4 Ways to Get Your Step on in the City this Holiday Season

Vancouver big elf run

Photo: Big Elf Run Instagram page

‘Tis the season of holiday parties, family gatherings and indulgence. But there’s no need to feel guilty—ever—especially since there are so many ways to stay active in and around Vancouver during the colder months. If you’re keen to step off the sugar and spice and everything nice while in the Downtown core, here are four ways to do it.

Robson ice rink

Photo: British Columbia Magazine

Ice Skating in Robson Square (Nov 30 – Feb 29)

Celebrate the season in style with free skating in the heart of downtown Vancouver, a magical place to enjoy the holidays with your friends, family and loved ones. While not strictly getting your step on, skating certainly gets your legs moving. Enjoy some old-fashioned fun with the beloved tradition of skating at Robson Square’s outdoor rink.  Admission is free if you bring your own skates, otherwise skate rental is $5 per pair. Helmets are also available. Click here for more info.

Santa Shuffle (Dec 7)

The Sant Shuffle is a great way for Vancouverites to have a fun day out, and support The Salvation Army’s important work across our community.  This great event runs on the first Saturday in December across 39 communities in Canada and the Vancouver run hosts 1000+ runners and takes place at Lumberman’s Arch. Many extra elements provide a unique experience to participants, including a high energy warm-up, prizes, trophies, and a post-run chili lunch. Click here for more info and to register.

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Big Elf Run (Dec 14)

Enjoy some festive fun as the 2019 Big Elf Run. This holiday themed run offers a 5km/10km/15km Big Elf Run/Walk (2pm) as well as a 1km Wee Elf Run/Walk (1pm) around scenic Stanley Park. Run with hundreds of elves then enjoy DJs, dancing, prize giveaways, vendors and more. For more info and to register, click here.

Vancouver seawall

Photo: Vancouver Park Board

Walk or Run the Seawall (Anytime!)

Run or walk solo or with a friend along one of the most scenic waterfront areas in the world. At 22 kilometres (13.5 miles), the Vancouver Seawall is the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront space. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can do the Downtown loop in a few hours with a stop at the Vancouver Christmas Market—remember to bundle up!

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