Where to See Santa in Vancouver


Not all Santas are created equal. Some are more jolly, some have fuller beards, and some wear suits softer than others. And for our kids, nothing creates the magic of the season quite like an encounter with old St. Nick, so here are the best places in Vancouver to rub shoulders with the man in red.

Peak of Christmas 
It’s not the North Pole, but almost. Tram up to the Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain to see Santa in his workshop, nestled in the snow behind the outdoor ice rink. Save the rush for your shopping and dedicate an entire afternoon on Grouse meeting reindeer, taking sleigh rides, watching classic movies, skating and of course, having a quiet meeting with Santa. Baby it’s cold up high, so wear snow pants and winter jackets.

The Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Gardens
Since The Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Gardens has expanded by 5 acres this year, spend an evening taking in the lights and watching the gnome show and our favourite, Tales for a Winter’s Night with the Vancouver Public Library. The man in red will be around, of course, and posing for photos, too. The Enchanted Nights at the Bloedel is included in your ticket price, so make time to take a peek.

We’ve got the low-down on Santa’s whereabouts this season. Keep clicking to see more of our favourite places to catch the man in red.

Because the mall Santas are good, but these guys are better.




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