5 Christmas things you need to see before the holidays are over

Dec 22 2016, 12:40 am

‘Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the city, the millennials were shopping and staying quite busy.

It’s to be expected, with the holidays creeping up behind us all through the month, we’re now pushed into panic mode as we struggle to buy our gifts, decorate the house, and see everyone we promised to see.

But it’s the holidays. A time to relax with family and friends. A time to get out and appreciate the season and soak in a little Christmas-time joy.

So if you haven’t done it yet – get out there. And if you don’t know where to go to get in the Christmas spirit, we’ve got a list of five seasonal activities.

Woodward’s Windows


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These window displays evoke the nostalgic feeling of Christmas in a way that few others in Vancouver can. Originally displayed in the Woodward’s department store windows, these displays are now showcased in the windows on the west side of Canada Place.

Sails of Light

For a Christmas display that’s definitely West Coast, you should head over to see the Sails of Light, also at Canada Place. Its white sails will be illuminated with Christmas-inspired colours and designs – so even if you don’t go just to see the sails, you can still get a nice look as you walk by.

15 foot snow globe

snow globe

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If you missed the 15 foot snow globe when it stopped by the Enchant Light Maze and Market, you can get another chance for a snow globe selfie. This snow globe is at Canada Place, and you can take your festive photos by providing a donation to the Strathcona Community Centre’s Food Security for Children program.

Rudolph’s Theatre

If you need a break from the stress of shopping, or you just want to rest your feet a while, then you should definitely stop by Rudolph’s Theatre at Canada Place. The theatre will be playing free classic Christmas movies indoors, so you can watch your favourite show and stay a little warmer too.

Avenue of Christmas trees

avenue of trees

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Nothing says Christmas more than Christmas trees. The Canadian Trail at Canada Place is home to the Avenue of Christmas trees – a line up of beautifully decorated trees sponsored by different community groups.

You probably noticed all these Christmas events are taking place at Canada Place. That’s because they’re part of the Christmas at Canada Place holiday display. It includes everything in the list above, along with activities like arts and crafts, and Christmas at FlyOver Canada.

The display is going on until December 30, so if you’re just too busy before Christmas, you can always get some yuletide spirit in afterwards. Everything is free, except for the snow globe, which is by donation, and FlyOver Canada, which you need tickets for.

Don’t go on December 24 and 25 though – the display will be closed on those days.

Daily Hive is a proud media sponsor of Christmas at Canada Place

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