VanDusen Festival of Lights Opens December 1

VanDusen Botanical Gardens dazzles during Festival of Lights.

The holiday season is one of my favourite times of year in Vancouver, because it means I get to experience one of my favourite Christmas traditions: the VanDusen Festival of Lights! Opening December 1, this unique annual event is a winter wonderland in the city.

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VanDusen Festival of Lights Opens December 1

German-Style Vancouver Christmas Market Returns to Downtown, Nov. 21 – Dec. 24

vancouver christmas market 2018

The Vancouver Christmas Market transforms Jack Poole Plaza into a holiday wonderland.

Looking for something more festive than a mall Santa and a red Starbucks cup? The hotly-anticipated Vancouver Christmas Market is returning to Jack Poole Plaza in downtown Vancouver from November 21 – December 24th.

This authentic, European-inspired Christmas market is romantic, aromatic, and full of good food, drinks, and crafts. Based on the centuries-old tradition of Christkindlmarkts in Germany, the Vancouver Christmas Market brings an authentic pop-up village to the Jack Poole Plaza for the holiday season.

For 2018, the festive, family-favourite is back with more than 80 artisan huts full of sweets, treats, and treasures to enjoy – all with a glass of Glühwein (mulled wine) in hand!

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German-Style Vancouver Christmas Market Returns to Downtown, Nov. 21 – Dec. 24

How To Make the Most of Christmas in Vancouver For Free!

Lights of Hope | Photo: Ann Hung / Flickr

Don’t worry if Christmas shopping has left your credit cards in a smouldering heap: you don’t need money to have a smoking great Yuletide in Vancouver. Check out these cracking free festive activities in and around the city – and buy yourself a pressie with all the money you save.

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How To Make the Most of Christmas in Vancouver For Free!

Christmas in Vancouver: The Outside Edition

Canyon Lights

While some of us prefer wintering on the couch with a bottomless mug of hot chocolate, Metro Vancouver’s Christmas season serves-up a shimmering array of outdoor festive happenings to pry you from your perch. Wrap up and check out the following fresh air Yuletide activities.

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Christmas in Vancouver: The Outside Edition