It’s the most wonderful time of year again, where the city lights up and the Christmas cheer begins! Amongst the chaos of the holiday season, one of the most magical and inner child-provoking activities has to be exploring the many Christmas light displays around Vancouver. With so many options to choose from, you’re sure to find yourself in a glittery winter wonderland at some point this season. Whether it be a family outing, a friendly get together with the crew, or a romantic night out, there’s a place for you to explore this Christmas.
Here are some of the options in and around the lower mainland!
Capilano Suspension Bridge – North Shore
Open year round, the Capilano Suspension Bridge puts on a spectacular show with its Canyon Lights throughout the holiday season. Along with the suspension bridge, the rest of the park is decorated with tens and thousands of lights and displays. After some exploration, make your way to the craft tent for more Christmas activities! If you’re a local, don’t forget to show your BC licence for a yearly pass for the cost your admission price!
When: November 23 – January 28
Location: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
Admission: Admission varies, click here for more information
Lafarge Lake – Coquitlam
This is the lower mainland’s largest free outdoor light celebration. Located in the heart of Coquitlam, take a stroll around the beautiful lake or join in the many free activities! Lafarge Lake can be easily accessed from the Evergreen Line as well.
When: November-January 21
Location: Lafarge Lake, Coquitlam
Bright Nights Christmas Train – Stanley Park
Vancouver’s beautiful Stanley Park is even more wondrous lit up in twinkling Christmas lights. Take the delightful mini railway through the forest and be taken on a magical Christmas journey, on the Bright Nights Christmas Train.
When: November 30-January 6
Location: Stanley Park, Vancouver
Grouse Mountain – North Shore
What gets you into the Christmas spirit than snowy mountains, warm drinks by the fire and the twinkling of Christmas lights on the mountain side? Visit Grouse Mountain for a white Christmas this year! Loaded with different activities, you’re sure to have a great time with friends and family.
When: November 24-January 7
Location: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Admission: Admission varies, click here for more information.
The Winter Solstice Lantern Festival – Vancouver
Do you remember that scene in Disney’s Tangled, where the sky fills with glowing lanterns and you get all warm and fuzzy inside? You too can experience that in three different locations around downtown Vancouver. With the choice of Yaletown, Chinatown or Granville Island, the city will come alive for the Winter Solstice celebrations with a night full of entertainment and activities to experience.
When: December 21
Locations: Gathering Place Community Centre (Yaletown), Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (Chinatown), Various locations in Granville Island
Admission: Admission varies, click here for more information.
VanDusen Festival of Lights – Vancouver
One of the most beautiful spots here in Vancouver, VanDusen Botanical Gardens puts on a spectacular light show every year, with over one million twinkling Christmas lights on display. Your ticket also includes a magical carousel ride!
When: December 1-January 7
Location: 5151 Oak Street, Vancouver
Admission: Admission varies, click here for more information.
So make your plans, grab a cup of hot chocolate and set aside an evening to let your inner child run free and enjoy the spirit of the holiday season under a blanket of twinkling wonder!
Maybe you’re only in Vancouver for a day before your cruise ship leaves from Canada Place, or are in the city for business and have only a few free hours to explore. In any case, if you’re only in Vancouver for a day and want to make sure to get the most out of your time here, this itinerary will ensure that you hit all the best spots in the city without having to travel outside of the downtown area.
Start your morning off right with the most important meal of the day – brunch! Vancouver’s got some great places to eat breakfast, whether you’re planning an early morning wakeup or a looking to get a late start to the day. Some great places to check out include Brioche, Jam Café, Medina Café, Chewies’ Steam & Oyster Bar, Pure Bread and more – check out our “Top 5 Breakfast Spots Near the Vancouver Lookout” post for more information.
Originally named after steamboat captain “Gassy” Jack Deighton, Gastown is a unique neighborhood in the city offering plenty of restaurants and boutiques steeped in a historic setting. Walk down Water Street along cobblestone sidewalks and explore shops, galleries, bars, and restaurants, all while taking in the historic architecture that gives this district of Vancouver its unique charm. The famous Gastown steam clock is also located along Water Street, so be sure to stop and watch as it blows a whistle of steam every 15 minutes, or plays Westminster Chimes on the hour.
