Winter’s Dance On Downtown Vancouver’s Robson Street, December 10

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The following article was submitted by the Robson Street Business Association.

On Saturday, December 10th at 6 p.m., Robson Street will be shut down to traffic, but left completely open to shoppers who are invited to join in and celebrate a holiday classic with a twist. The Robson Street Business Association (RSBA) and My Loud Speaker present ‘Winter’s Dance’, a tale of The Nutcracker performed Robson Street style.

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Winter’s Dance On Downtown Vancouver’s Robson Street, December 10

Experience VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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Experience VanDusen Festival of Lights, a magical winter wonderland with over one million lights decorating VanDusen Botanical Garden open from December 1 to January 2. This year we’ve expanded the show and all tickets include a free ride on our new carousel! Stroll with friends and family through interactive themed areas, enjoy the famous Dancing Lights show on Livingstone Lake, look for roving Scandinavian gnomes and reindeer in the garden, light a candle at the Make-A-Wish candle grotto, take a photo with Santa, enjoy tasty treats and much more!

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Experience VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

2015 Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting at Jack Poole Plaza, Dec 4

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Back for its 9th year, the Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting was founded by Amacon as a way to give back to the Vancouver community. Join the fun at Jack Poole Plaza for this FREE public event and enjoy a holiday concert, photos with Santa, free hot chocolate and cookies, the lighting of the 50 ft. Christmas tree and much more! Kick off the holiday season at the 2015 Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting, Friday December 4th at 5:30pm.

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2015 Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting at Jack Poole Plaza, Dec 4

Mysterious Lions Gate Bridge Decorations to Return for 2015 Holidays

dsc00559Looks like Vancouver’s lions are going to get dressed up for the holidays, after all.

The famous lion statues at the southern end of the Lions Gate Bridge may again be wearing bows and wreaths this holiday season – but not before a little controversy and a lot of mystery.

From 1994-2010, the lions were decorated each year by an anonymous good samaritan. Then, in 2011, the tradition abruptly stopped and the lions were left naked for the holidays. Now, that mysterious decorator has finally come forward and broken the silence, as reported in the Vancouver SunContinue reading:
Mysterious Lions Gate Bridge Decorations to Return for 2015 Holidays

Top 5 Family-Friendly Holiday Attractions in Vancouver

Photo from Grouse Mountain

Photo from Grouse Mountain

Yes, you’ve still got presents to buy, holiday dinners to plan, office parties to attend and in-laws to pick up at the airport.  But don’t forget to leave a little time for some old-fashioned fun on the holidays.

In Vancouver, a bevy of amazing holiday attractions are sure to get the whole family into the Christmas spirit. Here’s a look at 5 can’t-miss family-friendly attractions for 2014:

Peak of Christmas on Grouse MountainGrouse Mountain is transformed into a little piece of the North Pole for this annual celebration.  Take the mile-long Skyride to the base of the ski resort, where you’ll discover a winter wonderland complete with lots of snow and an 8,000-square-foot skating pond. Kids can see live reindeer, take a mountaintop sleigh ride and get in some quality time with the big man in red himself at Santa’s workshop.  Through Dec. 24; $41.95 for adults, $23.95 for youth 13-18, $13.95 for kids 5-12.
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Top 5 Family-Friendly Holiday Attractions in Vancouver

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