A musical reading of a Dickens’ story will happen at Christmas by Candlelight. Courtesy Nancy Hildebrand

Holiday festivities in Fort Langley

Christmas by Candlelight and A Fort Langley Christmasbegin this weekend on Dec. 15.

Fort Langley will be lit up with lanterns and holiday decor this weekend, with the Christmas by Candlelight event on Saturday, Dec. 15.

Inside the Fort Langley National Historic Site buildings, different music groups will perform holiday entertainment.

According to Nancy Hildebrand, Fort Langley National Historic Site promotion officer, the evening is a way to escape from the “bustle of the holiday season and come somewhere relaxing where it’s not as crowded.”

“It can remind us of the roots of this area. Christmas festivities at Fort Langley during the mid-1800s were simple. Workers received the day off for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and a ration of rum. On Christmas Day, the Chief Trader of the fort hosted a social event, dance, and feast. On New Year’s Day, workers would sign their new work contracts with the Hudson’s Bay Company.”

Musical performances will take place by the VCC Mount Brass Ensemble, a carolling quartet, and Celtic harpist Leanne Page.

In the Big House, a musical reading of Dickens’ will entertain the audience.

Guests are also invited to go on a guided tour of the Fort, and are encouraged to enjoy a meal at the newly-renovated Lelum’ cafe.

Christmas by Candlelight runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 15.

Tickets are available at the door for $18.60 for adults, $17.35 for seniors, or $10.80 for annual pass holders. Youth 17 and under are free. Advance tickets can be purchased online for a $2 savings here: https://christmasbycandlelight.brownpapertickets.com/.

Following Christmas by Candlelight is a similar event called A Fort Langley Christmas that runs from Dec. 21 to 23 and Dec. 27 to 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

During these days, visitors can hear fireside stories, taste roasted chestnuts, take guided tours, learn about artifacts, go on a scavenger hunt, and more.

A Fort Langley Christmas costs $7.80 for adults, $6.55 for seniors, and free for youth and annual and discovery pass holders.

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A map of the Fort Langley village where musical performances will take place during Christmas by Candlelight. Courtesy Nancy Hildebrand

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