11AM Vancouver Lookout
Enjoy a 360 view of the city like you’ve never seen before from 553 feet in the air at the Vancouver Lookout! From the top of the tower located in the Harbour Centre, you’ll get a breathtaking view of the city, downtown core, famous Vancouver landmarks, coastal mountains, and beyond. Get a free guided tour around the observation deck to learn more about the city and the various attractions. Stop here for some great photos of Vancouver from the sky during the day, and then return with the same ticket at night for the sunset and night time view.
No visit to Vancouver is complete without trying some aburi oshi (pressed and seared) sushi! Make your way down towards Canada Place to Miku Restaurant, where the aburi oshi craze began. Located right along the water, you will be dining with a beautiful view of the water and the mountains.
However, if you are on a budget, you can find the same style of sushi within Downtown Vancouver’s the financial district for a fraction of the price at Yui’s Japanese Bistro – which was opened by ex-chefs of Miku Restaurant!
Located in the Fairmont Pacific Rim, Giovane Cafe is known for their sugar buns – a light and fluffy sugar bun, filled with a velvety and cloud-like cream filling. They offer their original flavour, as well as a rotating seasonal flavour. But get there early, because they sell out quick!!
1PM Vancouver Art Gallery
Located right in the centre of downtown, the Vancouver Art Gallery is the largest gallery in Western Canada, and makes a great stop if you want to check out the Vancouver art scene. Step out of the bustling city and take in the ever changing curated exhibitions, featuring both Canadian and International works of art from world renowned artists. Have more time? Check out some other the other great galleries Vancouver has to offer, such as the Bill Reid Gallery in Gastown, or the Museum of Anthropology located on the UBC campus.
3PM Granville Island
Located in False Creek, Granville Island the place to go if you are looking for great food and quaint shops. The island is home to an extensive public market, many boutiques, shops, and art studios, as well as a marina and some nice restaurants. The island is also a great place to visit with kids, as it boasts a large kids market and a free waterpark complete with a waterslide. Stroll through the Public Market where you will find lots of fresh produce and food! If you have space in your tummy, check out A La Mode for their Clam Chowder Pot Pie.
Whether you snack your way through the Public Market, peruse the boutiques and galleries that line the streets, or simply stop for some ice cream, a trip to Granville Island always has something for everyone.
6PM Stanley Park
There really is no better way to experience the natural beauty of Vancouver’s temperate rainforests than by visiting Stanley Park. As Stanley Park is a large expanse of forest located just steps away from the downtown core, you can experience the “wild” side of BC without leaving the city centre! Explore over 400 hectares of urban park by biking or walking the seawall — a 22 kilometer pathway that wraps along the coast from Coal Harbour all the way to Kitsilano Beach. If you choose to cycle, it will take about an hour to complete the Stanley Park loop along the seawall, and there are many places to rent bikes within the downtown area.
Stop by the Teahouse in Stanley Park for a fine dining dinner experience.
7PM English Bay
Enjoy all that the Pacific Ocean has to offer by spending the evening watching the sunset at English Bay. Vancouver boasts some of the best beaches in the world, and a trip to the city wouldn’t be complete without visiting one. Be sure to pose with the A-maze-ing Laughter statues while you are there!
8PM Vancouver Lookout
Come back to visit the Vancouver Lookout and see the stunning night lights with your all-day ticket. Don’t forget your camera!
If you’ve been following the local news at all, you’ll know that the talk of the town in Vancouver since early December has been snow and ice – and salt. Although winters in Vancouver are usually known to be mild and rainy, this year we’ve been getting snowfall after snowfall. And while the residents may complain, for tourist it means you can finally enjoy a true Canadian winter right in the city.
Hit the Mountains
Vancouver is renowned for its proximity to mountains that offer all kinds of winter (and summer) activities. Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour are located across from Vancouver on the North Shore, and have been getting lots of snow this year. All are quickly reached from downtown Vancouver, and offer lessons, rentals and night time skiing, as well as many other winter activities.
Cypress Mountain offers the highest vertical rise of the North Shores. It is the most popular with locals, with amazing views and the greatest number of expert runs. Having hosted the freestyle skiing and snowboarding events for the 2010 Winter Olympics, it also boasts 5 terrain parks. If cross-country is more your thing, you’ll find 19km of trails, as well as snowshoe trails.
