10 things to do in Vancouver if you hate the holidays

Dec 6 2016, 8:19 pm

Feeling like a bit of a Grinch this holiday season? While the whole city seems to be on “Christmas Mode” getting into the spirit is not for everyone.

If you need a break from Santa and decking the halls, here are 10 things to do if you’re not a fan of the festive season.

1. Go to the Movies

movie theatre


You can never go wrong with going to a movie. Bring a pal, grab a bucket of popcorn, and forget that the holidays are even here. Some of our suggestions are:

Alternatively, you can just Netflix and chill. Need some show recommendations? We’ve got you covered. 

2. Comedy Nights

Image: The Comedy Cave / Facebook

Image: The Comedy Cave / Facebook

In need of a laugh? Turns out December is a great time to check out comedy events in the city. Get rid of that Grinchy mood and treat yourself to some giggles. To help you out here is a list of 79 places to watch comedy in Vancouver.

3. Go to a Canucks game

Image: Vancouver Canucks

Image: Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks are having a rocky season, but watching hockey is something that has absolutely nothing to do with the holidays. Upcoming home games this month include:

  • December 16 – against the St. Louis Blues
  • December 18- against the Columbus Blue Jackets
  • December 20-against the Winnipeg Jets
  • December 22- against the Winnipeg Jets
  • December 28- against the LA Kings
  • December 30-against the Anaheim Ducks

4. Become a foodie

Aburi sushi from Miku (Lindsay William-Ross/Daily Hive)

Aburi sushi from Miku (Lindsay William-Ross/Daily Hive)

Why spend money on gifts when you can spend it on food? Vancouver has some amazing places to grab a bite (and a drink). Some suggestions to get you started:

5. Winter hiking

Image: Lighthouse Park / Shutterstock

Image: Lighthouse Park / Shutterstock

We are lucky to live in a city where you can hike all year round. Take your mind off of the holiday stress and enjoy some picturesque views instead. It’s important to note that although these hikes open for winter, use discretion, and bring the right gear before you attempt them. Some suggested winter hikes:

6. Head to the slopes

Vancouver Winter Forecast

Grouse Mountain/Shutterstock

Vancouver saw its first snow fall and this is obviously great news for the slopes. After all, zipping down Grouse on your skis or snowboard is a much better time than being stuck in a mall trying to get your last minute Christmas shopping done. Mountains around the city to check out:

7. Check out an art show


Image: Courtesy of iHeart

From Sell Out Featuring iHeart to Make+Shift, there are plenty of great art shows this month. Check out a list of this month’s art shows here. 

8. Go to a concert

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Let loose, enjoy some great live music, and forget the holidays even exist. Here are 16 concerts you can check out in December

9. Explore the Tri-Cities on the Evergreen Extension

The SkyTrain’s Evergreen Extension is finally up and running. Explore what the Tri-Cities have to offer! Here is some helpful reading before you go:

10. Try something new

There are so many random events happening in Vancouver all the time. Why not try out Latin dance lessons or go on a Gastown photo walk? Check out all of the ‘Odds and Ends’ you can try in the city here.

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