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

Best Christmas Family Fun List!

  1. SantaCheck out a local Christmas Tree Farm, and make it your family tradition. Our Family looks forward to it every year! Please recycle your tree through your local community tree chipping event.

  2. Visit the Vancouver Christmas Market. More than just a craft fair, this authentic German Christmas Market creates the perfect atmosphere to mix and mingle with friends and family.

  3. Visit the Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel.
    There's something for everyone-festive entertainment, a craft for children and a special Scavenger Hunt based on The Twelve Days of Christmas. Also, enjoy the smells and tastes of the baking in the Farmhouse every Sunday.

  4. Go to the Robson Square Ice Rink Open for Free Skating!

  5. Check out the beautifully decorated trees at the Vancouver Festival of Trees.

  6. See the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train in Maple Ridge or Port Moody on December 15 & 16.

  7. Go up the mountain and check out the Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain.

  8. Visit the North Pole BC located right here in North Vancouver!

  9. See Canyon Lights reach new heights for 2013 holiday season at
    the Capilano Suspension Bridge.

  10. Be sure to take a ride on the Bright Nights & the Christmas Train at Stanley Park.

  11. Go see the The International Yacht Club's Annual Boat Light Parade in White Rock on December 7 or the Carol Ships Celebration on December 21.

How to "add" to the Christmas Magic with the help of the internet!

Santa's Sleigh bellMy daughter is now 6 and this year has asked for a silver sleigh bell from Santa's sleigh. She asked this from Santa when we saw him the other night. I think already at 6 she is questioning if Santa is real or not. She told me that the Santa we saw was not Santa as he didn't have a big enough belly and he didn't say HO, HO, HO right as it wasn't loud enough or in the "right voice". I was a bit worried does she not believe? She told me "Mom he must have been one of Santa's helpers!" Phew, glad to hear she still believes in Santa! Off I go to find a special bell from Santa, AKA the real Santa's sleigh!

Here are some some fun festive ways on the internet to help children believe and enjoy Christmas this year!

Santa VideoFor the third consecutive year, Santa Claus and his fantastic PNP - Portable North Pole console will be online throughout the Holiday season, allowing you to send personalized video messages FREE to your children, parents and friends.

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