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Vancouver in DECEMBER 2019

December in Vancouver

In Vancouver’s 2019 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.


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December 2-8 | December 9-15 | December 16-22 | December 23-31


 

Best Christmas Activities

Sunday, December 1, 2019

  • Vancouver Santa Claus Parade – along Georgia Street and then down Howe Street. Pre-parade activities for families take place in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery from 10 am until parade time.
  • Surrey Santa Parade – a Santa Claus parade at the Cloverdale Town Centre in Surrey.
  • Shipyards Christmas Festival – North Vancouver’s main Christmas celebrations takes place at the Shipyards on December 1st.
  • Christmas in Steveston Village – activities include the Cannery Farmers’ Market inside the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, a display of classic cars in town, the arrival of Santa Claus by boat at the Steveston Public Wharf, and visits with the man in red at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery.
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – professional ice hockey against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Arena.
  • Shows & Entertainment
  • Farmers Markets
  • Cloverdale Flea Market – a massive market at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey from 6 am until 3 pm.
  • Abbotsford Flea Market – a giant flea market at Abbotsford Exhibition Park from 6 am to 4 pm.
  • Riley Park Winter Farmers Market – between 10 am and 2 pm at Vancouver’s Nat Bailey Stadium.
  • Other Christmas Activities
    • Festival of Lights – amazing Christmas lights and evening festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 until 9 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.
    • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Christmas Glow Vancouver – an indoor winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek.
    • 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.
    • Polar Express – special Christmas activities at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish. Spaces are limited so book your tickets well in advance.
    • Loft Country Christmas – an Old West-themed Christmas attraction at a farm in Langley.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby from 1 to 9 pm.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village. (Note: Today is also market day, so admission is free!)
  • Christmas Craft Fairs
  • Jazz Vespers – at 4 pm at First Baptist Church at 969 Burrard Street in Vancouver. Admission is by donation.

 


Week of December 2nd to 8th

December 2-8 | December 9-15 | December 16-22 | December 23-31


 

Monday, December 2, 2019

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

  • Theatre
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and festivities at amazing VanDusen Garden.
    • Christmas Glow Vancouver – an indoor winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek.
    • 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.
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays 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.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby.
  • 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

Thursday, December 5, 2019

  • Music & Theatre
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Festival of Lights – amazing Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden.
    • Christmas Glow Abbotsford – first day of the season for the indoor attraction featuring a light maze, live entertainment, artisan market and family-friendly activities at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford.
    • Christmas Glow Vancouver – an indoor winter holiday festival that features a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek.
    • 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.
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink outside the Vancouver Art Gallery at the corner of Howe and Robson Street.

Top Vancouver December Things to Do

Friday, December 6, 2019

  • Shows & Entertainment
  • Christmas Markets
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Festival of Lights – amazing Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden.
    • Christmas Glow Abbotsford – an indoor attraction that features a light maze, live entertainment, artisan market and family-friendly activities at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford.
    • Christmas Glow Vancouver – an indoor winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek.
    • 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.
    • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas lights and family-friendly activities between 5:30 and 9 pm in the gardens at Park and Tilford mall in North Vancouver (by donation).
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – Christmas lights and seasonal displays.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink outside the Vancouver Art Gallery at the corner of Howe and Robson Street.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

  • Christmas Lights Up Parade – starting at 6 pm in Aldergrove (an annual event on the second Saturday in December).
  • Christmas Magic – a special one-day event at the Britannia Mine Museum featuring a train ride, Santa Claus and other family-friendly activities.
  • Santa Shuffle – a 5K Fun Run and 1K Elf Walk at Stanley Park benefiting the Salvation Army.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • Family Favourites Movies – a family-friendly film is showing for just $2.99 at select Cineplex theatres in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, North Vancouver, Richmond and Surrey at 11 o’clock.
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – professional ice hockey against the Buffalo Sabres at Rogers Arena.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Festival of Lights – amazing Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden.
    • Christmas Glow Abbotsford – an indoor attraction that features a light maze, live entertainment, artisan market and family-friendly activities at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford.
    • Christmas Glow Vancouver – an indoor winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek.
    • 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 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.
    • Dundarave Festival of Lights – free live music from noon until dusk in West Vancouver. Today is the festival’s Dundarave Nativity Paddle Songs event with live entertainment between around noon and 4 pm. (To be confirmed.)
    • Christmas at Canada Place – Christmas lights and seasonal displays.
    • Polar Express – special Christmas activities at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish. 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.
  • Christmas Fairs & Farmers Markets

