic Town and Park. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas also marked the opening of the Shamrock Tube Run at Barkerville Historic Town and Park. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas also marked the opening of the Shamrock Tube Run at Barkerville Historic Town and Park. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
The Shamrock Tube Run at Barkerville Historic Town and Park opened Saturday, Dec. 14 during Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)The Shamrock Tube Run at Barkerville Historic Town and Park opened Saturday, Dec. 14 during Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Youngsters enjoy skating Saturday, Dec. 14 at Barkerville Historic Town and Park during Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Youngsters enjoy skating Saturday, Dec. 14 at Barkerville Historic Town and Park during Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Mrs. Hodgkinson leads a town tour Saturday, Dec. 14 during Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas at Barkerville Historic Town and Park. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Mrs. Hodgkinson leads a town tour Saturday, Dec. 14 during Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas at Barkerville Historic Town and Park. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Barkerville looked like a winter wonderland Saturday, Dec. 14 during Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Barkerville looked like a winter wonderland Saturday, Dec. 14 during Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Father Christmas and Mrs. Hodgkinson walk down Barkerville’s main street Saturday, Dec. 14. (Karen Powell - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Father Christmas and Mrs. Hodgkinson walk down Barkerville’s main street Saturday, Dec. 14. (Karen Powell - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
A group of Girl Guides from Williams Lake poses for a photo with the Louis A. Blanc Photographic Gallery during Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas Saturday, Dec. 14 at Barkerville Historic Town and Park. (Karen Powell - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)A group of Girl Guides from Williams Lake poses for a photo with the Louis A. Blanc Photographic Gallery during Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas Saturday, Dec. 14 at Barkerville Historic Town and Park. (Karen Powell - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
The Goldfield Bakery was a very popular spot Saturday, Dec. 14 during Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas at Barkerville Historic Town and Park. (Karen Powell - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)The Goldfield Bakery was a very popular spot Saturday, Dec. 14 during Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas at Barkerville Historic Town and Park. (Karen Powell - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Meeting Mrs. Hodgkinson on Barkerville’s main street Saturday, Dec. 14. (Karen Powell - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Meeting Mrs. Hodgkinson on Barkerville’s main street Saturday, Dec. 14. (Karen Powell - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Barkerville as seen from a horse-drawn sleigh. (Karen Powell - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Barkerville as seen from a horse-drawn sleigh. (Karen Powell - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Cross country skiing is one way to get around Barkerville Historic Town and Park in the winter. (Karen Powell - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)Cross country skiing is one way to get around Barkerville Historic Town and Park in the winter. (Karen Powell - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
The Cornish Waterwheel at Barkerville Historic Town and Park is covered in snow. (Karen Powell - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)The Cornish Waterwheel at Barkerville Historic Town and Park is covered in snow. (Karen Powell - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

An expanded lineup of activities and exhibits and a blanket of fresh snow greeted visitors at this year’s Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas at Barkerville Historic Town and Park.

Held Dec. 14-16, the three-day special event featured a full slate of interpreters and activities, such as town tours, winterized museum exhibits, caroling in the streets and demonstrations. Visitors could enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides through town, cookie decorating and unique Victorian Christmas cards made at the Cariboo Sentinel office. The Q-City Singers, Aka Bellas and Quesnel Junior School band provided entertainment.

The Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas event also marked the opening of the Shamrock Tube Run. The Tube Run will now be open every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. until March 29. As well, it will be open Dec. 26 to Dec. 31 for Christmas break, Feb. 17 for Family Day and March 20-27 for spring break.

For more information, visit barkerville.ca/winter-recreation/.

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