Must-Attend Holiday Events In Vancouver 2023

the christmas market pyramid lit up at night

The holidays are here and if you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit (or more into it), than check out this list of our picks for holiday events in and around Vancouver.

Vancouver Christmas Market

The magical European Christmas village that is the Vancouver Christmas Market is back at Jack Poole Plaza (at the Olympic Cauldron), full of traditional German and Eastern European foods, goodies and drinks.  Stay warm while you wander the market with a belly full of gulasch, spaetzle and gluhwein.

When | November 16th – December 24th, 2023
Where | Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Place
Website | Instagram

gulasch bowl at vancouver christmas market

12 Cocktails of Christmas Shopping

Making spirits bright with twelve festive sips inspired by the nostalgia of last-minute Christmas shopping in the quintessential 80’s mall. Try a different, unique and adventurous cocktail that takes on the essence of each store, as you’re taken on a Christmas shopping journey through the Bayshore Mall, where you’ll find that special sip for yourself and everyone on your list.

When | November 18 – December 25, 2023
Where | H Tasting Lounge, 1601 Bayshore Drive
Website | Instagram

a science looking cocktail set up on a marble table of a booth

Miracle in Gastown

The festive season comes to Clough Club with Miracle in Gastown, bringing the famous holiday cocktail pop up with retro-kitsch décor and playful vibes to Vancouver. The cocktail line up is made of variations on classics like the Christmapolitan, the Snowball Old-Fashioned and Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r!, which is a powerful kick of tropical holiday cheer for those whose favourite Christmas movie is Die Hard. The culinary team has also created a special retro food menu like a Pecan Cheese Ball, Christmas Dog, Kevin’s Mac & Cheese and Gingerbread Dunkaroos.

When | November 23 – December 31, 2023
Where | Clough Club, 212 Abbott Street
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2 holiday cocktails in barrel cups with bananas on top

Thursdays in Gastown

This holiday season, the historic cobblestone streets of Gastown will stage a spectacular, month-long holiday extravaganza every Thursday.  Imagine ballet performances in storefronts, soulful sounds of roaming mariachi bands, quirky nerdy elves, “Kiss Me in Gastown” mistletoe where you can bring your hot date, and interactive store window displays. Well, it’s all going down in the streets of Gastown.

When | November 30 – December 21, 2023
Where | Gastown District
Website | Instagram

kids on the street watching ballerinas perform in a storefront

Holiday Comedy Rumble: Every Elf For Themselves

Belly laugh like Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick this holiday season to some candy-cane chaos of the improv world. The comedic gloves are off as the Comedy Department improv comedians battle it out to determine who will wear the coveted Santa suit next year.  In this interactive theatre performance, you get to play a role and get to have final say as to which elf slays the competition and gets to drive Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve.

When | December 9 – 23, 2023 // Saturdays
Where | The Show Cellar, 1755 Davie Street
Website | Instagram

David Milchard and Denise Jones of the Comedy Department

Batch Vancouver

This year, Batch Vancouver will be celebrating the holiday season with two unique waterfront tented and heated event spaces perfect for work get-togethers or taking a break from the festive rush of planning and shopping. Along with its beloved original location in Plaza of Nations, this year’s Batch holiday plans include two weeks of pop-up celebrations at Batch 200 in Granville Plaza. Both locations will have live music and fire pits to warm the soul and the spirit, along with seasonal food and drinks like mulled wine and cider and fondue.

When | November 19 – December 23, 2023 // Thursdays – Sundays
Where | Plaza of Nations, 770 Pacific Boulevard // Granville Square, 200 Granville Street 
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people sitting around a fire pit and cheersing drinks

Kringle’s

Step into the charming world of Kringle’s, the Santa speak-easy inspired holiday bar pop-up in the lower lobby walls of the iconic Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. As the lobby is transformed into a wonderland of twinkling décor and cozy corners, Kringle’s will also offer a hand-crafted menu of holiday-themed cocktails (think Starry Night Negroni, House-Made Eggnog, and Margarita on the Snow) and light bites.  Also check out the life-size Advent Calendar that will unlock exclusive daily features and Champagne pours.

