Museums mark Christmas season’s start

The holiday season kicks off at the Royal B.C. Museum on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. with the return of Carol-Along with the Carilllon.

While carillonneur Jon Lehrer plays seasonal favourites, the public is invited to join the Newcombe Singers for a 45-minute set under the Centennial Carillon. Free hot chocolate and cookies will be provided.

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On Dec. 4, Father Christmas will make his first visit to the museum’s Old Town to hear children’s holiday wishes and pose for photographs.

Official photos will be emailed, with museum-goers invited to share them on Twitter using #RBCMSanta and @RoyalBCMuseum.

Santa’s arrival coincides with the opening of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 exhibition.

Starting Dec. 6 at 1 p.m., the Maritime Museum of B.C. will resume its annual Nautical Wreath Workshops in its new location at 634 Humboldt St., Nootka Court.

The three-hour workshop on how to use knots to transform a piece of rope into a holiday wreath will be repeated Dec. 8 and Dec. 12 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The cost is $35 plus GST ($10 plus GST for an additional wreath), including rope, instruction and a light festive snack. Participants are asked to bring light work gloves or gardening gloves. To pre-register, call Diana at 250-385-4222, ext. 101, or email

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