Top 10 Things to do this Christmas in Vancouver

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Update: See this year’s list – the Best Vancouver Christmas Events Guide 2013

Christmas is just around the corner and the month of December is filled with a lot of great events and activities to do in and around Metro Vancouver. Instead of listing them all we narrowed it down to our 10 favourite. Click on the links for more information.

1. The Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain: 8,000 square foot outdoor ice skating pond, Santa’s workshop  and much more all atop the peak of Vancouver.

2. The Vancouver Christmas Market: Last year’s market was extremely successful despite the fire and all. The Vancouver Christmas Market runs November 22 to December 24th outdoors at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza. Celebrating the rich and unique German culture with all who enter through the gates, the Vancouver Christmas Market is a showcase of traditional German crafts, delicious food, and entertainment for all ages.

3. Skating at Robson Square: The Robson Square Ice Rink will once again be opening for the 2013-2014 season. It’s open now until the end of February.

From November 15, 2013 to February 28, 2014

Dates and Times:

  • SUNDAY to THURSDAY: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
  • FRIDAY and SATURDAY: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Note:

  • *Skate rental ends 30 mins prior to close
  • *Cash only
  • *Helmets are mandatory for Children 12 years and under
  • *Check back for holiday hours
  • Skate and helmet rentals, and a concession stand are available on site.
  • Skating is free if you bring your own skates.
  • Rentals are available for a cost of $4

4. Bright Lights at Stanley Park: This year marks the 14th year of Bright Nights at Stanley Park. During the holiday season Stanley Park’s forest is adourned with 2 million lights transforming Vancouver’s crown jewel into a wonderful holiday winter wonderland.

5. Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge: CLIFFWALK, the park’s latest attraction and a hit with guests since it opened in June, brings an exciting new holiday thrill during the winter chill. The narrow 700-foot cliff-side walkway, split into ascending and descending staircases and viewing platforms takes guests along the colour-washed cliff-face, through an enchanting light display high above the rushing waters of Capilano River.

6. Karaoke Trolley Tour: From December 11 –  30 join The Vancouver Trolley Company and sing your favourite holiday carols while visiting two of Vancouver’s most spectacular light displays.

7. VanDusen Garden Festival of Lights

8. Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Jack Poole Plaza: This is the largest tree lighting ceremony in Western Canada, with a 50-foot Rockefeller-style Christmas tree that illuminates the dreary winter nights. Takes place December 6, 2013.

9. Woodward’s Windows: In the 60′s & 70′s in Vancouver, Christmas meant heading down to the Woodward’s Department Store with your family or sweetheart and seeing the display windows come to life with Santa, his elves, “The Lamplighter”, teddy bears and more. When Woodwards’ closed in 1993, Canada Place purchased the windows and since then they have been a part of the holiday magic at Canada Place adding nostalgia and romance to Christmas in Vancouver.

10. Christmas in Kerrisdale: Head to one of South Vancouver’s great neighbourhoods and soak in the sights and sounds of Christmas.

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