11 places to take a holiday selfie in Vancouver

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Everyone knows you’re going to take one, so we’re just making it a lot easier.

The selfie season is upon us – well, the selfie season is always upon us, but just go with it, okay? – and there are some downright fabulous places to snap a picture of yourself in Vancouver (that aren’t on your couch after eating a pound of turkey).

Head out to any of these selfie-safe holiday locations for your next Instagram post:

The Christmas tree at Jack Poole Plaza

  • What: Centrally-located and free to enter, the 50-foot Christmas Tree at Jack Poole Plaza is an easy place to stop and get in that holiday selfie before it’s too late.
  • Where: 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
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VanDusen Garden Festival of Lights

  • What: There are plenty of selfie-worthy spots to stop and snap a picture inside the Festival of Lights. Make sure you look for good lighting as to avoid those awful grainy photos.
  • Where: 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
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The carousel at Vancouver Christmas Market

  • What: While visiting the Vancouver Christmas Market, grab a hot cup of mulled wine and hop on board the fancy-dancy carousel.
  • Where: 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
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Capilano Suspension Bridge’s Canyon Lights

  • What: Over on the North Shore, head to Canyon Lights for a mystical walk through a Christmas forest, complete with more lights than you can count. If you dare to pause, snap a selfie while crossing the famed Suspension Bridge.
  • Where: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
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Lights of Hope at St. Paul’s Hospital

  • What: Walking up or down Burrard Street? Stop for a quick selfie outside St. Paul’s Hospital’s Lights of Hope display, and consider donating to the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation.
  • Where: 1081 Burrard Street
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Bright Nights at Stanley Park

  • What: Three million twinkling lights will provide the backdrop to your selfie at Bright Nights. Come prepared for lighting challenges due to no daylight.
  • Where: Stanley Park Train, Stanley Park
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Meeting Santa

  • What: You’re never too big to go see Santa, and the merry man will gladly pose for a selfie with you if you’ve been extra good this year.
  • Where: Malls and events around Metro Vancouver
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Gingerbread Lane at the Hyatt Regency

  • What: Make your next selfie a charitable one and head to the gingerbread house display at the Hyatt Regency to vote on your favourite gingerbread house while offering a donation to Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon.
  • Where: 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver
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Four Seasons or Shangri-La Hotel lobby

  • What: Hotel lobbies always go all-out with Christmas decorations. Stop by the Four Seasons or Shangri-La for some professionally designed Christmas flair.
  • Where: Four Seasons: 791 West Georgia Street. Shangri-La Hotel: 1128 West Georgia Street

On the seawall with snowy mountains in the background

  • What: Nothing says “Vancouver Christmas” like a selfie snapped on the seawall featuring the snowy North Shore mountains behind. Go on a clear day for best visuals.
  • Where: Anywhere on north end of seawall from Siwash Rock to Brockton Point

At a #VanKiss Mistletoe spot

  • What: The Vancouver holiday tradition where mysterious mistletoe is hung around the city, prompting people to share a smooch and take a picture, is back.
  • Where: Locations all around Vancouver. Keep your eyes peeled!
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