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Vancouver Events 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 Calendar of Events

  • 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 in 2019

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


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 and Big Rigs for Kids – a Santa Claus parade at the Cloverdale Town Centre in Surrey. The event is followed by a tour of big trucks driving through the streets of Surrey and ending at Surrey City Hall.
  • 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.
  • Colombian Dia de las Velitas Fiesta – a free event in Burnaby at the Our Lady of Mercy School at 7481-10th Avenue with live music, kid-friendly activities and food for purchase.
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – professional ice hockey against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Arena.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Christmas with the Bach Choir – at Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre at 601 Smithe Street in Vancouver at 2 pm.
    • Arts Club Theatre – plays take place at the theatre company’s following locations:
      • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
      • It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle – at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Tonight’s performance is Rookie Night.
    • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets (for a value of up to $55 per ticket up to a maximum of two tickets per stay).
    • Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir – the all-male choir performs its Christmas Traditions Around the World concert accompanied by the Winter Harp at New Westminster’s Massey Theatre.
  • 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.
  • Christmas Craft Fairs
    • Shipyards Christmas Market – a winter artisan market in the Pipe Shop at North Vancouver’s Shipyards near Lonsdale Quay. Admission is free (although donations benefiting a local charity are most welcome).
  • Other Christmas Activities
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, live entertainment and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza. Note: Today is Kids’ Day which means admission to the market and carousel rides are by donation for children under 13 years of age (with proceeds benefiting the Children’s Wish Foundation).
    • 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.
    • Aurora Winter Festival – a North Pole-themed Christmas attraction with rides, holiday lights, market vendors, Santa and other family-friendly activities at the PNE.
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays from 4:30 until 11 pm around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
    • Polar Express – special Christmas activities at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish.
    • 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!)
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Jazz Vespers
    • At 4 pm in the salons at St. Andrews-Wesley United Church at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission is by donation.
    • At 4 pm at St. Stephen’s Anglican at 885 – 22nd Street in West Vancouver.

Best Christmas Activities

 


Week of December 2nd to 8th

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


 

Monday, December 2, 2019

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

  • Seniors Day at MOV – admission to the Museum of Vancouver is just $5 today for anyone age 65+ (because it’s the first Tuesday of the month).
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Arts Club Theatre – plays take place at the theatre company’s following locations:
      • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
      • It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle – at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Tonight’s performance is Classic TheatreSports.
    • Cheap Movie Night – at most theatres throughout the Lower Mainland.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • 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. Today is $10 Tuesday which means admission at the gate costs just $10 all day.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby.
    • 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.
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • 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 Ottawa Senators at Rogers Arena.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

  • Theatre
    • Arts Club Theatre – plays take place at the theatre company’s following locations:
      • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
      • It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle – at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Tonight’s performance is Merry Kissmas – A Royal Romance.
    • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets (for a value of up to $55 per ticket up to a maximum of two tickets per stay).
  • Christmas Attractions
    • 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, live music and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza. Note: Today is Deluxe Date Night which means 2-for-1 admission, carousel rides and hot (non-alcoholic) dinks after 5 pm.
    • 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.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • 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
    • Yule Duel: Caroling for a Cause – over a dozen choirs sing in a fundraising competition outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. By donation.
    • Arts Club Theatre – plays take place at the theatre company’s following locations:
      • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
      • It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle – at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
      • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Tonight’s performances are Merry Kissmas and OK Tinder – Swipe Right Comedy.
    • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • 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.

    • Aurora Winter Festival – a North Pole-themed Christmas attraction with rides, holiday lights, market vendors, Santa and other family-friendly activities at the PNE. Today features the attraction’s “Thursday Night Special” where skate rentals are free and unlimited rides and slides passes are 50% off!

