What: The 7th annual authentic German-inspired Christmas Market creates the perfect atmosphere to get into the holiday spirit. Find a selection of traditional food and drinks, and broke vendors offering authentic wood carvings and toys, knitted goods, nutcrackers, pottery, and other unique gifts.
Where: Jack Poole Plaza – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
What: Enchant 2016 brings the world’s largest Christmas light maze to the heart of Vancouver, combined with a bustling local vendor market, live performances, warming seasonal eats and drinks, and much more.
Where: 1st and Crowe Street, between the Cambie Street Bridge and Olympic Village
No matter where you live in the city, there’s a good chance the jolly ol’ elf isn’t too far away. He’s gracing Metro Vancouver malls with his presence until Christmas Eve, so be sure to check out our list and pay him a visit.
What: More than three million dazzling lights decorate hectares of the dark forest, reaching high as the forest canopy for Bright Nights in Stanley Park. There’s also a train ride, music, snacks, entertainment, and visits with Santa and his elves.
What: A longstanding annual tradition at St. Paul’s Hospital is back: Over 100,000 light bulbs, spanning a length of more than 10 kilometres, will be turned on for the Christmas-time Lights of Hope charity campaign supporting the hospital’s initiatives.
Where: St. Paul’s Hospital – 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver
What: Experience a North Vancouver tradition, as thousands of twinkling lights illuminate the iconic suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, and other areas of the park, during Canyon Lights.
Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge – 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
When: Until January 8.
Tickets: $13.95 to $39.95; admission is free for kids under 6
What: A North Vancouver has been lighting up with over 100,000 lights each Christmas for a few years, all for a good cause. The homeowners welcome visitors but encourage a donation to the Harvest Project in return.
Where: 4967 Chalet Place, North Vancouver
When: Until January 6. The house is illuminated nightly at 5:30 pm.
What: Scuba Claus is back in town for another underwater adventure at the Vancouver Aquarium. He’ll be making special trips to deliver gifts to the most deserving creates in the sea while entertaining guests on the other side of the glass. Once that’s done, you can catch a showing of the Polar Express in 4-D.
Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
What: FlyOver Canada transforms into a magical winter wonderland. Have fun helping Santa search for his missing elves during an exhilarating flight across Canada and on to the North Pole.
Where: 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
When: Now until January 2
Stay active (even though it’s cold out)
Image: Robson Square
Go skating at Robson Square
What: The Robson Square Ice Rink brings free skating (with your own skates) to downtown until the end of February. If you don’t have skates, rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks.
Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Square, Vancouver
When: Daily, from 9 am to 9 pm Sunday to Thursday, and from 9 am to 11 pm, Fridays and Saturdays.
What: The Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Club is one of the largest and oldest Polar Bear Clubs in the world. Its initial swim was in 1920, when a small number of hardy swimmers took the plunge into English Bay on New Year’s Day.
What: Presented by Tourism Vancouver, the Dine Out Vancouver festival comes complete with a full 17-day schedule of delicious events that provide festivalgoers with unique culinary experiences to please their palate.
What: The festival attracts some of the biggest industry names from around the world and is firmly established as the continent’s premier wine event and among the biggest, best and oldest wine events in the world. It features wine tastings and pairings, gourmet dinners and luncheons, educational seminars and culinary competitions, and benefits bard on the beach.
What: The third annual Best Sommelier of BC competition sees 16 competitors going head to head to see who’s the best in the BC wine world. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or not, this is one competition you don’t want to miss.
Where: Centre Ice Club at Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
What: After 2016’s inaugural event that brought over 80,000 attendees, making it the largest NYE celebration in Canada, this year’s event is poised to be even bigger and better than before complete with free live music, two fireworks shows, and more.
What: Chutzpah! The Lisa Nemetz International Jewish Performing Arts Festival is the Lower Mainland’s winter music, dance, comedy and theatre festival presenting international, national and local artists.