27 things to do this December in Vancouver

Dec 19 2017, 9:01 pm

Every month, the Cit compiles a list of Vancouver’s must-see events. This makes it easy to ensure that you’re always around ‘n about town experiencing all that Vancouver has to offer.

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We’ve drawn from various sources to make this calendar your monthly go-to list for all things Vancouver.

The Cit is pleased to release the December edition of your Vancouver Social Calendar. As always, if you have an event you’d like us to include, leave a comment below and submit it to our Events Calendar.

Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium

When: Nov 1 – Apr 25
Where: Nat Bailey Stadium, 4601 Ontario St.
What: Shop locally grown produce + enjoy hot food trucks + live music + more from 10am-2pm every Saturday

Vancouver Festival of Trees 

When: Nov 20 – Jan 4
Where: Four Seasons Hotel & Pacific Centre Mall
What: View spectacularly decorated trees in support of BC Children’s Hospital

Vancouver Christmas Market

When: Nov 22 – Dec 24
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
What: Authentic outdoor German Christmas village + market

Bright Nights in Stanley Park

When: Nov 27 – Jan 4
Where: Stanley Park
What: Ride the Stanley Park train to view 3 million twinkling lights, supporting The Burn Fund

The Peak of Christmas 

When: Nov 28 – Dec 24
Where: Grouse Mountain
What: Sleigh rides + outdoor ice skating + breakfast with Santa + real reindeer + gingerbread village + more!

Holiday Hi-Light Festival

When: Nov 28 – Dec 31
Where: Park & Tilford Gardens, North Vancouver
What: More than 50,000 Christmas lights + Family Night Dec 5, 12, 19 & 26 w/ Santa, hot chocolate, face painting + more, supporting North Vancouver Firefighters

Canyon Lights

When: Nov 29 – Jan 3
Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge
What: 250,000 sparkling lights + the world’s largest living Christmas tree + music + Winter Pavilion

Dundarave Festival of Lights

When: Nov 29 – Jan 3
Where: Dundarave Park, West Vancouver
Where: Magical Christmas tree forest + free concerts on Saturdays

Robson Square Skating 

When: Dec 1 – Feb 28
Where: Robson Square
What: Saunter the open-air rink on skates

Gingerbread Lane

When: Dec 3 – Jan 1
Where: Hyatt Vancouver
What: 30+ gingerbread house displays feat. an 11ft gingerbread house, supporting Make a Wish Foundation

make it! The Handmade Revolution

When: Dec 4 – 7
Where: PNE Forum
What: Shop unique, ethically made goods from top artisans from all over Canada + food carts + bar + funky music

Vancouver Tree Lighting Celebration

When: Dec 5, 5:30-7:00pm
Where: Jack Poole Plaza
What: Tree lighting + free concert + local celebrities + food vendors, supporting Kids Help Phone

Vancouver Craft Beer Week’s Holiday Beer Festival

When: Dec 5 at 6pm
Where: Studio East, 1480 Frances St.
What: 20 of the best craft breweries + live music + photobooth + ugly sweater contest

Carol Ships Parade of Lights

When: Dec 5 – 23
What: More than 50 decorated boats, with in excess of 100,000 lights sailing around Vancouver

Shipyards Christmas Market

When: Dec 5 – 7, 12 – 14 & 19 – 21
Where:The Shipyards, North Vancouver
What: Over 50 local artisans + food trucks + live music + an outdoor light display on Fridays 5-9pm, Saturdays 12-8pm & Sundays 12-6pm

Vancouver Farmers Market: Holiday Market

When: Dec 6, 10am – 4pm
Where: Croation Cultural Centre
What: Annual showcase of seasonal food and fine crafts from over 80 vendors

North Vancouver Christmas Festival

When: Dec 6, 5 – 8pm
Where: The Shipyards, North Vancouver
What: Skating rink + family activities + food trucks + free hot chocolate & coffee + carolers + Santa + lighting of the City’s Christmas tree

Rogers Santa Claus Parade

When: Dec 7 at 1pm
Where: Parade starts at Georgia and Broughton, travels east on Georgia to Howe, turns south on Howe, and finishes at Howe and Davie
What: 3,500 participants + more than 65 marching bands, choirs & festive floats

VanDusen Festival of Lights 

When: Dec 10 – Jan 4
Where: VanDusen Botanical Gardens
What: 1.4 million twinkling lights + Santa + Scandinavian Christmas Elves + community choir concerts

Karaoke Christmas Lights Vancouver Trolley Tour

When: Dec 10 – 30
Where: Pick-up at Canada Place 6:30pm daily
What: 3 Hrs of Christmas family fun feat. Stanley Park’s Bright Nights and Van Dusen Garden’s Festival of Lights

Christmas at Canada Place

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

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy 2014

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

Got Craft?

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

Winter Solstice Lantern Festival

When: Dec 21, 6-10pm
Where: Yaletown, Strathcona, Chinatown, Eastside & Granville Island
What: Festival illuminating the longest night of the year w/ lanterns + singing + dancing + more

CONTACT Winter Music Festival

When: Dec 26 & 27
Where: BC Place
What: Some of the world’s biggest DJ’s play Western Canada’s largest ever indoor festival

Krakit Holiday Themed Escape Game

When: November 27 to January 1
Where: 4035 North Road, Burnaby (North of Lougheed Hwy on the West Side of North Road)

Flyover Christmas at Canada Place

When: December 1 to January 6, 2015
Where: Canada Place, 999 Canada Place
What: 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

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