40+ Festive CHRISTMAS & HOLIDAY Events Around Vancouver

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It’s the most wonderful time of year! Enjoy the season around town with some spectator Christmas light displays, holiday markets and more!

43 Canyon Lights

Walk through the forest, across the Capilano Suspension Bridge or around the cliffwalk during the 12th Canyon Lights Winter Festival. The lights are on with an extended end date til January 28, 2018 (closed Christmas Day).

42 FlyOver Canada

Experience Christmas inflight as you fly with Santa and his reindeer across Canada to the North Pole in search of elves. There’s also a Winter Wonderland themed pre-show and as a bonus you get 50% off admission to the Vancouver Christmas Market. Try the Holly & Jolly combo which includes hot cider and more perks.

41 Canada Place

It’s the 30th annual Christmas at Canada Place presented by the Port of Vancouver. Until December 31 you can check out the traditional Woodward’s Windows displays, a lighting display, the Sails of Light and the Avenue of Christmas Trees.

40 Vancouver Christmas Market

Jack Poole Plaza turns merry during Vancouver Christmas Market til December 24. There’s more than 75 German stalls of sweets, treats and treasures. Plus you can meet Santa, check out live entertainment, ride the Christmas Carousel, do arts & crafts and more.

39 Dundarave Festival of Lights

It’s going down in West Vancouver at Dundarave Beach for four Saturday’s of festive fun and free concerts. Plus checkout the bonfires and Forest of Miracles outdoor display of Christmas trees and lights.

Photo/Dundarave Festival of Lights

38 VanDusen Festival of Lights

Instagram galore! VanDusen Botanical Garden’s annual Festival of Lights runs til January 7. Check out the Air France carousel, dancing lights to all kinds of music, storytime with Santa, Vancouver Puppet Theatre, the festival stage of entertainment, the fireside lounge and lots more! #vandusenFOL

37 Lights at Lafarge

The City of Coquitlam and community partners are hosting a free outdoor Christmas lights display at Lafarge Lake in Town Centre Park. The lights stay on til January 21 so you can explore all the different themed zones and activities. There’s winter lights displays, light making workshops, scavenger hunts and special themed nights.

36 Karaoke Christmas Lights

All aboard the historic Vancouver Trolley for their special Christmas Tour. It’ll be a night of karaoke and Christmas lights as you check out all the lit up spots in the city. Departs at Canada Place and runs for approximately 3 hours. PS. you get free entry to the Festival of Lights with your pass.

Photo/The Vancouver Trolley Company

35 Bright Nights at Stanley Park

Hop on the Christmas train at Stanley Park during the 20th anniversary of Bright Nights. Three million twinkling lights will sparkle your night. Donations and a portion of the ticket sales go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. The train runs til January 6.

Photo/@BrightNightsVan (Facebook)

34 Timberline Country Christmas

Home on the range! Gallivant to this 73 acre horse ranch in Maple Ridge for a true Christmas wonderland experience. There’s lights, trees, interactive displays, music, activities and more.

Photo/Timberline Ranch(Facebook)

33 Chanukah Festival 

Happy Chanukah! Celebrate with Vancouver’s Jewish community at the Vancouver Art Gallery as they light Canada’s tallest Menorah! There’s live music, hot cocoa and more.

Photo/Chabad Lubavitch BC

32 Bear Creek Park Christmas Train

A holiday tradition in Surrey! Ride the Christmas train through parts of the park and forest into a winter wonderland.

Photo/ Bear Creek Park Train & Mini Golf

32 Hi-Light Festival

The 28th annual Holiday Hi-Light Festival at Park & Tilford Gardens lights up the season! There’s over 150,000 lights on display over 3 acres. Entry by donation to various North Vancouver charities. Runs daily til December 31 from 5-9pm. Find Santa for a jolly selfie.


31 Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum

For some old-fashioned fun plus dazzling light displays, check out the Burnaby Village Museum for a Heritage Christmas. Stroll the village streets to admire some old-time decorations, entertainment, activities and overall back-in-the-day Christmas vibe!

30 Glow Christmas

The holiday season takes over the Fraser Valley with Glow! Explore 4 light gardens, a 210-foot long musical light tunnel, food trucks and a bar, plus over 40 Christmas market vendors all in one place!

29 Aquarium

Start a new holiday tradition at the Vancouver Aquarium. There’s seasonal activities, magical displays and even photos with old Scuba Claus. Check out a 4-D screening of your favourite holiday classic like Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer or The Polar Express. There’s also a Christmas kelp forest maze, holiday scavenger hunt, the eel-ectric light show, and a new jelly snow globe at the jellyfish exhibit.

Photo/Vancouver Aquarium

28 Grouse Mountain

Experience The Peak of Christmas all the way up! Skate on an 8,000 square foot mountain top ice pond, stroll through the light tunnel and visit the Elf Headquarters to create your own Christmas scarf. There’s also sledding, sleigh rides, a gingerbread village, and theatre in the sky.

Throwback to holiday sparkle by @tovogueorbust ✨ One more sleep until #peakofchristmas #grousemountain #throwbackthursday

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27 Pioneer Christmas – Historic Stewart Farm

Venture on down to South Surrey an do Chrsitmas the pioneer way at Historic Stewart Farm. This is the true old-fashioned with Victoria treats, vintage Christmas decor, and of course sing-along carols.

Photo/Heritage Surrey

26 Sea to Sky Gondola

It’s a magical month of holiday events and activities via the Sea to Sky Gondola’s Spirit of Christmas. Do the Christmas Forest Walk through lights and decorations or try some snowshoeing, snow tubing and snowman building! There’s wine paring dinners, holiday concerts, caroling, storytime, pictures with Santa and even fondue!


