The Holiday Spirit

Children’s Holiday Charity Events
The Holiday Spirit

Repeat after us: ’Less money on gifts, more time with your family.’ 

Here is a round up of some fun events around town that can help with this new resolve (and best of luck to you on that) and help others at the same time.

Vancouver Festival of Trees
Dates: November 19 through January 4, 2009
Location: Four Seasons Hotel lobby
Charity: BC Children’s Hospital
How to give: Sponsor a tree or make a donation (suggested minimum is $2).
Fun for the kids: Take your children to see the beautifully decorated Christmas trees, all with different themes, and have them vote for their favourite. 

Christmas at Canada Place: On the Sails
Dates: December 4 – 31, 2008
Location: Canada Place
Charities: Strathcona Community Centre’s Food Security for Children’s Program, CKNW’s Orphan’s Fund, CTV Kids’ Care and the Vancouver Sun’s Raise-A-Reader
How to give: Make a donation on-line or in person.
Fun for the kids: Peruse all the wonderful decorations and trees, visit in the evening and take in the holiday light show (6 – 10 pm). If you have some time Saturday, December 20, take in the $5 showing of “Nutcracker 3D” at the IMAX Theatre at 10 am. All proceeds go to charity.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park
Dates: November 28 – January 3, 2009 (excluding Christmas Day) from 3 pm – 10 pm
Location: Miniature Train in Stanley Park
Charity: Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund
How to give: Make a donation online or at the entrance to view the displays (suggested minimum is $2).
Fun for the kids: Enjoy all the wonderful Christmas displays and decorations along the paths, in the forest and, of course along the train route. There are lots of children’s activities at the event, and the farmland area is open as well.
The cost: Train and farmland tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children (2 – 18 years of age) and seniors (65+). Tickets can be bought ahead of time (our reco) through Ticket Master or on site. Partial proceeds from ticket sales will also go to charity.

Some other simple ideas include having your children help you collect gently used warm clothes or blankets to donate to Covenant House, a homeless shelter for children; or build a small food hamper together to take to a local Food Bank. North Shore Family Services has a particularly great program with the Christmas Bureau that allows your family to sponsor a family in need. 

Imagine, your kids can experience the joy of giving as well as receiving. Now that’s something to feel good about.

Tested by Michelle T., Vancouver
Tagged under vancouver, family, winter, charity
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First published 2008.12.18

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