Where to find some zen in the city this winter

Vancouver spa retreats

Settle in for a pedicure at CHI, The Spa at the Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver. Photo: Corey Stovin

It’s been a difficult year, but the Vancouverite spirit is strong. As temperatures cool down and we follow government guidelines, it’s important to remember that our beautiful city is full of safe places and ways to relax this winter. From pedicures to holiday lights and walking in the rain, it’s time to find some zen.

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Where to find some zen in the city this winter

8 Ways to Support Vancouver Businesses During the 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 During the Holiday Season

12 Places to Enjoy Outdoor Lights Around Vancouver

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Holiday lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge. Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Celebrate winter with thousands of twinkling lights. Vancouver has tons of options for illuminated experiences!

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12 Places to Enjoy Outdoor Lights Around Vancouver

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend: Jan. 4, 2018

Happy New Year! Just in case the holidays were a little hectic for you last week, there’s still a weekend left to wander through many of Vancouver’s festive light displays. VanDusen, Bloedel, Grouse Mountain, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, and the Chinese Lantern Festival all have their colourful lights turned on and ready for you to take a relaxing stroll into 2018.

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend: Jan. 4, 2018

Experience VanDusen Festival of Lights, A Magical Winter Wonderland With Over 1 Million Lights

Experience VanDusen Festival of Lights, sponsored by YVR and Air France happening this year from December 1 to January 7! Stroll with friends and family through interactive themed areas, watch the famous dancing lights show on Livingstone Lake, sing along to your favourite holiday classics at the Festival Stage, listen to stories and take a selfie with Santa, light a candle at the Make-A-Wish candle grotto, warm up with a specialty beverage at their new licensed fireside lounge, savour tasty treats and much more.

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Experience VanDusen Festival of Lights, A Magical Winter Wonderland With Over 1 Million Lights

Top Holiday Light Displays in Vancouver, 2015 Edition

Photo credit: janheuninck | Flickr

Photo credit: janheuninck | Flickr

There’s snow on the mountains, Christmas music is blaring in every mall and Starbucks has brought out its bright red cups: It’s officially holiday season in Vancouver.

That also means that the city’s streets, trees, parks and buildings are once again aglow with millions of twinkling Christmas lights. Here’s a peek at the can’t-miss holiday light displays in Vancouver this season.

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden: Vancouver’s 55-acre botanical garden is the setting for this elegant display, with millions of twinkling lights strung on trees above a central reflecting pond. Also enjoy gnome performances, photos with Santa and more. Dec. 1-Dec. 31; adults $16, youth 13-18 $12, kids 3-12 $9. Note: Tickets include free admission to Enchanted Nights at the nearby Bloedel Conservatory.  Continue reading:
Top Holiday Light Displays in Vancouver, 2015 Edition

Top 5 Holiday Light Displays in Vancouver

Photo sourced from Capilano Suspension Bridge

Photo sourced from Capilano Suspension Bridge

We’re in the home stretch now. With Christmas less than a month away, Vancouver is getting into the spirit with festive holiday light displays.

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Top 5 Holiday Light Displays in Vancouver