    • 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.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • 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

  • All About Christmas Gifts Expo – a giant holiday market featuring over 160 vendors at Heritage Park in Chilliwack.
  • Mission Christmas Parade – a candlelight parade along the Lougheed Highway in downtown Mission.
  • Food Bank Donation Night at MOV – take at least two healthy non-perishable food items to donate to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and get free admission at the Museum of Vancouver after 5 pm.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Arts Club Theatre – plays take place at the theatre company’s following locations:
      • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
      • It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle – at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
      • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Tonight’s performances are Merry Kissmas, Classic TheatreSports and Frisky Friday.
    • Singing Christmas Tree – free family-friendly performances featuring a 100+ person choir, orchestra, actors, dancers and acrobats at Broadway Church at 2700 East Broadway.
    • Lynn Valley's Friday Night LiveFriday Night Live – live music, storytelling and a guest artist in North Vancouver at 3201 Mountain Highway. Sweet Scarlet performs a Christmas show this evening.
    • Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir – the all-male choir performs its Christmas Traditions Around the World concert at North Vancouver’s Centennial Theatre.
    • Vancouver Chamber Choir – a performance of Christmas Oratorio featuring the Pacific Baroque Orchestra at the Orpheum Theatre.
    • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets (for a value of up to $55 per ticket up to a maximum of two tickets per stay).
  • 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.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.
    • Aurora Winter Festival – a North Pole-themed Christmas attraction with rides, holiday lights, market vendors, Santa and other family-friendly activities at the PNE.
    • 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.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink outside the Vancouver Art Gallery at the corner of Howe and Robson Street.

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Saturday, December 7, 2019

  • Christmas Fairs & Farmers Markets
    • Shipyards Christmas Market – a winter artisan market in the Pipe Shop at North Vancouver’s Shipyards near Lonsdale Quay. Admission is free (although donations benefiting a local charity are most welcome).
    • All About Christmas Gifts Expo – a giant holiday market featuring over 160 vendors at Heritage Park in Chilliwack.
    • Riley Park Winter Farmers Market – between 10 am and 2 pm at Vancouver’s Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street.
  • Santa Comes to Britannia – a special day event at the Britannia Mine Museum featuring a train ride, Santa Claus and other family-friendly activities.
  • Maple Ridge Christmas Festival – Christmas activities in Memorial Peace Park with a parade in the evening.
  • 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.
  • Chilliwack Rotary Christmas Parade – a Santa Claus parade in downtown Chilliwack.
  • Jingle Bell White Rock – opening night for the White Rock Festival of Lights (which runs from December 7th until January 5th). The event features kid-friendly craft activities, photo opportunities with Santa and live entertainment between 2 and 6 pm.
  • Santa Shuffle – a 5K Fun Run and 1K Elf Walk at Stanley Park benefiting the Salvation Army.
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – today features the Art Deco & Chocolate Tasting Tour at 10 am.
  • 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.
    • Arts Club Theatre – plays take place at the theatre company’s following locations:
      • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
      • It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle – at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
      • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Today’s performances include Merry Kissmas, Classic TheatreSports and The Late Show.
    • Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir – the all-male choir performs its Christmas Traditions Around the World concert at Vancouver’s Shaughnessy Theatre.
    • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets.
    • Cineplex Community Day – free Christmas movies in the morning at select theatres where admission is by donation benefiting the Boys & Girls Club.
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – professional ice hockey against the Buffalo Sabres at Rogers Arena.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Aurora Winter Festival – a North Pole-themed Christmas attraction with rides, holiday lights, market vendors, Santa and other family-friendly activities at the PNE.
    • 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 from around noon until 1 pm.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – Christmas lights and seasonal displays.
    • Polar Express – special Christmas activities at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.

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.
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Tonight’s performance is Rookie Night.
    • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets (for a value of up to $55 per ticket up to a maximum of two tickets per stay).
    • Arts Club Theatre – plays take place at the theatre company’s following locations:
      • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
      • It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle – at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
  • Christmas and 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.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Aurora Winter Festival – a North Pole-themed Christmas attraction with rides, holiday lights, market vendors, Santa and other family-friendly activities at the PNE.
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • 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.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village. (Note: Admission is free today during the Cannery Farmers Market.)
    • 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.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • 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 in the salons at St. Andrews-Wesley United Church at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver.
    • At 4 pm at Northwood United Church at 8855 – 156th Street in Surrey.

