Be sure to check out some of the wonderful Christmas Festivities!

Enjoy the festivities even after Christmas. So much to see and do in Vancouver come Christmas time. We are spoiled to have so much around us to enjoy.

Bright NightsEvery year my family and I usually check out Bright Nights in Stanley Park which is fun for the kids as what child doesn’t love to ride on a train and look at the beautiful lights and Santa is there too! Partial Proceeds also go to the Burn Fund to help burn survivors and their families.

This year we went to Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Gardens. Beautiful lights along walkways within the gardens, enjoy carollers and don’t forget to stop by and see Santa Claus for story time. Also be sure to see the light show, Christmas lights dancing to music.

Canyon LightsThere are more great places to enjoy Christmas such as the Canyon Lights at the Capilano Suspension Bridge which features over 250,000 twinkling lights throughout the park. 



Peak of ChristmasThe Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Until December 24, 2010 bring your family to Santa's Workshop and meet reindeer, or take a sleigh ride through our mystical alpine forest. You can also experience the tranquil beauty of skating on our 8,000 square foot mountaintop Ice Skating Pond, surrounded by snow-topped trees. Visit the spectacular SOS Children's Village Parade of Trees and more!

Jewel Box of Lights at Bloedel Conservatory
The domed garden in Queen Elizabeth Park is transformed with thousands of lights and a stunning display of poinsettias. Until January 2, 2011, some dates closed, please see web site. 

German MarketVancouver Authentic German Christmas Market at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Until Friday, December 24, 2010. It is so much more than just a craft fair. An authentic German Christmas Market creates the perfect atmosphere for purchasing Christmas related merchandise and food. It also serves as an ideal setting for multiple cultural activities and events. During the pre-Christmas season the market is the perfect destination for combining a family outing with some Christmas shopping. A special children’s area known as the Kinderweihnacht will give youngsters the chance to make their own Christmas gifts and visit with Santa Claus.

13th Annual Winter Ice Palace
The Cloverdale Arena is once again hosting the Winter Ice Palace. The Cloverdale Arena will be transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with an old fashioned frozen pond, that will bring back memories of the good old days. Bring the whole family out to enjoy this popular event ! Admission $4.00 per person. December 18, 2010 to January 02, 2011. 

winter-solstice-lantern-festivalDecember 21, 2010 is the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival Again Secret Lantern Society is teaming up with In the House to bring you a lantern making workshop and some live shows right in the warmth and intimacy of some homes near Commercial Dr. What better way to welcome in the longer days than with some lantern making, some music and some storytelling. End the shows with a lantern procession led by some fabulous music to Britannia Community Centre. 

December 23, 2010 is the Steveston Santa Claus Parade
The parade begins at 6 p.m. in the northwest corner of old Steveston Village. It snakes through the village, continues along Moncton Street and ends in the Steveston Community Centre parking lot. Special guest "Santa"  and a variety of floats, marching band, community organizations as well as festive entertainment.  

Festivities at the Fort
Gather with friends and family at the Fort – all decked out holiday garb. Savour hot apple cider, make a Christmas craft and take a lantern tour (11am, 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm). Don't forget to bring a donation for the food bank so you can vote in the Christmas Tree contest! Christmas trees generously donated by Dogwood Christmas Tree Farm. Until January 2, 2011. (closed Dec 25, 26 & Jan 1) 10am – 5pm daily

Bear Creek Christmas TrainAll aboard on the Christmas Train in Bear Creek Park
As you ride the train, you will travel through the Christmas Forest display and Santa's Golden tunnel exhibit. Bring your camera because you will get a chance to meet Santa Claus. December 3rd 2010 to Sunday, January 2nd 2011 from 10am to 4pm


Magic of the NorthMagic of the North at the Aquarium
Until Monday, January 3, 2011
A Winter Wonderland in Canada's Arctic Exhibit This holiday season experience the Magic of the North as you explore the fascinating Canada’s Arctic exhibit, transformed into a winter wonderland. You can join Santa’s helpers with holiday crafts, write a letter to Scuba Claus and sing along to holiday carols.
See Christmas Tree Switched On By Our Electric Eel, enjoy The Polar Express 4-D Experience. See Scuba Claus and more!

Heritage ChristmasHeritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Until Sunday, January 2, 2011
Bring Christmas memories to life: experience scenes from seasonal stories and songs, smell the pine and cedar of the boughs and wreaths, hear the sound of carollers, and enjoy the lights and old fashioned decorations and visit Santa. 

Also be sure to check out more events on the event calendar.