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2018 Christmas Express at the BC Forest Discovery Centre

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Sunday, December 2nd, 2018
4:00 AM to 9:00 PM

All aboard the Christmas Express a 1910 steam locomotive as it travels through thousands of twinkling lights that adorn the 100 acre enchanted woods of the BC Forest Discovery Centre. Thousands of visitors over the years have made a Christmas tradition of attending this colourful and entertaining event. “We love bringing the Christmas Express out and seeing the magic of the holiday in the faces of everyone that attends. Our attendance has been growing, so we are hoping to exceed previous attendance this year with 13 nights of holiday magic. We invite islanders to come out to see the light displays, enjoy the seasonal music, make a Christmas craft, and ride the Christmas Express train” says Chris Gale, Manager of the BC Forest Discovery Centre. You'll be able to keep warm with hot chocolate, mini doughnuts, and we've added to our other fare in the concession, Chili Dogs and bowls of Chili.

Avoid line-ups by purchasing advance tickets in our Gift Shop. Open Monday to Wednesday from noon - 4 pm, until December 12th. While here, why not purchase an annual membership for 2019, a perfect gift for holiday gift giving

The Christmas Express event is a huge undertaking and largely driven by ‘volunteer elves’. The BC Forest Discovery Centre enjoys the support of so many ‘volunteer elves’ from the community who work alongside the staff to ensure the lights are hung, they deck the halls including showcasing our buildings and artefacts to give the museum and our forest that magical festive look.

The Christmas Express is the museum’s largest fundraiser of the year and is paramount to the ongoing operation and maintenance of our antique vehicle collection, our trains, maintenance of the historical buildings and the preservation of an important ecosystem within the Cowichan Region.

Families and corporations can support the museum by purchasing a membership for the 2019 season.

The Christmas Express runs on weekends from Saturday, December 1st to Sunday, December 16th, with the addition of Wednesday, December 19th through to Sunday, December 23rd, a total of 13 magical evenings. The BC Forest Discovery Centre opens at 4 pm on these dates with train departures every 20 minutes beginning at 4:30 pm. The last train departs at 8:30 pm. Experience the magic of Christmas at the BC Forest Discovery Centre aboard the Christmas Express!


Cost: Adult: $12.00
Child: $10.00 ( 2yrs & under
Senior: $12.00
Student: $12.00
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Location: BC Forest Discovery Centre
2892 Drinkwater Road, Duncan
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More Info: Carol Miller
[email protected]
2507151113 ext 23
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