Grouse Mountain is one of Vancouver’s biggest attractions, where the Skyride Gondola will bring you right to the top. It offers great skiing, again with amazing views, but if you prefer a more relaxed day, Grouse Mountain is the place for you. Excellent dining, a theatre, snowshoeing, zip-lining and even skating await you at the Peak of Vancouver.
The eastern-most mountain, Mount Seymour is perhaps lesser known with tourists. A great choice for families or beginners, it receives the most snowfall of the North Shores, and also has snowshoeing, tobogganing and snow tubing.
Unlike most of Canada, winters in Vancouver rarely dip below freezing, making outdoor ice skating rather unlikely. Luckily, we’ve got Robson Square Ice Rink, right in the heart of downtown. Located next to the Vancouver Art Gallery, steps from the Robson Street shopping district, it is open from 9am to 9pm daily (11pm on Friday and Saturday). With free access to the rink and $4 skate rentals, skating at Robson Square is a Vancouver winter-time favourite.
However, if you are hoping for the real Canadian experience of skating on a frozen pond, you might just be in luck. For the first time in 20 years, Trout Lake in East Vancouver completely froze over in early January and was opened to the public for skating by the Vancouver Park Board. This is weather dependent, so visit their website for updates on weather, conditions and closures.
See Holiday Lights
There’s something magical in walking around on a cool winter’s night surrounded by snow and colourful lights. Most holiday light displays have come and gone, but the Lights at Lafarge in Coquitlam are your last chance to explore the magic. Easily accessible thanks to the Skytrain Millennium Line extension to Lafarge Lake – Douglas; it is open daily from 4:30 to 11 pm. Until January 22, see over 100,000 lights at the Winter Light Display, as you walk the 1.2 km loop around Lafarge Lake through 10 different themes.
Catch a Hockey Game
While it isn’t an outdoor activity, going to a hockey game is a true Canadian winter-time experience. The Vancouver Canucks are the local NHL team, vying for the Stanley Cup. While the team has been struggling to stay in a fighting position lately, attending a game is still a guaranteed exciting evening. Upcoming games at Rogers Arena are January 17, against Nashville, January 20 against Florida, and February 2nd against San Jose.
Canada’s largest food and drink festival is returning to Vancouver this month. If you are visiting the city from January 20th to February 5th, 2017, this experience is one not to be missed. Celebrating it’s 15th year, Dine Out Vancouver Festival includes over 280 restaurants offering three (or more) course prix-fix meals at $20, $30 or $40 per person.
Over the 17 days, festivalgoers are given a variety of dining experiences not offered throughout the rest of the year. Some of these include guided dining adventures, brunch crawls, cooking classes and cocktail masterclasses, guest Chef lectures, wine and craft beer tastings, street food markets and more! There are also special hotel rooms rates which allows visitors to experience a true “night on the town”. Most restaurants are now accepting reservations, so be sure to grab a spot while you can!
Here’s a full list of participating restaurants in this year’s Dine Out Vancouver.
1927 Lobby Lounge
Afghan Horsemen Restaurant
AllStar Wings & Ribs
American Cheesesteak Co. (The)
Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine in Kitsilano
Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine on Broadway
Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine on Davie
Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine on Denman
Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine on Robson
Big Rock Urban Brewery & Eatery
Bimini Public House (The)
Blackbird Public House & Oyster Bar (The)
Brasserie Bistro – Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites (The)
Butcher & Bullock
Cannibal Cafe (Commercial Drive)
Cheshire Cheese (The)
Cinema Public House
Deepwater Micro Eatery
District Brasserie (The)
Dubh Linn Gate
Fish Shack (The)
Flying Beaver Bar & Grill (The)
Gyoza Bar Ltd.
