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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Send Free Christmas Cards of Vancouver Canucks in Ugly Sweaters

Photo sourced from holidays.canucks.com

Photo sourced from holidays.canucks.com

And now for some silly, holiday fun.

To help fans get in the Christmas spirit, the Vancouver Canucks have launched a special website featuring some of the goofiest photos of Luongo, Bieksa, Burrows, Kesler and the Sedin twins you’ve ever seen.  The best part: You can create and send personalized cards of your own featuring the players.

The team got out their ugliest Christmas sweaters for the special photo shoot.  The result is a truly awful series of holiday cards, showing the Canucks stars hamming it up for the camera in festive poses.  In one memorable shot, goalie Roberto Luongo – dressed in a v-neck, button-down sweater – puts his arm in a fatherly pose around right winger Alex Burrows, who smiles like a schoolboy on Christmas morning.

There’s also a three-minute-long holiday greeting from the Canucks stars, which is a bit painful to watch but fun nonetheless.  In it, we learn that Luongo’s favourite Christmas present was, in fact, an Edmonton Oilers jersey he received as a child.  Kesler confesses that the weirdest gift his kids ever asked for was a hamster.  And both of the Sedin twins claim their favourite holiday food is ham.

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Send Free Christmas Cards of Vancouver Canucks in Ugly Sweaters