What: VanDusen Gardens’ annual Festival of Lights features more than a million lights to bring in the Christmas season. All tickets include a free ride on the Air France Carousel. Visitors can also stroll through interactive themed areas, watch the famous dancing lights show on Livingstone Lake, sing along to your favourite holiday classics at the Festival Stage, listen to stories and take a selfie with Santa, light a candle at the Make-A-Wish candle grotto, or simply warm up with a specialty beverage at the new licensed fireside lounge.
When: December 1 to January 7, 2017
Time: 4:30 to 9 pm, until 10 pm between December 15 and December 24
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
Price: $15.24 for adults, $8.57 for children. Available online.
What: The provincial government’s Robson Square Ice Rink is slated to reopen on December 1 for the 2017/2018 season, and as per tradition skating is free for all ages for those who bring their own skates. Those without skates can rent a pair on-site. A concession stand on the side will also serve warm drinks and snacks.
When: December 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018
Time: 9 am to 9 pm from Sunday to Thursday; 9 am to 11 pm on Friday and Saturday
Where: 800 Robson Street, Vancouver (Robson Street & Howe Street)
Cost: Free for all ages if you bring your own skates. Skate rentals are $4, and rentals end 30 minutes before closing time.
Note: Helmets are mandatory for children 12 years and under. Robson Square Ice Rink accepts cash only.
What: The event allows merchants and community groups from the Steveston area to show off their creative talents by decorating their own Christmas trees, which will be on display inside the historic cannery for a friendly competition. Favourite designs are decided by votes, and the winners take a prize. The multi-day festival kicks off on December 1 at the Cannery Farmers’ Market, and runs right through until New Years Eve.
What: The annual Gingerbread Lane features more than 30 gingerbread creations designed by secondary schools, professionals, and amateur culinary artists. As well as providing a welcome dose of holiday feels, the event also helps to raise money local charities with more than $80,000 secured during its 26 year history to date.
When: December 1 to 29, 2017
Where: Hyatt Regency Vancouver – 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver
What: The Toque Fundraiser and Craft Fair raises funds for Western Front, an artist-run centre for contemporary art and new music based in Vancouver. The centre produces and presents visual art, exhibitions, concerts and workshops, media-art residencies, and performance art. The Toque Fundraiser and Craft Fair showcases a curated selection of designers and artists, as well as offering shopping, a back deck barbecue, and bake sale.
When: December 1 to 3, 2017
Time: Friday from 6 pm to 10 pm, both weekend days from 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Luxe Hall at Western Front – 303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver
What: A huge Christmas tree will light up Robson Square, and people will celebrate the holiday season with free snacks, photos with Santa, and a holiday concert. You can also Buy-a-Bulb to raise funds for the Vancouver International Children’s Festival. For $5 you can purchase five bulbs to help light the tree, or you can get 15 for $10.
When: Tree lighting is Friday, December 1; tree remains lit throughout December 2017
Time: Tree lighting on December 1, 2017 from 5 to 7 pm
Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
What: Originally a stand-up comedian, Seinfeld was catapulted to stardom in the 1990s with the success of his now legendary sitcom Seinfeld. Since the show ended its nine-year run in 1998, Seinfeld returned to stand-up comedy and in 2009, began a successful web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
When: Friday, December 1, 2017
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Abbotsford Centre Tickets – 33800 King Rd, Abbotsford