Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Welcome to the first weekend of 2014!  Make it a memorable one and check out some of our top picks for events happening around Metro Vancouver!

 

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Christmas in Vancouver

Photo: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Photo: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Festival of Lights – Van Dusen Garden

The Van Dusen botanical gardens are close to downtown. Roughly the size of four square city blocks, they a great spot to escape a busy holiday schedule and enjoy a walk through a very well-designed Christmas light show.

There are various performances you can check out at different times of the evening, including the Dancing Lights on Livingstone Lake, Christmas gnomes, shadow puppets, photos with Santa, choral performances as well as a visit by the Grinch.

For more information on admission and for a schedule of events, visit http://vandusengarden.org.

Bright Nights – Stanley Park

Bright Nights in Stanley Park is Vancouver’s most-family friendly holiday attraction with it’s carnival-like atmosphere and Charlie Brown-themed, miniature train ride. For many Vancouverites, Bright Nights brings back childhood holiday memories: this attraction is a Vancouver classic.

There is a suggested donation at the door to help support the Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, a local Vancouver charity. Tickets to the train ride can be purchased inside once inside the venue.

For hours of operation and additional information about Bright Nights, visit http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/bright-nights-train.

Our Inside Vancouver tip: dress warmly so any potential waiting time in line for the miniature train is a comfortable experience.

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Christmas in Vancouver

15 Unmissable Vancouver Christmas Events

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By now you’re probably well underway with household preparations to make the yuletide bright. You’re on top of sourcing a Christmas tree. You’re decking the halls, browsing gingerbread cookie recipes, making lists and checking them twice. I’ll leave that in your capable hands.

But when it comes to getting out and attending Vancouver holiday events and attractions, rely on us. From light displays to live music, hanging out with Santa and classic Christmas theatre productions, here’s everything you need to know about Vancouver’s best Christmas events.

15 Unmissable Christmas Events

1) Grouse Mountain’s Peak of Christmas, ongoing through Dec. 24
Walk in a winter wonderland a thousand metres above the city at Grouse’s annual holiday celebration, Peak of Christmas. The festivities include Santa’s workshop, an 8,000-square-foot outdoor skating pond, real reindeer, sleigh rides, Christmas choirs – all set against an alpine backdrop. The Peak of Christmas is in included in the price of an Alpine Experience Ticket ($39.95 for adults, $35.95 for seniors, $23.95 for youth 13-18, $13.95 for children 5-12).

2) Bright Nights – Stanley Park Christmas Train, ongoing through Jan. 1
Come on, it’s lovely weather for a train ride together. Parents of small kiddos consider Bright Nights to be one of the most enjoyable Vancouver holiday traditions. But make no mistake, grown-ups will melt like Frosty in summer over the view of 2 million twinkly lights illuminating Vancouver’s 1000-acre Stanley Park, visible as you ride the park’s Mini Train. Continue reading:
15 Unmissable Vancouver Christmas Events

Top 5 Holiday Light Displays in Vancouver for 2012

Photo credit: Capilano Suspension Bridge

Now that we’ve made it through Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there’s nothing left to do but admit it: Holiday season is officially here.

Over the next month, expect to see the streets, parks and even ships of Vancouver come alive with millions of multicoloured lights in celebration of the season.  Here are the top five holiday light displays around town:

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical GardenEvery year, the stately botanical garden in the heart of Vancouver is decorated with thousands of strings of coloured lights.  The centrepiece is a “dancing lights” display over Livingstone Lake, a choreographed light dance set to seasonal music that illuminates every half hour.  Also on hand are roving elves and food vendors serving holiday treats.  Dec. 7 – Jan. 1, 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.  Closed Christmas.  Adult $14.25; Senior and Youth $10.50; Child $7.75.  

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension BridgeThe iconic, 137-metre suspension bridge is decked out with  lights every December – forming a glittering string of pearls over the Capilano River.  Walk across and step into an enchanted rainforest, bedazzled with hundreds of thousands of lights.  There’s also a scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating, glass blowing demos and sing-along carols.  Dec. 1 – Jan. 5, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.  Closed Christmas.  Adult $31.95; Child $12; $65 per family (2 adults and 2 kids).   Continue reading:
Top 5 Holiday Light Displays in Vancouver for 2012

Festival of Lights now open at VanDusen Botanical Garden

Remy gave us the lowdown on the top 5 holiday light displays in Vancouver including the much-anticipated annual Festival of Lights, open December 9 to January 2, at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

For Vancouverites, peeping VanDusen’s Festival of Lights is a Christmas tradition as essential as cookie baking and carol singing. The verdant Vancouver hideaway is transformed into festive, twinkly eye candy with 1.4 million bulbs, most of them now energy-saving LED.

The Festival of Lights also features daily shows including Dancing Lights on Livingstone Lake, Santa at Santa’s Living Room and choir concerts. Get the details after the jump.

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Festival of Lights now open at VanDusen Botanical Garden

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Gardens

Photo: VanDusen Botanical Garden

Another holiday tradition is about the get underway in Vancouver – the spectacular Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden.   Every year during December, the manicured grounds of the lush garden are transformed into a winter wonderland glowing with more than a million twinkling lights.

The centrepiece of the festival is the Dancing Lights exhibit.  Every half hour, the strands of coloured lights strung on the trees and shrubs around Livingstone Lake flash and sparkle in time with the music in a brilliant choreographed display.  The glow of all the lights reflected in the lake makes for one of the most memorable holiday scenes in Vancouver.

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Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Gardens

Why Tiger Woods should take in the VanDusen Festival of Lights

You may have heard: Tiger Woods is having marital difficulties.

It’s pretty bad apparently, so I thought I’d throw him a lifeline: take the missus to VanDusen Botanical Garden Festival of Lights and rekindle the right kind of romance.

Seriously: this is the single best place in Vancouver right now for question-popping, tender promises, passionate declarations and conciliatory gestures. It is only a matter of time before Hollywood films a chick flick here.

The dramatic light-up is an annual fundraiser for the famous garden and runs until Jan. 3 every day except Christmas from 4:30 ’til 9 pm.

Sure there are other winter light fests in this city, but this is the one for lovers: start with a fine meal and a glass of bubbly in the adjacent Shaughnessy Restaurant, then stroll the quiet pathways hand-in-hand–away from the exuberant family hordes that often dominate the city’s other light shows.

William Butler Yeats once wished he could spread “the heavens’ embroidered cloths” at his lover’s feet. This is about as close as you’ll ever come to that grand gesture…