When | December 1 – 31, 2023 // Tuesdays – Saturdays
Where | Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 W. Georgia (Hornby Street entrance)
Website | Instagram

an arm holding a martini coming out of a red velvet curtain

Christmas Wish Breakfast

’Tis the season for Vancouver Firefighter Charities (VFC) and community partners to fill the stockings of local families in need via VFC’s Toys For Kids program and the 36th Annual Christmas Wish Breakfast at the Pan Pacific Hotel.  It looks to be a banner haul for Santa’s sleigh this year, with the VFC anticipating it will provide more than $145,000 worth of toys, gifts and sporting equipment to local families.  Join the Christmas Wish Breakfast on December 13th, donate a toy and get a free hot buffet breakfast, where you can meet and greet off-duty firefighters, Santa and enjoy holiday-themed music, events and entertainment.

When | December 13, 2023 // 6am – 9am
Where | Pan Pacific Hotel, 999 Canada Place
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Vancouver firefighters christmas toy drive

Santa Brunch Buffet

Brunch with Santa IRL at Glowbal for his annual fly by.  The popular all-you-can-eat Santa Brunch Buffet is the perfect spot for family photos before you gorge on a feast of braised short rib eggs bennies, sausages, poutine, waffles and pancakes, a chilled seafood bar, pasta, Chef’s omelet and carving stations, desserts and more.

When | December 3 + 17, 2023 // 10am – 3pm
Where | Glowbal Restaurant, 590 W. Georgia Street
Website | Instagram

mrs and mr claus posing for a photo

Weirdos Holiday Market

To all those refusing to gift the ordinary and predictable, the Weirdos Holiday Market returns for its seventh annual edition over two weekends, December 8th – 10th and 15th – 17th.  Featuring the work of 50 artists, personally curated by founder and organizer Rachel Zottenberg, the market offers an awe-inspiring selection of oddities, including planters made from deconstructed doll heads, jewellery incorporating humanely sourced animal bones, pottery fused into the shape of human mouths, Pride-themed embroidery, artwork made from genuine wasp nests, mounted insects, upcycled vintage lamps, witchlike blown-glass pieces, and hundreds of other rare or one-of-a-kind collectibles.

When | December 8 – 10 / December 15 – 17, 2023 // 11am – 5pm
Where | Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Avenue
Website | Instagram

colourfull doll head mugs


OUT OF TOWN

Martini Town

For the first time, Martini Town, Langley’s very own exterior Film Backlot, is open to the public after being transformed into a Christmas wonderland by a team of skilled industry crew. Visit a New York City Street, courthouse, diner, town square and small town, without ever leaving BC.

When | December 1, 2023 – January 1, 2024
Where | 1123 272 Street, Aldergrove
Website | Instagram

new york-themed theatre in holiday decor

Festival of Trees

Throughout the holiday season, the Festival of Trees Winery Experience combines viewing the trees with an exclusive wine and food pairing. Available for up to six guests, from November 25 through January 7, it includes a guided cellar tour and a guided, seated tasting of the Mission Hill Family Estate Terroir and Legacy Collection wines, along with small bites.

When | November 25, 2023 – January 7, 2024
Where | Mission Hill Family Estate, 1730 Mission Hill Road West Kelowna
Website | Instagram

mission hill estate lit up for the holidays

Christmas in the District

The lanes and alleyways of District 1881 are decorated and ready for the season.  Check out traditional artisans and performers selling their wares and showcasing their skills, Santa in his Workshop, a ferris wheel and Christmas train, for believers big and small. But the greatest marvel of all is the towering tree, a 40-foot behemoth, with a lit walkway carved through its centre. The shops and eateries remain open into the evening to delight and nourish, their warmth a respite from the chill of winter.

When | November 23 – December 24, 2023
Where | 202 – 45945 Thunderbird Lane, Chilliwack
Website | Instagram

chilliwack lanes decorated for the holidays
Photo Cred | Laurie Wallace

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