Real reindeer, 8000-sq-ft skating pond and special sliding zone: Peak of Christmas returning to Vancouver

Photo sourced from grousemountain.com

Photo sourced from grousemountain.com

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas … at least on Grouse Mountain.

Frosted white with a fresh dump of snow, Grouse is set to launch its annual Peak of Christmas festivities, Nov. 27. Each year, the ski mountain is transformed into a scene straight from the North Pole, where you can rub noses with real reindeer, stroll through an alpine forest bedecked with lights, and even get some face time with the big man in red himself.

The mile-long ascent aboard Grouse’s Skyride aerial tram brings guests to the base, more than 300 metres above the city of Vancouver. Along the way, the scenery changes from Pacific rainforest to winter wonderland, as you skim over the tops of spruce and fir heavy with snow. Continue reading:
Real reindeer, 8000-sq-ft skating pond and special sliding zone: Peak of Christmas returning to Vancouver

Winter Wonderland 1,000 Feet Above Vancouver: Peak of Christmas Returns

ddi131211_gmr_poc_0545Over the weekend, Vancouverites living downtown awoke to discover a rare dusting of snow on the streets and in the parks.  Overnight flurries had turned the city into a winter wonderland, at least for a couple of hours.

But for a real winter wonderland, complete with feet of fluffy snow, an outdoor skating pond and even a couple of live reindeer, there’s only one place to go in Vancouver: Grouse Mountain.

Grouse’s annual Peak of Christmas celebration is back, Nov. 28-Dec. 24.  The event turns the top of Grouse Mountain into a miniature North Pole, roughly 1,000 feet above Vancouver.  It makes a great escape from the grey winter doldrums in the city below and, with some incredible natural scenery, should get even the grinchiest of folks into the holiday spirit.

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Winter Wonderland 1,000 Feet Above Vancouver: Peak of Christmas Returns

Grouse Mountain’s Peak of Christmas Video – Free Ticket Giveaway!

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Grouse Mountain’s annual Peak of Christmas festivities take holiday revelers 3,700 meters above downtown. It offers some of the best views of the city, an incredible ride up on Grouse’s Skyride gondola, and a guaranteed ‘white Christmas’ during Vancouver’s otherwise mild winter.

Centered around the Peak Chalet, there are a number of family-friendly attractions to visit, including: a Gingerbread Village, outdoor ice-skating, sleigh rides, and fireside carols. Santa Clause and his right-hand reindeer Prancer are also on-hand for visiting and photos.

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Top 5 Family-Friendly Holiday Activities

Santa’s Living Room. Photo credit: Van Dusen Botanical Garden

Real reindeer. Giant gingerbread men. Kris Kringle. Ice skating. These are all good reasons to be nice, not naughty this December. Here are Vancouver’s 5 best family-friendly Christmas attractions. Wrangle the kiddos and hit up as many as you possibly can.

Top 5 Family-Friendly Holiday Activities

1) Free Ice Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink, ongoing through Feb. 2013
Robson Square’s free ice rink is beloved by families and local schools, who make up most of the 8,300 weekly visitors. Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the city-sponsored rink only charges for rentals. So BYOS (Bring Your Own Skates) or pay $4 (cash) for blades. Helmets and ice cleats are $2. The rink is open 9:00am and 9:00pm Sunday to Thursday, and 9:00am to 11:00pm Friday and Saturday. Continue reading:
Top 5 Family-Friendly Holiday Activities

Winter Wonderland 1000 Metres Above Vancouver: Peak of Christmas, Nov 24-Dec 24

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It may be raining in Vancouver, but it’s a winter wonderland a thousand or so metres above the city on Grouse Mountain.

The ski mountain was blanketed with 18 centimetres of snow overnight and has received 140 centimetres of snowfall so far this season – all of which makes perfect conditions for Santa’s sleigh and his not-so-tiny reindeer.

Grouse’s annual holiday celebration, the Peak of Christmas, opens on Nov. 24 and extends to Dec. 24.  And, yes, the reindeer are back.

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Winter Wonderland 1000 Metres Above Vancouver: Peak of Christmas, Nov 24-Dec 24

Peak of Christmas: A winter wonderland on top of Grouse Mountain

It’s no secret that Vancouver rarely gets snow in winter.  Temperatures remain mild, and even a dusting of the white stuff downtown is big news.

But that doesn’t stop Vancouver from having its own winter wonderland.  Twenty minutes outside of the city rise the snowcapped peaks of Grouse Mountain.  With summits rising to more than 1,220 metres, the popular ski mountain receives some 10 metres of snow every winter.

And in December, the mountain is transformed into a veritable winter wonderland as part of the Peak of Christmas festivities, running this year through Dec. 24.  Continue reading:
Peak of Christmas: A winter wonderland on top of Grouse Mountain

A Real Winter Wonderland: Christmas on Grouse Mountain

With the snow and chilly temperatures in Vancouver this week, I think it’s officially OK to start dreaming about Christmas . Over the next few weeks, we’ll be profiling some great ways to get into the holiday spirit around the city.  One of the best winter events starts this Saturday, Nov. 27: the Peak of Christmas festivities on Grouse, one of three ski mountains right outside of Vancouver.

Vancouver, of course,  often gets a lot more rain than snow during the winter months.  But for a glimpse of a true winter wonderland , you just have to head up to Grouse Mountain, which is only about 20 minutes by car or bus from downtown.   Grouse offers storybook winter landscapes – mounds of deep snow (well, usually), deep green pine trees trimmed in ice and great views of downtown Vancouver.

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A Real Winter Wonderland: Christmas on Grouse Mountain