Hurricane Grill – North Vancouver
Hurricane Grill – Yaletown
Lamplighter Public House (The)
Las Margaritas Restaurante Y Cantina
Library Square Public House
Lickerish Restaurant & Lounge
Mahony & Sons – Stamps Landing
Mahony & Sons Public House – Coal Harbour
Match Eatery and Public House – Langley
Match Eatery and Public House – New West
Max’s Restaurant – Cuisine of the Philippines
New Oxford (The)
Old Spaghetti Factory (The)
Park at English Bay – Best Western Plus Sands Hotel (The)
Red Card Sports Bar + Eatery – Moda Hotel
Relish Public House
Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. – Kitsilano
Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. – Main
Romer’s – Kitsilano
Romer’s – Port Moody
Romer’s – River District
Romer’s – Yaletown
Spicy6 Indian Cuisine
Stages Bistro & Lounge – Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre
Tap & Barrel – Convention Centre
Tap & Barrel – Olympic Village
Tap & Barrel – Shipyards
TAPshack – Burrard Bridge
TAPshack – Coal Harbour
Three Brits Public House (The)
Vaades Indian Restaurant
American Grille – Vancouver Airport Marriott
Bay Moorings Restaurant
Bayside Lounge – Best Western Plus Sands Hotel
Bella Gelateria & Pizzeria – Yaletown
Bellaggio Cafe – Downtown
Bellaggio Wine Bar – Convention Centre
Boathouse Restaurant – English Bay (The)
Boathouse Restaurant – Kitsilano (The)
Boathouse Restaurant – New Westminster (The)
Boathouse Restaurant – Port Moody (The)
Boathouse Restaurant – Richmond (The)
Boathouse Restaurant – White Rock (The)
Bogart’s Bar & Restaurant – Hampton Inn & Suites
Bottleneck Bar & Grill
Bravo Cucina Ristorante
Burnaby Mountain Clubhouse
Burnaby Riverway Clubhouse
C|Prime Italian Steak & Wine
Cactus Club Cafe – Ash
Cactus Club Cafe – Bentall
Cactus Club Cafe – Byrne Road
Cactus Club Cafe – Coal Harbour
Cactus Club Cafe – English Bay
Cactus Club Cafe – Kingsway
Cactus Club Cafe – North Burnaby
Cactus Club Cafe – North Vancouver
Cactus Club Cafe – Park Royal
Cactus Club Cafe – Robson
Cactus Club Cafe – West Broadway
Cactus Club Cafe – Yaletown
Cascade Room (The)
Catch 122 Cafe & Bistro
Catch Kitchen + Bar
CAVU – Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel
Charcoal & Woodz – Holiday Inn Surrey Cloverdale
Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar – Coal Harbour
Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar – Kitsilano
Cibo Trattoria – Moda Hotel
Cloud 9 Revolving Restaurant – Empire Landmark Hotel
Currents at Bayshore – The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
Curve Lounge – River Rock Casino Resort
Distillery Bar + Kitchen (The)
Dunn’s Famous Restaurant BC
e.b.o restaurant & lounge in the Delta Burnaby
Ebisu on Robson
Feast Neighbourhood Table
Frankie’s Italian Kitchen & Bar
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ – Downtown
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Dining – Broadway
Hapa Izakaya – Coal Harbour
Hapa Izakaya – Yaletown
Harold’s Bistro & Bar – Sheraton Vancouver Airport
Hub Restaurant – Denman
Hub Restaurant – Yaletown
Kaya Malay Bistro
La Cigale French Bistro
Lobby – The Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier (The)
Mangia e Scappa
Masa Japanese Restaurant
Mosaic Bar & Grille – Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Moxie’s Grill & Bar – Abbotsford
Moxie’s Grill & Bar – Davie
Moxie’s Grill & Bar – Guilford
Moxie’s Grill & Bar – Langley
Moxie’s Grill & Bar – Richmond
Oakwood Canadian Bistro (The)
Olive & Anchor
p2b bistro & bar – Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel
Pat Quinn’s Restaurant & Bar
Per Se Social Corner
Pier 7 Restaurant
PIER 73 Restaurant – Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport
Pink Elephant Thai Restaurant Ltd.
Prestons – Coast Coal Harbour Hotel
Reef Restaurant on Main (The)
Reef Restaurant on The Drive (The)
Saloniki Greek Taverna
Sandbar Seafood Restaurant (The)
Seasons in the Park
Shady Island Seafood Bar & Grill
Showcase Restaurant & Bar – Marriott Pinnacle Downtown
Spacca Napoli Pizzeria
Spencer’s – Delta Vancouver Suites Hotel
Sylvia Restaurant & Lounge – Sylvia Hotel
Teahouse Restaurant (The)
Ten Ten Tapas
The Yale Saloon
Trattoria – Kitsilano
Trattoria Italian Kitchen – Park Royal
Urban Thai Bistro
UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar – Moda Hotel
Village Table (The)
Water St. Cafe
Yaletown Brewing Co.
