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Vancouver in DECEMBER 2018

December in Vancouver

In Vancouver’s 2018 December calendar you’ll find dates and events in the Lower Mainland for Christmas attractions, concerts and other winter events.


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December Events Calendar

  • Dec. 21 – Last day of school before Christmas holidays
  • Dec. 25 – Christmas Day (Stat Holiday)
  • Dec. 26 – Boxing Day (a day off for most, and the start of the Boxing Day sales at stores throughout the region)
  • Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve

Vancouver December Events

Below is what’s happening on the different days of the month in December. Note: schedules are subject to change – check official websites for exact details.

VanDusen Festival of Lights

 


Week of December 18th to 23rd

December 18-23 | December 24-31


 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

  • CP Holiday Train – the Sam Roberts Band and other musicians entertain with stops this evening in Port Moody and Port Coquitlam. The events are free but donations for local food banks are greatly appreciated.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • Bah! Humbug! – a musical play based on the Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” but set in Vancouver’s modern-day Downtown Eastside. Shows at the Goldcorp Centre at 149 West Hastings at 7:30 pm.
    • Cheap Movie Night – at most theatres throughout the Lower Mainland.
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – professional ice hockey against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Rogers Arena.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Festival of Lights – amazing Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.
    • Glow Christmas – an indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays from 4:30 until 11 pm around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
    • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Aurora Winter Festival – a new North-Pole-themed Christmas attraction at Concord Pacific Place.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – Christmas lights and seasonal displays.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby from 1 to 9 pm (free).
    • Holiday Heights at Bloedel – Christmas lights, glowing plants and family fun at the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery. Also, the Malcolm Aiken Quartet entertains with free live music in the evening.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

  • Theatre
    • Bah! Humbug! – a musical play based on the Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” but set in Vancouver’s modern-day Downtown Eastside. Shows at the Goldcorp Centre at 149 West Hastings at 7:30 pm.
    • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • Beauty and the Beast – Walt Disney’s classic tale is performed by the Arts Club Theatre Company at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Festival of Lights – amazing Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.
    • Glow Christmas – an indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays from 4:30 until 11 pm around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – Christmas lights and seasonal displays.
    • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Aurora Winter Festival – a new North-Pole-themed Christmas attraction at Concord Pacific Place.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby from 1 to 9 pm (free).
    • Holiday Heights at Bloedel – Christmas lights, glowing plants and family fun at the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery. There is also music to enjoy tonight with DJ-El-Niño.
  • Jazz Vespers – a Jazz Evensong service at 8 pm at Brentwood Presbyterian Church at 1600 Delta Avenue.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – professional ice hockey against the St. Louis Blues at Rogers Arena.
  • Music & Theatre
    • A Traditional Christmas Concert – performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church in Vancouver.
    • Music at Robson Square – in addition to the free ice skating at Robson Square, there is also live Jazz with Caviar & Lace in the evening.
    • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • Bah! Humbug! – a musical play based on the Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” but set in Vancouver’s modern-day Downtown Eastside. Shows at the Goldcorp Centre at 149 West Hastings at 7:30 pm.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Festival of Lights – amazing Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.
    • Glow Christmas – an indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays from 4:30 until 11 pm around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – Christmas lights and seasonal displays.
    • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Aurora Winter Festival – a new North-Pole-themed Christmas attraction at Concord Pacific Place.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby (free).
    • Holiday Heights at Bloedel – Christmas lights, glowing plants and family fun at the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.

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Friday, December 21, 2018

  • Last day of school before Christmas holidays for most Lower Mainland schools.
  • Winter Solstice Lantern Festival – an annual community event with dancing, fire performances and outdoor processions at several different venues (including Granville Island and Yaletown).
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Music at Robson Square – in addition to the free ice skating at Robson Square, there is also live Soul and Gospel music with Warren Dean Flandez in the evening.
    • A Traditional Christmas Concert – performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church in Vancouver.
    • Bah! Humbug! – a musical play based on the Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” but set in Vancouver’s modern-day Downtown Eastside. Shows at the Goldcorp Centre at 149 West Hastings at 7:30 pm.
    • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • The Nutcracker – the Christmas classic with Goh Ballet at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Glow Christmas – an indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • Festival of Lights – amazing Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 10:00 pm.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays from 4:30 until 11 pm around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – Christmas lights and seasonal displays.
    • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas lights and family-friendly activities in the gardens at Park and Tilford mall at 333 Brooksbank Avenue in North Vancouver (by donation and to be confirmed).
    • Aurora Winter Festival – a new North-Pole-themed Christmas attraction at Concord Pacific Place.
    • A Fort Langley Christmas – Christmas-themed decorations and activities at the historic fort in the Fraser Valley.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby from 1 to 9 pm (free).
    • Holiday Heights at Bloedel – Christmas lights, glowing plants and family fun at the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.

