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Victorian Christmas

Posted on Nov 11, 2022

Victorian Christmas is just around the corner!

A great family tradition continues.

With Christmas approaching quickly, plans for another year of Victorian Christmas at O’Keefe Ranch are coming together. This year's event will be held over the first three weekends of December. Victorian Christmas is a great family event with many activities such as bonfire, s’mores and marshmallows, roasting chestnuts on an open fire, wagon rides, letters to santa, gingerbread house competition and photos with Father Christmas.

“Last year we opened for all three weekends before Christmas,” says Diane Llewelyn-Jones, Guest Experience Coordinator, “and it was very successful. We will also be continuing our new tradition of the Gingerbread House Competition. Our goal is to make the Ranch “the” place known for gingerbread houses. We want to keep growing this competition year over year. First prize is $150 and if you create your house based on a Ranch building, you can also win a season’s pass.”

The O’Keefe Ranch remains pet friendly and you are encouraged to bring along your furry family members, on a leash of course. Victorian Christmas provides a great opportunity for pet owners to have photos of Santa with their pet. Outside of Victorian Christmas, the O’Keefe Ranch allows pets on a lease during daylight hours even when closed. 

Returning in 2022 for a second year is the cookie train building for kids. Cost to families is $5 per kit. Sherrilee Franks, Ranch Manager, explains “The kits remain low cost to ensure all families are able to access this activity. We are lucky to have such great volunteers to make this possible. That said, sometimes labour costs are needed to help offset the workload and we appreciated any additional donation towards the train kit costs.We would even be open to a sponsorship.” 

Victorian Christmas runs December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18th  from 10AM to 4PM. Admission is by donation.