Beginning December 1st, experience Christmas in the Castle complete with traditional decorations recalling Victorian-era seasonal splendor.
Beginning in mid-October Curator Bruce Davies and the museum’s staff assist longtime decorator Sherry Kerr to meticulously evoke Christmases past in the castle’s period rooms. On your tour you will see many vintage toys including antique games, wooden blocks and a small cast-iron wood stove under the tree in the drawing room. Mantles are decorated in the bedrooms, there are several Christmas trees throughout the home and the dining table is set for a formal dinner complete with turkey, ham and a boar’s head on a platter.
As an added bonus and at no additional cost to regular self-guided tour fees, you can enjoy music performed by local musicians at certain times of the day. Families with small children will enjoy music and clowning around at one of three performances by Cam and Daisy.
Download the performance schedule PDF and plan your visit accordingly!
Teachers may be interested in Craigdarroch’s classic school program that invites children to step back into the 1890’s and explore the origin of Christmas celebrations as we know them today. When and why did Christmas trees become popular? What sort of toys did children play with 100 years ago? Who were the Dunsmuirs and why did they build this amazing Castle?
Our costumed guide will lead your class through this National Historic Site and encourage them to discover the wonder of B.C.’s history and the excitement of Christmas more than a century ago.
Each tour ends with a Victorian craft and a candy-cane treat. The program is recommended for pre-school through Grade 5 and content is adjusted to accommodate varying age groups.
Teachers Please Call: 250-592-5323 or firstname.lastname@example.org to book. Tours are filling fast!
Finally, if you’re looking for an evening event in December then we have the following programs to recommend.
Jason Stevens returns with his one-man rendition of Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol. Jason’s performance has become for many, a traditional outing that kicks of Christmas and tickets for his performances will available through our event calendar on November 15th.
Back for a second year is Radio and Mistletoe, and My Man Godfrey, a festive flip of the 1936 comedy My Man Godfrey. Tickets for this family friendly event will also be available on our event calendar beginning November 15th.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CASTLE WILL BE CLOSED DECEMBER 25 & 26 AND JANUARY 1 SO OUR STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS CAN SPEND TIME WITH THEIR FAMILIES.
MEET THE DUNSMUIRS
Robert and Joan Dunsmuir had two sons, eight daughters and plenty of exploits. The Castle weaves a fascinating tale of this intriguing family – their achievements, their relationships and even their quirks.Learn More
ABOUT THE CASTLE
Built by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir during the reign of Queen Victoria and now a National Historic Site, Craigdarroch Castle has been meticulously restored, giving visitors a glimpse of privileged life in the 1890s.Learn More
PLAN YOUR VISIT
We are open daily from 10am – 4:30pm, with extended hours from June 15th to September 6th (9am – 7pm). (Please note that we are closed December 25th, 26th and January 1st)Learn More