Between the hustle and bustle of preparing the Vanderhoof Community Museum for its first sparkling Christmas display this December, Barb Penner (above) lounges in the transforming Smithers house, while Santa and some of his elves (top) curl up into the antique classroom benches of the Board of Trade building on the museum’s site on Nov. 26.
In addition to exterior lights and other decorations, hundreds of Christmas trees and festival items will transform each of the museum’s collection of historical houses, with specific themes for each building: blue and nativity for the RBC house, gold and silver for the Smithers house, as well as Santa in his various guises in the OK Cafe, Penner said.
Hoping to make the display an annual event, she said it’s opportunity for people to not only shop during the festive season, but also to see things as well.
Residents of the area, as well as visitors stopping by on the way through the highway, will also be welcomed with refreshments from the OK Cafe, a bonfire, as well as sleigh rides.
Entry to the display is by donation, with all proceeds to go towards the Nechako Valley Historical Society and Vanderhoof’s incoming pool.
Lights will be on, and doors will open during every weekend evening from Dec. 4 at 4 p.m.
Last scheduled day of lights is Dec. 20, from 2 to 6 p.m.