8 Ways to Support Vancouver Businesses this Holiday Season

VanDusen Botanical Garden with Christmas lights; support local this holiday season

Photo: VanDusen Botanical Garden

Did you know that buying a gift card from your favourite coffee shop means more to them than you could ever know? As we switch into festive mode, it’s more important than ever to support our local businesses.

There are so many ways to show Vancouver businesses some love this holiday season — even the smallest purchase or a just a share on social media makes a difference.

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8 Ways to Support Vancouver Businesses this Holiday Season

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