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21 things to do in Vancouver this week: December 8 to 12, 2014

DH Vancouver Staff Dec 08, 2014 12:58 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.

12 Bars of Christmas Pub Crawl Series

  • What: 4 nights of holiday pub crawl fun with 3 stops per night
  • Where: Various bars in downtown Vancouver
  • When: December 9 to December 28

VanDusen Festival of Lights

  • What: 1.4 million twinkling lights + Santa + Scandinavian Christmas Elves
  • Where: VanDusen Botanical Gardens
  • When: December 10 to January 4

Karaoke Christmas Lights Vancouver Trolley Tour

  • What: A three hour trolley ride through Vancouver with Christmas karaoke + 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. daily
  • When: December 10 to December 30

Pan Pacific Christmas Wish Breakfast

  • What: Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the hotel for the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau and receive a hot buffet breakfast on the house + live entertainment + Global TV personalities
  • Where: Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver
  • When: December 11 from 6 to 9 a.m.

Lumière Festival

  • What: Walking and free trolley tours of new and expanded lighting installations + live entertainment + street activations
  • Where: Yaletown and West End
  • When: December 11 to December 13

Christmas at Canada Place

  • What: Historic Woodward’s Windows + Rudolph’s Theatre + Christmas Crafts + Avenue of Christmas Trees
  • Where: Canada Place
  • When: December 13 to December 31

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy 2014

  • What: Shop the work of 20+ artists in the world of fashion + art + design
  • Where: Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street
  • When: December 13 to December 14

Got Craft?

  • What: Vancouver’s largest indie craft fair
  • Where: Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street
  • When: December 13 to December 14

SantaCon 2014

  • What: Dress as Santa and take to the streets & bars of Vancouver!
  • Where: Meet at St. Augustine’s, 2360 Commercial Drive at noon
  • When: Saturday, December 13

Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium

  • What: Shop locally grown produce and enjoy hot food trucks, live music and more
  • Where: Nat Bailey Stadium
  • When: Every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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 11 p.m. from now until January 4

Vancouver Christmas Market

  • What: Authentic outdoor German Christmas village and market
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
  • When: Open daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. until December 24

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: Now until January 4

Peak of Christmas

  • What: Sleigh rides, outdoor ice skating, real reindeer, a gingerbread village, and more all atop the Peak of Vancouver
  • Where: Grouse Mountain
  • When: Now until December 24

Canyon Lights

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

Dundarave Festival of Lights

  • What: Walk through the magical Christmas tree forest at Dundarave Park lit every day at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy concerts and other activities on Saturdays from noon to dusk.
  • Where: Dundarave Park in West Vancouver
  • When: Now until January 3.

Robson Square Skating

  • What: Saunter the open-air rink on skates. FREE if you bring your own skates!
  • Where: Robson Square
  • When: December 1 to February 28

Gingerbread Lane

  • What: 30+ unique gingerbread house displays including an 11ft gingerbread house, supporting Make a Wish Foundation
  • Where: Hyatt Vancouver
  • When: December 3 to January 1

Carol Ships Parade of Lights

  • What: 50+ decorated boats with more than 100,000 Christmas lights sail around Vancouver
  • Where: Around Vancouver
  • When: Please visit their website for the full list of sailing locations this week

Shipyards Christmas Market North Vancouver

  • What: Shop over 50 local artisans and enjoy an outdoor light display, hot food trucks, and live music
  • Where: The Shipyards, Wallace Mews Road (at the foot of Lonsdale Ave)
  • When: Fridays 5 to 9 p.m., Saturdays noon to 8 p.m., Sundays noon to 6 p.m.

Holiday Hi-Light Festival

  • What: See the Park & Tilford Gardens illuminate with over 50,000 Christmas lights and enjoy a visit with Santa, hot chocolate and cookies, face painting, and roaming characters. Entry is by donation to the North Vancouver District Fire Fighters Charitable Society.
  • Where: Park & Tilford in North Vancouver
  • When: The gardens light up every day at 4:30 p.m. Family night is December 12 from 6 to 9 p.m.


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


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