Sea To Sky Gondola re-opens for winter with Christmas cheer

Snowshoeing is coming soon to the top of the Sea To Sky Gondola. Photo credit: Sea To Sky Gondola/Paul Bride.

Snowshoeing is coming soon to the top of the Sea To Sky Gondola. Photo credit: Sea To Sky Gondola/Paul Bride.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Sea to Sky Gondola, which just re-opened for its winter season on November 27. And while there’s not quite enough snow yet to strap on the snowshoes, rest assured that it’s coming…. and so is Santa.

Located in Squamish, about an hour north of Vancouver, the Sea To Sky Gondola made its debut last May and drew summer hikers and sightseers from far and wide.

After closing for a few weeks of maintenance in November, it’s now up and running and poised to launch new snowshoe trails and a new tube park for kids. There will also be backcountry ski touring for experienced skiers around and on Sky Pilot Mountain, Co-Pilot, Skyline Ridge, and Goat Ridge.

And this Friday (December 5), holiday activities kick off at the Summit Lodge to get everybody into the Christmas spirit. Fondue, anyone?

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Sea To Sky Gondola re-opens for winter with Christmas cheer

Top 5 Holiday Light Displays in Vancouver

Photo sourced from Capilano Suspension Bridge

Photo sourced from Capilano Suspension Bridge

We’re in the home stretch now. With Christmas less than a month away, Vancouver is getting into the spirit with festive holiday light displays.

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Top 5 Holiday Light Displays in Vancouver

Vancouver Tree Lighting Ceremony Kicks off the 2014 Holiday Season

Vancouver tree lighting ceremony

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Reminiscent of the traditional lighting of the Rockefeller Centre tree-lighting in New York, Vancouver is kicking off the Christmas season in Vancouver by hosting its very own tree lighting ceremony this Friday, December 5, 2014 from 5:30-7pm. For this year’s 8th annual tree lighting in Jack Poole Plaza, the festivities are expected to be bigger than ever before.

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Vancouver Tree Lighting Ceremony Kicks off the 2014 Holiday Season

See the 2014 Rogers Santa Claus Parade in Vancouver, Dec 7

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, you can still get some quality time with the big man in red this Sunday, Dec. 7, at the 2014 Rogers Santa Claus Parade in Vancouver.

The 11th annual parade and food drive, which seems to get bigger and better every year, is expected to attract 300,000 spectators, turning downtown Vancouver into a sea of Christmas colours and jingling bells.

Festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. at Coast Capital Savings Christmas Square in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery.  Enjoy face painting, decorate gingerbread men, make Christmas tree ornaments and write letters to Santa, while listening to holiday grooves from Vancouver’s funky LeftCoast band. You can also donate non-perishable foods to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

The parade itself kicks off at 1 p.m. sharp from the corner of Georgia and Broughton Streets. The 1.8-kilometre route travels along Georgia Street before turning up Howe Street and finishing on Davie Street. (See map below.)

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See the 2014 Rogers Santa Claus Parade in Vancouver, Dec 7

Free Ice Skating Returns to Vancouver’s Robson Square

The Robson Square Ice Rink during the 2010 Olympics. Photo credit: Tim Shields | Flickr

The Robson Square Ice Rink during the 2010 Olympics. Photo credit: Tim Shields | Flickr

One of the best deals for holiday fun in Vancouver is back.

The Robson Square Ice Rink reopens for its 2014-2015 season on Dec. 1. Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the covered rink offers free iceskating and $4 skate rentals (If you don’t skate, you can also rent special ice cleats for just $2).

So just how good of a deal is that? Let’s compare Vancouver’s Robson Square with another world-famous inner city ice rink, New York’s Rockefeller Plaza.

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Free Ice Skating Returns to Vancouver’s Robson Square