Christmas Craft Fairs

Sunday, December 8, 2019

  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Roedde House Classic Concert Series – this afternoon’s performance is Winter Wonderland with John Stetch on piano at the Roedde House Museum in Vancouver’s West End (not far from Robson Street).
    • Singing Christmas Tree – free family-friendly performances featuring a 100+ person choir, orchestra, actors, dancers and acrobats at Broadway Church at 2700 East Broadway.
  • Christmas and Farmers Markets
    • All About Christmas Gifts Expo – a giant holiday market featuring over 160 vendors at Heritage Park in Chilliwack. Admission is $4 and hours of operation are from 10 am until 4 pm.
    • Got Craft – at the Croatian Cultural Centre 3250 Commercial Drive in Vancouver. Admission is $5.
    • Cannery Farmers Market – a winter market at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston Village from 10 am to 3 pm.
    • Hastings Park Farmers Market – from 10 am to 2 pm at Hastings Skatepark by the PNE on Sundays.
  • Cloverdale Flea Market – a massive market at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey from 6 am until 3 pm.
  • Abbotsford Flea Market – a giant flea market at Abbotsford Exhibition Park from 6 am to 4 pm.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • 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.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.
    • Christmas Glow Vancouver – an indoor winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek.
    • Polar Express – special Christmas activities at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish. Spaces are limited so book your tickets well in advance.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby.
    • 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.
  • 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 Giants Hockey – against Tri-City at the Langley Events Centre.
  • Jazz Vespers – at 4 pm at First Baptist Church at 969 Burrard Street in Vancouver. Admission is by donation.

Week of December 9th to 15th

December 2-8 | December 9-15 | December 16-22 | December 23-31


 

Monday, December 9, 2019

  • 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.
  • Jazz Vespers – with the Mighty Fraser Big Band at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church at 885 – 22nd Street in West Vancouver (December 8, 2019).
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Festival of Lights – amazing Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden.
    • Christmas Glow Abbotsford – an indoor attraction that features a light maze, live entertainment, artisan market and family-friendly activities at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford.
    • Christmas Glow Vancouver – an indoor winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek.
    • 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.
    • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – Christmas lights and seasonal displays.
  • 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 10, 2019

  • Shows & Entertainment
  • Christmas Attractions
  • 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 Canucks Hockey – professional ice hockey against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Rogers Arena.

Best Christmas Activities

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

  • Music & Theatre
    • Winter Harp Concert – at 7:30 pm at the BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts at Capilano University at 2055 Purcell Way in North Vancouver.
    • A Traditional Christmas Concert – performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at South Delta Baptist Church.
    • 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.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Christmas Glow Abbotsford – an indoor attraction that features a light maze, live entertainment, artisan market and family-friendly activities at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford.
    • Christmas Glow Vancouver – an indoor winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – Christmas lights and seasonal displays.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.
    • 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.
    • Festival of Lights – amazing Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden.
    • 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 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.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

  • Make It Craft Show – a craft event with over 170 vendors at the PNE at 2901 East Hastings Street.
  • Music & Theatre
  • Jazz Evenings in the Parlour – at the Roedde House Museum in Vancouver’s West End (not far from Robson Street). Tonight features Karin Plato with John Reischman and John Miller.
    • Winter Harp Concert – at 7:30 pm at the BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts at Capilano University at 2055 Purcell Way in North Vancouver.
    • 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.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Festival of Lights – amazing Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden.
    • Christmas Glow Abbotsford – an indoor attraction that features a light maze, live entertainment, artisan market and family-friendly activities at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford.
    • Christmas Glow Vancouver – an indoor winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek.
    • 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 – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink at the corner of Howe and Robson Street.
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – professional ice hockey against the Carolina Hurricanes at Rogers Arena.

