The Santa Guide: Where to Meet Santa in Vancouver

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He goes by many names: Saint Nick, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, Sinterklaas, that dude in red… He puts an emphasis on nice behaviour. He prefers sleighs and reindeer to motorized vehicles. He considers cookies dinner. You know whom I’m talking about. It’s Santa.

You may have been confused by the hundreds of Vancouver adults who took to the streets dressed at Santa this weekend at SantaCon 2012. So I’ve made an official Vancouver Santa Guide – a list of places families can visit Santa in and around Vancouver, and get that special holiday photo taken.

The Santa Guide: Where to Meet Santa in Vancouver

Santa’s Living Room at VanDusen Botanical Garden, Dec. 11-24
Meet the “jolly old elf” in his Living Room every evening  starting at 5:30pm for 30 minutes on the half hour (e.g. 5:30 – 6pm. 6:30 – 7pm., 7:30 – 8pm, 8:30 – 9pm).

Santa at the Granville Island Kids Market, through Dec. 24
The old factory turned kids zone has 30 shops for children, making it an ideal destination to browse with the whole family and then meet Santa, who’s hanging around daily 11am-3:30pm, through Christmas Eve. After that, he’s busy…

Santa’s Workshop at Grouse Mountain’s Peak of Christmas, through Dec. 24
Meet Santa (12-8pm daily) and his reindeer (9am-10pm daily in the WildLife Refuge) to share those holiday wishes. You can also tell him over pancakes at Breakfast with Santa on Grouse. Find ticket deals here.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park, through Jan. 1
His elves decorated the 1000-acre park forest. The big dude himself is also at the breathtaking holiday light display, ready to delight visiting kiddos.

Santa Visits Kerrisdale Village, Dec. 15-16; 22-23
Santa and company will be giving their black boots a workout on the streets of the village (12-4pm) where he will visit every shop and hand out European chocolates. Photo opps are free.

Santa’s Castle at Metropolis in Metrotown, through Dec. 24
This is the quintessential mall Santa event. Get your photo taken with Santa in the Grand Court, by donation to the Burnaby Christmas Bureau. Daily 11am-1pm, 2-5pm and 6-8pm, except on Sunday’s when it’s 11am-2pm, 3-6pm. Christmas Eve hours end at 5pm.

Santa at Oakridge Centre, through Dec. 23
Glamour shots daily by donation. Find the hours here.

What’s your favourite place to meet Santa? Add a destination by commenting below.

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2 Responses to The Santa Guide: Where to Meet Santa in Vancouver

  1. MC

    Santa and Mrs. Claus at Richmond Center Mall are great…but their ELVES make the visit unique! We make a point of going so our kids can chase after the elves, collect their free (and funny!) trading cards (-like baseball cards, with elf stats) and just have some silly fun. The elves are such a hit – entertaining all the kids and able to devote a little more time with each when Santa is so busy. And the elf photographer makes kids feel at ease in front of the camera.

  2. Santa will be at UBC’s Wesbrook Village (at Blenz Coffee) on Dec 15 from 1-3pm. Get a free photo with Santa at Blenz (on your personal camera).