Yokohama Teppanyaki Japanese Restaurant
Zend Conscious Lounge
Al Porto Ristorante
Ancora Waterfront Dining
ARC Restaurant – The Fairmont Waterfront
Arms Reach Bistro
Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge- Wedgewood Hotel & Spa
Baru Latino Restaurante
Beach Bay Café and Patio
Biercraft Wesbrook Village
Bin 941 Tapas Parlour
BISTRO SAKANA Neo Japonesque Sushi & Tapas
Black + Blue
Blue Martini Jazz Cafe
Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar
Bridges Restaurant, Bistro & Bar
Brix & Mortar
Cactus Club Cafe – Coal Harbour
Cafe II Nido
Cafe One – Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel
Chi Modern Vietnamese Kitchen
Chop Steakhouse & Bar
Ciao Bella Restaurant Ltd.
CinCin Ristorante + Bar
Copper Chimney – Executive Hotel Le Soleil
DIVA at the Met – Metropolitan Hotel, Vancouver
Dockside Restaurant – Granville Island Hotel
East is East Chai Lounge – Broadway
East is East Chai Lounge – Main Street
Federico’s Supper Club
Francesco’s Ristorante Italia
GLOWBAL at Telus Garden
Gyu King Teppanyaki
Hart House Restaurant
Homer Street Cafe and Bar
House Special Vietnamese
Italian Kitchen (The)
Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House
Kamei Royale Japanese Restaurant
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Alberni (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Burnaby (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Coquitlam (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Dunsmuir (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Granville Island (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Langley (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Maple Ridge (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Morgan Creek (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Richmond South (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Scott Road (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Yaletown (The)
Kobe Japanese Steak House
La Pentola – Opus Hotel
LIFT Bar Grill View
MARKET by Jean-Georges
Mission Kits Restaurant
Notch 8 Restaurant & Bar- The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Observatory – Grouse Mountain Resorts (The)
Oceans 999 – Pan Pacific Vancouver
Poor Italian Ristorante
Reflect Social Dining + Lounge
Salmon House on the Hill
Salmon n’ Bannock Bistro
Steel Toad Brewpub & Dining Hall
Tableau Bar Bistro – Loden Hotel
The Greek by Anatoli
Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant
Tramonto – River Rock Casino Resort
Vancouver Fish Company Restaurant & Bar (The)
West Oak Restaurant
West Restaurant + Bar
Wild Fig (The)
WildTale Coastal Grill
YEW seafood + bar
Zen Japanese Restaurant
Polar Bear Swim
Need a quick refresher to start off your New Year? If so, the annual Polar Bear Swim is just for you! Gather on the beautiful beaches of English Bay with thousands of locals and visitors to welcome the New Year with a plunge into the cold ocean water. Register now!
Date: January 1st
Location: English Bay
The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is one of the most anticipated events throughout the year. With exhibitions and performances from local and international artists, you can count on having a splendid time with friends and family. Click here for tickets!
Date: January 16th – 21st
Locations and Times: Various locations, click here for more information.
Vancouver International Boat Show
For 5 days in January, join fellow boat enthusiasts for the Vancouver International Boat Show! Spend a day at Granville Island to see the Floating Show, and then head over to BC Place to look at some more spectacular boats! Click here for information regarding tickets.
Date: January 18th – January 22nd
Location: BC Place and Granville Island
Time: 10:00am-8:00pm (Wednesday – Saturday), 10:00am-5:00pm (Sunday)
Vancouver Chilly Chase
Start your New Year with the Vancouver Chilly Chase! There are 4 distances to choose from, so grab your pair of runners and get ready for a great run around the Downtown Vancouver Seawall!
Date: January 22nd
Location: Seawall behind Creekside Community Recreation Centre
Time: Times may vary depending on the distances, click here for more information!
Jump into 2017! The annual Polar Bear Swim is happening on January 1st, 2017 at English Bay Beach. Ring in the New Year with a refreshing and chilly plunge into the ocean with thousands of other brave “polar bears!”