Operation Red Nose

Friday, December 13, 2019

  • Shows & Entertainment
  • Christmas Craft Fairs
    • Make It Craft Show – a craft event with over 170 vendors at the PNE at 2901 East Hastings Street.
    • Christmas in the Village – an indoor artisan market with a Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol theme at the Community Hall at 9167 Glover Road in Fort Langley.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Festival of Lights – amazing Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.
    • Christmas Glow Abbotsford – an indoor attraction that features a light maze, live entertainment, artisan market and family-friendly activities at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford.
    • Christmas Glow Vancouver – an indoor winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 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 (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, Barron S performs from 6 until 9 pm.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

  • Carol Ships Shoreline Celebration – a community bonfire, live entertainment, craft-making opportunities and boats with Christmas lights out on the water in North Vancouver’s Deep Cove.
  • Dundarave Festival of Lights – free live music and festive holiday celebrations in West Vancouver from noon until dusk. Today is the festival’s World Christmas event.
  • Shows & Entertainment
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Festival of Lights – amazing Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.
    • Christmas Glow Abbotsford – an indoor attraction that features a light maze, live entertainment, artisan market and family-friendly activities at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford.
    • Christmas Glow Vancouver – an indoor winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek.
    • 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.
    • Loft Country Christmas – an Old West-themed Christmas attraction at a farm in Langley.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Polar Express – special Christmas activities at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish. Spaces are limited so book your tickets well in advance.
  • Christmas and Farmers Markets
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • The Big Elf Run – a 5K Elf Run and a 1K Week Elf Fun in Stanley Park benefiting Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver.

Free Events in December

Sunday, December 15, 2019

  • New West Santa Claus Parade – a family-friendly event along New Westminster’s Columbia Street starting at 11 am.
  • Shows & Entertainment
  • Jazz Vespers – at 4 pm at First Baptist Church at 969 Burrard Street in Vancouver. Admission is by donation.
  • Professional Sports
  • Christmas Markets and Farmers Markets
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.
    • Christmas in the Village – an indoor artisan market with a Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol theme at the Community Hall at 9167 Glover Road in Fort Langley. (To be confirmed.)
    • Make It Craft Show – a craft event with over 170 vendors at the PNE at 2901 East Hastings Street.
    • Hastings Park Farmers Market – from 10 am to 2 pm at Hastings Skatepark by the PNE on Sundays.
    • Cannery Farmers Market – a winter market at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston Village from 10 am to 3 pm.
  • Cloverdale Flea Market – a massive market at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey from 6 am until 3 pm.
  • Abbotsford Flea Market – a giant flea market at Abbotsford Exhibition Park from 6 am to 4 pm.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Festival of Lights – amazing Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • 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.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby from 1 to 9 pm.
    • Christmas Glow Vancouver – an indoor winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • 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 outside the Vancouver Art Gallery at the corner of Howe and Robson Street.

 


Week of December 16th to 22nd

December 2-8 | December 9-15 | December 16-22 | December 23-31


 

Monday, December 16, 2019

  • 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.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Festival of Lights – amazing Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.
    • Christmas Glow Abbotsford – an indoor attraction that features a light maze, live entertainment, artisan market and family-friendly activities at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford.
    • Christmas Glow Vancouver – an indoor winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek.
    • 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.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby from 1 to 9 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.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

  • Theatre
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Festival of Lights – amazing Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.
    • Christmas Glow Abbotsford – an indoor attraction that features a light maze, live entertainment, artisan market and family-friendly activities at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford.
    • Christmas Glow Vancouver – an indoor winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek.
    • 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.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby from 1 to 9 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.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – professional ice hockey against the Vegas Golden Knights at Rogers Arena.
  • Music & Theatre
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Festival of Lights – amazing Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.
    • Christmas Glow Abbotsford – an indoor attraction that features a light maze, live entertainment, artisan market and family-friendly activities at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford.
    • Christmas Glow Vancouver – an indoor winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek. SOLD OUT!
    • 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.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby.
    • 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.

Friday, December 20, 2019

  • 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
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Christmas Glow Abbotsford – an indoor attraction that features a light maze, live entertainment, artisan market and family-friendly activities at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford.
    • Christmas Glow Vancouver – an indoor winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek.
    • 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).
    • 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.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

  • Shows & Entertainment
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – professional ice hockey against the Pittsburgh Penguins 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.
    • Festival of Lights – amazing Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 10:00 pm.
    • Christmas Glow Abbotsford – an indoor attraction that features a light maze, live entertainment, artisan market and family-friendly activities at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford.
    • Christmas Glow Vancouver – an indoor winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek.
    • 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.
    • 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.