Week of December 9th to 15th

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


 

Monday, December 9, 2019

  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • VOS Christmas Concert – a free performance by the VOS Chorus & Chamber Orchestra at the Fraserview MB Church at 11295 Mellis Drive in Richmond.
  • 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.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
    • 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.

Free Events in December

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Arts Club Theatre – plays take place at the theatre company’s following locations:
      • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
      • It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle – at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
      • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir – the all-male choir performs its Christmas Traditions Around the World concert at the Surrey Arts Centre by Bear Creek Park.
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Tonight’s performance is Classic TheatreSports.
    • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets (for a value of up to $55 per ticket up to a maximum of two tickets per stay).
    • Cheap Movie Night – at most theatres throughout the Lower Mainland.
  • 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 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. Today is $10 Tuesday which means admission at the gate costs just $10 all day.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – Christmas lights and seasonal displays.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • 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.
    • Arts Club Theatre – plays take place at the theatre company’s following locations:
      • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
      • It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle – at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
      • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Tonight’s performance is Merry Kissmas – A Royal Romance.
    • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets (for a value of up to $55 per ticket up to a maximum of two tickets per stay).
    • Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas – a holiday concert featuring the Jerry Granelli Trio and music from the classic Peanuts Christmas story at the Shadbolt Centre at 6450 Deer Lake Avenue in Burnaby. Tickets cost $36 for adults and $15 for youth (ages 18 and under).
  • 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, live music and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza. Note: Today is Deluxe Date Night which means 2-for-1 admission, carousel rides and hot (non-alcoholic) dinks after 5 pm.
    • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby.
    • 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.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

  • 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.
    • Arts Club Theatre – plays take place at the theatre company’s following locations:
      • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
      • It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle – at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
      • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Tonight’s performances are Merry Kissmas and OK Tinder – Swipe Right Comedy.
    • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets.
    • Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas – a holiday concert featuring the Jerry Granelli Trio and music from the classic Peanuts Christmas story at the Shadbolt Centre at 6450 Deer Lake Avenue in Burnaby. Tickets cost $36 for adults and $15 for youth (ages 18 and under).
    • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical is performed at Gateway Theatre at 6500 Gilbert Road in Richmond. Tonight is Preview Night.
  • 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.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.

    • Aurora Winter Festival – a North Pole-themed Christmas attraction with rides, holiday lights, market vendors, Santa and other family-friendly activities at the PNE. Today features the attraction’s “Thursday Night Special” where skate rentals are free and unlimited rides and slides passes are 50% off!

