Holiday Happenings

Holiday Happenings

What to do in Vancouver over the holidays!

Due to province wide COVID-19 restrictions on all events and social gatherings in effect now until December 7, 2020, many of these events are temporarily unavailable – please visit the individual websites for updates and plan accordingly.

Where: Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver 
When: Nov. 20-Jan. 3 

Celebrate the festive season at Grouse Mountain’s annual Peak of Christmas, where the elves have been hard at work preparing the mountaintop to safely welcome you to Vancouver’s North Pole. Marvel at the light installations that bring radiance to the winter night on the Light Walk, and enjoy a walk or snowshoe among the glittering lights around Blue Grouse Lake. Santa won’t be visiting Grouse Mountain this year, but you can meet two of his real reindeer, Dancer and Vixen. Put on your skates and take a spin around the 8,000-square foot outdoor Skating Pond.

Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak St. 
When: Nov. 27-Jan. 3, 4-9:30 p.m. daily with designated entry times every 30 minutes 

Reimagined for 2020, visitors will have the opportunity to take in the festival and experience the wonder of the winter season in a magical outdoor garden setting. With themed areas, unique light features and holiday music, our new one-way path will take visitors through a memorable holiday experience. VanDusen Botanical Garden staff have worked closely with Vancouver Coastal Health and the provincial health officer to ensure this event can be experienced safely. 

Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park  3735 Capilano Rd., North Vancouver
When: Dec. 1-Jan. 3, 2021, 2-9 p.m. daily (closed Dec. 25) 

One of Metro Vancouver’s favourite holiday events returns with COVID safety measures in place. Cross the glowing suspension bridge, with the canyon and Capilano River illuminated with lights below, journey into the magical rainforest and walk high above the forest floor between the eight tallest Christmas trees in the world on Treetops Adventure. The mesmerizing Arc de Lumina light tunnel returns on Cliffwalk for that perfect Instagram moment. Kids of all ages can explore the park in search of lit snowy owls in a scavenger hunt with weekly prizes to be won. 

Where: Granville Island 
When: Until Jan. 3, 4-10 p.m. 

Stroll Granville Island’s holiday light display. From the famous public market to the Granville Island Hotel, lights across the almost 40-acre site make for a beautiful open-air stroll whether you are under the stars, or under an umbrella. Join us before or after at one of the great restaurants or bars on Granville Island, or come early for unique local shopping. 

Where: FlyOver Canada, 999 Canada Place 
When: Nov. 19-Jan. 3, 2021 

The Christmas season in Vancouver may be looking a little different this year, but a visit to FlyOver Canada should still be at the top of that list. The magical flight takes you across Canada and on to the North Pole. After your flight be sure to stop by the Flying Whale Waterfront Cafe for Christmas festivities and enjoy seasonal snacks, musical performances and a visit from Santa. 

Where: PNE Fairgrounds 
When: Dec. 11-13 and Dec. 17-23, 4-10 p.m. 

This new holiday celebration allows families to enjoy a magical journey with Santa from the safety of their vehicle. PNE WinterLights is a holiday experience filled with dazzling lights, special characters, live performers, seasonal food offerings, a Merry & Bright Forest along with nine special ‘lands’ filled with larger-than-life characters and holiday magic along the way. 

Where: 900 W. Georgia St. 
When: Nov. 27-Jan. 3, 2021 

The Festival of Trees Vancouver is a cherished community tradition dedicated to raising funds for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. The event will transform the hotel’s lobby into a festive winter wonderland, featuring a variety of Christmas trees that are decorated by the event’s sponsors. Trees are sponsored by local businesses, providing community organizations a wonderful option to give back this holiday season. COVID safety protocols will be in place, including mandatory wearing and appropriately distanced viewing spaces .

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