Fabulous Holiday Events in Vancouver, BC

 In Canada, Holidays

Special thanks to Claudia at TheTravellingMom.ca for sharing her 5 favorite things to do in Vancouver, BC this holiday season. 

Photo courtesy of Grouse Mountain

The holidays have arrived! There are so many great family-friendly Christmas events around Vancouver, I think it’s impossible to get to them all without exhausting oneself. Many of our favorite events include enjoying the great outdoors, no matter what the weather may be. With all of the busyness of the holidays, it is wonderful to bundle up and celebrate the season within Vancouver’s spectacular natural environment.

Here is our list of some of our favorite Christmas happenings around town. Happy Holidays!

The Peak of Christmas – Grouse Mountain

November 24th-December 24th – Grouse Mountain

We love going to Grouse Mountain during the holiday season. If the weather cooperates, Grouse will be a gorgeous winter wonderland of snow, ice and holiday fun. The Peak of Christmas features many activities during the holiday season, including; meeting real live reindeer Dancer and Vixen, skating around the outdoor rink, taking a mountaintop sleigh ride, and enjoying some hot chocolate after a day or night of skiing or snowshoeing. On a clear night, the view from Altitudes Bistro onto the city below is simply gorgeous.

Photo courtesy of Grouse Mountain

Luminescence: A Celebration of Aquatic Light

November 22nd- January 22nd – the Vancouver Aquarium 

This is the Aquarium’s newest show, and in tune with the holidays, it features the theme of light. This unique experience of discovery of the fluorescent and bioluminescent light organisms that live in our oceans will keep you spellbound. Find out why jellies and corals glow in the dark. The celebration features the full immersion Jelly Swarm, a unique light installation of nearly one hundred jellies all aglow with colorful LED lights, that you can control, creating unique patterns of lights.

Photo courtesy of Vancouver Aquarium

Canyon Lights at the Capilano Suspension Bridge

December 1st – January 5th – Capilano Suspension Bridge

The popular north shore tourist attraction lights up for the holidays, with a ‘zillion’ sparkling lights along the Bridge, Rainforest and Cliffwalk. There is also seasonal musical performances, gingerbread cookie decorating, and the proceeds from admission will be donated to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund.

Photo courtesy of the Capilano Suspension Bridge

Bright Nights and the Christmas Train at Stanley Park

Daily from November 30-January 2nd

A super child-friendly holiday attraction! Sip hot chocolate, munch on popcorn, and ride the Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park. The Bright Nights event features over two million twinkling lights, festive music, and animated displays that will keep you ho ho ho’ing all the way. Proceeds from your visit will also benefit the BC FireFighters’ Burn Fund. This attraction is extremely popular during the school holiday break. Buy tickets ahead of time and try to visit on a weekday evening if possible.

Heritage Christmas, Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel

December 1st-January 4th, Burnaby Village Museum

If you want to step back in time and feel the spirit of a simple, traditional Christmas, Burnaby Village Museum offers just the {free!} ticket. Located just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver, the heritage village is dressed up and illuminated in seasonal lights, and the kids can visit with an old-fashioned Father Christmas, not the modern, Coca-Cola version. The 100-year old C.W. Parker Carousel is on the Village grounds, and for a small fee the kids {and parents} can ride the beautifully restored horses, just like they did in 1912. A real Christmas treat.

Photo courtesy of Vancouver Aquarium

Vancouver-based mom and writer Claudia Laroye is passionate about family travel and about educating children through the travel experience. Her blog – the traveling mom – offers a modern mom’s guide of ‘how to’ travel tips and information, as well as destination advice for the new or experienced traveller. She has contributed to Tourism Vancouver’s blog, InsideVancouver.ca, is the Curious Travel Mama for San Diego-based TravelMamas, and written for Vancouver Mom, Canadian print publications, and other travel sites on the web. 

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  • Nicole

    Love all these recommendations! We plan to take Baby B up to Grouse on Christmas day to play in the snow.

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