Vancouver in DECEMBER 2017

Vancouver in DECEMBER 2017

December in Vancouver

In Vancouver’s 2017 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. 22 – Last day of school before Christmas holidays
  • Dec. 12 to 20 – Hanukkah (Jewish)
  • 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 city)

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. Also, for a list of activities that are free or close to free, click Free December Events in Vancouver.

Vancouver Christmas Market

Monday, December 11, 2017

  • Christmas Activities
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – outdoor holiday market activities plus live entertainment at Jack Poole Plaza from 11 am to 9 pm.
    • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Glow Christmas – a new indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • 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.
    • Peak of Christmas – Santa, reindeer, sleigh rides, gingerbread house displays, ice skating and other holiday fun up at Grouse Mountain.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – the historic site at Steveston Village is decorated with Christmas trees.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby from 1 to 9 pm (free).
    • Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink outside the Vancouver Art Gallery at the corner of Howe and Robson Street.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Cheap night at most Lower Mainland movie theatres.
    • The Day Before Christmas – a play about the perfect holiday disaster showing at the Goldcorp Stage at 162 West 1st Avenue.
  • Christmas Activities
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – outdoor holiday market activities plus live entertainment at Jack Poole Plaza.
    • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • 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.
    • Glow Christmas – a new indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – the historic site at Steveston Village is decorated with Christmas trees.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby from 1 to 9 pm (free).
    • Peak of Christmas – Santa, reindeer, sleigh rides, gingerbread house displays, ice skating and other holiday fun up at Grouse Mountain.
    • Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink outside the Vancouver Art Gallery at the corner of Howe and Robson Street.

Vancouver Christmas Concerts

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

  • Shows & Entertainment
  • Christmas Activities
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – outdoor holiday market activities plus live entertainment at Jack Poole Plaza from 11 am to 9 pm.
    • Glow Christmas – a new indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – the historic site at Steveston Village is decorated with Christmas trees from area businesses.
    • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Glow Christmas – a new indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • Peak of Christmas – Santa, reindeer, sleigh rides, gingerbread house displays, ice skating and other holiday fun up at Grouse Mountain.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby from 1 to 9 pm (free).
    • Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.
    • 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.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery. The band LeftCoast also has a free concert at Robson Square from 6:30 until 9:30 pm.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

  • Shows & Entertainment
  • Christmas Activities
    • 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.
    • Peak of Christmas – Santa, reindeer, sleigh rides, gingerbread house displays, ice skating and other holiday fun up at Grouse Mountain.
    • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – outdoor holiday market activities plus live entertainment at Jack Poole Plaza from 11 am to 9 pm.
    • Glow Christmas – a new indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – the historic site at Steveston Village is decorated with Christmas trees.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby from 1 to 9 pm (free).
    • Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink at the corner of Howe and Robson Street. Saxophonist Karla Sax also has a free concert at Robson Square between 6:30 and 9:30 pm.

Best Christmas Activities

Friday, December 15, 2017

  • Sasquatch Mountain Skiing – today is tentatively scheduled as the first day of the ski season in the Fraser Valley.
  • Shows & Entertainment
  • Christmas Activities
    • Chinese Lantern Festival – first night of the holiday light attraction at the PNE.
    • 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.
    • Glow Christmas – a new indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – Christmas lights, seasonal displays and holiday movies at Canada Place from noon until 6 pm.
    • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas lights and family-friendly activities between 5:30 and 9 pm in the gardens at Park and Tilford mall at 333 Brooksbank Avenue in North Vancouver (by donation).
    • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Peak of Christmas – Santa, reindeer, sleigh rides, gingerbread house displays, ice skating and other holiday fun up at Grouse Mountain.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – outdoor holiday market activities plus live entertainment at Jack Poole Plaza.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – the historic site at Steveston Village is decorated with Christmas trees.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby from 1 to 9 pm (free).
    • Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.
    • 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 band The Agency performs at Robson Square between 6:30 and 9:30 pm.

