Goodbye fall, hello Christmas!
We’ll be holding off on decorating until November 12th out of respect for our veterans, but man those Christmas tunes are ringing in our ears already! We’ve already got Christmas cookie freezer dough and apple pies prepped for the season.
And in case you’re new to Prince George, let us be your resource for all things Christmas in Prince George!
Celebration of Light
This seasonal even is held at the Prince George Railway & Forestry Museum! The Museum opened in July, 1986 and its collection consists of over sixty pieces of rolling stock, nine historical buildings and numerous smaller artifacts on an 8-acre site.
Take a ride on the train and enjoy over 100,000 lights as you tour eight acres of winter wonderland and be amazed as you travel by mini-rail ‘round the park. Sing carols with visiting choirs, visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, roast hotdogs and smores over a bonfire and discover the new Christmas village display in the accessible Russell House! This one is a Christmas tradition you MUST add to your annual events list!
Festival of Trees
This community fundraiser for Spirit of the North foundation is another one for the books! It features live performances, fashion show, silent auction, gift shop, children’s craft area, story time, breakfast with Santa, trees for bidding of course and the Community Kickoff to Christmas!!
Community Kick Off to Christmas sponsored by Intact and Telus is an exciting event kicking off at noon on Sunday, November 25. We partner with the City of Prince George as they put on their Civic Light Up, and the day will be filled with fun activities for the whole family!
For the full schedule of events check out the Festival of Trees website!
Children 2 & Under FREE
Youth (3-15) $3
Seniors (60+) $3
General (16+) $5
Family (2 Adults; up to 4 youth) $15
Family Sleigh Ride
We’ve been doing a multifamily sleigh ride three years running now and it’s one of the highlights of the season for sure (runny noses, frozen toes, crying babies, and all)! We use Crazy M Ranch, but book now because spots fill up fast!
Crazy M Ranch is owned and operated by the Mueller family. Come out and enjoy a horse drawn sleigh ride through beautiful woodland trails and open fields where deer and other wildlife can be seen. The hour-long ride will bring you to the “Sleigh Shed” which is heated by an old-fashioned wood cook stove with complimentary hot chocolate, coffee, tea and cookies. Outside you can gather around a roaring bonfire with family and friends while you enjoy the winter scenery.
Another local farm offering winter wonderland sleigh rides is Triple D Draft Horses. They are located out the Blackwater. Come out for some hot cocoa, good old fashioned caroling and make the family sleigh ride an annual tradition!
Candy Cane Lane
Take a walk-through Prince George’s famed Candy Cane Lane! This short route is nothing short of spectacular! Bring glow sticks and a thermos of hot cocoa for an extra treat for you and the kids. Candy Cane lane is located off Upland Street behind the school district and Van Bien School.
Or if walking in winter is not your style, take a drive through, but go slow as there are LOTS of walking families. Or check out the other notable displays around Prince George. The Citizen put together a great list last season. Here’s hoping they keep it up this year also!
Family Downhill Sledding
Pack up the kids, bring snacks and hot drinks and plan for a helluva good time (and nap after)! Prince George has a great selection for sledding parks. College Heights Secondary and Rainbow Park really get going, whereas Harry Lauder Park and Carney Hill are a bit lesser decline, so a bit better for the littles. Moore’s Meadow and Hart Highland School hill are also good ones for littles, as it’s shorter, so getting the littles to tow the sled up these shorter hills themselves will be sure to tucker them out! Wherever you go on the weekend it’s sure to be busy!
Check out the City of PG’s list of shedding locations here.
If you’re still looking for more to do around Prince George to survive the long winter, check out this post from Kate on how to make the most of a long winter in Northern BC!
Best Wishes, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, from all of us at Northern BC Moms to you and yours!