Christmas in Vancouver

Photo: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Photo: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Festival of Lights – Van Dusen Garden

The Van Dusen botanical gardens are close to downtown. Roughly the size of four square city blocks, they a great spot to escape a busy holiday schedule and enjoy a walk through a very well-designed Christmas light show.

There are various performances you can check out at different times of the evening, including the Dancing Lights on Livingstone Lake, Christmas gnomes, shadow puppets, photos with Santa, choral performances as well as a visit by the Grinch.

For more information on admission and for a schedule of events, visit http://vandusengarden.org.

Bright Nights – Stanley Park

Bright Nights in Stanley Park is Vancouver’s most-family friendly holiday attraction with it’s carnival-like atmosphere and Charlie Brown-themed, miniature train ride. For many Vancouverites, Bright Nights brings back childhood holiday memories: this attraction is a Vancouver classic.

There is a suggested donation at the door to help support the Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, a local Vancouver charity. Tickets to the train ride can be purchased inside once inside the venue.

For hours of operation and additional information about Bright Nights, visit http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/bright-nights-train.

Our Inside Vancouver tip: dress warmly so any potential waiting time in line for the miniature train is a comfortable experience.

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Christmas in Vancouver

Free Christmas Fun: Vancouver Tree Lighting Celebration, Nov. 29

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One of the top free Christmas events in Vancouver is the annual lighting of the 50-ft.-tall, Rockefeller-style Christmas tree in Jack Poole Plaza at the harbourfront Vancouver Convention Centre.

“How often has the Christmas tree afforded me the greatest glee?” asks the classic holiday carol O Christmas Tree (known in Deutsch as O Tannenbaum). I’d have to concur on the topic of all those “lovely branches.” Seeing a soaring evergreen tower illuminated with tiny, twinkly lights is heart-melting holiday goodness right up there with watching Home Alone as an adult.

The annual tree lighting ceremony takes place Nov. 29, from 5:30 to 7:30pm. This is the sixth year Amacon real estate developers have sponsored the event. At this point, it’s safe to say this is a special Vancouver holiday tradition. Continue reading:
Free Christmas Fun: Vancouver Tree Lighting Celebration, Nov. 29

Last Chance for Vancouver Holiday Attractions

Bright Nights at Stanley Park ends January 2, 2012

By the end of December there are two kinds of people: people who can’t wait for the holidays to end and people who wish they would last just a little bit longer. For those in the latter category, the next few days are your last chance to eek out a bit more holiday fun by catching Vancouver’s biggest holiday attractions before they end their 2011 run.

6 Things to Do on Christmas Day in Vancouver 2011

See Jelly Swarm at the Vancouver Aquarium, open on Christmas Day. Photo: Neil Fisher / Vancouver Aquarium

Christmas Day (December 25) is notorious for being one of the few days when almost everything in Vancouver is closed. So what to do on December 25 if you don’t celebrate Christmas, don’t want to stay indoors with the family all day, or just want to do something different than the usual sit-around-and-wait between opening gifts and Christmas dinner?

Luckily, there are some great options for fun things to do in Vancouver on Christmas Day 2011:

1. Ice Skate For Free at Robson Square
Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the Robson Square Ice Rink—Vancouver’s only free outdoor ice rink—is open on December 25 from 12pm – 5pm! Skate rentals are $4.

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Vancouver Christmas Day Brunch & Dinner 2011: Great Deals & Lavish Meals

Want to enjoy Christmas Day (December 25) with friends and family without having to do all that cooking? Share a divine meal and seasonal cheer with your loved ones at one of Vancouver’s top spots for Christmas Day Brunch & Dinner 2011.

Vancouver Christmas Day Brunch & Dinner 2011

 Christmas Day Brunch & Christmas Day Dinner at Yew Restaurant
Four Seasons’ acclaimed Yew Restaurant offers both a spectacular Christmas Day Brunch—which includes made-to-order “breakfast tapas,” loads of fresh seafood, local cheeses, and a kids’ menu—and a lavish Christmas Day Dinner with turkey and lamb. Bonus: Because Christmas falls on a Sunday, it coincides with Yew’s Wine Down Sundays, which means all wine is 50% off! Buffet: $75; $36 for kids 6 – 12. Dinner: $85; $42.50 for kids 6 – 12.

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