How To Make the Most of Christmas in Vancouver For Free!

Lights of Hope | Photo: Ann Hung / Flickr

Don’t worry if Christmas shopping has left your credit cards in a smouldering heap: you don’t need money to have a smoking great Yuletide in Vancouver. Check out these cracking free festive activities in and around the city – and buy yourself a pressie with all the money you save.

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How To Make the Most of Christmas in Vancouver For Free!

Experience VanDusen Festival of Lights, A Magical Winter Wonderland With Over 1 Million Lights

Experience VanDusen Festival of Lights, sponsored by YVR and Air France happening this year from December 1 to January 7! Stroll with friends and family through interactive themed areas, watch the famous dancing lights show on Livingstone Lake, sing along to your favourite holiday classics at the Festival Stage, listen to stories and take a selfie with Santa, light a candle at the Make-A-Wish candle grotto, warm up with a specialty beverage at their new licensed fireside lounge, savour tasty treats and much more.

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Experience VanDusen Festival of Lights, A Magical Winter Wonderland With Over 1 Million Lights

Christmas in Vancouver: The Outside Edition

Canyon Lights

While some of us prefer wintering on the couch with a bottomless mug of hot chocolate, Metro Vancouver’s Christmas season serves-up a shimmering array of outdoor festive happenings to pry you from your perch. Wrap up and check out the following fresh air Yuletide activities.

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Christmas in Vancouver: The Outside Edition

Top 10 Vancouver Christmas & Holiday Events

Rogers Santa Claus Parade

December is here!

What can I say? I unabashedly love December in Vancouver because I love the holiday season with the fervor of a five-year-old. I love everything about the winter holidays: the lights, the decorations, the music….I even like the thrill and hum of everyone rushing around, buying gifts and attending holiday parties, hurrying to get home.

Of course, I also adore Vancouver’s famous holiday events. There’s something so special about seeing families and friends together at the Stanley Park’s Bright Nights or the Nutcracker and knowing that this is a memory they’ll always treasure.

Holidays are made for making memories, and these Top 10 Vancouver Christmas & Holiday Events are the perfect way to do it.

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Top 10 Vancouver Christmas & Holiday Events

Holiday Theatre – White Christmas & It’s a Wonderful Life at Arts Club Theatre

Kirsten Robek amd Bob Frazer in the Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life. Photo by David Cooper.

Todd Talbot, Monique Lund, Sara-Jeanne Hosie, Jeffrey Victor in the Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas: The Musical. Photo by David Cooper.

Vancouver winters are perfect for skiing and snowboarding, but I have admit that I like the season because of the holidays. I love Vancouver’s holiday traditions, like Stanley Park’s Bright Nights and the Rogers Santa Claus Parade, but I especially love the way our arts community celebrates the season with plays, concerts and choirs.

When it comes to theatre that embodies the spirit of the season, you can’t beat the famous Arts Club Theatre Company’s annual holiday offerings. This year, they have a rousing rendition of White Christmas: The Musical at the historic Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage and, back by popular demand, the perennial holiday favourite It’s a Wonderful Life at the Granville Island Stage.

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Holiday Theatre – White Christmas & It’s a Wonderful Life at Arts Club Theatre