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Vancouver Events in DECEMBER 2021

December in Vancouver

In Vancouver’s 2021 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 Calendar of Events

  • Dec. 17 – 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 Boxing Day sales at stores throughout the region)
  • Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve

 

Vancouver December Events in 2021

Below is what’s happening on the different days of the month in December.

(Note: Schedules are subject to change. This is the case any year, but especially in 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, see official event websites for the most up-to-date details. Also, whatever you do, be responsible and be safe!)

 


Week of December 1st to 5th

December 1-5 | December 6-12 | December 13-19 | December 20-26 | December 27-31


 

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

  • BC Buy Local Week – this week people are reminded about the value of supporting local and independently-owned businesses. While doing your holiday shopping, be sure to buy local as much as you can! For ideas on how and why you should support small businesses in your community, see our article about BC Buy Local Week.
  • Granville Island – the shopping and entertainment district is open and decorated with Christmas lights at night.
  • Christmas Tree Sales – various charities and farms are selling Christmas trees around the Lower Mainland.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Festival of Trees – 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.
    • Festival of Lights – the annual winter event featuring over a million lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden.
    • 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.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink outside the Vancouver Art Gallery at the corner of Howe and Robson Street.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons which is 5 minutes from the SeaBus in North Vancouver. Free admission (and skates can be rented).
  • Arts Club Theatre – Christmas-themed plays at the theatre company’s various venues.

 

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Thursday, December 2, 2021

  • BC Buy Local Week – this week people are reminded about the value of supporting local and independently-owned businesses. While doing your holiday shopping, be sure to buy local as much as you can! For ideas on how and why you should support small businesses in your community, see our article about BC Buy Local Week.
  • Granville Island – the shopping and entertainment district is open and decorated with Christmas lights at night.
  • Christmas Tree Sales – various charities and farms are selling Christmas trees around the Lower Mainland.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Festival of Lights – the annual winter event featuring over a million lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden.
    • 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.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink outside the Vancouver Art Gallery at the corner of Howe and Robson Street.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons which is 5 minutes from the SeaBus in North Vancouver. Free admission (and skates can be rented).
  • Arts Club Theatre – Christmas-themed plays at the theatre company’s various venues.

 

Friday, December 3, 2021

  • BC Buy Local Week – this week people are reminded about the value of supporting local and independently-owned businesses. While doing your holiday shopping, be sure to buy local as much as you can! For ideas on how and why you should support small businesses in your community, see our article about BC Buy Local Week.
  • Granville Island – the shopping and entertainment district is open and decorated with Christmas lights at night.
  • Christmas Tree Sales – various charities and farms are selling Christmas trees around the Lower Mainland.
  • 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.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons which is 5 minutes from the SeaBus in North Vancouver. Free admission (and skates can be rented).
  • Arts Club Theatre – Christmas-themed plays at the theatre company’s various venues.

 

Free Events in December

 

Saturday, December 4, 2021

  • BC Buy Local Week – this week people are reminded about the value of supporting local and independently-owned businesses. While doing your holiday shopping, be sure to buy local as much as you can! For ideas on how and why you should support small businesses in your community, see our article about BC Buy Local Week.
  • Granville Island – the shopping and entertainment district is decorated with Christmas lights at night.
  • Christmas Tree Sales – various charities and farms are selling Christmas trees around the Lower Mainland.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Dundarave Festival of Lights – Christmas trees to admire at West Vancouver’s Dundarave Beach. Today also features the festival’s Dundarave Nativity Paddle Songs event with live entertainment.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • Festival of Lights – the annual winter event featuring over a million lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden.
    • 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.
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
  • Riley Park Winter Farmers Market – between 10 am and 2 pm at Vancouver’s Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street.
  • Arts Club Theatre – Christmas-themed plays at the theatre company’s various venues.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink outside the Vancouver Art Gallery at the corner of Howe and Robson Street.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons which is 5 minutes from the SeaBus in North Vancouver. Free admission (and skates can be rented).

 

Sunday, December 5, 2021

 


Week of December 6th to 12th

December 1-5 | December 6-12 | December 13-19 | December 20-26 | December 27-31


 

Monday, December 6, 2021

  • Christmas Tree Sales – various charities and farms are selling Christmas trees around the Lower Mainland.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • Festival of Lights – the annual winter event featuring over a million lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden.
    • 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.
  • Arts Club Theatre – Christmas-themed plays at the theatre company’s various venues.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink outside the Vancouver Art Gallery at the corner of Howe and Robson Street.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons which is 5 minutes from the SeaBus in North Vancouver. Free admission (and skates can be rented).

