The holidays are the perfect time to not only relax and reflect on the year that’s passed, but a perfect opportunity to spend time with friends and family, taking in all the city has to offer. This holiday season, TELUS is encouraging Canadians to unplug for the holidays and enter #HolidayMode by trading in phone time for face time and spending quality time with loved ones.
To get you inspired to enter #HolidayMode, we’ve compiled 10 of the best family-friendly things to do during the holidays in Vancouver.
Shop over 50 local artisans and enjoy an outdoor light display, hot food trucks, and live music. A perfect way to spend an evening out during the weekend.
Over the next several weeks, countless charities are accepting cash, toys, clothes and canned goods. We should be giving all year round, however, during the holiday season, it’s always great to give a little extra if you can.
With a total of over 50 unique vendors, local and international flavour, beautiful lights and delicious food, guests of all ages will find something to satisfy their yuletide appetites at this year’s Christmas Market.
Want to visit Santa Claus at the North Pole? This holiday season, FlyOver Canada will be taking you way up north during its special holiday season winter wonderland experience.
Three hours of Christmas family fun featuring Stanley Park’s Bright Nights Display and Van Dusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights.
Experience the Festival of Lights, a frozen winter wonderland with over one million lights decorating VanDusen Garden.
Stroll with friends and family through themed areas and enjoy the Dancing Lights show on Livingstone Lake, the gnome performance, and the shadow puppet show. Have photos taken with Santa, savour holiday treats, and delight in much more!
During the holiday season, the Bright Nights Train and Plaza at Stanley Park sparkles with three million twinkling lights, decorating the darkness that comes early at this time of year.
The sails will be lit up in festive colours and you can also check out the Woodward’s Windows display.
The Woodward’s Windows are a treasured part of Vancouver’s history that was originally displayed in the Woodward’s department store. The windows featured classic holiday scenes with animated characters and elaborate decor.
Following the closure of the Woodward’s department store, Canada Place purchased the displays in 1993 and has continued to incorporate them into the Christmas at Canada Place experience.
The 12 days of Christmas are a festive time of year at the Robson Square Ice Rink. Bring your family and friends down to the ice rink this holiday season for a music series as local musicians will perform your holiday favorites from now until December 24. Their music line-up can be found here.
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