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 feet 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: Friday, November 27 – Sunday, January 3, 2016; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
What: Back once again on Queen Elizabeth Plaza, this bustling temporary alpine village will once again boast unique eats, handcrafted goods, and lots of fun for kids young and young-at-heart alike. The Vancouver Christmas Market will run from November 21 to December 24, and will have over 50 vendors selling gift-able treats from holiday ornaments to handmade toys.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Plaza, 650 Hamilton Street
When: November 21 to December 24, 2015, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on December 24)
What: Grouse Mountain becomes a holiday mecca during December for the Peak of Christmas, featuring Santa and his elves, live reindeer, sleigh rides, ice skating on the outdoor rink, all in the outdoor alpine beauty.
Where: Grouse Mountain – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
What: An original piece of art makes a very memorable Christmas gift all art lovers will enjoy. Pick out any one of the unique pieces created by students at Emily Carr University during their annual Student Art Sale.
Where: Emily Carr University of Art + Design – 1399 Johnston Street, Vancouver
When: Friday, November 27 to Sunday, November 29; noon to 5 p.m.
What: Now in its 9th year, this weekly market offers visitors locally-grown fruit and vege, meat, and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, artisan cheese and bread, herbs and seasonal nursery items, baked goods, prepared foods and artisanal craft.
Where: Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario Street
When: Saturdays, November 7 to April 23, 2016 (excluding December 26); 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
What: Christmas on the Drive is produced by the Commercial Drive Business Society and is a free event for local families and community residing in the Grandview-Woodland Area. This popular event is back for another exciting day filled with the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Christmas. Pictures with Santa, Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides, Food Carts, Interactive Kids Activities, Carolers and the Christmas Tree Lighting!
What: The fair will consist of various booths and boutiques where vendors will sell their handmade products. These include pottery items, jewelries, soaps, and much more. There will also be gift-wrapping, a Christmas card station, and raffle prizes. You can bring your gifts and get them wrapped or come down to find the perfect Christmas gift! The proceeds raised from the Christmas Craft Fair will go directly to supporting Kidney Stone Research.
Where: Robson Square Gallery Room – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
What: To celebrate the news that Nike now delivers in Canada, this weekend, the sports giant will be dropping Nike.com Live in Vancouver: a massive shipping crate that brings Nike.com products and services to life for everyone to see, touch, and experience.
Where: 555 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
When: Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, November 29; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
What: Santa Claus will be arriving at Metropolis at Metrotown straight from the North Pole, moving into SantaLand on Friday, November 20th and staying until Christmas Eve. As always, children are encouraged to drop off their letters to Santa at Santa’s mailbox. Just make sure to include a return address and Santa might write back!New this year: Interact with our giant light curtain by choosing your favourite snowflake pattern!
Where: Metropolis at Metrotown – 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
When: Santa arrives November 20 unti December 24. Click here for hours.
What: The Arts Club has been putting on It’s a Wonderful Life for so many years it has now become an annual Christmas tradition. “George Bailey performs countless good deeds for friends and townsfolk in Bedford Falls, yet all that seems to count for naught when he faces financial adversity. At George’s most woeful moment, his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody, swoops in to remind him that faith, hope, and family make life truly wonderful.” – The Arts Club
Where: Granville Island Stage – 1585 Johnston Street, Vancouver
When: Now until December 26; evening and matinee productions
What: The Heritage Christmas event is full to the brim with traditional holiday trappings, with brilliant strings of lights lining every building, branch, and bough. Carollers, musicians, dancers, and more will entertain the crowds, and children and adults alike can take part in crafts, baking, theatre performances, and a visit with Santa himself. As always, the famous Burnaby Village Carousel will be offering rides on their authentic 18th Century merry-go-round.
Where: Burnaby Village Museum – 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
What: Over three million dazzling lights decorate acres of the dark forest, reaching as high as the forest canopy. The attraction is also accompanied by musics, snacks, entertainment and even visits with Santa and his elves.
Where: Miniature railway area at Stanley Park, Vancouver
What: The heart-warming, Academy Award®-winning tale that has captivated the world is now told LIVE and skating into the B.C. area! Audiences will be magically whisked away into the wintery world of Arendelle by dazzling special effects and astonishing skating as you sing and dance along to instant Disney classics such as “Let It Go” and “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” Join royal sisters Anna and Elsa, the hilarious snowman Olaf, Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, and the mystical trolls, as they journey to discover that true love is the most magical power of all.
Where: Pacific Coliseum – 100 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver
When: Wednesday, November 25 to Sunday, November 29; various times
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