Christmas in Vancouver

Update: I’ve compiled a list of Christmas events around Vancouver for December 2012. I have now pushed the past events to the bottom of the post. These do not include: the Lights of Hope by St Paul’s, the free Robson Square ice skating, charitable drives, or most craft fairs (see community list here).

Thank you to @SuperVancouver, @Miss604, and @VancityBuzz for some of the Christmas events! ūüôā

  • 24 November – 24 December (11AM-9PM): Vancouver Christmas Market– Queen Elizabeth Plaza — $2-5
    • 25 November (2-6:30PM): Bulgarian Day
    • 27 November (4-6PM): Vancouver Westside German School’s Flashmob Dance
    • 29 November
      • Ballet BC Day
      • 7PM: Swiss Choir
    • 1 December 2 December: (4:30-7PM): Polish Zgoda¬†Polonez Dance Troupe
      • 2-6:30PM: Ukrainian Day
      • 7PM: Dal Richards Band
    • 5 December (7-9PM): A French Christmas with Rejean¬†Bussieres
    • 7 December (4:30PM): Vancouver Bach Choir
    • 8 December (12-6:30PM): German Day
    • 9 December (12-6:30PM): Swiss Day
    • 11 December (7-9PM): Estonian Day
    • 14 December
      • Alliance Francaise de Vancouver Day
      • 4:30-6PM: Clarion Highland Dance Studio
    • 15 December16 December (12-2PM): Portuguese Folklore & Dance
      • 12-4PM: Dutch Day
      • 1-2PM: Biggest Christmas Carol Sing-Along
    • 19 December (7-9PM): A French Christmas with Rejean¬†Bussieres
  • 24 November – 24 December: The Peack of Christmas – Grouse Mountain — $13.95-39.95
    • (9am-10pm): SOS Children’s Gingerbread Village Stroll through and vote for your favourite sweet creation.
    • (9am-10pm): ‘Picture Yourself’ as a Reindeer¬†See what you would look like as a reindeer before jumping on the Skyride.
    • (12-8pm): Santa’s Workshop Meet Santa in person to share those holiday wishes.
    • (11am-8pm): Antler Decorating & Reindeer Tattoos Decorate your own antlers and get a reindeer tattoo at the entrance to the Spirit Gallery Gift Store.
    • (9am-10pm): Visit Dancer and Vixen Meet two of Santa’s reindeer in the Wildlife Refuge.
    • (9am-10pm): Outdoor Ice Skating Enjoy the crisp mountain air as you glide atop our magical 8,000 square foot skating pond.
    • (Fridays, 3pm, 4:30pm, 6pm; Weekends and Dec. 17-24, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3:30pm, 5pm, 7pm): Holly the Jolly Reindeer Show See if Holly has what it takes to be one of Santa’s reindeer.
    • (Monday-Thursday until Dec 13th 11:30am, 3pm): Reindeer Ranger Talks Learn about our two reindeer Dancer and Vixen.
    • (9am-9pm, weather permitting): Mountaintop Sleigh Rides Embark on a magical ride through our Winter Wonderland. On Standby
    • (9:30am-9pm): Reindeer Christmas FavouritesWatch fun family Christmas movies on the big screen in our mountaintop theatre.
    • 15 December (1PM & 4PM): Skate with Champions
      “Learn to skate with world champion Karen Magnussen & friends. Photos and autographs available.
    • 15 December (5:30PM): Skating Gala with Karen and Friends
      Karen Magnussen and other top local and international skaters show off their skills.
  • 24 November – 4 January (’til 14th: 12-4:30 /from 15th: 12-9PM)* CLOSED Christmas Eve & Day: Heritage Christmas – Burnaby Village — FREE
  • 29 November – 1 January 2013: Bright Nights in Stanley Park – Stanley Park — $5.50-10
    Miniature train through Stanley Park with lots of Christmas lights all around!
  • 1 December – 5 January (4-9PM)* CLOSED Christmas Day: Capilano Suspension Bridge Christmas Lights¬†– Capilano Suspension Bridge — $12-31.95
    There’s a free shuttle from Canada Place to the Capilano Suspension Bridge every hour on the hour.
  • 1 December (10AM-2PM):¬†Christmas Bazaar¬†– St Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (1573 East 18th Avenue)
  • 1 December (4-7PM): Brighten Up!¬†A Lantern Affair¬†– Place des Arts‚Äô Carr√© Heritage Square (1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam) — FREE
    Various multicultural activities for children and adults with live music.
  • 1 December:¬†Chez Nous: Christmas with Elektra— $15-28
    • 2PM¬†– Queens Avenue United Church (529 Queens Ave)
    • 7:30PM¬†– Ryerson¬†United Church (2195 W45 Ave)
  • 7-30 December (6:30PM) *EXCEPT Christmas Day: Vancouver Trolley’s Karaoke Christmas Lights – Vancouver Christmas Market (Hamilton St) — $25-40+
    Runs daily. 3hrs¬†long, incl. entrance to 1st stop: Stanley Park’s Bright Nights & 2nd stop: VanDusen¬†Festival of Lights. Prices vary, based on package chosen (7 to choose from).
  • 7 December – 1 January (4:30-9PM)* CLOSED Christmas Day: The Festival of Lights¬†– VanDusen Botanical Garden — $7.75-14.25
  • 13 December (6-9AM): Christmas Wish Breakfast – Pan Pacific Hotel
    Donate a toy (something teens will enjoy too!) and enjoy a breakfast buffet!
  • 13 December (1-4PM): Barclay Heritage Square Christmas Celebrations¬†– Roedde House
    Music, snacks, free admission to Roedde House.
  • 14 (8PM), 15-16 (3PM) December: Vancouver Chamber Choir’s A Dylan Thomas Christmas¬†– Ryerson United Church
  • 16 December (11AM-2PM): Christmas Market¬†– Patio of Market [by Jean Georges] at Shangri-La Vancouver (1128 W Georgia St)
    Christmas Market, Children’s Afternoon Tea, Brunch with Benefits, Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony with performance by 6 y.o. piano prodigy.
  • 23 December (7:30PM): Winter Harp¬†– St Andrew’s-Wesley United Church
  • 15-18 November (10AM-6PM): Christmas at Hycroft¬†– Hycroft Manor (1489 McRae Ave.)

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  • 23-24 November: CandyTown, A Yaletown Holiday Festival – between Davie & Nelson St. FREE.
    • (Fri 3-9PM¬†/ Sat 12-9PM): Free Outdoor Ice Skating– Scotiabank¬†Yaletown Ice Rink (1152 Mainland St)
    • (3-9PM): Horse-drawn carriage rides
    • (3-9PM): All I want for Christmsa Street Market
    • (6-9PM): CandyTown Cocktail tour
    • 24 November (12-3PM): Trevor Lindon will sign autographs and join in skating activities
    • (Sat 1-5PM): Reindeer barn
  • 24 November (12-4PM): German-Canadian Benevolent Society presents the Annual Christmas Bazaar – German-Canadian Care Home (2010 Harrison Drive)