Top December Things to Do

Sunday, December 22, 2019

  • 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.
    • Jazz Vespers – at 4 pm at First Baptist Church at 969 Burrard Street in Vancouver. 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.
    • Christmas Glow Vancouver – an indoor winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek.
    • 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.
    • 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 23rd to 31st

December 2-8 | December 9-15 | December 16-22 | December 23-31


 

Monday, December 23, 2019

  • 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.
  • 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 Glow Abbotsford – an indoor attraction that features a light maze, live entertainment, artisan market and family-friendly activities at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford.
  • Christmas Glow Vancouver – an indoor winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek.
  • 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.
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – professional ice hockey against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Arena.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – last day of the 2019 season for the European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.
    • Christmas Glow Abbotsford – an indoor attraction that features a light maze, live entertainment, artisan market and family-friendly activities at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford.
    • Christmas Glow Vancouver – an indoor winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek.
    • 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.
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays from 4:30 until 11 pm around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – Christmas lights and seasonal displays.
    • 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.
    • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink at the corner of Howe and Robson Street.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

  • Christmas Day (Stat Holiday)
  • Christmas Attractions

Thursday, December 26, 2019

  • Boxing Day
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Festival of Lights – amazing Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 10:00 pm.
    • Christmas Glow Abbotsford – an indoor attraction that features a light maze, live entertainment, artisan market and family-friendly activities at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford.
    • Christmas Glow Vancouver – an indoor winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • 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.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • Bright Nights – amazing 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.
  • 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.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink at the corner of Howe and Robson Street.

Friday, December 27, 2019

  • Contact Winter Music Festival – a 2-day electronic music festival at BC Place Stadium.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Festival of Lights – amazing Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 10:00 pm.
    • Christmas Glow Abbotsford – an indoor attraction that features a light maze, live entertainment, artisan market and family-friendly activities at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford.
    • Christmas Glow Vancouver – an indoor winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • 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 – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • Holiday Heights at Bloedel – Christmas lights, glowing plants and family fun at the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park.
  • 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.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink at the corner of Howe and Robson Street.
  • Roedde House – admission to the historic museum in Vancouver’s West End is by donation today (because it’s the last Friday of the month).

Saturday, December 28, 2019

  • Contact Winter Music Festival – a 2-day electronic music festival at BC Place Stadium.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Festival of Lights – amazing Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 10:00 pm.
    • Christmas Glow Abbotsford – an indoor attraction that features a light maze, live entertainment, artisan market and family-friendly activities at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford.
    • Christmas Glow Vancouver – an indoor winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • 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 – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • Holiday Heights at Bloedel – Christmas lights, glowing plants and family fun at the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park.
  • 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.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink at the corner of Howe and Robson Street.
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – professional ice hockey against the LA Kings at Rogers Arena.

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Sunday, December 29, 2019

  • 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.
    • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
    • 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.
    • Christmas Glow Vancouver – an indoor winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
  • 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.
  • Jazz Vespers – at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street between 3 and 4 pm. Admission is by donation.

Monday, December 30, 2019

  • 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.
    • Christmas Glow Abbotsford – an indoor attraction that features a light maze, live entertainment, artisan market and family-friendly activities at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford.
    • Christmas Glow Vancouver – an indoor winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek.
    • 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.

Sunday, December 31, 2019

  • 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! (To be confirmed.)
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • First Night at Mt. Seymour – evening laser tobogganing, fireworks and live entertainment at the North Vancouver ski hill.
    • 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.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Christmas Glow Abbotsford – an indoor attraction that features a light maze, live entertainment, artisan market and family-friendly activities at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford.
    • Christmas Glow Vancouver – an indoor winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek.
    • 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 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.
    • Lights on the Lake – Christmas light displays at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Jazz Vespers – at 4 pm at First Baptist Church at 969 Burrard Street in Vancouver. Admission is by donation. (To be confirmed.)

