PHOTOS: A look into the past with pictures of Chilliwack at Christmas

Christmas decorations looking along Wellington Street from Five Corners. (Chilliwack Progress press photo)Christmas decorations looking along Wellington Street from Five Corners. (Chilliwack Progress press photo)
Letting his trusty reindeer rest up for the big Christmas Day journey in 1963, Santa Claus made an advance trip to Fairfield Island Elementary School by helicopter. Okanagan Helicopter pilot Richard Burton assisted Santa on his trip. (Chilliwack Progress press photograph)Letting his trusty reindeer rest up for the big Christmas Day journey in 1963, Santa Claus made an advance trip to Fairfield Island Elementary School by helicopter. Okanagan Helicopter pilot Richard Burton assisted Santa on his trip. (Chilliwack Progress press photograph)
Christmas Lights on Yale Road, in front of the Southgate Shopping Mall looking north. (Photo courtesy the Chilliwack Museum and Archives 2016.032.002.472)Christmas Lights on Yale Road, in front of the Southgate Shopping Mall looking north. (Photo courtesy the Chilliwack Museum and Archives 2016.032.002.472)
Carol Booth (L) and Mrs. Denis Vaugeois were casual help mail sorters during the busy 1964 Christmas season. (Chilliwack Progress press photograph)Carol Booth (L) and Mrs. Denis Vaugeois were casual help mail sorters during the busy 1964 Christmas season. (Chilliwack Progress press photograph)
Colour photo of a parade float. Written on front “225. Written on back “Chwk, Santa Claus Parade, 1976.” (Norman Williams photo)Colour photo of a parade float. Written on front “225. Written on back “Chwk, Santa Claus Parade, 1976.” (Norman Williams photo)
A lantern sitting in freshly-fallen snow. (Norman Williams photo)A lantern sitting in freshly-fallen snow. (Norman Williams photo)
Admiral TV (John Scott) and Helen Hiwater (John Brighton), two of a cast of 55 White Rock Players appearing at Chilliwack’s Evergreen Hall in the 1967 Christmas pantomime, “Pinocchio.” (Chilliwack Progress press photograph)Admiral TV (John Scott) and Helen Hiwater (John Brighton), two of a cast of 55 White Rock Players appearing at Chilliwack’s Evergreen Hall in the 1967 Christmas pantomime, “Pinocchio.” (Chilliwack Progress press photograph)
A black and white photograph shows Edenbank farmhouse and the surrounding grounds in winter. Canada Geese are swimming in the pond in the foreground. Three people stand at the ponds edge in snow gear. The back of the photograph reads: ” From Xmas Card / envelope.” (Photograph courtesy the Chilliwack Museum and Archives 2004.052.0573)A black and white photograph shows Edenbank farmhouse and the surrounding grounds in winter. Canada Geese are swimming in the pond in the foreground. Three people stand at the ponds edge in snow gear. The back of the photograph reads: ” From Xmas Card / envelope.” (Photograph courtesy the Chilliwack Museum and Archives 2004.052.0573)
A 2011 City of Chilliwack Christmas card features an artistic rendering of the old Chilliwack City Hall in winter. The artwork was done by Ryan Dyck who won the City’s Christmas card contest. The card is signed by mayor Sharon Gaetz and addressed to “Shannon,” the archivist at the Chilliwack Archives who received the card. (Photo courtesy the Chilliwack Museum and Archives 2012.003.001)A 2011 City of Chilliwack Christmas card features an artistic rendering of the old Chilliwack City Hall in winter. The artwork was done by Ryan Dyck who won the City’s Christmas card contest. The card is signed by mayor Sharon Gaetz and addressed to “Shannon,” the archivist at the Chilliwack Archives who received the card. (Photo courtesy the Chilliwack Museum and Archives 2012.003.001)

Christmas is almost here, and more lights than ever seem to be decorating houses in Chilliwack as people try to bring more light into what has been a dark 2020.

Here are a few photographs of Christmases past from the Chilliwack Museum and Archives, to remind us all of the way things were, and the way they will be again when the pandemic passes.

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