Fun for all the family this winter
The festive season is a special time for families, friends, and neighbours alike. Vancouver comes alive at this time of year providing fantastic events for all the family to enjoy. Here are our highlights for the upcoming celebrations!
Bright Lights In Stanley Park
Stanley Park turns into one of the most remarkable light shows in Vancouver at Christmas time. From November 29th until January 5th over three million lights transform the forest and the famous train into a magical journey through a winter wonderland. Activities include riding the beautifully lit train, visiting Santa, and wandering through a truly magical light show. With ticket prices between $8 - $15 it is reasonably priced and guaranteed to provide an evening of fun for the whole family to enjoy!
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Santa Claus Parade
On December 2nd Santa Claus will be riding into town on his sled to ensure thousands of children keep believing in mystical Christmas magic. Massively popular, the event attracts over 300,000 spectators each year! If you want the full experience reserve a spot at the Breakfast with Santa at the Fairmont Hotel. Tickets for breakfast cost $40 and $20 for adults and children respectively. However, if that’s out of your budget there are plenty of free family activities such as face painting, kids crafts, and a letters to Santa station at Christmas Square outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. The parade itself starts at noon and completely free. Free photos with Santa with hot chocolate and cookies are available at Telus Garden after the parade. Christmas Square is the most popular spectating spot, so if you’re running late or want a quieter location try the start and end of the parade!
Vancouver Christmas Market
A centuries old tradition in German towns is hosting a Christkindlmarkt. Friends, family, and neighbours come together to enjoy local delicacies, shop for gifts, and share holiday cheer! Each year the Vancouver Christmas Market brings this old world tradition to Vancouver. This revered festive event offers delightful German treats that will stimulate all your sense and a stroll through the sparkling walkways of a European Christmas village is fantastic way to get into the Christmas spirit. Better yet, your children are bound to enjoy the lively line-up of holiday entertainment and they will love riding the Christmas Carousel.
Combining colourful décor, authentic gifts, enticing food and drink, and family entertainment, this Yuletide celebration creates the perfect atmosphere to mix and mingle with friends and family, have a quick drink after work, find a festive photo op, and take in a wide variety of holiday entertainment! You can find the Christmas Market at Jack Poole Plaza in Canada place from November 21st until December 24th between 11:30am to 9:30pm.
Grouse Mountain - The Peak Of Christmas
Grouse Mountain might not be the North Pole, but it sure is a good replica. Plus, located just 15 minutes north of Vancouver, it's much more accessible! This spectacular winter adventure comes complete with REAL SNOW, outdoor ice skating, sleigh rides, sledding, a light walk, and a gingerbread village. With many activities encompassed in one pass this is the ultimate Christmas day out with your children!
For more information visit the Grouse Mountain Peak of Christmas Website!
Ice Skating Robson Square
A winter classic for any Vancouverite, any list of best things to do with your children this holiday season would be incomplete without it. Located in the very heart of downtown, ice skating in Robson Square is a great way to wind-up any downtown adventure with your children. Though it can get quite busy, your kids will be thrilled by the novelty of skating in the open air in the middle of downtown. Skates can be rented cheaply and there are options to suit specific needs. Whether you’ve just gone downtown for some Christmas shopping or visited the Christmas Market, finish off the trip with a skate in Robson Square.
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