What: This holiday season drop by the Aquarium for some festive underwater fun with Scuba Claus, the electric eel Christmas tree, and more. Throughout the galleries you’ll find plenty of holiday activities, shows and interactive displays to engage the whole family.
What: During the holiday season, the Bright Nights Christmas Train and Stanley Park Train Plaza sparkle with three million twinkling lights. Ride the Bright Nights Train and experience the lights, breathtaking displays, and live performers along the train route. Or view the displays at the Train Plaza by donation ($4 suggested). Your donations and a portion of ticket sales go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. $1.4 million has been raised to help burn survivors and their families since 1998.
When: Daily 3 to 10 pm (matinees 10 am to 2:30 pm)
What: This authentic German-inspired Christmas Market creates the perfect atmosphere to mix and mingle with the family. During your visit you’ll experience a mix of traditional food and beverage, as well as a selection of authentic wood carvings and toys, knitted goods, nutcrackers, pottery and other unique gifts.
When: November 26 to December 31, 11 am to 9 pm
Closed 6 pm Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
What: Enchant 2016 brings the world’s largest Christmas light maze to the heart of the city, combined with a bustling local vendor market, live performances, warming seasonal eats and drinks, an outdoor fire pit, and much more.
When: From November 24 until New Year’s Eve 2016, 4 to 10 pm
Where: 1st and Crowe Street, between the Cambie Street Bridge and Olympic Village
What: Hansel and Gretel is a beloved holiday tradition featuring astonishing puppets in this classic opera fairy-tale. Engelbert Humperdinck’s dramatic score will thrill seasoned opera-goers and charm new audiences with familiar tunes that beautifully evoke the forest setting and the opera’s colourful characters and creatures.
When: December 1, 3, 8, 10 at 7:30pm, December 11 at 2 pm, December 7 at 12:30 pm
Where: Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street at Dunsmuir
What: FlyOver Canada will transform into a magical winter wonderland this Christmas season. Guests will have fun helping Santa Claus search for his missing elves during an exhilarating flight across Canada and on to the North Pole. The complete experience will last between 20 – 25 minutes and include an extended holiday edition of FlyOver Canada that leads guests on to Santa’s workshop in the North Pole.
What: The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon are transformed into a world of festive lights and visual enchantment. See the world’s tallest living Christmas tree (153 ft tall), experience the voice-activated light show, go on a scavenger hunt throughout the park, sing along with the holiday band, take a family photo at the Winter Pavilion, and more.
Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge – 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
When: November 24 to January 8, 2017; 11 am to 9 pm
What: The botanical garden is covered in more than a million lights. Reindeer and Scandinavian gnomes also roam the trails, and visitors can walk through the gingerbread wood, lantern alley, and Make-a-Wish candle grotto.
Where: Vandusen Gardens – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
When: December 1 to January 2 2017, 4:30 to 9 pm. Between December 16 and December 23 from 4:30 to 10 pm
What: Special three-day Christmas Farmers Market in the Village of Fort Langley. Themed after Charles Dickens book, A Chrismas Carol bring the family along and get the chance to win a Christmas Farmer’s Basket, featuring a Turkey and all the trimmings for a family Christmas Dinner.
When: December 16 to 18, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Fort Langley Community Hall, 9167 Glover Road, Fort Langley