Top 5 Family-Friendly Holiday Attractions in Vancouver

Photo from Grouse Mountain

Photo from Grouse Mountain

Yes, you’ve still got presents to buy, holiday dinners to plan, office parties to attend and in-laws to pick up at the airport.  But don’t forget to leave a little time for some old-fashioned fun on the holidays.

In Vancouver, a bevy of amazing holiday attractions are sure to get the whole family into the Christmas spirit. Here’s a look at 5 can’t-miss family-friendly attractions for 2014:

Peak of Christmas on Grouse MountainGrouse Mountain is transformed into a little piece of the North Pole for this annual celebration.  Take the mile-long Skyride to the base of the ski resort, where you’ll discover a winter wonderland complete with lots of snow and an 8,000-square-foot skating pond. Kids can see live reindeer, take a mountaintop sleigh ride and get in some quality time with the big man in red himself at Santa’s workshop.  Through Dec. 24; $41.95 for adults, $23.95 for youth 13-18, $13.95 for kids 5-12.
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Top 5 Family-Friendly Holiday Attractions in Vancouver

Vancouver’s Best Light Displays + Christmas Karaoke in 1 Tour: 2014 Trolley Tour is Back

Photo from Vancouver Trolley Company

Photo from Vancouver Trolley Company

Like karaoke and love Christmas lights? Then this is probably the event for you.

The Vancouver Trolley Company has decked out its wooden trolleys and dragged out its karaoke machines again this year for the one-and-only Karaoke Christmas Lights tour. As the name suggests, this tour brings together the joys of belting out Christmas carols in a moving trolley with chances to see some of the best holiday light displays in town.

Guests can hop aboard the old-fashioned trolleys at 6:30 p.m. every night through Dec. 30 (except Christmas) outside Canada Place for the three-hour musical journey.  Inside you’ll find festive holiday lights, coloured bows and a karaoke machine charged up and ready to rock.

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Vancouver’s Best Light Displays + Christmas Karaoke in 1 Tour: 2014 Trolley Tour is Back

See Santa Swim Underwater in Full Scuba Gear at Vancouver Aquarium

Photo from Vancouver Aquarium

Photo from Vancouver Aquarium

Bored with all the standard holiday happenings in Vancouver?

Maybe an underwater Santa Claus – swimming amid giant halibut and sea stars in full Santa gear – will cheer you up.

Scuba Claus is back at the Vancouver Aquarium.  The uniquely amphibious Santa dons scuba gear and takes the plunge into the aquarium’s massive Georgia Strait tank once a day at 11:30 a.m. through Dec. 24.  With his long white beard trailing behind, the big man in red does a few laps with the exhibit’s resident rockfishes, giant sturgeon, crabs and other denizens of the deep.

It’s all part of the aquarium’s holiday celebrations, which seem to get bigger and fishier every year.   Continue reading:
See Santa Swim Underwater in Full Scuba Gear at Vancouver Aquarium

Coquitlam Light Display

The City of Coquitlam is proud to present the largest free seasonal light display in Metro Vancouver! Now in it’s 4th year, the display takes 5 weeks to construct from from start to finish. Visit the light displays at Coquitlam City Hall, Spirit Square, Lafarge Lake and the Inspiration Garden. In addition to the light display, there will be caroling events through December and on Monday, December 22 at 7pm join in helping to form the largest group signing of Jingle Bells (the first 100 people there will receive free jingle bells)!

Winter Wonderland 1,000 Feet Above Vancouver: Peak of Christmas Returns

ddi131211_gmr_poc_0545Over the weekend, Vancouverites living downtown awoke to discover a rare dusting of snow on the streets and in the parks.  Overnight flurries had turned the city into a winter wonderland, at least for a couple of hours.

But for a real winter wonderland, complete with feet of fluffy snow, an outdoor skating pond and even a couple of live reindeer, there’s only one place to go in Vancouver: Grouse Mountain.

Grouse’s annual Peak of Christmas celebration is back, Nov. 28-Dec. 24.  The event turns the top of Grouse Mountain into a miniature North Pole, roughly 1,000 feet above Vancouver.  It makes a great escape from the grey winter doldrums in the city below and, with some incredible natural scenery, should get even the grinchiest of folks into the holiday spirit.

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