Top 10 Vancouver Christmas & Holiday Events 2010

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden

From sleigh rides on Grouse Mountain to beautiful light displays at Stanley Park and VanDusen Botanical Garden and the ancient tradition of celebrating the Winter Solstice, December in Vancouver is overflowing with amazing activities for young and old alike. Check out this Top 10 list and find the perfect way to celebrate the holidays with your friends and family!

Top 10 Vancouver Christmas & Holiday Events 2010

1. Bright Nights in Stanley ParkNovember 26, 2010 – January 2, 2011
Stanley Park’s Miniature Train becomes a journey through a winter wonderland of lights and holiday tableaux. Perfect for families and kids.

2. The Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain November 27 – December 24, 2010
Grouse Mountain takes advantage of its natural winter bounties to become the ideal holiday spot, complete  with outdoor ice-skating, sleigh rides, real reindeer, live choral music, Santa, and more.

3. Magic of the North at Vancouver AquariumNovember 27, 2010 – January 3, 2011
The Vancouver Aquarium gets in the holiday spirit with Scuba Claus, a Christmas Tree switched on by their electric eel, The Polar Express 4-D Experience movie, and a new winter-themed exhibit on Canada’s Arctic Ocean.

4. Christmas at Canada PlaceDecember 1 – 24, 2010
An annual tradition for 23 years, downtown Vancouver’s iconic Canada Place celebrates the holidays with Breakfast with Santa on December 18 – 19, plus Woodward’s Window Christmas displays.

5. Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension BridgeDecember 3, 2010 – January 2, 2011
Over 250,000 lights make up Canyon Lights, the holiday apparel of the iconic Capilano Suspension Bridge.

6. Carol Ships Parade of LightsDecember 3 – 23, 2010
One of Vancouver’s most unique holiday attractions, the Carol Ships are brightly decorated boats that cruise Vancouver’s coastlines in a “Parade of Light.” Dine, dance and carol on board, or enjoy the beautiful Parade shoreside.

7. Rogers Santa Claus ParadeDecember 5, 2010
Vancouver’s biggest winter holiday parade features Santa, dancers, 60 bands, and festive floats, and attracts over 300,000 spectators.

8. Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical GardenDecember 10, 2010 – January 2, 2011 (closed December 25)
Gorgeous in any season, the VanDusen Botanical Garden dresses up for the holidays in thousands of colourful lights.

9. Winter Solstice Lantern Festival December 21, 2010
Celebrate one of the world’s oldest traditions by welcoming back the light after the winter solstice, the longest night of the year. This free festival has events in five Vancouver neighbourhoods: Yaletown, Granville Island, Chinatown, East Side, and S.E. False Creek.

10. Holiday Shows, Musicals & MusicVarious Dates
Vancouver’s arts community gets in the Christmas spirit with the Arts Club Theatre’s White Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s A Traditional Christmas, and Ballet B.C.’s presentation of Alberta Ballet’s The Nutcracker.

Have a favourite Vancouver Christmas or holiday tradition? Please share your holiday picks in the comments!

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