Sunday, November 13, 2016

christmas in vancouver 2016

photo by alison page | wreath by rogue florist
so, im a bit of a dork, and i spent the better part of an entire saturday going through and finding pretty much every christmas activity around vancouver in december. (my initial intention was to find a few new activities for us to do this year and it all sort of just snowballed...)

the end result is a fairly lengthy list that i figured would be worth sharing with anyone local (and somehow knowing that it might be of use to more people than just me makes the insane amount of time i spent putting it together somehow worthwhile)

hoping you can find something new to enjoy this holiday season. and if you have a favourite activity that i didn't make mention of, please share!

and of course, just keep scrolling if you aren't in vancouver or the thought of christmas in november is giving you hives. ;)

Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting | Friday, December 2, 5pm-7pm
Robson Square | Free (Buy a bulb donation to Int. Children’s Festival online)

Toque Craft Fair | December 2 – 4 | Friday 6-10pm, Saturday + Sunday 11am-5pm
Western Front, 303 E 8th Ave | Admission: By donation to Western Front

Aberthau Winter Pottery Sale | Dec 3 from 10am – 4pm 
West Point Grey Community Centre, 4397 W 2nd Ave | Admission: Free  

Santa Claus Parade | Sunday, Dec 4 – 12:00pm
Georgia at Broughton, E on Georgia, S on Howe. Ending Howe + Smithe
FREE – donation (monetary or non perishable) for the food bank.

CP Rail Holiday Train | December 17 - 4:20pm Port Moody | 6:00pm Port Coquitlam
PM - 300 Ioco Road | PC 2125 Kingsway Ave | FREE – Bring Food Donation

A Charlie Brown Christmas | Weekends, November 26 – December 24
The Waterfront Theatre | Adults $35 | Seniors $29 | Kids $18

Vancouver Christmas Market | Nov 26 – Dec 24
Jack Poole Plaza (New Location) | Adults $8 | Seniors $7 | Kids 6 and under Free

Bright Nights Stanley Park Christmas Train | Nov 28- Jan 1 from 3pm-10pm daily
Stanley Park | Adults $12 | Seniors $9 | Child $8

Christmas Fly over Canada | Nov 24- Jan 2 from 10am – 9pm daily
Adults $20.75 | Seniors $17.91 | Child $14.13 (buy tickets online -10% off)

Grouse Mountains Peak of Christmas | Nov 25 – Jan 2
Lights, Snow, Santa’s Workshop, Crafts, Tobogganing, Slay rides and Ice Skating
Family rate $89.95 (2 adults, 2 kids) Adults $43.95 | Seniors $39.95 | Kids $15.95

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Gardens | Dec 1 – Jan 2 from 4:30pm – 9pm
VanDusen Botanical Garden | Adults $15.24 | Seniors $11.43 | Child $8.57

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge |  Nov 24 - Jan 28 (4pm onward)
Adults $39.95 | Seniors $36.95 | Childer $13.95 (kids under 6 are free) - If you are a BC resident, admission provides you with a free annual pass, so you can go back endlessly for the next 12 months.

Collage Collage Family Craft Night | Family Craft Night - Wednesday and Saturdays in December
Make 10 unique handmade ornaments | $50 for one adult and one child

|| FREE ||
(Make a day of it, walk around downtown and do the whole list…)
Robson Square Ice Skating | Dec 1 – Feb 28, 9am-9pm | Free (Skate Rentals $4 Cash only)
Festival of Trees at Four Seasons | Nov 25 – Jan 2 | Free (Donations for BCCHF)
Gingerbread Lane at Hyatt Regency | Dec 4 - 27 | Free (Donations to Make a Wish)
Woodwards Window Display | 999 Canada Place (Dec 16 – 30, 9am - 10pm daily) | Free
St Paul’s Hospital Lights of Hope | 1081 Burrard Street (Nov 24 onward) | Free (Donations to St. Paul's)

Carol Ships Parade of Lights | Weekends Dec 2 – 23 
Various times and locations around the city | Free


  1. Have you ever been to Canyon Lights? It is really fun - when we are in Vancouver during the holiday season we try to stop there.

    Great list!

    1. oh yes! i have never been, but some friends suggested it last season, and i meant to remember that for this year (clearly that worked well!) thanks for the reminder, cheri!! xo

  2. The best thing about Christmas is everything there is to do over the holiday season! I'm definitely my most traditional self when it comes to Christmas time and need to go to a few of the same spots every year. You're enticing me to make a trip out to the coast during the holidays so we can try some new (and old) favourites though! The Bright Lights Stanley Park train and Woodwards Window display take me back to my childhood. XOXO

    1. i so hear you on the traditional stuff. i think i really go overboard compensating during the holidays in vancouver because i miss SOOOO many of our calgary traditions. this will be our first ever christmas fully alone, without family joining us or us venturing to alberta/new brunswick to be with them, so im a little nervous (hence the enormous list of activities to fill the void ;) also- if you guys want to come west, we officially have space!

  3. Great roundup of ideas! Bookmarking it for when everything officially opens up!