25 Gingerbread Village

The Downtown Surrey BIA presents the City’s newest holiday event! Entries to the Gingerbread Village event contest will be on display at Central City Shopping Centre from December 14-16.

Photo/Downtown Surrey BIA

24 Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival

Vancovuer Chinese Lantern Festival at the PNE celebrates Chinese culture for 5 weeks. The festival features massive lanterns, amazing performances, storytelling, food trucks and a marketplace. Add a little culture to your holiday season!


23 Winter Ice Palace

Celebrate the holidays at the Cloverdale Arena for a true winter wonderland. It’s the 20th annual Winter Ice Palace of skating fun!


22 Christmas in the Village

Fort Langley invites you to the Village for their 3rd annual Christmas festival. It runs from December 15 – 17 and features a marketplace with vendors, prizes, singing, Santa and lots of Christmas music and lights.

Photo/Fort Langley

21 Robson Square Ice Rink

A Vancouver tradition! Free skating at the Robson Square Ice Rink this December is a winter staple. Bring a date!


20 A Traditional Christmas with VSO

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is marking the 25th Anniversary of their Christmas music tradition. Check out this concert for all your favourite traditional Christmas tunes.

19 A Jann Arden Christmas with VSO

Canadian music icon Jann Arden sings all the classic Christmas songs backed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.


18 The Nutcracker – Goh Ballet

What is Christmas without this classic masterpiece? Join the Goh Ballet for a traditional rendition of The Nutcracker, a beloved holiday performance.

17 Vancouver Harbour Light

The Salvation Army’s Vancouver Harbour Light registration is open for Christmas volunteers. Lend a helping hand by serving meals, assisting the drop-in centre, socializing, tutoring in the learning centre or even helping to file tax returns.


16 The Nutcracker – Ballet BC

BC Ballet presents Alberta Ballet The Nutcracker from December 28 – 30 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The season comes alive as Clara’s gift does too!

Photo/Darren Makoivichuk & BalletBC

15 Lights of Hope

Celebrating 20 years of hope! The Lights of Hope display at St. Paul’s supports the St. Paul’s Foundation. The display takes 6 weeks to build with over 150 volunteers. The finished product includes 10km of lights including 100,000 twinkling bulbs.

14 A Christmas Carol

Bah Humbug! “Charles Dickens’s timeless classic where miser Ebenezer Scrooge learns the true meaning of the holidays.”

Photo/Gateway Theatre

13 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Let your imagination run wild this holiday season with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by Carousel Theatre for Young People.


12 Make It!

It’s the handmade revolution of Vancouver, the make it! show. This year’s shopping experience at the PNE Forum features over 265 makers! Get all your Xmas shopping done with the best Canadian artisan crafters. Dont’ forget to a little something for yourself.

11 Shiny Fuzzy Muddy

The 15th shiny fuzzy muddy collective is on December 9 & 10. Find some great Christmas gifts at their annual holiday show at Heritage Hall.

10 Fall for Local

You can never visit too many holiday markets! Check out Fall for Local’s holiday market at The Pipe Shop in North Vancouver on December 9 and 10. Over 85 brands will be in one place plus a wreath workshop, free gift wrapping and food trucks!

9 Got Craft? Holiday Edition

The Maritime Labour Centre in Vancouver hosts the Holiday Edition of Got Craft? – a curated boutique event. It features top handmade designers, one of a kind goods, and DIY workshops.

8 Port Moody Christmas Craft Fair

40 vendors of handmade crafts and gifts take over Port Moody City Hall for their 2nd annual Christmas Craft Fair.

Photo/Port Moody

7 The Shipyards Christmas Festival

The Shipyards at North Vancouver turn into a Winter Wonderland with music, carols, entertainment and decor. Plus free coffee, tea and hot chocolate as well as ornament and lantern making, gingerbread decorating, storytime, face painting, balloons and more.


6 East Exchange

This East Van Market features tons of vintage Christmas items and gift ideas. The Russian hall, December 10th from 11am – 5pm!

Photo/The East Exchange

5 Eastside Flea

The Ellis Building hosts The Eastside Flea’s Holiday Markets every weekend until December 17! Featuring 50+ curated local vendors, food trucks, music, pinball, drink specials, artisan shops and much more!

4 Seymour Art Gallery

Pick up a gift for someone special at the Seymour Art Gallery’s winter art gallery event with some unique local pieces! There’s everything from scarves and paintings to jewelry and pottery.


3 Lumiere Vancouver

The West End BIA presents Lumiere Vancouver, where light, art and community connect. This one-of-a-kind winter experience features a lit up West End, English Bay and Jim Deva Plaza with light installations, performances and community building programs.

The connection of light, art, and community. 📸: @audi.fs #lumiereyvr

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2 CP Holiday Train

Canadian Pacific Railway celebrates Canada’s 150th with their 19th annual Holiday Train, food and funds raised go to local food banks. Enjoy the lights and live music. The CP Holiday Train passes throughout British Columbia from December 11 til 17.

1 Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Get your best ugliest Christmas sweater on and party! The 16th annual Vancouver Ugly Christmas Sweater Party is at the Commodore Ballroom on December 23. Doors open at 8pm. Proceeds from the event go in support of Make-a-Wish.

Feliz Navidad!

By Amar Mirchandani @amarmirch
Amar likes his beer chilled and ranch sauce with pizza.

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