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15 things to do in Vancouver this week

DH Vancouver Staff Dec 29, 2014 4:14 pm

Welcome to The Cit List by The Cit Vancouver, where we’ll be compiling some of the top events to check out in Vancouver each week. For a complete list of events, check out the Vancity Buzz calendar here.

New Year’s Eve

While there are plenty of things going on around Metro Vancouver on NYE, here’s a few you should know about. If you’re looking for a party, check out our NYE parties guide.

NYE at Hotel Vancouver

  • What: Six pop-up nightclubs throughout the hotel + live music + DJs + art installations + contests + more!
  • Where: Hotel Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, December 31

Family-Friendly NYE at Robson Square

  • What: Ice skating + live music + kids’ crafts + an early countdown
  • Where: Robson Square
  • When: Wednesday, December 31 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Family First NYE Celebration at Mt. Seymour

  • What: Tobogganing + snow tubing + food vendors + magicians + fireworks + more
  • Where: Mt. Seymour
  • When: Wednesday, December 31 from 6 to 9 p.m.

New Year’s Day

95th Annual Vancouver Polar Bear Swim

  • What: A Vancouver New Year’s Day tradition. Wear a costume and take a plunge into the icy waters!
  • Where: English Bay
  • When: Thursday, January 1 at 2:30 p.m.

Last chance holiday events

Karaoke Christmas Lights Vancouver Trolley Tour

  • What: A Christmas karaoke trolley ride through Vancouver with stops at Stanley Park’s Bright Nights and VanDusen Garden’s Festival of Lights.
  • Where: Pick-up is at Canada Place at 6:30 p.m.
  • When: Monday, December 29 and Tuesday, December 30

Christmas at Canada Place

  • What: Historic Woodward’s Windows + Rudolph’s Theatre + Christmas Crafts + Avenue of Christmas Trees
  • Where: Canada Place
  • When: On now until Wednesday, December 31

Holiday Hi-Light Festival

  • What: Over 50,000 Christmas lights illuminate the Park & Tilford Gardens. Entry is by donation to the North Vancouver District Fire Fighters Charitable Society.
  • Where: Park & Tilford in North Vancouver
  • When: The gardens light up daily at 4:30 p.m. On until Wednesday, December 31.

Gingerbread Lane

  • What: 30+ unique gingerbread house displays including an 11ft gingerbread house, supporting Make a Wish Foundation.
  • Where: Hyatt Vancouver
  • When: On now until January 1

Canyon Lights

  • What: 250,000 sparkling lights + the world’s largest living Christmas tree + music + Winter Pavilion
  • Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • When: On now until January 3

Christmas at FlyOver Canada

  • What: The attraction is fully decorated for the festive season + take FlyOver Canada’s Christmas ride, which includes an extended trip to the North Pole.
  • Where: Canada Place
  • When: On now until January 4

Holidays at the Vancouver Aquarium

  • What: Scuba Claus, electric eel-powered Christmas tree + crafts + story time + 4-D film adventure of the Polar Express + more!
  • Where: Vancouver Aquarium
  • When: On now until January 4

VanDusen Festival of Lights

  • What: 1.4 million twinkling lights + Santa + Scandinavian Christmas Elves + community choir concerts
  • Where: VanDusen Botanical Gardens
  • When: On now until January 4

Vancouver Festival of Trees

  • What: View spectacularly decorated trees and vote for your favourite in support of BC Children’s Hospital.
  • Where: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver & Pacific Centre Mall
  • When: Open daily to the public until 11pm from now until January 4

Bright Nights in Stanley Park

  • What: Ride the Stanley Park train to view 3 million twinkling lights, see breathtaking displays, and enjoy live performers in support of the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund.
  • Where: Stanley Park
  • When: On now until January 4

Dundarave Festival of Lights

  • What: Walk through the magical Christmas tree forest at Dundarave Park lit every day at 4:30 p.m.
  • Where: Dundarave Park in West Vancouver
  • When: On now until January 3

Looking for more events? Visit the Vancity Buzz Events Calendar!


Feature Image: Eric M. Mangao Photography 

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