The very first Polar Bear Swim happened in 1920, and since then it has become a Vancouver tradition to take a sobering dip into the ocean to celebrate the first day of the year. Founder Peter Pantages led the first swim with just a group of 10 people. This year, an estimated 2,550 people will take the icy cold challenge. It doesn’t matter if it’s your 57th time or your first time braving the Pacific Ocean; the Polar Bear Swim is open to all. Don’t forget to dress up in a fancy/funny costume!
Whether you’re participating as a “polar bear” or just watching the spectacle, make sure to add the Polar Bear Swim to your New Year’s Day itinerary. It’s a must see!
Is the cold winter chill putting a damper on your Christmas spirit? Have no fear; the Vancouver Trolley Company has the perfect remedy! The Karaoke Christmas Lights tour is your ultimate Christmas experience around the city, making stops at Stanley Park’s Bright Night Displays and Van Dusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights. However that’s not all, the trolleys will be festively decorated and equipped with karaoke machines for you to show off your vocal chords!
Tours will depart from Canada Place every evening at 6:30pm until December 29th with the exception of Christmas day. Upon pick up, you will merrily make your way through downtown Vancouver before arriving at Stanley Park. After taking some time to take in the lights, the tour will continue through local light displays before arriving at the Van Dusen Botanical Gardens. Not only will you feel the warmth of the holidays radiating through you, your trolley guide is there to entertain and to make sure no song request is left unheard.
The magic of dazzling light displays and the joy of singing your favourite carols at the top of your lungs is guaranteed to put anyone in the best of moods. Additionally, a donation to the Burn Fund is included in each ticket purchased. This tour is by reservation only please visit the website for more details and to book your seats today!
When: December 1st-29th,2016 (except December 25th)
Where: Pick up at Canada Place @ 6:30pm
Rates: Adults ($40), Seniors/Students ($40), Children ($25), Family [2 adults & 2 children] ($125)
With the temperature cooling down to single digits and lights hanging from the trees that line the streets of Vancouver, you can see that the holiday season is just around the corner. Whether you’re visiting for a vacation or a local Vancouverite, there are always new places to discover for holiday shopping! We have compiled a list of places to check out in the Greater Vancouver area that will surely help you knock a few items off your shopping lists!
Since its opening in 1971, Pacific Centre provides its shoppers with a comfortable shopping experience as it spans for 4 blocks and is completely underground! Vancouver can be a little rainy and snowy during the cold winter season, so this is a great place to go for a little heat and shopping. Make sure you check out some of their notable department stores, The Bay and Nordstrom!
Location: 701 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Hours: 10:00am-7:00pm (Monday-Tuesday), 10:00am-9:00pm (Wednesday-Thursday), 8:00am-9:00pm (Friday), 10:00am-7:00pm (Saturday), 11:00am-6:00pm (Sunday)
Park Royal Shopping Centre
Located in the North Shore, Park Royal has been operating for more than 60 years! With over 280 stores and services within the mall, you won’t be disappointed with their selections. We suggest checking out the stores before or after visiting some attractions such as the Capilano Suspension Bridge or Grouse Mountain!
Location: 2002 Park Royal South, West Vancouver
Hours: 10:00am-7:00pm (Monday-Tuesday), 10:00am-9:00pm (Wednesday-Friday), 9:30am-7:00pm (Saturday), 11:00am-6:00pm (Sunday)
McArthurGlen Designer Outlets
Are you in a hurry to pick up a few things before catching your flight? Luckily for you, McArthurGlen is the newest and closest shopping outlet to the airport. With brands such as Nike and Coach, you’ll get the best deals in town. Don’t forget to also stop by their food court, it is loaded with a variety of new and interesting foods to try (ever heard of a churro sandwich?)!
Location: 1000-7899 Templeton Station Road, Richmond
Hours: 10:00am-9:00pm (Monday-Saturday), 10:00am-7:00pm (Sunday)
One of the busiest shopping districts in Vancouver, Robson Street offers a great selection of stores and local boutiques. While you’re walking down Robson Street, make sure to check out the beautifully decorated trees and different restaurants.
Just a few blocks from the Vancouver Lookout, Granville Street is the perfect place to visit for some Christmas shopping! Not only does this shopping district offer access to Pacific Centre, it also holds the name as one of the most popular entertainment districts in Downtown Vancouver. It’s never a dull moment on Granville Street!
