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

Heritage Christmas at the Burnaby Village Museum

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum

The open-air Burnaby Village Museum—where the 1920s come to life complete with period-costumed villagers, shops, a working blacksmith and quaint General Store—does something very special for the winter holidays: it mounts an all-encompassing Heritage Christmas with sights, sounds, games, kids’ activities, Father Christmas, and more!

Heritage Christmas at the Burnaby Village Museum goes far beyond simply decorating for the season (though they do a wonderful job transforming the village into a picture-perfect Christmas postcard); everyday, Heritage Christmas offers music concerts, puppet shows, a Christmas Carol Scavenger Hunt, roving entertainers, and a chance to ride on their famous Burnaby Village Museum Carousel. It’s the complete family entertainment package!

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Heritage Christmas at the Burnaby Village Museum

Free Vancouver Holiday Events – 5 Free Things to Do in Vancouver this December

Private homes on Vancouver's Trinity Street create a free holiday spectacle with their exuberant Christmas decor.

There are just ten more days to Christmas 2011 (December 25) and Vancouver’s biggest Christmas and Holiday attractions are already in full swing. But what about free things to do between now and the end of December? Yes, there’s the free ice skating at Robson Square (which runs through February 2012), but there are also five fun, free events happening around Vancouver that will get you in the seasonal spirit without touching your wallet.

5 Free Things to Do in Vancouver in December
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Free Vancouver Holiday Events – 5 Free Things to Do in Vancouver this December

Winter Solstice Lantern Festival – December 21, 2011

Winter Solstice Lantern Festival at Vancouver's Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Photo: Secret Lantern Society

Among the many holiday celebrations happening in Vancouver this December, there is one event that stands out from the rest: the 18th annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival on December 21, 2011.

Rooted in the primal celebration of nature’s rhythms, rather than any specific religion, the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival commemorates the longest night of the year—the winter solstice—and honours the return of the sun with lantern processions, drumming, music, and fire.

Organized by the Secret Lantern Society, this free festival takes place on the same day—December 21—in five different Vancouver neighbourhoods: Commercial Drive, Yaletown, Granville Island, S.E. False Creek, and Chinatown.

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Winter Solstice Lantern Festival – December 21, 2011

Vancouver Giants YouTube Challenge

The Vancouver Giants’ 2011 Teddy Bear Toss—where fans throw teddy bears out on the ice as donations for underprivileged kids—garnered over 10,000 teddy bears at last Thursday’s game. But the Vancouver Giants aren’t stopping their charitable giving there. Instead, they’ve issued the Vancouver Giants YouTube Challenge: Help this video (shown above) of the 2011 Teddy Bear Toss get 50,000 views by Christmas Day and the Vancouver Giants and White Spot will donate $5,000 to the Province’s Empty Stocking Fund and $5,000 to CKNW’s Orphan’s Fund!

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Vancouver Giants YouTube Challenge

Karaoke Christmas Lights Tour with Vancouver Trolley Company

It may not be a one-horse open sleigh, but for a seasonal tour of some of Vancouver’s top holiday light displays that also lets you jingle all the way, you can’t beat the Vancouver Trolley Company’s Karaoke Christmas Lights Tour.

Every December, the Vancouver Trolley Company decks the halls of its old-fashioned wooden trolleys and outfits them with karaoke Christmas carol machines, turning a three-hour Vancouver tour into fun-filled entertainment for all ages.  The tour starts at the Vancouver Christmas Market—so you can hop on after an afternoon of gift shopping—and proceeds through downtown Vancouver to its first holiday stop: Stanley Park’s Bright Nights light display.

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Karaoke Christmas Lights Tour with Vancouver Trolley Company

Festival of Lights now open at VanDusen Botanical Garden

Remy gave us the lowdown on the top 5 holiday light displays in Vancouver including the much-anticipated annual Festival of Lights, open December 9 to January 2, at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

For Vancouverites, peeping VanDusen’s Festival of Lights is a Christmas tradition as essential as cookie baking and carol singing. The verdant Vancouver hideaway is transformed into festive, twinkly eye candy with 1.4 million bulbs, most of them now energy-saving LED.

The Festival of Lights also features daily shows including Dancing Lights on Livingstone Lake, Santa at Santa’s Living Room and choir concerts. Get the details after the jump.

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Festival of Lights now open at VanDusen Botanical Garden