 

Best Christmas Activities

 

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

  • Christmas Tree Sales – various charities and farms are selling Christmas trees around the Lower Mainland.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • Festival of Lights – the annual winter event featuring over a million lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden.
    • 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.
  • Arts Club Theatre – Christmas-themed plays at the theatre company’s various venues.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink outside the Vancouver Art Gallery at the corner of Howe and Robson Street.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons which is 5 minutes from the SeaBus in North Vancouver. Free admission, and skates can be rented.
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most theatres throughout the Lower Mainland.

 

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

  • Christmas Tree Sales – various charities and farms are selling Christmas trees around the Lower Mainland.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
    • 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.
    • Festival of Lights – the annual winter event featuring over a million lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden.
    • 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.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons which is 5 minutes from the SeaBus in North Vancouver. Free admission, and skates can be rented.
  • Arts Club Theatre – Christmas-themed plays at the theatre company’s various venues.

 

Thursday, December 9, 2021

  • Christmas Tree Sales – various charities and farms are selling Christmas trees around the Lower Mainland.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • Festival of Lights – the annual winter event featuring over a million lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden.
    • 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.
    • 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 at the corner of Howe and Robson Street.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons which is 5 minutes from the SeaBus in North Vancouver. Free admission, and skates can be rented.
  • Arts Club Theatre – Christmas-themed plays at the theatre company’s various venues.

 

Friday, December 10, 2021

  • Christmas Tree Sales – various charities and farms are selling Christmas trees around the Lower Mainland.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • Festival of Lights – the annual winter event featuring over a million lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons which is 5 minutes from the SeaBus in North Vancouver. Free admission, and skates can be rented.
  • Arts Club Theatre – Christmas-themed plays at the theatre company’s various venues.

 

Saturday, December 11, 2021

  • Christmas Tree Sales – various charities and farms are selling Christmas trees around the Lower Mainland.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Dundarave Festival of Lights – Christmas trees to admire at West Vancouver’s Dundarave Beach. Today also features the festival’s World Christmas event.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • Festival of Lights – the annual winter event featuring over a million lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons which is 5 minutes from the SeaBus in North Vancouver. Free admission, and skates can be rented.
  • Riley Park Winter Farmers Market – at Vancouver’s Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street.
  • Arts Club Theatre – Christmas-themed plays at the theatre company’s various venues. (TBD)

 

Sunday, December 12, 2021

 


Week of December 13th to 19th

December 1-5 | December 6-12 | December 13-19 | December 20-26 | December 27-31


 

Monday, December 13, 2021

  • Christmas Attractions
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • Festival of Lights – the annual winter event featuring over a million lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden.
    • 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.
  • Granville Island – the shopping and entertainment district is open and the neighbourhood is decorated with Christmas lights at night.
  • Arts Club Theatre – Christmas-themed plays at the theatre company’s various venues. (TBD)
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons which is 5 minutes from the SeaBus in North Vancouver. Free admission, and skates can be rented.

 

Top Vancouver December Things to Do

 

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

  • Christmas Attractions
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • Festival of Lights – the annual winter event featuring over a million lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden.
    • 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.
  • Granville Island – the shopping and entertainment district is open and the neighbourhood is decorated with Christmas lights at night.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons which is 5 minutes from the SeaBus in North Vancouver. Free admission, and skates can be rented.
  • Shows & Entertainment

 

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

  • Granville Island – the shopping and entertainment district is open and the neighbourhood is decorated with Christmas lights at night.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • Festival of Lights – the annual winter event featuring over a million lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons which is 5 minutes from the SeaBus in North Vancouver. Free admission, and skates can be rented.
  • Arts Club Theatre – Christmas-themed plays at the theatre company’s various venues. (TBD)

 

Thursday, December 16, 2021

  • Granville Island – the shopping and entertainment district is open and the neighbourhood is decorated with Christmas lights at night.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • Festival of Lights – the annual winter event featuring over a million lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons which is 5 minutes from the SeaBus in North Vancouver. Free admission, and skates can be rented.
  • Arts Club Theatre – Christmas-themed plays at the theatre company’s various venues. (TBD)

 

Friday, December 17, 2021

  • Last day of school before Christmas holidays for most Lower Mainland schools.
  • Granville Island – the shopping and entertainment district is open and the neighbourhood is decorated with Christmas lights at night.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • Festival of Lights – the annual winter event featuring over a million lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden.
    • 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.
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
  • Arts Club Theatre – Christmas-themed plays at the theatre company’s various venues. (TBD)
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons which is 5 minutes from the SeaBus in North Vancouver. Free admission, and skates can be rented.

 

Saturday, December 18, 2021

  • Granville Island – the shopping and entertainment district is open and the neighbourhood is decorated with Christmas lights at night.
  • Riley Park Winter Farmers Market – at Vancouver’s Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Dundarave Festival of Lights – Christmas trees to admire at West Vancouver’s Dundarave Beach. Today also features Christmas Wassail & Bonfire Night with free live music and festive holiday celebrations.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • Festival of Lights – the annual winter event featuring over a million lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden.
    • 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.
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way
  • Arts Club Theatre – Christmas-themed plays at the theatre company’s various venues. (TBD)
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink at the corner of Howe and Robson Street.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons which is 5 minutes from the SeaBus in North Vancouver. Free admission, and skates can be rented.