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Saturday, December 22, 2018

  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Sweet Soul Gospel Celebration – a Christmas concert with the VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir at St. John’s Shaughnessy Anglican Church at 1490 Nanton Avenue. Doors open at 6:45.
    • The Nutcracker – the Christmas classic with Goh Ballet at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
    • A Traditional Christmas Concert – performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church in Vancouver.
    • Bah! Humbug! – a musical play based on the Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” but set in Vancouver’s modern-day Downtown Eastside. Shows at the Goldcorp Centre at 149 West Hastings at 2:00 and 7:30 pm.
    • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – professional ice hockey against the Winnipeg Jets at Rogers Arena.
  • Riley Park Winter Farmers Market – between 10 am and 2 pm at Vancouver’s Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Dundarave Festival of Lights – free live music and festive holiday celebrations in West Vancouver from 3 until around 9:30 or so. Today’s event is the annual Christmas Wassail & Bonfire Night featuring the Blackthorn Band and other entertainment.
    • Festival of Lights – amazing Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 10:00 pm.
    • Glow Christmas – an indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – Christmas lights and seasonal displays.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays from 4:30 until 11 pm around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
    • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Aurora Winter Festival – a new North-Pole-themed Christmas attraction at Concord Pacific Place.
    • A Fort Langley Christmas – Christmas-themed decorations and activities at the historic fort in the Fraser Valley.
    • Holiday Heights at Bloedel – Christmas lights, glowing plants and family fun at the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink at the corner of Howe and Robson Street. There is also music to enjoy from mid-afternoon until the evening with DJ-El-Niño.

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

  • Shows & Entertainment
    • The Nutcracker – the Christmas classic with Goh Ballet at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
    • Music at Robson Square – in addition to the free ice skating at Robson Square, there is also live music with Santa’s Brass in the afternoon and with Phat Santa Swings in the evening.
    • Beauty and the Beast – Walt Disney’s classic tale is performed by the Arts Club Theatre Company at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.
    • Jazz Vespers – at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street between 3 and 4 pm. Admission is by donation.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Festival of Lights – amazing Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 10:00 pm.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – Christmas lights and seasonal displays.
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays from 4:30 until 11 pm around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Holiday Heights at Bloedel – Christmas lights, glowing plants and family fun at the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park.
    • Aurora Winter Festival – a new North-Pole-themed Christmas attraction at Concord Pacific Place.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink at the corner of Howe and Robson Street.

 


Week of December 24th to 31st

December 18-23 | December 24-31


 

Monday, December 24, 2018

  • Christmas Eve
  • Steveston Santa Claus Parade – in Steveston Village from 6 until 8 pm.
  • Music at Robson Square – in addition to the free ice skating all day at Robson Square, there is also live music with Tom Arntzen and The Hot Mamas in the evening.
  • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
  • Festival of Lights – amazing Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 10:00 pm.
  • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place. Open today from 10 am until 6 pm.
  • Holiday Heights at Bloedel – Christmas lights, glowing plants and family fun at the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park.
  • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
  • Christmas at Canada Place – Christmas lights and seasonal displays.
  • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
  • Vancouver Christmas Market – last day of the season for the European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

  • Christmas Day (Stat Holiday)
  • Christmas Attractions

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

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Saturday, December 29, 2018

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Monday, December 31, 2018

  • New Year’s Eve – festivities and fireworks around Canada Place, at area ski hills and at various night clubs and other party venues.
    • FREE Public Transit – from 5 pm today until 5 am on January 1st!
    • Fireworks in Burrard Inlet – fireworks take off at 9 pm and 12 am from the water near Canada Place and they can be seen from Coal Harbour, parts of Stanley Park and North Vancouver.
    • Canada Place New Year’s Eve Parties – a free street party with live music takes place along Canada Place Way and there are ticketed parties at the Convention Centre.
    • New Year’s Eve at Grouse Mountain – the ski hill’s Peak of Christmas activities tonight include fireworks at 9 pm. Click Vancouver New Year’s Eve Celebrations for details.
    • First Night at Mt. Seymour – evening laser tobogganing, fireworks and live entertainment at the North Vancouver ski hill.
    • St. Paul’s Labyrinth – an evening of free music and walking around the labyrinth at St. Paul’s Anglican Church at 1130 Jervis Street.
    • Click Vancouver New Year’s Eve Parties for details about the above and other great New Year’s Eve events in the Lower Mainland including fireworks and other activities at local ski hills.
  • Hockey Canada World Juniors Championships – at Rogers Arena
    • Denmark vs Czech Republic at 1 pm
    • Canada vs Russia at 5 pm
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Festival of Lights – amazing Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – Christmas lights and seasonal displays.
    • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays from 4:30 pm until 1:00 am around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
    • Holiday Heights at Bloedel – Christmas lights, glowing plants and family fun at the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery. Also tonight, the band Rumba Calzada entertains with live music in the evening.

 


To return to the top of the page, click December Calendar.

To see what’s happening next month, click January Calendar of Events.


 

Other 2018 December Events

The following events are also scheduled for December in 2018 (although with some their details are to be confirmed):

  • Songs in the Snow – live music at Steveston Museum’s Town Square Park. By donation. (Possibly on a few Saturdays in December.)
  • Peak of Christmas – Santa, reindeer, sleigh rides, gingerbread house displays, ice skating and other holiday fun up at Grouse Mountain.
  • Scuba Claus and Holiday Traditions – Christmas movies and photo opportunities with Santa at the Vancouver Aquarium.
  • Canyon Lights – Christmas lights and activities at the Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Gingerbread Lane – a free display of Christmas gingerbread houses at the Vancouver Hyatt Regency.

Top December Activities

Other Information

For more, check out Vancouver’s Best Places for Winter Activities or Vancouver’s Top 10 Things to do at Christmas Time.

To return to the top of the page, click December Calendar.

To see what’s happening next month, click January Calendar of Events.

 

 

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