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

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