Top December Things to Do

Saturday, December 16, 2017

  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Singing Christmas Tree – free family-friendly performances featuring a 100+ person choir, orchestra, actors, dancers and acrobats at Broadway Church at 2700 East Broadway at 3 and 7 pm.
    • Songs in the Snow – live music at Steveston Museum’s Town Square Park between 4 and 6 pm. By donation.
    • Nutcracker with Goh Ballet – at the Centre at 777 Homer Street at 2:00 and 7:30 pm.
    • Vancouver Chamber ChoirBaroque Christmas: Bach and More concert at the Orpheum Theatre at 601 Smithe Street.
    • Good Noise Vancouver Gospel ChoirGood Tidings Christmas concert with guest Jazz vocalist Maureen Washington at 3 and 8 pm at Christ Church Cathedral at 690 Burrard Street in Vancouver.
    • Cirque du Soleil – Kurios shows at Concord Pacific Place.
    • Christmas with Chor Leoni – at 4:30 pm at West Vancouver United Church at 2062 Esquimalt Avenue in West Vancouver.
    • Vancouver Welshmen’s ChoirSounds of Christmas concert with the Magee Chamber Choir at Shaughnessy Heights United Church at 1550 West 33rd Avenue at 7:30 pm.
    • The Day Before Christmas – a play about the perfect holiday disaster showing at the Goldcorp Stage at 162 West 1st Avenue.
    • Vancouver Symphony Orchestra – A Christmas Tradition concert at 4:00 and 7:30 pm at the Bell Performing Arts Centre at 6250 144th Street in Surrey.
    • Marcus Mosley & the Gospel Chorale – concert at North Vancouver’s Mount Seymour United Church from 7 to 9 pm. Tickets cost $25-30.
  • Christmas Activities
    • Old-Fashioned Musical Christmas – Christmas-themed decorations, a bonfire and carols at Fort Langley from 5 to 8 pm. Cost for this special one-evening event is $9.30 for adults, $3.90 for youth and free for children under age 6. Membership passes are not valid for this event.
    • 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.
    • Glow Christmas – a new indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • Peak of Christmas – Santa, reindeer, sleigh rides, gingerbread house displays, ice skating and other holiday activities up at Grouse Mountain.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – Christmas lights, seasonal displays, holiday movies and other family-friendly activities at Canada Place from noon until 6 pm (to be confirmed).
    • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Polar Express – special Christmas activities at the West Coast Railway Museum. Spaces are limited so book your tickets well in advance.
    • Dundarave Festival of Lights – free live music and festive holiday celebrations in West Vancouver from noon until dusk.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – the historic site at Steveston Village is decorated with Christmas trees from area businesses.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby from 1 to 9 pm (free).
    • Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 10:00 pm.
    • Chinese Lantern Festival – light displays and live entertainment at the PNE.
    • Holiday Heights at Bloedel – Christmas lights, glowing plants and family fun at the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park.
  • Christmas and Farmers Markets
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery. DJ Dee Selectress also entertains at Robson Square between 6:30 and 9:30 pm.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – Vancouver vs. Calgary at Rogers Arena.
    • Concerts at Robson Square
      • The Showstoppers provide GLEE-style entertainment from 12:30 until 1:45 pm.
      • Rumba Calzada performs from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.
    • Singing Christmas Tree – free family-friendly performances featuring a 100+ person choir, orchestra, actors, dancers and acrobats at Broadway Church at 2700 East Broadway at 3 and 7 pm.
    • The Gallery SingersAngels from Heaven Came concert at 3 pm at Holy Trinity Anglican Church at 1440 West 12th Avenue in Vancouver. Cost is $18 for adults or $9 for students.
    • The Day Before Christmas – a play about the perfect holiday disaster showing at the Goldcorp Stage at 162 West 1st Avenue.
    • Vancouver Symphony Orchestra – A Christmas Tradition concert at 4:00 and 7:30 pm at the Michael J. Fox Theatre at 7373 Macpherson Avenue in Burnaby.
    • Nutcracker with Goh Ballet – at the Centre at 777 Homer Street at 3:00 and 7:30 pm.
    • Cirque du Soleil – Kurios shows at Concord Pacific Place.
  • Christmas and Farmers Markets
  • Christmas Activities
    • 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.
    • Peak of Christmas – all-day Christmas activities at Grouse Mountain including a performance by the VOC Sweet Gospel Choir in the chalet from 1 until 3 pm.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – Christmas lights, seasonal displays, holiday movies and other family-friendly activities at Canada Place from noon until 6 pm.
    • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – the historic site at Steveston Village is decorated with Christmas trees from area businesses.
    • Polar Express – special Christmas activities at the West Coast Railway Museum. Spaces are limited so book your tickets well in advance.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby from 1 to 9 pm (free).
    • The Big Elf Run – a 5K Elf Run and a 1K Week Elf Fun in Stanley Park benefiting Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver.
    • Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 10:00 pm.
    • Chinese Lantern Festival – light displays and live entertainment at the PNE.
    • Holiday Heights at Bloedel – Christmas lights, glowing plants and family fun at the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park.

