Our Favourite Holiday Events in Vancouver


We’re in the home stretch of the holiday season and things may feel a little frantic right now. But before we know it, all the parties will be over, the presents unwrapped and the festive dinners eaten. And the kids will still be home from school.

Luckily, the Christmas season in Vancouver means brings plenty of opportunity for good family fun, and our writers Deanna and Michelle have shared their faves.

Magic is found in high places in our fair city, so take the kids to The Peak of Vancouver on Grouse Mountain. In addition to sleigh rides and ice skating, you’ll find Santa and his reindeer, a gingerbread house competition, and a craft corner. Then head inside to the theatre and enjoy a Christmas classic: Elf plays nightly at 8 pm.

Down the hill from Grouse at the Capilano Suspension Bridge is Canyon Lights, home to the largest living Christmas tree and thousands of sparkling lights that will help you believe again.

Board the train and sing carols at Bright Nights in Stanley Park. Firefighters will collect monetary donations at the gate with proceeds going to the burn unit.

Visit a truly magical winter wonderland at VanDusen Garden’s Festival of Lights this season and see the gardens decked out with over one million lights.

With all the holiday-related expenses, we’re all for freebie family outings. Here are a few sights to take in that won’t cost you a dime.

Head to Science World for a great view of the Carol Ships Parade of Light—check nightly schedule for times. Dash down to Christmas at Canada Place for a festive stroll and a peek at the infamous Woodward’s window displays. Visit Canada’s tallest menorah Dec 16–24 in front the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Leave the hibernating to the bears, and enjoy the enhanced and festive beauty of Vancouver this holiday season.




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