Artisan Village

Located in Hycroft’s magnificent Ballroom, over 25 local Artisans display their talents to ensure you’ll find loads of original, personal gifts that will help you check off names from your Christmas list.

There’s something for everyone in the family, including you!



We’re pleased to bring a great variety of entertainment to Christmas at Hycroft every year.

You’ll find everything from jugglers to harpists performing inside the house Drawing Room and outside in our tented Courtyard Fair.

Eileen Padget
Thursday, 11am – 1pm (drawing room)

Hycroft Singers
Thursday, 2pm – 3pm
Friday, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Sunday, 2:30 – 3pm  (drawing room)

Harpist, Colette Gariepy
Thursday, 3 – 5pm (drawing room)


Crooner Bobby Bacchus
Thursday, 7:30pm (drawing room)

Beauty Shop Dolls
Friday, 7:45 – 8:45pm (drawing room)

The Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band
Saturday, 2 – 3pm (courtyard)


Langley Ukelele Ensemble
Saturday, 12:30 – 1:30pm (courtyard)

Saturday, 6-9pm (drawing room)

Vancouver Bach Choir Toccata
Sunday, 11:15am & 12pm (courtyard)


Kevin Zakresky 

Thursday Nov. 16

11am Opening Ceremony with Piper, Alan Walters (Courtyard)
A former member of Muirhead & Sons Pipe Band in Scotland, and past Pipe Major of Triumph Street Pipe Band. Alan has worked with some of the best piping talent and is well known throughout Canada and the United States for his judging and numerous workshops and seminars he delivers.  A full-time piping professional, Walters currently instructs, competes, and pipes for Highland Dancers.

11am-1pm Eileen Padget, pianist (Drawing Room)
Eileen V. Padgett is a Vancouver-based composer, pianist, and music instructor. She recently completed her DMA in music composition at the University of British Columbia, where she studied with Dr. Stephen Chatman. She currently teaches music theory and plays piano for the Vancouver Youth Choir (VYC Kids), runs a private music studio, and is the Music Director of West Point Grey United Church where she has begun several community-oriented initiatives.

1:15 – 1:45pm Alan Walters (Drawing Room)
Christmas Carols on the small pipes

2 – 3pm Hycroft Singers (Drawing Room)
Under the musical direction of Kevin Zakressky, accompanied by Pat Stark, the Hycroft Singers enjoy making music together for appearances at Christmas at Hycroft and other command performances during the year.  They have an extensive range – from mediaeval carols to Broadway ballads, and we love them all!

3 – 5pm Colette Gariepy, harpist (Drawing Room)
Colette’s repertoire is very diverse, from classical to contemporary, including Celtic and medieval music. With over 20 years’ experience, it is always a pleasure to listen to Colette perform.

7:30 – 8:30pm Bobby Bacchus, crooner (Drawing Room)
Enjoy the silky sounds of Bobby Bachhaus and join him on a trip down Memory Lane with favourite Christmas Carols and other songs by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennet and Nat King Cole. What’s not to love? See you there!

Friday Nov. 17

11am – 1pm Jocelyn Pritchard, pianist (Drawing Room) 

11am – 1pm The Kringle Singers (roving)
Kathleen Anderson, Karen Kristjanson & Reynhardt Krause.

1pm – 3pm Hellen Hall, pianist (Drawing Room)
Helen Hall currently divides her professional life between instructing at the VSO School of Music, the School of Music at Vancouver Community College and the Vancouver International School of Music and arts management as the Managing Director for the Singer Behind the Song concerts and principal event coordinator for the Wall Centre gala fundraisers.
Helen’s academic background includes an MA in Musicology from the University of Victoria and a BMus in Piano Performance from Acadia University, Wolfville, NS

3pm – 5pm Kevin Zakresky
Head of the voice department at the Vancouver Symphony School of Music and founder director of Orpheum Voices, a festival chorus based in Vancouver.  Join Kevin as he hosts a very fun and energetic ‘Sudden Instant Christmas Carol Choir Concert’ for children and the young at heart.

5 – 6:30pm Lorna Yeates (Drawing Room)
A 3rd generation pianist, Lorna enjoys composing, teaching students of all ages, performing solo and in ensemble, especially with the Coquitlam Chorale. Her degrees include Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education from UBC and ARCT in Pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of Music. 

6:30 – 7:30pm Hycroft Singers (Drawing Room)

7:45 – 8:45pm Beauty Shop Dolls (Drawing Room)
Jazzy holiday favourites in three part harmony with classic dance choreography and beautiful vintage styled costumes.

Saturday Nov. 18

11am – 12:30pm Capilano Brass (Drawing Room)
Eclectic is the sound of the brass quintet. From pop to jazz to the classic, they cover it all. Under the direction of Robert Toren on bass trombone, we have Tom Parr and Terry Waters on trumpet, Charlie

12:30 – 1:30pm Langley Ukelele Ensemble (Courtyard)
The Langley Ukulele Ensemble is now in its 36th year (32 years under the direction of Peter Luongo, and, for the past four years, under the direction of Paul Luongo)has developed a reputation at home and abroad for excellence in musical performance. The 20 ensemble members range in age from 13 to 18 years, and are students attending middle school, secondary or post-secondary institutions.