Monday, December 18, 2017

  • Christmas Activities
    • Nutcracker with Goh Ballet – at the Centre at 777 Homer Street at 7:30 pm.
    • Christmas with Chor Leoni – at 4:30 and 8 pm at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street in Vancouver.
    • 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.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – outdoor holiday market activities plus live entertainment at Jack Poole Plaza.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – Christmas lights, seasonal displays, holiday movies and other family-friendly activities at Canada Place from noon until 6 pm.
    • Peak of Christmas – Santa, reindeer, sleigh rides, gingerbread house displays, ice skating and other holiday fun up at Grouse Mountain from 11 am to 9 pm.
    • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby from 1 to 9 pm (free).
    • Glow Christmas – a new indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – the historic site at Steveston Village is decorated with Christmas trees.
    • Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 10:00 pm.
    • Chinese Lantern Festival – light displays and live entertainment at the PNE.
    • 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 performs at Robson Square between 6:30 and 9:30 pm.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

  • Shows & Entertainment
  • Christmas Activities
    • 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.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – outdoor holiday market activities plus live entertainment at Jack Poole Plaza.
    • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Glow Christmas – a new indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – Christmas lights, seasonal displays, holiday movies and other family-friendly activities at Canada Place from noon until 6 pm.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby from 1 to 9 pm (free).
    • Christmas at the Cannery – the historic site at Steveston Village is decorated with Christmas trees.
    • Peak of Christmas – Santa, reindeer, sleigh rides, gingerbread house displays, ice skating and other holiday fun up at Grouse Mountain.
    • Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 10:00 pm.
    • Chinese Lantern Festival – light displays and live entertainment at the PNE.
    • 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 Company B Jazz Band performs at Robson Square between 6:30 and 9:30 pm.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

  • Shows & Entertainment
  • Christmas Activities
    • 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.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – outdoor holiday market activities plus live entertainment at Jack Poole Plaza.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – Christmas lights, seasonal displays, holiday movies and other family-friendly activities at Canada Place from noon until 6 pm.
    • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Glow Christmas – a new indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • Peak of Christmas – Santa, reindeer, sleigh rides, gingerbread house displays, ice skating and other holiday fun up at Grouse Mountain from 11 am to 9 pm.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby from 1 to 9 pm (free).
    • Christmas at the Cannery – the historic site at Steveston Village is decorated with Christmas trees.
    • Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 10:00 pm.
    • Chinese Lantern Festival – light displays and live entertainment at the PNE.
    • 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 Jazz duo Caviar & Lace performs at Robson Square between 6:30 and 9:30 pm.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

