A magical (and free!) holiday festival is taking over Commercial Drive

Nov 19 2019, 8:00 am

It’s one of Vancouver’s most colourful neighbourhoods, and that’s before they’ve gone and sprinkled the streets with seasonal cheer!

Crammed full of culture, culinary delights, and cool bars, this 22 block stretch of East Van is home to more than 300 different shops, as well as Van City’s iconic Little Italy.

We are of course talking about Commercial Drive (aka The Drive).

And as if you needed any more of an excuse to pay this eclectic East Van strip a visit, the vibrant neighbourhood gets a dose of seasonal festive spirit in the form of the ever enjoyable Christmas on The Drive on Sunday, November 24, which is now celebrating its seventh year.

Santa in good spirits/Christmas on The Drive

You can expect all of the traditional festive fare such as horse-drawn carriage rides, a spectacular tree lighting finale, and even a visit from Santa himself.

There’s also live music, and everyone who attends will even get free hot chocolate and treats.

Merchants and music/Christmas on The Drive

There’s also live music and entertainment, plus a kids zone with face painters, balloons, and so much more. And did we mention the complimentary hot chocolate and treats?

After you’ve had your fill of Holiday Cheer, you can even use this handy Christmas Guide to find out what all of the merchants have on offer this holiday season and get a kick start on your shopping ahead of Santa season.

Tree lighting finale/Christmas on The Drive

It’s basically Christmas, but done in true Commercial Drive style, which is exactly why we’ll be hitting up this holiday-themed event this weekend.

Remember to check out what merchants have planned this holiday season, The Drive Christmas Guide.

Christmas on The Drive 2019

When: Sunday, November 24
Time: 2 to 5 pm
Where: Grandview Park – 1657 Charles Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free!