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!



Christmas at Hycroft set to open with a bang! …er a chanter! Nov. 16th 11 am

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.

Hycroft Singers
Thursday & Friday, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Sunday, 2:30pm – 3:15pm (drawing room)


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

Harpist, Colette Gariepy
Friday, various times (drawing room)


Goh Ballet
Friday: 5 – 7:30pm
Saturday: 1pm  (roving)

Diane Froese
Saturday, 1 – 4pm (drawing room)

Saturday, 6-9pm (drawing room)

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


Kevin Zakresky 

Opening Ceremony with Piper, Alan Walters
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.

Hycroft Singers
Under the musical direction of Donalda Falconer, 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!
Thursday & Friday….6:30–7:30pm, Sunday…2:30–3:15pm (drawing room)

Crooner Bobby Bacchus
Singing at “Christmas at Hycroft” with his silky voice and pleasing repartee. Join him on a trip down Memory Lane with  favourite Christmas Carols and other songs by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett and Nat king Cole. What’s not to love? See you there!
Thursday…7:30pm (drawing room)

Harpist, Colette Gariepy 
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.
Friday….various times. (drawing room)

The Kringle Singers
Kathleen Anderson, Karen Kristjanson & Reynhardt Krause.

Friday ….1pm (roving)

Reunion Jazz Trio – A Vancouver based jazz project featuring Rich Knowles on guitar, Bill Piggott on keyboards and Joe Bourchier on bass. With a combined 80 plus years of musical, studio and stage experience, these accomplished musicians cover the past jazz greats to a range of contemporary artists that captivate and thoroughly entertain.
Friday…7:30pm (drawing room)

Jules Quesnel Choir
Friday…..3:45pm (courtyard)

Goh Ballet
Meet the energetic, exuberant dancers from Goh Ballet’s Nutcracker. Here at Christmas at Hycroft for autograph signing and photo ops in their beautiful show costumes.
Friday…..5–7:30pm and Saturday….1pm (roving)

Lorna Yeates
A 3rd generation pianist, when not composing music or playing at command performances herself, Lorna enjoys teaching piano at all levels and ages. She particularily enjoys teaching beginners, whether very young or up to adult age.
Friday…. 5:30pm (drawing room)

The Capilano Brass
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 Seaton on French horn and Tom Koven on trombone.
Saturday….. 11am – noon (drawing room)

Diane Froese
With over 30 years professional experience Diane Froese’s has tremendous musical versatility. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree, Master of Education, as well as Associate and Licentiate Music degrees from Trinity College, England. She has toured Europe, the United States and Canada with various music groups and we’re very pleased, and lucky to have her beautiful and enthusiastic talents to showcase at this year’s Christmas at Hycroft.
Saturday….1 – 4pm (drawing room)

Leslie Harris (vocals), Curtis Debray (guitar), Lee Oliphant (bass), Nini Dipasquale (drums), make Lesismore; a top-notch quartet full of high-energy playing funky retro blues.
Saturday…..6-9pm (drawing room)

Mehlinda Heartt, Harpist 
Sunday….. 11am – 12:15pm (drawing room)

Vancouver Bach Choir Toccata
Young choristers singing a Christmas montage under the direction of Marisa Gaetanne.
Sunday …11am and 12pm (courtyard)

Vancouver Bach Chorales
Intermediate under the direction of Marisa Gaetanne.
Sunday…..1pm (drawing room)

Vancouver Bach Children’s Chorus
High performance choir under the direction of Marisa Gaetanne.
Sunday…..2pm (drawing room)

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.

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. 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.

Archimallows – Homemade Marshmallows! – I don’t think we have to say more than that! But seriously, let candy man Kyle Archibald share with you his passion for these delicious, puffy little sweet morsels in a huge variety of flavours. Archimallow’s has amazing pairing recipes that give S’mores a run for their money. Torch a lemon Archimallow and add a graham cracker cookie and you’ve got an instant lemon meringue pie – oh so good!

Kits on Broadway – representing Family Services through their VIP Day
on Broadway
contest.  Nov. 17 (11am – 3pm), Nov. 18 (6-9pm), Nov., 20 (11am – 3pm)

Damiani Fine Foods – is constantly finding products that are more tasteful, palatable, and appealing to the public with an affordable price and quality that will be difficult to match.

Kringle Christmas Emporium – vintage styled keepsake ornaments, whimsical novelties and reindeer food. Nov. 19 (11am – 9pm)

Genesis Fashion Design – Award winning designer Sheila Keighron’s collection of classically designed women’s clothing. Proudly manufactured in Canada.
Nov. 20 (11am – 6pm)

Joy TV – Christmas-themed giveaways, stickers, fun and a draw too!
Nov. 18 (3 – 6pm)

Canadian Federation of University Women (founded in 1919) – Will be in the Courtyard selling Emergency Preparedness Kits  & Art Cards in an effort to raise public awareness of University Women’s Club Vancouver Scholarships & Bursaries funds for the Trust Fund for Education.
Nov. 17th (6-9pm) and Nov. 18th (11am – 3pm)

Grab a delicious bite to eat with:

Emelle’s Catering – 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!

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.

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.

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.

kokoKoKo Monk Chocolates Internationally known and recognized as among the top 20 chocolate companies in the world, Koko Monk’s one-of-a-kind, complex and sophisticated flavor fusions are created using organic, health based ingredients of raw origin beans and natural sweeteners. Making their beautiful creations, not only delicious , but part of the health food category. (Located in the FARRIS ROOM originally used as Mrs. Blaunche McRae’s bedroom).

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. (Also located in the FARRIS ROOM)

Kermodi – These are the coolest looking plants in mod containers with easy-to-look-after jades, succulents and curly ficus giving you form and structure in pieces sure to enhance your décor as “living art”. (Also located in the FARRIS 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).
jadoreJ’adore les Macarons – After living her dream of being enrolled at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, Connie successfully graduated with the Diplôme de Pâtisserie and shares her talent with us through delicious and beautifully packaged French Macarons. As well she offers a variety of unique gift items. (Located in the FEDERATION SOLARIUM – a lovely little room the McRae Sister’s used to enjoy afternoon tea while viewing the magnificent Rose Garden below).
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!).
Stephanie Lamy Photography – Stephanie is a visual story teller. She creates images and sells Fine Art prints and decoration items with photos taken during her numerous travels. Curious and with a deep love of connecting with people, her work is focused on portrait as well as documentary photography. She enjoys telling stories, your story, and works with corporate clients, artists, athletes, kids & families, and offer services in French & English. (Located upstairs, in the beautiful Farris Solarium).

Hycroft Super Silent Auction

Bid on array items at your leisure. Winners will be notified directly following Christmas at Hycroft by phone and/or e-mail.
(Located in the LETT ROOM – formerly used as Mr. McRae’s master bedroom).

Greeting Trees

greeting-treesLast 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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Thank you to our wonderful Sponsors