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

Vancouver’s Best Holiday Light Displays? You make the call!

Maybe it’s because it gets dark so early in December and we need something to brighten things up.  Maybe it’s because the holidays are such serious business around here.  Or maybe Canadian Tire just had a really great special on Christmas lights.

Whatever the reason, there’s no shortage of incredible holiday light displays sparkling in Vancouver these days.  Among the perennial heavy hitters, you’ve got Bright Nights in Stanley Park, two million brilliantly colored lights hung along the park’s miniature train line.  Then there’s the Festival of Light in VanDusen Botanical Garden, another 1.4 million lights twinkling on the lavishly manicured grounds of the park.

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Vancouver’s Best Holiday Light Displays? You make the call!