Gastown is one of the oldest parts of our city and acts as one of the best places for souvenir shopping! As you walk down historic Gastown, you will see many local boutiques, art museums, and restaurants. Make sure you walk all the way down to visit the statue of Gassy Jack, the man who built the first bar in Vancouver.
Vancouver Christmas Market
The Vancouver Christmas Market will be celebrating its 7th year at Jack Poole Plaza! This German-inspired market is a great place to visit while you’re in the downtown area. It is easily accessible by public transit (5 minute walk from Waterfront Station) and is kid friendly as well. If you’re already in the Christmas spirit, make sure to ride the Christmas Carousel and browse through the different vendors now!
Dates: November 26 – December 31 (Closed on December 25)
Location: Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Place
Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm DAILY, 11:00am-6:00pm (Christmas Eve)
Enchant: Christmas Light Maze & Market
Decorated with over 55 000 square ft. of sculptures and lights, Enchant is the world’s largest Christmas light maze. Besides its amazing light maze, there will also be over 50 vendors and food trucks, entertainment, and great photo opportunities. Grab a couple a friends and head over now – tickets are selling out fast!
Dates: November 25 – December 31*
Location: West 1st Avenue & Crowe Street, Vancouver
Hours: Hours may vary, click here for more information
Looking to get in the holiday spirit? Our city is filled with beautiful Christmas light displays to get you in that holiday mood and enjoy some wonderful sights during the most wonderful time of the year!
Light Walk at Grouse Mountain
If you’re looking to head to the mountains this winter season, make sure to stop by Grouse Mountain’s beautiful light walk. Walk among the fur and spruce trees covered in snow for this truly magical light display. Located just beside the mountaintop skating pond, this display is open at dusk every evening.
Where: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
When: Daily, 4:00-10:00pm
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Looking for some thrill to go with your Christmas light viewing? Take a trip to Canyon lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park! From now until January 8th, the entire park is lit up with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights. A wonderful family activity, canyon lights is a must see this holiday season!
Where: 3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver
When: Daily, 9:00am-10:00pm
Enchant Christmas Light Maze and Market
Visit the world’s largest Christmas light maze at Enchant! Located near the Olympic Village, this holiday event also features a market with over 40 local venders as well as 12 food trucks to enjoy a wonderful meal. Buy tickets online to avoid any disappoint of missing out on the fun.
Where: W 1st Ave & Crowe St, Vancouver
When: Daily, 4:00-10:00pm
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Visit Vancouver’s favourite park this holiday season and check out Bright Nights in Stanley Park. Take a ride on the train and check out the beautiful light displays, all set to live music. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund. This great attraction is open until January 1st.
Where: Pipeline Road in Stanley Park, Vancouver
When: Check their website for full list.
Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden
Head over to VanDusen to check out their wonderful garden light display. With over a million lights, they boast the biggest holiday light display in the city! Open from now until January 2nd, this is a light display that is sure to dazzle all!
Where: 5251 Oak St, Vancouver
When: Check their website for full list.
Looking for a free option? Take a drive or walk around your neighbourhood and try to spot all the houses that are decked out! Happy holidays!
This Christmas you won’t have to lose sleep wondering whether or not you’ve made Santa’s naughty or nice list, ask him yourself over breakfast! Taking time out of his busy schedule up in the North Pole Father Christmas himself is headed to Grouse Mountain to entertain guests from far and wide.
Enjoy the most important meal of the day with Santa while partaking in activities such as face painting and a magic show. However that’s not all! The purchase of admission to breakfast with Santa also includes a round trip Skyride on the gondola and access to all of the Peak of Christmas festivities.
The Peak of Christmas is a popular annual tradition that includes a plethora of different activities and adventures that will keep the family busy from morning till night. After breakfast with Santa go meet his reindeer or visit the Gingerbread village, then go ice skating under the stars, before finally strolling through the Light Walk and taking in the dazzling light tunnel and lanterns. There is no shortage of festive fun up on Grouse Mountain, so bring the family and create wonderful new memories that will surely keep you warm this holiday season!
When: December 3rd, 4th, and 16th – 24th
Hours: Breakfast times will vary, please check the website for more details.
Prices: Adult (19-64) and Senior (65+) $55.95, Youth (13-18) $31.95, Child (5-12) $19.95, Tot (4 and under) $8.95