 

Top December Things to Do

 

Sunday, December 19, 2021

  • Granville Island – the shopping and entertainment district is open and the neighbourhood is decorated with Christmas lights at night.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • Festival of Lights – the annual winter event featuring over a million lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden.
    • 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.
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
  • Arts Club Theatre – Christmas-themed plays at the theatre company’s various venues. (TBD)
  • Farmers Markets
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink at the corner of Howe and Robson Street.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons which is 5 minutes from the SeaBus in North Vancouver. Free admission, and skates can be rented.

 


Week of December 20th to 26th

December 1-5 | December 6-12 | December 13-19 | December 20-26 | December 27-31


 

Monday, December 20, 2021

  • Granville Island – the shopping and entertainment district is open and the neighbourhood is decorated with Christmas lights at night.
  • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
  • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
  • Festival of Lights – the annual winter event featuring over a million lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden.
  • Bright Nights – Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
  • 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.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons which is 5 minutes from the SeaBus in North Vancouver. Free admission, and skates can be rented.
  • Arts Club Theatre – Christmas-themed plays at the theatre company’s various venues. (TBD)

 

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

  • Christmas Attractions
  • Arts Club Theatre – Christmas-themed plays at the theatre company’s various venues. (TBD)
  • Granville Island – the shopping and entertainment district is open and the neighbourhood is decorated with Christmas lights at night.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink at the corner of Howe and Robson Street.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons which is 5 minutes from the SeaBus in North Vancouver. Free admission, and skates can be rented.

 

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

  • Christmas Attractions
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • Festival of Lights – the annual winter event featuring over a million lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden.
    • 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.
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
  • Arts Club Theatre – Christmas-themed plays at the theatre company’s various venues. (TBD)
  • Granville Island – the shopping and entertainment district is open and the neighbourhood is decorated with Christmas lights at night.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink at the corner of Howe and Robson Street.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons which is 5 minutes from the SeaBus in North Vancouver. Free admission, and skates can be rented.

 

Thursday, December 23, 2021

  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • Festival of Lights – the annual winter event featuring over a million lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden.
    • 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.
  • Arts Club Theatre – Christmas-themed plays at the theatre company’s various venues. (TBD)
  • Granville Island – the shopping and entertainment district is open and the neighbourhood is decorated with Christmas lights at night.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink at the corner of Howe and Robson Street.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons which is 5 minutes from the SeaBus in North Vancouver. Free admission, and skates can be rented.

 

Friday, December 24, 2021

  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
    • Peak of Christmas – holiday lights, ice skating, sleigh rides and other winter holiday activities at Grouse Mountain.
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake.

 

Saturday, December 25, 2021

  • Christmas Day (Stat Holiday)
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.

 

Sunday, December 26, 2021

  • Boxing Day
  • Christmas Attractions
  • Granville Island – the shopping and entertainment district is open and the neighbourhood is decorated with Christmas lights at night.
  • Arts Club Theatre – Christmas-themed plays at the theatre company’s various venues. (TBD)
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons which is 5 minutes from the SeaBus in North Vancouver. Free admission, and skates can be rented.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.

 


Week of December 27th to 31st

December 1-5 | December 6-12 | December 13-19 | December 20-26 | December 27-31


 

Monday, December 27, 2021

  • Christmas Attractions
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons which is 5 minutes from the SeaBus in North Vancouver. Free admission, and skates can be rented.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Granville Island – the shopping and entertainment district is open and the neighbourhood is decorated with Christmas lights at night.
  • Arts Club Theatre – Christmas-themed plays at the theatre company’s various venues. (TBD)

 

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

  • Christmas Attractions
  • Granville Island – the shopping and entertainment district is open and the neighbourhood is decorated with Christmas lights at night.
  • Arts Club Theatre – Christmas-themed plays at the theatre company’s various venues. (TBD)
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons which is 5 minutes from the SeaBus in North Vancouver. Free admission, and skates can be rented.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink at the corner of Howe and Robson Street.

 

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

  • Christmas Attractions
  • Granville Island – the shopping and entertainment district is open and the neighbourhood is decorated with Christmas lights at night.
  • Arts Club Theatre – Christmas-themed plays at the theatre company’s various venues. (TBD)
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons which is 5 minutes from the SeaBus in North Vancouver. Free admission, and skates can be rented.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink at the corner of Howe and Robson Street.

