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Happening in Richmond, Dec. 3 to 16

By Don Fennell

Published 2:30 PST, Mon December 2, 2019

Oh My Bling Christmas Fashion Show

With the help of her mom, Estella Celeste Banez, a five-year-old Richmond Kindergarten student, will be hosting two launch parties of her Oh My Bling jewelry Dec. 7 and 14 at Richmond Caring Place. The parties, supporting the Richmond Christmas Fund, will feature fashion shows both beginning at 3:30 p.m. in room 340.

Wrap It Up

Wrap up your holiday shopping in style, while supporting the Richmond Christmas Fund. Gift wrapping is available from 12:30 to 6 p.m. daily at Lansdowne Centre where volunteers will give your present the care it deserves and turn it into a gift-wrapped work of art.

Fund Indigo FUNdraiser

The Richmond Christmas Fund is all about convenience, always looking for new and easier ways for people to support the program.

This year, when you shop online at through Dec. 7, three per cent cash back on your purchases of books, home decor, paper products, fashion accessories or children’s items will benefit the Christmas Fund. And when you purchase electronic gift cards, 20 per cent will go to the Christmas Fund.

Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, one of the most well-loved musicals of all time returns to the Gateway Theatre (6500 Gilbert Rd.) Dec. 12 to 31. Performances are 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets range from $29 to $55.

See Yah In The Morning! Fundraiser

Inspired by her son, Richmond author Kaye Liao Banez wrote a book to help young children develop communication skills. She’s donating partial proceeds from each book sold to local charities, and this fall the beneficiary is the Richmond Christmas Fund. Through Dec. 14, each purchase through will see $2 donated to provide grocery vouchers, toys, books and gift cards to low-income families to help them celebrate the holidays.

Winter Hayrides

Hop onboard for an oldtime hayride around Steveston Village. This fun trip, in 30-minute intervals, takes place on Dec. 5. It leaves the Steveston Community Centre, 4111 Moncton St. starting at 6 p.m. The cost is $7 per person, with pre-registration required at 604-238-8080.

Christmas Dinner

Folks 55 and better are invited to celebrate the holidays with a traditional meal complete with turkey and all the fixings Dec. 5 at Minoru Centre for Active Living. The dinner is from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the complex at 7191 Granville Ave. Dinner is $28.55. Round-trip transportation ($5) home drop off ($3) is also available. Registration is required at 604-276-4300, in person at any community facility, or online at

Songs In The Snow: A Vintage Christmas

Head over to the Steveston Museum and Post Office, 3811 Moncton St., on the first three Saturdays of the month—Dec. 7, 14 or 21 (from 4 to 6 p.m.)—for local performances celebrating the holiday season.

Winter In The Village

A season full of free and low-cost family holiday fun awaits you. From the bright lights to toe-tapping music, there’s sure to be something for everyone at Winter in the village, through Dec. 31, in Steveston Village.

Light The Hall

Bring your friends and family to Hamilton Fire Hall No. 5 for a special festive lighting of the fire hall Dec. 5 between 3:30 and 5 p.m. The hall is located at 22451 Westminster Hwy.

Heritage Christmas Craft Fair

Britannia Shipyards, 5180 Westwater Dr., will host a free craft fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 where you can shop site-wide among 60 unique vendors set up in the Seine Net Loft, Murakami Boatworks, Richmond Boatbuilders and Chinese Bunkhouse buildings.

Brunch With Santa

Join Santa for brunch Dec. 7 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Hamilton Community Centre, 5140 Smith Dr. For $10 per person, you’ll enjoy a delicious meal, crafts, games, a photo booth, and a visit from Santa.

Seasonal Holiday Brunch

Bring your appetite for a brunch served by Chef etonnantes de Thompson Dec. 13 at Thompson Community Centre, 5151 Granville Ave. starting at 10 a.m.

Then on Dec. 14, also starting at 10 a.m., enjoy Breakfast with Santa.

Tea With Santa

Fairmont Vancouver Airport hotel, 3111 Grant McConachie Way, will be hosting a special festive edition of its popular afternoon tea benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation Saturday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m.

Guests at the family-friendly event will enjoy the festive afternoon tea menu, a visit from Santa, and other special surprises. 

Proceeds from every ticket ($79 for adults, $35 children 12 and under) go to Make-A-Wish Foundation, granting the wishes of children living with life-threatening conditions.

Reserve by phone at 604-248-3281 or by email at vancouverairport@

Walk Richmond—Steveston Village

Stroll through Steveston’s historic fishing village to the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site and back to the Steveston Community Centre for some light refreshments and winter cheer. On Dec. 14 at Garry Point Park, 12011 Seventh Ave, 10 to 11 a.m. Free.

Winter Carnival

Join this winter family event that includes fun activities, interactive games, arts and crafts, music performances, a photo with Santa and yummy treats. Parent participation required. $10 per child, free for parents to attend. City Centre Community Centre, 105 - 5900 Minoru Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 14.

Victorian Christmas

London Heritage Farm, 6511 Dyke Rd., reflects the holiday season every Saturday and Sunday to Dec. 15 from  noon to 5 p.m. as the historic home is transformed to celebrate a Victorian Christmas. While there, you can also enjoy a cup of cider, learn about the London family, and visit the gift shop for a perfect gift.


Fishermen Helping Kids with cancer

A Steveston tradition, the sixth annual fresh herring and hake sale is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Steveston Harbour Authority, 12740 Trites Rd. All money raised will support kids being treated for cancer at BC Children’s Hospital.

Raise The Roof

St Alban’s Church, 7260 St Albans Rd., is home to a weekly community meal, serving on average 180 people. Donations are always welcome at 604-278-2770 or at

Richmond 140 Anniversary Gala

To celebrate Richmond 140th Anniversary and award to outstanding contributors of the city. River Rock Casino Resort, 8811 River Road, Dec. 15 7 to 10 p.m. Free.

Parent Info Session

Richmond School District assistant superintendent Lynn Archer will present a free session on report cards and communicating student learning Dec. 5 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Brighouse branch of the Richmond Public Library, 100-7700 Minoru Gate.

ArtRich 2019

The third bi-annual juried exhibition presented in partnership with Richmond Arts Coalition and Richmond Art Gallery, ArtRich 2019 is being held from Dec. 6 to 31 at the Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate. This free event provides a chance for emerging and established artists to exhibit their work. 

Unicorn Tribe Toastmasters Club

Every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m., this Toastmasters club meets in room 2029B at the Richmond Olympic Oval, 6111 River Rd. Learn the skills and confidence you need to effectively express yourself in any situation. 


Pinnacle Cheer Event

The 19th annual PINK Cheerleading Championships will be held Dec. 7, starting at 10 a.m., at the Richmond Olympic Oval, 6111 River Rd. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children five and under.

Sockeye Hockey

The Richmond Sockeyes junior hockey club has three upcoming home games—7 p.m. Dec. 5 versus Langley, 7 p.m. Dec. 12 versus Mission and 4:45 p.m. Dec. 15 versus Aldergrove. All games are at Minoru Arenas.

BC Cup

Short track speed skating arrives at the Richmond Olympic Oval, 6111 River Rd., for two days of exciting competitive racing Dec. 14 and 15. The BC Cup circuit format will feature racing as well as training, testing and workshops.

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