  • Winter Solstice Lantern Festival – an annual community event with dancing, fire performances and outdoor processions at four different venues (at Granville Island, Chinatown, Yaletown and Strathcona).
  • Shows & Entertainment
  • Christmas Activities
    • 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.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – outdoor holiday market activities plus live entertainment at Jack Poole Plaza from 11 am to 9 pm.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – Christmas lights, seasonal displays, holiday movies and other family-friendly activities at Canada Place from noon until 6 pm.
    • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Glow Christmas – a new indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • Peak of Christmas – Santa, reindeer, sleigh rides, gingerbread house displays, ice skating and other holiday fun up at Grouse Mountain.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby from 1 to 9 pm (free).
    • Christmas at the Cannery – the historic site at Steveston Village is decorated with Christmas trees.
    • Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 10:00 pm.
    • Chinese Lantern Festival – light displays and live entertainment at the PNE.
    • 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, popular Vancouver singer Warren Dean Flandez performs at Robson Square between 6:30 and 9:30 pm.

Friday, December 22, 2017

  • Last day of school before Christmas holidays for most Lower Mainland schools.
  • Shows & Entertainment
  • Christmas Activities
    • 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.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – outdoor holiday market activities plus live entertainment at Jack Poole Plaza.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – Christmas lights, seasonal displays, holiday movies and other family-friendly activities at Canada Place from noon until 6 pm.
    • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Glow Christmas – a new indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas lights and family-friendly activities between 5:30 and 9 pm in the gardens at Park and Tilford mall at 333 Brooksbank Avenue in North Vancouver (by donation and to be confirmed).
    • A Fort Langley Christmas – Christmas-themed decorations and activities at the historic fort in the Fraser Valley. Free admission.
    • Peak of Christmas – Santa, reindeer, sleigh rides, gingerbread house displays, ice skating and other holiday fun up at Grouse Mountain.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby from 1 to 9 pm (free).
    • Christmas at the Cannery – the historic site at Steveston Village is decorated with Christmas trees.
    • Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 10:00 pm.
    • Chinese Lantern Festival – light displays and live entertainment at the PNE.
    • 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, DJ-El-Niño entertains at Robson Square between 6:30 and 9:30 pm.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

  • Shows & Entertainment
  • Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market – between 10 am and 2 pm at Vancouver’s Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street.
  • Christmas Activities
    • Dundarave Festival of Lights – free live music and festive holiday celebrations in West Vancouver from around 3 until 9:30 (but exact times to be confirmed). Today’s event is the annual Christmas Wassail & Bonfire Night.
    • 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.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – outdoor holiday market activities plus live entertainment at Jack Poole Plaza.
    • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • A Fort Langley Christmas – Christmas-themed decorations and activities at the historic fort in the Fraser Valley. Free admission.
    • Glow Christmas – a new indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • Peak of Christmas – Santa, reindeer, sleigh rides, gingerbread house displays, ice skating and other holiday fun up at Grouse Mountain.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – the historic site at Steveston Village is decorated with Christmas trees.
    • Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.
    • Chinese Lantern Festival – light displays and live entertainment at the PNE.
    • 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.

Best Christmas Activities

Sunday, December 24, 2017

  • Christmas Eve
  • Shows & Entertainment
  • Christmas Activities
    • 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.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – last day of the season for the outdoor holiday market activities plus live entertainment at Jack Poole Plaza.
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – the historic site at Steveston Village is decorated with Christmas trees.
    • Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.
    • Peak of Christmas – all-day Christmas activities at Grouse Mountain including a performance by the VOC Sweet Gospel Choir in the chalet from 1 until 3 pm.
    • Chinese Lantern Festival – light displays and live entertainment at the PNE.
    • 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.