 

Thursday, December 30, 2021

  • Christmas Attractions
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons which is 5 minutes from the SeaBus in North Vancouver. Free admission, and skates can be rented.
  • Granville Island – the shopping and entertainment district is open and the neighbourhood is decorated with Christmas lights at night.
  • Arts Club Theatre – Christmas-themed plays at the theatre company’s various venues. (TBD)

 

Friday, December 31, 2021

 


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2021 December Events

The following events may also be taking place in December 2021 (although exact details are to be confirmed):

 

Festivals and Events (Other than Christmas ones)

  • Winter Solstice Lantern Festival – an annual community event with dancing, fire performances and outdoor processions at several different venues (including Granville Island and Yaletown). (TBC)
  • Contact Winter Music Festival – a music festival featuring electronic dance music (EDM) by various artists at GM Place Stadium at the end of the month.

 

Christmas Attractions

  • PNE WinterLights – Christmas lights and magical lands at the Pacific National Exhibition. (TBD)
  • Canyon Lights – Christmas lights and activities at the Capilano Suspension Bridge (from late November until January).
  • Christmas Glow – a winter holiday festival featuring a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and music in Langley (from late November until early January).
  • Christmas at Canada Place – Christmas lights and seasonal displays.
  • Festivale Tropicale – Christmas lights and glowing plants at the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park.
  • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas lights and family-friendly activities between 5:30 and 9 pm in the gardens on Friday evenings at Park and Tilford mall in North Vancouver (by donation).
  • Gingerbread Lane – a free display of Christmas gingerbread houses at the Vancouver Hyatt Regency.
  • Dickens Christmas – free Christmas displays at the British Museum at 45945 Alexander Avenue in Chilliwack.
  • Loft Country Christmas – an Old West-themed Christmas attraction at a farm in Langley.
  • Peak of Christmas – Santa, reindeer, sleigh rides, gingerbread house displays, ice skating and other holiday fun up at Grouse Mountain.
  • Polar Express – special Christmas activities at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish.
  • Scuba Claus and Holiday Traditions – Christmas movies and photo opportunities with Santa at the Vancouver Aquarium. (TBC)

 

Santa Claus Parades

 

Christmas Events

  • 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.
  • Christmas in Steveston Village – activities include 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.
  • CP Holiday Train – musicians entertain with stops this evening in Agassiz, Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. Admission is by donation with proceeds benefiting local food banks.
  • Jingle Bell White Rock – opening night for the White Rock Festival of Lights. The event features kid-friendly craft activities, photo opportunities with Santa and live entertainment.
  • Langley Magic of Christmas – a family-friendly event that includes breakfast with Santa Claus, live entertainment, a parade and tree lighting ceremony in and around McBurney Plaza at 20518 Fraser Highway.
  • Light Up Bowen Lantern Festival – a community event featuring a small parade, caroling, a nativity play and Santa Claus on Bowen Island.
  • Santa Comes to Britannia – a special day event at the Britannia Mine Museum featuring a train ride, Santa Claus and other family-friendly activities. (TBC)
  • Santa Shuffle – a 5K Fun Run and 1K Elf Walk at Stanley Park benefiting the Salvation Army.
  • Colombian Dia de las Velitas Fiesta – a free event with live music, kid-friendly activities and food for purchase. (TBC)

 

Christmas Craft Fairs and Markets

 

Christmas Concerts

 

Other Shows and Entertainment

  • The Nutcracker – the Christmas classic with Goh Ballet at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
  • Family Favourites Movies – a family-friendly film shows for just $2.99 on Saturday mornings at select Cineplex theatres in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, North Vancouver, Richmond and Surrey at 11 o’clock. (TBC)
  • Friday Night Live – live music, storytelling and a guest artist in North Vancouver at 3201 Mountain Highway. (TBC)
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. (TBC)
  • Jazz Evenings in the Parlour – at the Roedde House Museum in Vancouver’s West End (not far from Robson Street).
  • Jazz Vespers
    • On Sundays at 4 pm in the salons at St. Andrews-Wesley United Church at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver.
    • On a Sunday at 4 pm at Northwood United Church at 8855 – 156th Street in Surrey.
    • On a Sunday at St. Andrew’s United Church at 1044 St. George’s Avenue in North Vancouver between 4 and 5 pm. Admission is by donation.

 

Other Events and Activities

 

Top December Activities

Below are some of the most popular activities to do in December most years in the Lower Mainland.

  • Glow Christmas – an indoor Christmas attraction in Langley (or other venue).
  • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas lights and a miniature train at Stanley Park.
  • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed film with Santa Claus at Canada Place.
  • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas light displays in the gardens at Park and Tilford mall in North Vancouver (by donation).
  • Take part in any of Vancouver’s other Top Christmas Activities.
  • Singing Christmas Tree – free family-friendly performances featuring a 100+ person choir, orchestra, actors, dancers and acrobats at Broadway Church at 2700 East Broadway.
  • 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.

 

Other Information

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

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