It’s that time of year again! Christmas! There are so many amazing Christmas events in and around Vancouver, I wanted to share some of them with you. Take your family and enjoy the days leading up to the Holidays.
The Peak Of Christmas
The Peak Of Christmas is a magical Christmas event up at Grouse Mountain. Take the Gondola up to the peak where you can visit Santa in Santas Workshop, skate on an 8,000 square foot frozen pond, walk through a tunnel of twinkling lights and watch Christmas movies at the Theater In The Sky. There is so much to see and enjoy from November 22 to January 5! Tickets can be purchased on their website.
The Capilano Suspension Bridge transforms into Canyon Lights during the Holiday Season. See thousands of lights as you adventure through the rainforest, walk along the cliff walk, and venture from tree to tree on the Treetop Adventure. Decorate gingerbread cookies, sing Christmas Carol’s with the holiday band and go on a snowy owl prowl. This beautiful christmas event is a must, and as a BC resident you will get a pass for one year with your ticket purchase.
Experience an authentic German Christmas Market at The Vancouver Christmas Market. Enjoy authentic German food, German beers and Glühwein (hot-spiced mulled wine).
Shop the market for that perfect gift for that special someone. A variety of vendors are set up for your shopping needs.
Take a ride on the Christmas Carousel, rides are $3 each or $10 for an all day pass.
Make sure you take a walk under the towering Walk In Christmas Tree, with more than 36,000 twinkling lights. This is a perfect photo OP!
Visiting without kids? Stop by the Wunderbar, The Christmas Markets German bar. Advanced bookings are required. Take a look at what the Wunderbar experiences offers.
Previously out in Langley, Glow has a new home out here in Vancouver! Glow Vancouver will be on the grounds near Science World from November 21 to January 5! Follow lighted pathways through thousands of lights from different countries, stroll through the lighted tunnel with 50,000 lights, enjoy live entertainment, and delicious food and drinks! I had the opportunity to attend Glow Langley last year, and it is incredible! I can only imagine what Glow Vancouver will be like, in their new home! For ticket purchases and to find out what else there is to do at Glow, visit their website!
Vancouver Santa Claus Parade
On Sunday, December 1 head to Downtown Vancouver for the annual Roger’s Santa Claus Parade! This free family event starts at 12 o’clock on Broughton Street, before it heads down Georgia Street then down Howe along to Davie Street. Head down early to see the pre parade festivities and find yourself a good spot. Parking is tough Downtown, so consider taking transit. I hate to say… that I don’t think I’ve ever been.. and if I have, it was when I was very young. I’m unable to attend this year, but will definitely try for next!
Christmas At Canada Place
Christmas At Canada Place is back on for its 32nd year! Right along the water in Downtown Vancouver, is where you will find this wonderful event. Running from Dec. 6 through January 1. Here you will guys nostalgic Woodward’s window displays, light displays, including Chrismoose, a 15 foot moose light sculpture, sails of light and the Avenue of Trees. Make sure to take time to see this free Christmas event.
Christmas At FlyOver Canada
Have you been to FlyOver Canada? You can visit anytime of the year. At Christmas though, it is just a bit more magical. Also in Downtown Vancouver, at Canada Place, FlyOver Canada is a thrilling Virtual ride through beautiful Canada. During Christmas, you will get to experience what it is like to fly in Santa’s sleigh! Travel across Canada before heading off to the North Pole. This is definitely an incredible Christmas memory to make with your children. When your safely back on ground, make sure you indulge in some delicious Christmas treats or watch Christmas movies on the flight deck! Be sure to visit between November 21 and January 5!
VanDusen Festival Of Lights
VanDusen Gardens is a beautiful place to wander and literally smell the roses… at Christmas time, the Gardens are decked out in thousands of Christmas lights, and displays for the Festival Of Lights. Grab yourself a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the twinkling lights that take over the gardens. It is recommended that you buy tickets for this event in advance as they do sell out! The good news is you have plenty of time to enjoy Festival Of Lights as it runs from November 30 to January 5, and is closed on Christmas day!
CP Holiday Train
The CP Holiday Train visits select cities through the US and Canada throughout the holiday season! There are a few cities within the Greater Vancouver area that are included in this! Catch Terri Clarke in Agassiz, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows on Monday Dec. 16 and Port Moody and Port Coquitlam on Tuesday Dec. 17! Bring a canned food donation to help stock up the food banks throughout North America this holiday season!
Timberline Country Christmas
Timberline Country Christmas is the perfect mix of rustic country and christmas all wrapped into one. Nestled on a ranch in Maple Ridge, Timberline Country Christmas is the perfect family Christmas outing. An online reservation is required, and can be done here. Many things are included in the price of admission (which I must say… is very reasonable!) such as a Christmas tree display and contest, cookie decorating, covered wagon ride, petting zoo, a pony ride and more! Get into the spirit at this traditional, Christmas event!
While these are just SOME of the amazing Christmas events in and around Vancouver, there is plenty more Christmas fun around the city! Are there any that I missed? What Christmas events in and around Vancouver do you recommend?