Christmas in Vancouver is the most wonderful time of the year as the tree-lined streets of downtown and around town become adorned in lights and other festive displays. From parades to holiday themed markets, we have the city’s most comprehensive Christmas coverage.
The annual Rogers Santa Clause Parade in Vancouver brings in close to 300,000 people to the downtown core to watch Santa and his reindeer march through the downtown streets.
The 50-foot tree will be the tallest Christmas tree in the city.
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.
Thousands of seasonal revellers will descend upon Yaletown as the neighbourhood welcomes back downtown Vancouver’s sweetest winter festival.
From Robson Street to the Sheraton Wall Centre, hotels and offices will have some amazing festive displays. The Trinity Street light display in East Vancouver are always impressive.
From the annual Pan Pacific Christmas Wish Breakfast to the countless charities 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.
If you live in a condo, chances are you aren’t allowed to have a real tree, however, for those of you who can, there are plenty of tree lots around the city to get a real tree this Christmas. Check out our guide on where to buy real Christmas trees in Vancouver.
The beloved annual Vancouver Christmas Market will be celebrating its fifth anniversary in the heart of downtown at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza starting November 22 and will run until Christmas Eve.
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.
Chinatown Mall is Vancouver’s original pop up streetwear marketplace, occurring seasonally in historic Chinatown.
They work with the best emerging artists, artisans, brands, collectors, curators, designers & shops to create a unique shopping concept targeting Vancouver’s ever growing streetwear community.
Vancouver largest indie craft fair’s holiday edition happens over two days and aims to bring together a community that fosters handmade and DIY culture. The fair features over 75 handmade designers, craft workshops, tasty treats, music, free swag bags and more!
Image: Ugly Christmas Sweater via Shutterstock
It’s never too early to plan for the biggest night out in the city, this holiday season, make sure to grab your tickets to the NYE party of your choice. Check out our guide to NYE 2015 Parties in Vancouver.
Where: 4035 North Road, Burnaby (North of Lougheed Hwy on the West Side of North Road)
Phone: 604-868-5512 (call for private bookings and corporate team building events)
There are plenty of concerts happening this holiday season. From big to small we have covered them all. Check out our listings for more concert information.
Follow the fearless female heroine, Clara, as her Christmas dream becomes magical reality. Danced to Tchaikovsky’s glorious music, Clara’s turn-of-the-century stately mansion becomes a whirlwind fantasy of live toy soldiers, dancing mice and a mischievous bear who steals the Christmas pudding. Tickets here.
FlyOver Canada transforms into a winter wonderland this holiday season as we take guests on a magical journey with Santa across Canada and on to the North Pole – from December 5 to January 6.
In addition to the special Christmas edition of the ride, they’ve got Christmas decorations, holiday music, lights, hot drinks, festive food and more!
Three hours of Christmas family fun featuring Stanley Park’s Bright Nights Display and Van Dusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights.
Metro Vancouver’s most beloved Holiday music tradition plays to sold out houses in South Delta, Burnaby, the North Shore, Surrey and downtown Vancouver. Get your tickets early.
The most fun you can have with your knitwear on. Celebrate a season of sweateriness with the original Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. It’s your opportunity to showcase your ugliest, loudest, jingle-bell-est sweater and grant a wish for a seriously ill child.
Music fest, selfie and holiday lights at Surrey City Centre.
Open from December 1 until, likely, the end of February 2015, go skating in the heart of downtown!
Holiday dates and times
Where: 800 Robson Street, Vancouver (Robson & Howe)
Bring your family to Santa’s Workshop and meet reindeer, or take a sleigh-ride through our mystical alpine forest. You can also experience the tranquil beauty of skating on our 8,000 square foot mountaintop Ice Skating Pond, surrounded by snow-topped trees.
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.
Celebrate the holidays with your aquatic friends and experience a winter wonderland like no other.
Start your visit by entering the giant walk-through Christmas tree in the Ocean Courtyard and see if you can make your way through the outdoor maze of decorated trees.
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