Old-fashioned crafts, sing-along and stockings at the Surrey Museum’s Pioneer Christmas

How did Surrey celebrate Christmas long ago? Find out Saturday at the Surrey Museum's final discovery event of the year.

Imagine a time before WalMart or cross border shopping for the hottest toys or electronics gadgets for the people on your shopping list, and your favourite Christmas treat didn’t come from the cookie aisle at Costco.

So, just how did our Surrey forebears celebrate Christmas?

Bring the family on down to the Surrey Museum next Saturday for Pioneer Christmas, a special holiday event filled with carol-signing, craft-making, old films and more.

It’s happening from 1-4 p.m. at the museum, located at 17710 56A Avenue in Cloverdale.

Kids can help decorate the museum’s Christmas tree with old-fashioned ornaments they can make themselves. And there’s a sing-a-long with the Surrey Children’s Choir, performing at 2 p.m.

Other family-friendly activities include a scavenger hunt, story time with Sandra (3 p.m.), watching black and white holiday films in the theatre, and browsing the museum’s collection of vintage Christmas cards and postcards.

Make, and learn about traditional take-home crafts, including pomanders – an orange with cloves and cinnamon arranged in patterns – and  Christmas stockings.

Traditional fruit punch and Christmas cookies will be available by donation.

Bring along a donation for the Surrey Food Bank, serving more than 14,000 people each month, with 41 per cent of those being children under 18 years of age.

Pioneer Christmas is the last day of operations for 2013 for the Surrey Museum, which is closed for the season, and will reopen in the new year.

Admission is sponsored by the Friends of the Surrey Museum and Archives Society. For more information, call 604-592-6956 or visit www.surrey.ca/heritage.

Follow the Cloverdale Reporter on Twitter and Facebook. View our print edition online.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Low-cost bicycle repair shop opens in Cloverdale

Cloverdale Community Cycles starts up in church parking lot

All Safe Surrey Coalition council members must ‘step up’ over ‘bad taste’ tweets, rivals say

Slate’s posts on social media in ‘bad taste,’ councillor says

After 40 years on the job, White Rock’s fire chief retires

From flood to fire, Phil Lemire has been at the forefront whenever disaster struck

Surrey sports groups grapple with refunds, registration, restrictions and more

‘Our biggest problem is going to be retraining the public because they can’t be there’

Cloverdale businessman funds wells in Cambodia

Revive Washing in Clayton Heights donates three per cent of profits to charity

VIDEO: A Vancouver Island black bear takes weekend nap in eagle tree

Videos captured by Terry Eissfeldt shows the bear arriving Saturday night and sleeping in on Sunday

NDP getting COVID-19 wage subsidy ‘indirectly,’ B.C. Liberal leader says

B.C. NDP says Andrew Wilkinson is wrong about federal link

Parent, superintendent, trustee report smooth return to classrooms in B.C.

The biggest challenge is convincing families that it’s safe, some say

Two more COVID-19 cases reported by Langley long term care facility

One resident, one staffer have tested positive for the coronavirus

Help the ‘Cloverdale Reporter’ continue its mission to provide trusted local news

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

George Floyd asphyxiated by sustained pressure: family autopsy

Death sparked a wave of protests across the U.S. and abroad

Suspect sought in alleged assault, hate crime on Metro Vancouver bus: transit police

The woman then allegedly punched the teenager in the head multiple times

COVID-19: B.C. commercial landlords can’t evict if they decline rent assistance

Emergency order ‘incentive’ for federal program, Carole James says

Most Read