Christmas for free in Metro Vancouver

Bright Nights.jpg: Bright Nights is also back, although without the train this year. PHOTO CREDIT: John Lee.

There’s no need to max out your credit cards when you’re planning your festive activities in and around the city this year. Over at the Vancouver Christmas Guide, their natural approach is to hunt down free, low-cost or by-donation things to do during the holidays­­––feel free to visit them online for a full rundown of recommendations.

Ready to dive into the 2022 Christmas season? Close your wallet and check out some of our thrift-hugging suggestions below. And don’t forget to peruse the giveaways section of the Vancouver Christmas Guide for a chance to win lots of gratis tickets and more.

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Christmas for free in Metro Vancouver

Where to Go Sledding and Snow-Tubing Near Vancouver in Winter 2022/23

Snow tubing at the Bubly Tube Park in Whistler

Snow tubing at the Bubly Tube Park in Whistler. Photo: Destination BC/Rick Collins

Kids love sliding down snowy slopes, and adults will love unleashing their inner child to join in on the fun. Here are our picks for the best places to go sledding, tobogganing, and snow tubing near Vancouver for winter 2022/23.

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Where to Go Sledding and Snow-Tubing Near Vancouver in Winter 2022/23

Santa Restores Holiday Magic to Metropolis at Metrotown

Santa Claus has cast his magic over Metropolis at Metrotown! Starting November 15, British Columbia’s biggest shopping centre will come alive with festive performances, a community toy drive, and photos with Santa. Proceeds raised will be donated to Burnaby-based non-profit organizations. Continue reading:
Santa Restores Holiday Magic to Metropolis at Metrotown

The Vancouver Christmas Market Launches its 12th Holiday Season on November 12

Photo Credit: Lindsay Elliot

The Vancouver Christmas Market returns to Jack Poole Plaza (downtown Vancouver at the Olympic Cauldron), lighting up the holiday season with a festive six-week schedule from November 12 to December 24. Now in its 12th year, the German-inspired Market is one of the largest traditional Christmas Markets in Vancouver. Continue reading:
The Vancouver Christmas Market Launches its 12th Holiday Season on November 12

17 Happening Holiday Markets and Artisan Fairs in and Around Vancouver

Give yourself plenty of time to peruse the vendors at the Vancouver Christmas Market. PHOTO CREDIT: Vancouver Christmas Market.

Online Christmas shopping isn’t nearly as much fun as browsing independent vendor stands––and enjoying the warmly festive vibe––at a well-curated local holiday market. And they’re always a great way to find brilliantly original pressies for absolutely everyone on your gift list. Continue reading:
17 Happening Holiday Markets and Artisan Fairs in and Around Vancouver

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Kick Starts the Holiday Season with Canyon Lights Return

Capilano Suspension Bridge at night with Canyon Lights

Ready, set, glow! Jump-start the festive season, bundle up the family and prepare to be amazed. Canyon Lights returns to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park on Saturday, November 19th, 2022, and runs until Sunday, January 22nd, 2023 (closed December 25th). Continue reading:
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Kick Starts the Holiday Season with Canyon Lights Return

10 Frightfully Fun Things to Do for Halloween in Vancouver

Lost Souls of Gastown Tour; Photo: Joel Schatt

With the changing autumnal leaves and the gradually darkening days, Vancouver is the ideal city to celebrate Halloween. Various events around town invite you to dress up in your most ghoulish costume, sip coffin-themed cocktails, take the kids out trick-or-treating, and generally get in the Halloween spirit.

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10 Frightfully Fun Things to Do for Halloween in Vancouver