2 – 3pm The Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band (Courtyard)
Twenty-two years ago, the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band (RMMPB) was founded in honour of two young pipers who died tragically in a motor vehicle accident. Since our founding, approximately 2,000 band members have developed important life-long skills through piping and drumming. RMMPB’s mission is to foster the playing and performing of Scottish music by youth aged 6 to 18 from all cultural backgrounds.

1 – 3pm Michael Molnar, pianist (Drawing Room)

3:15 – 4:15pm Heliotrope (Drawing Room)

6 – 9pm Lesismore Trio (Drawing Room)
Leslie Harris (vocals), Curtis DeBray (guitar) and Lee Olophant (bass) make Lesismore a top-notch energetic jazz trio playing funky retro blues.

Sunday Nov. 19

11:15am Vancouver Bach Choir Toccata (Courtyard)
Young choristers singing a Christmas montage under the direction of Marisa Gaetanne

11:45am – 2pm Erin Hope-Goldsmith, pianist (Drawing Room)

11am & 12pm Nadine Johnson, pianist (Drawing Room)

12pm Vancouver Bach Choir Toccata (Courtyard)

2pm Vancouver Bach Cholrales (Drawing Room)
An intermediate children’s choir under the direction of Marisa Gaetanne.

2:30 – 3pm Hycroft Singers (Drawing Room)

3 – 5pm Rosemary Mallory (Drawing Room)

Courtyard Fair

Hycroft’s Courtyard will be a buzz of activity again at our outside fun fair.

This year will feature an assortment of entertainment, vendors, charities, culinary delights, the beautiful Christmas Greeting Trees and of course our famous “Kitchen Creations” located in the Coach House.

Be sure to visit:

mr-fireworksMr. Fireworks  – Party favours and super fun LED light products such blinking tiaras (everybody needs one of these!), flashing glasses, flashing Christmas pins, hobby pins and umbrellas. You want it to flash? Mr. Fireworks, AKA Mr. Flasher has got you covered.

Damiani Fine Foods
 –Family-owned and operated, Damiani Fine Foods Inc. is a wholesale distribution company that specializes in carrying award-winning, high-end Italian food products, from small-scale producers that the company works with directly. The majority of Damiani Fine Foods Inc. products’s are hand-made, all non-GMO, organic, with no added additives, preservatives or sugars.

Grab a delicious bite to eat with:

Emelles2Emelle’s Wheels – Signature cuisine catered from their fire engine red trailer featuring tasty warm-up items like their addictive cauliflower fries (this almost sounds healthy), poutine (with delicious vegetarian gravy! – it’s amazing!), hot dogs, cupcakes, java, tea, eggnog, hot chocolate and mulled apple cider.

BKH Jerky
– Awesome authentic Singapore style beef and pork jerky. It’s fresh, it’s fabulous, and it’s made from the finest cuts of Canadian meat. No MSG, gluten or wheat. Seriously addictive! And makes a great stocking stuffer!

Olde World Fudge – Creamy fudge and other treats such as caramel, peanut brittle, and almond bark are also available for purchase within the Coach House.

Spudnicks Kettle Chips –No MSG, no cholesterol, seasoned & packaged fresh! Also featuring rainbow popcorn and Louisville Vegan Jerky and Turkey Jerky.

Kitchen Creations –Christmas puddings, mincemeat, to-die-for lemon curd, renowned lemon lentil soup and freshly baked goodies all lovingly prepared by the legendary Hycroft Kitchen Creations Team. Located in the Coach House.

Main Floor

It’s simply exquisite!

Decked with boughs of holly and fa-la-la-la-la creative decor, sure to inspire your Christmas spirit.

Foyer and Drawing Room decorated by by Flower Factory. Wonderful floral décor by Flower Factory.

The Drawing Room will feature an array of entertainment, please check the schedule for a complete breakdown.

The Library has been transformed into Santa’s Workshop decorated by the University Women’s Club Vancouver team of volunteer decorators.


Dining Room decorated by Bombay & Co. Specialty retailer of unique home accessories, wall décor and furniture. Stores located across Canada.

Shopping on the main floor includes:

The Oak Room, this handsome room (formerly General McRae’s Billiard Room) features The Christmas Shoppe during Christmas at Hycroft and is run by the University Women’s Club of Vancouver (UWCV), purveyors of  Christmas ornaments, wreaths, lights,  and stockings.

The Green Solarium showcasing “Not Just A Yarn”: The Knitting Salon of the University Women’s Club where you’ll find a wonderful assortment of beautiful hand-knitted products made by our own, smitten for knittin’ talented knitters.

The Blue Solarium (formerly the children’s dining area) Featuring Sugarfina – the ultimate candy store for adults! You’ll find Sugarfina is a chic boutique filled with delicious, gourmet sweets that are just as beautiful to look at as they are to taste.

