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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OUT OF 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.
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.
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.