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Winter Tram Arrives in Steveston

Holiday illuminations in front of the red and white Steveston Tram building

The annual Winter in the Village returns to Steveston this December, and with it arrives the “Winter Tram”.

From December 1 to 31, 2023, visit the Steveston Tram for activities for all ages and enjoy festive decorations for the best photo opportunities to capture holiday memories with friends and family.

The Steveston Tram building at the corner of Moncton Street and No. 1 Road, is decked out for the season with an avenue of fir trees leading to the entrance, wrapped with a multitude of twinkling warm white lights. Don’t miss the chance to take a holiday selfie inside the nearby giant illuminated photo frame.

Inside the building, local “LEGO Man” Peter Grant once again enthralls visitors with his display of custom LEGO models showcasing Richmond’s most recognizable heritage buildings. This year, Peter presents the Goldie Harris House from No.4 Road, the iconic art deco lines of the Marine Garage in central Steveston Village, Branscombe House on the corner of Railway Avenue and Steveston Highway, and the ever exquisite Minoru Chapel in Minoru Park near Richmond Hospital.

The Steveston Tram has once again partnered with Richmond Public Library to present “The Polar Express” story time with readings of this classic holiday book on board the beautifully restored Tram Car 1220. The skilled librarians will bring alive this mysterious story of a young boy’s journey on a magical train to the North Pole, where he meets Santa. Families will be bathed in the golden light of Tram Car 1220 and surrounded by the warmth of polished wood and burnished brass as they listen to the librarian as the enchanting tale unfurls. These popular story times take place on Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 10 at 2:00pm, 2:40 pm, and 3:20pm. Tickets are free at the door to the first 30 visitors who pick up tickets prior to each story time. There will also be a snug “reading corner” filled with books about trains and trams in multiple languages.

New for 2023, try out the new Holiday Scavenger Hunt, and explore the connection between the tram, childhood, and the festive season. Can you find all 12 items connected to winter and celebrations? Kids who find all 12 items will receive a special prize – a customizable tram “ornament” to colour and hang on a wall or tree for all to see.

Visit the Steveston Tram from December 1 to 31, open Tuesdays to Sundays, 12pm to 4pm (closed on statutory holidays). Admission is free. We look forward to seeing you and hope that you will make a visit to the Winter Tram an annual holiday tradition.