Terrace Bistro

This large, heated tent area directly off the Foyer turns into a modern oasis of tranquility serving scrumptious hot comfort food and sincere hospitality, provided by University Women’s Club Vancouver in-house catering. Please let us take care of you while you re-charge your batteries in our friendly little Bistro.

Beware: unattended children will be given espresso and a free puppy, ‘cause that’s just how we roll. 🙂


speakeasyLocated downstairs off the Ballroom this cozy little hideaway is the perfect spot to take a load off and unwind with a good chin-wag over a cold brew, a little sherry or a nice glass of wine.

HOURS: Thursday & Friday 5 – 9pm, Saturday 12 – 9pm & Sunday 12 – 6pm.
Please note the Speakeasy is a cash only area.

Psssst…the password hint; “Santa’s favourite reindeer and one-time saviour of Christmas?”

Unique Boutiques

During Christmas at Hycroft our 2nd floor rooms get painstakingly converted into wonderfully merchandised unique Pop-Up Shops. Guests can find loads of great ideas for Christmas entertaining, great hostess gifts and an assortment of amazing gifts for those extra special people on your gift-giving lists.

Genesis Clothing Design -Award winning designer Sheila Keighron’s collection of classically designed women’s clothing. Proudly manufactured in Canada (Located in the LETT SOLARIUM).

seven-raven-designsSeven Raven Designs – Silversmith, Katrina Keep shows her love and passion for Mother Nature through her unique modern jewelry designs by blending a polished elegance to raw gemstones and crystals. (Located in the FARRIS SOLARIUM)

Make Merry – Fun, fabulous and festive party supplies with a focus on heirloom, sustainable and recyclable products (located in the FEDERATION ROOM).
pearls_smIt’s About Pearls – A favourite of Christmas at Hycroft visitors’ year after year, featuring authentic freshwater pearls and semi-precious stones from Nicky de la Roche’s beautiful designs. (Located in the BOARD ROOM, originally used as a bedroom for one of the McRae sisters).

goorinGoorin Bros. – Men’s and ladies hats, fascinators, ties and accessories. There was a time when neighborhood hat shops existed in just about every community in N. America, and friendly and knowledgeable Shopkeepers assisted regular customers and created a gathering place similar to a local tavern or barber shop.

Goorin Bros. is bringing back the neighborhood hat shop. Come on in. (Located in the HERITAGE ROOM)

muddyriverMuddy River Landing – BC TREASURES + BLING!  (Located in the EDWARDIAN ROOM – the first room at the top of the landing, AKA ‘The Power Room’, used as Mrs. McRae’s office to meet with staff, design menus and coordinate over-the-top, legendary parties).
lotuslandLotusland Imports – Exquisite jewellery designed by students in Milan’s prestigious Istituto Europe di Design and crafted in Kilimanjaro by Maasai women artisans, a stunning cultural fusion of chic Italian design and rich Maasai beading – preserving indigenous culture, empowering women through innovative design and saving trees by replacing deforestation with artisanship. (Located in the FEDERATION ROOM, formerly used by one of the McRae sisters).
londonfieldsLondon Fields Shoppe – Specializing in the clever, the eclectic, and the nostalgic, with an emphasis on handmade, London Fields offers a smorgasbord of fabulous treats, from fun stocking-fillers to big, fat beautiful pressies! (Located in the MIRROR ROOM, originally used as Mrs. McRae’s dressing room).
etofilEtofil – Hand loomed, hand weaved textiles by women Artisans of the world, designed in Vancouver. (Located in the GENERAL’S BATHROOM – this room is amazing! A trip to Hycroft without visiting the awesome shower in the General’s Bathroom is a wasted trip. Seriously, you must see this. And keep in mind, it was built in 1912!).
And Then Again – From musings to manifestations, re-envisioning evolving heirlooms and estate pieces into beautiful and meaningful gifts (Located in the FEDERATION SOLARIUM).
A Brush with Nature – Join Patricia Banks in her passion for nature as she takes you on a visual journey from poetic still life and engaging florals to dramatic scenery of the wild West Coast. Taste the salt in the air and feel the mist on your skin as you soak in a windswept coastline. Dance with dazzling colours of larger than life flowers and sumptuous ripe fruit. Marvel at a few of our furry outdoor neighbours!

Hycroft Super Silent Auction

(Located in the LETT ROOM – formerly used as Mr. McRae’s master bedroom).

We’re pleased to be bringing back our Super Silent Auction. Please check back for a list of our valuable Silent Auction donors which will be posted soon.
If you have an item or service you’d like to donate to our hugely popular Silent Auction, we’d love to hear from you!

Greeting Trees

Last year we started a new tradition as we added evergreen trees decked to the nines in seasonal splendor by businesses and various groups adding to the Courtyard transformation to a magical winter wonderland. With the success of this beautiful addition, we’re pleased to say the tradition will continue!

Businesses are given carte blanche to decorate their own Greeting Tree at Christmas at Hycroft as fabulously and lavishly as they wish, and YOU get to vote as the businesses vie for the coveted titles of: “Most Welcoming”, “Most Festive” and/or “Most Awesome!”

Priceless oooohs and awwwws, community good will and possibly, the all- important bragging rights.

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