Things to do this Month: Holiday Edition

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Written on December 5th, 2017

December already! I cannot believe how fast the year has gone by.

Family, friends, feasts, parties, how can December not be one of the best months of the year?!

Here is a list of some of the best Holiday events in the area. What are your favorites?

Bright Nights and the Stanley Park Christmas Train – The best Vancouver Christmas attraction for younger kids and is fun for the whole family.  Stanley Park’s Bright Nights, 3 million twinkly lights transform the forest and the famous miniature train into a winter wonderland. Ride the train, visit Santa, and see the Parade of Trees at this top Vancouver Christmas attraction. Bright Lights is on from Nov. 30, 2017, through Jan. 6, 2018. Closed on Christmas Day.

The Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain Grouse Mountain might not be the North Pole, but it sure does give a good imitation of it. The kids can have breakfast with Santa and check out his reindeer for a super-special Santa visit. Grouse Mountain is located just 15 minutes north of Vancouver, so this stand-in for the North Pole is extremely accessible. Grouse Mountain’s spectacular winter wonderland is complete with outdoor ice skating, sleigh rides, sledding, a light walk, and Gingerbread Village. It’s no wonder it’s on this list of top Vancouver Christmas attractions. Visit anytime between Nov. 24, 2017, and Jan. 7, 2018.

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden The gorgeous VanDusen Botanical Garden puts on its festive dress for the season with more than a million lights in displays that cover 15 acres of the garden. You’ll see a candy cane tree and a gingerbread walk, among countless other displays. There are also nightly appearances from Santa, dancing lights show, holiday-themed entertainment, and treats to eat. This spectacular display is open from Dec. 1, 2017, through Jan. 7, 2018. Closed on Christmas Day.

Glow Christmas is a crafted and curated Christmas event for the entire family. Bring together the people you love and explore our four Christmas-themed light gardens. Take a stroll through our musical light tunnel, where you’ll feel the warmth and wonder of the Christmas season, under the glow of over 500,000 lights. Kids can help Santa locate his lost presents scattered throughout the light gardens while parents amble through the Christmas market. And no holiday event is complete without treats and a cup of cheer. Sample the goods from our food vendors, grab a drink at the bar, and enjoy a few snacks from one of the many food trucks.

Vancouver Christmas Market Each year, the Vancouver Christmas Market brings this festive Old World tradition to Vancouver. This cherished holiday event offers an authentic German feast for the senses. Stroll the twinkling pathways of a European-inspired Christmas village in the crisp winter air. Discover unique treasures to stuff into stockings or tuck under the Christmas tree at one of the more than 75 artisan huts offering handcrafted gifts for everyone on your list. Festive foodies can sample Glühwein (mulled wine), a selection of German and Austrian beers, and a variety of sweet and savory epicurean delights.

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge A Winter Festival November 23, 2017 to January 28, 2018. Re-capture the feeling of wonder and excitement of the holiday season and be amazed by the hundreds of thousands of lights throughout the park. The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon are transformed into a world of festive lights and visual enchantment.

‘The Nutcracker’ Downtown Vancouver  Can it be December without Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” arguably the most famous and beloved ballet of all time and a Christmas tradition? Attending a live performance of this classic is a beautiful way to make memories, dress up in your holiday best, and support ballet all at the same time. It will be on stage in 2017 at the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts from Dec. 14 through Dec. 19 and performed by Ballet BC at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Dec. 28 through Dec. 30.

Christmas at FlyOver Canada Fly with Santa and his elves on a magical flight across Canada and on to the North Pole! After meeting some of Santa’s elves, Chestnut and Pinecone, you’ll join them as they take flights across Canada looking for their fellow elves. You may even get a sneak peek of Santa’s Workshop as you soar over the North Pole.

Karaoke Christmas Lights Trolley Tour Guests will sing their way past the city lights of downtown before arriving at Bright Nights at Stanley Park.  After being given time to walk through the light display and take in Stanley Park’s holiday magic, the tour will continue along and view local light displays such as the English Bay Christmas Tree, Hycroft Manor, and Canuck Place.  The second stop of the evening will be at VanDusen Botanical Garden where guests will disembark once again to enjoy the Festival of Lights. Hop aboard one last time for the return trip to downtown Vancouver and viewing of St. Paul’s Hospital Lights of Hope.

These are only a handful of the Holiday activities throughout Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

Tip – Check out the websites before going, getting tickets online is normally cheaper, and fewer lines!


Have fun and Be SAFE!