Christmas at Canada Place 2013 Celebrates Holiday Magic
DH Vancouver StaffDec 03, 2013 2:25 pm
Experience a traditional Canadian Christmas, free-of-charge, under one roof at Christmas at Canada Place!
Christmas at Canada Place is returning for its 26th year with more activities, entertainment, lights and decor than ever before.
It takes place inside the Cruise Ship Terminal at Canada Place from now until December 31, 2013. In previous years, the festival has been held on the upper levels of Canada Place but for this year, it is returning to the Cruise Ship Terminal and will feature a skating rink, curling rink and holiday train as new attractions to the experience this year.
“This year promises to be the best one yet. The mandate of Canada Place is to provide inspirationally Canadian experiences,” said Tom Corsie, president of Canada Place Corporation and vice president of real estate at Port Metro Vancouver. “This year’s theme is ‘Christmas in Canada’, so we crafted a holiday experience that is infused with a uniquely Canadian spirit.”
In addition to taking part in the festivities, organizers are asking attendees to help fill a shipping container at the front plaza with donated food for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. As well, in the spirit of giving, donations of $2 per person for skate rental or to ride the holiday train will go towards the Strathcona Community Centre’s Food Security for Children and the West Coast Railway Association.
Santa will also be visiting his Canada Place workshop on weekends – an opportunity for children to take photos and ask Mr. Claus for presents.
The historic Woodward’s Window displays from the old Woodward’s department store will also be making a return appearance. Handcrafted in the 1960s, the window displays became a Vancouver holiday tradition and were purchased by Canada Place following the store’s closure in 1993. The Woodward’s Windows offer nostalgia for those who remember seeing them displayed in the store and excitement for those seeing them for the first time.