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2019 December Events

The following events are also taking place in December 2019 (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.)
  • Squamish Santa Claus Parade – in downtown Squamish.
  • A Fort Langley Christmas – Christmas-themed decorations and activities at the historic fort in the Fraser Valley.
  • Winter Harp Concert – at various Lower Mainland locations.
  • Vancouver Chamber Choir – a performance of “Handel’s Messiah” with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Pacifica Singers and Vancouver Chamber Orchestra at the Orpheum Theatre.
  • Big Rigs for Kids Lighted Truck Parade – family-friendly activities and a parade of trucks with Christmas lights in downtown Surrey.
  • Christmas with Chor Leoni – an evening choir concert at Vancouver’s St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church or other venue.
  • Sounds of Christmas – a concert with the Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir at Massey Theatre at 735 8th Avenue in New Westminster.
  • Holiday Cheer at the Pier Santa, snacks and carol singing in Port Moody at Rocky Point Park.
  • Dundarave Christmas Fair a small community event with Christmas tree decorating and live entertainment in West Vancouver as part of the Dundarave Festival of Lights.
  • Maple Ridge Christmas Festival – Christmas activities in Memorial Peace Park with a parade in the evening.
  • Lights on the Lake – Christmas light displays at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Peak of Christmas – Santa, reindeer, sleigh rides, gingerbread house displays, ice skating and other holiday fun up at Grouse Mountain.
  • Loft Country Christmas – an Old West-themed Christmas attraction at a farm in Langley.
  • 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.
  • Christmas Magic – Christmas decorations and special activities at Britannia Mine (December 7th and 14th, 2019, but to be confirmed.)
  • Yule Duel: Caroling for a Cause – over a dozen choirs singing from the sidewalks of downtown Vancouver. By donation. (To be confirmed.)
  • Christmas with Chor Leoni – an evening choir concert at Vancouver’s St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church or other venue.
  • Aurora Winter Festival – a North-Pole-themed Christmas attraction at the PNE.
  • CP Holiday Train – musicians entertain with stops this evening in Agassiz, Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. The events are free but donations for local food banks are greatly appreciated. (To be confirmed.)
  • Arts Club Theatre – the following plays take place at the theatre company’s various locations:
    • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street (every day except Mondays starting on November 7, 2019).
    • It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle – at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue (November 21-24 & 26-30, 2019).
    • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – on the Granville Island Stage (every day except Sundays between December 5, 2019, and January 4, 2020).

Top December Activities

  • Check out the Christmas lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas light displays between 5:30 and 9 pm in the gardens at Park and Tilford mall in North Vancouver (by donation).
  • Singing Christmas Tree – free family-friendly performances featuring a 100+ person choir, orchestra, actors, dancers and acrobats at Broadway Church at 2700 East Broadway.
  • Wesbrook Village Winter Festival – a 2-day event at UBC’s Wesbrook Village featuring Christmas tree displays, carolers, Santa and the Etsy Vancouver Winter Market.
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – a classic Christmas comedy at the Havana Theatre about a family of trouble-making kids and the community’s annual Christmas pageant. (Tonight is preview night, so tickets are half price.)
  • Go see more Christmas lights at Stanley Park.
  • Wesbrook Village Winter Festival – a 2-day event at UBC’s Wesbrook Village featuring Christmas tree displays, carolers, Santa and the Etsy Vancouver Winter Market.
  • Take in even more spectacular Christmas Lights at VanDusen Garden.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy the sleigh rides, gingerbread houses, skiing and skating at Grouse Mountain’s Peak of Christmas.
  • Take part in any of Vancouver’s other Top Christmas Activities.
  • Take part in the Boxing Week shopping sales – the week starting on Dec. 26 at stores throughout the Lower Mainland, including Vancouver’s best places for shopping.
  • Visit one of Vancouver’s best places for indoor activities (because it rains lots in December).
  • Take in some of the many wonderful Christmas music concerts and theatre performances taking place around town.
  • Go skiing at Whistler-Blackcomb, Cypress, Grouse or Mount Seymour ski hills, but preferably before schools get out for the holidays at which time they’ll all be crazily crowded.
  • Spend time with friends and family and enjoy the holiday season.
  • Colombian Fiesta de las Velitas – a free event at Burnaby Hall at 7837 Canada Way with live music, kid-friendly activities and food for purchase from 4 until 8 pm.

Other Information

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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