Peak of Christmas: A winter wonderland on top of Grouse Mountain

It’s no secret that Vancouver rarely gets snow in winter.  Temperatures remain mild, and even a dusting of the white stuff downtown is big news.

But that doesn’t stop Vancouver from having its own winter wonderland.  Twenty minutes outside of the city rise the snowcapped peaks of Grouse Mountain.  With summits rising to more than 1,220 metres, the popular ski mountain receives some 10 metres of snow every winter.

And in December, the mountain is transformed into a veritable winter wonderland as part of the Peak of Christmas festivities, running this year through Dec. 24.  After gliding up aboard the world-famous SkyRide (North America’s largest aerial tram),  you’ll find a Christmas village nestled high in the North Shore Mountains.  There’s a Santa’s workshop, an 8,000-square-foot outdoor skating pond and, of course, plenty of fresh, fluffy snow.

You can opt for a sleigh ride through the alpine forest or meet Grouse’s resident herd of real reindeer.  No fewer than eight holiday choirs and music groups roam the mountaintop village, filling the air with carols and Christmas songs.  And, from Dec. 14 – Dec. 24, the kids can enjoy breakfast with Santa in Grouse’s café.

For more information, check out the Grouse Mountain website.

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