Monday, December 25, 2017

  • Christmas Day (Stat Holiday)
  • Christmas Activities
    • Peak of Christmas – Santa, reindeer, sleigh rides, gingerbread house displays, ice skating and other holiday fun up at Grouse Mountain.
    • 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.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

  • Boxing Day
  • Shows & Entertainment
  • Christmas Activities
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby from 1 to 9 pm (FREE).
    • 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, seasonal displays, holiday movies and other family-friendly activities at Canada Place from noon until 6 pm (free).
    • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Glow Christmas – a new indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • Peak of Christmas – Santa, reindeer, sleigh rides, gingerbread house displays, ice skating and other holiday fun up at Grouse Mountain.
    • Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.
    • Chinese Lantern Festival – light displays and live entertainment at the PNE.
    • Holiday Heights at Bloedel – Christmas lights, glowing plants and family fun at the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Thursday, December 28, 2017

  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – Vancouver vs. Chicago at Rogers Arena.
  • Cirque du Soleil – Kurios shows at Concord Pacific Place.
  • Christmas Activities
    • The Nutcracker – with the Alberta Ballet Company at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre at 7:30 pm.
    • 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, seasonal displays, holiday movies and other family-friendly activities at Canada Place from noon until 6 pm (free).
    • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Glow Christmas – a new indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby from 1 to 9 pm (free).
    • A Fort Langley Christmas – Christmas-themed decorations and activities at the historic fort in the Fraser Valley. Free admission.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – the historic site at Steveston Village is decorated with Christmas trees.
    • Peak of Christmas – Santa, reindeer, sleigh rides, gingerbread house displays, ice skating and other holiday fun up at Grouse Mountain.
    • Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.
    • Chinese Lantern Festival – light displays and live entertainment at the PNE.
    • 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.

Friday, December 29, 2017

  • Christmas Activities
    • The Nutcracker – with the Alberta Ballet Company at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre at 2:00 and 7:30 pm.
    • 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.
    • Peak of Christmas – Santa, reindeer, sleigh rides, gingerbread house displays, ice skating and other holiday fun up at Grouse Mountain.
    • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby from 1 to 9 pm (free).
    • Glow Christmas – a new indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • A Fort Langley Christmas – holiday-themed decorations and activities at the historic fort in the Fraser Valley. Free admission.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – the historic site at Steveston Village is decorated with Christmas trees.
    • Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.
    • Chinese Lantern Festival – light displays and live entertainment at the PNE.
    • 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.
  • Cirque du Soleil – Kurios shows at Concord Pacific Place.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

  • Shows & Entertainment
  • Christmas Activities
    • 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.
    • Peak of Christmas – Santa, reindeer, sleigh rides, gingerbread house displays, ice skating and other holiday fun up at Grouse Mountain.
    • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Glow Christmas – a new indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby from 1 to 9 pm (free).
    • A Fort Langley Christmas – holiday-themed decorations and activities at the historic fort in the Fraser Valley. Free admission.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – the historic site at Steveston Village is decorated with Christmas trees.
    • Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.
    • Chinese Lantern Festival – light displays and live entertainment at the PNE.
    • 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.

New Year's Fireworks

Sunday, December 31, 2017

  • New Year’s Eve
    • Fireworks at Canada Place – New Year’s Eve celebrations downtown with pyrotechnic displays starting at midnight.
    • New Year’s Eve at Grouse Mountain – the ski hill’s Peak of Christmas activities tonight include fireworks at 9 pm.
    • First Night at Mt. Seymour – laser tobogganing, fireworks and live entertainment from 6 to 9 pm at the North Vancouver ski hill. Tickets cost $25 for folk ages 3+).
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery. The band Rumba Calzada also performs a free concert at Robson Square from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.
  • Chinese Lantern Festival – light displays and live entertainment at the PNE.
  • 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.
  • Cirque du Soleil – Kurios shows at Concord Pacific Place.

Other December Events

Other events taking place most years in December include the following:

  • Gingerbread Lane – the annual display of gingerbread houses opens at the Grand Hyatt downtown in early December and runs until just after Christmas.
  • Click TOP CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES for other best seasonal things to do in December.

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Top 10 December Activities

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

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