Operation Red Nose

Friday, December 13, 2019

  • Vancouver Holiday Bazaar – a large Christmas artisan market featuring 100 or so vendors at Yaletown’s Roundhouse Community Centre. The event runs today from 4 until 9 pm.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir – Good Tidings! Christmas concert at Vancouver’s Christ Church Cathedral at 690 Burrard Street at 8 pm.
    • A Traditional Christmas Concert – performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver.
    • Arts Club Theatre – plays take place at the theatre company’s following locations:
      • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
      • It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle – at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
      • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Tonight’s performances are Merry Kissmas, Classic TheatreSports and Frisky Friday.
    • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets (for a value of up to $55 per ticket up to a maximum of two tickets per stay).
    • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical is performed at Gateway Theatre at 6500 Gilbert Road in Richmond. Tonight is Opening Night.
    • Singing Christmas Tree – free family-friendly performances featuring a 100+ person choir, orchestra, actors, dancers and acrobats at Broadway Church at 2700 East Broadway.
    • Music at Robson Square – in addition to the free ice skating at Robson Square.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Aurora Winter Festival – a North Pole-themed Christmas attraction with rides, holiday lights, market vendors, Santa and other family-friendly activities at the PNE.
    • 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).
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – today features the Art Deco & Chocolate Tasting Tour at 10 am.
  • 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 Lights Up Parade – starting at 6 pm in Aldergrove (an annual event on the second Saturday in December).
  • 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.
  • Hometown Hockey – a cross-Canada tour by hockey broadcasters Ron MacLean and Tara Slone where they visit Abbotsford Exhibition Park today from noon until 6 pm.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Music at Robson Square – in addition to the free ice skating at Robson Square.
    • Singing Christmas Tree – free family-friendly performances featuring a 100+ person choir, orchestra, actors, dancers and acrobats at Broadway Church at 2700 East Broadway.
    • A Traditional Christmas Concert – performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at the Michael J. Fox Theatre in Burnaby.
    • Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir – Good Tidings! Christmas concerts at Vancouver’s Christ Church Cathedral at 690 Burrard Street at 3 and 8 pm.
    • Arts Club Theatre – plays take place at the theatre company’s following locations:
      • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
      • It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle – at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
      • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Today’s performances are the Nutcracker Suite, Merry Kissmas, Classic TheatreSports and The Late Show.
    • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets.
    • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical is performed at Gateway Theatre at 6500 Gilbert Road in Richmond.
    • Family Favourites Movies – Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch 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.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Santa Comes to Britannia – a special day event at the Britannia Mine Museum featuring a train ride, Santa Claus and other family-friendly activities.
    • Aurora Winter Festival – a North Pole-themed Christmas attraction with rides, holiday lights, market vendors, Santa and other family-friendly activities at the PNE.
    • 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).
    • Polar Express – special Christmas activities at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Christmas and Farmers Markets
    • Shipyards Christmas Market – a winter artisan market in the Pipe Shop at North Vancouver’s Shipyards near Lonsdale Quay. Admission is free (although donations benefiting a local charity are most welcome).
    • Vancouver Holiday Bazaar – a large 3-day Christmas artisan market featuring 100 or so vendors at Yaletown’s Roundhouse Community Centre. The event runs today from 10 am to 4 pm.
    • Riley Park Winter Farmers Market – between 10 am and 2 pm at Vancouver’s Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street.
  • 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.
  • Hometown Hockey – a cross-Canada tour by hockey broadcasters Ron MacLean and Tara Slone where they visit Abbotsford Exhibition Park today from noon until 8 pm.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Winter Harp Concerts – at 3 and 7 pm at the ACT Arts Centre at 11944 Haney Place in Maple Ridge.
    • Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir – the all-male choir performs its Christmas Traditions Around the World concert at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre in the Fraser Valley.
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Today’s performances are Merry Kissmas – A Royal Romance and Rookie Night.
    • Arts Club Theatre – plays take place at the theatre company’s following locations:
      • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
      • It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle – at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
    • Singing Christmas Tree – free family-friendly performances featuring a 100+ person choir, orchestra, actors, dancers and acrobats at Broadway Church at 2700 East Broadway.
    • Music at Robson Square – in addition to the free ice skating at Robson Square.
    • Jazz Vespers – at 4 pm in the salons at St. Andrews-Wesley United Church at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission is by donation.
    • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets (for a value of up to $55 per ticket up to a maximum of two tickets per stay).
    • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical is performed at Gateway Theatre at 6500 Gilbert Road in Richmond.
  • Professional Sports
  • Christmas Markets and Farmers Markets
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.
    • Shipyards Christmas Market – a winter artisan market in the Pipe Shop at North Vancouver’s Shipyards near Lonsdale Quay. Admission is free (although donations benefiting a local charity are most welcome).
    • Vancouver Holiday Bazaar – a large 3-day Christmas artisan market featuring 100 or so vendors at Yaletown’s Roundhouse Community Centre. The event runs today from 10 am to 4 pm.
    • 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.
    • Port Moody Winter Farmers Market – an artisan market that includes local fresh produce at the rec centre in Port Moody between 10 am and 2 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
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Aurora Winter Festival – a North Pole-themed Christmas attraction with rides, holiday lights, market vendors, Santa and other family-friendly activities at the PNE.
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays from 4:30 until 11 pm around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
    • 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. (Note: Admission is free today during the Cannery Farmers Market.)
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
    • Loft Country Christmas – an Old West-themed Christmas attraction at a farm in Langley.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Music at Robson Square – in addition to the free ice skating 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

  • CP Holiday Train – musicians entertain with stops this evening in Port Moody and Port Coquitlam. Admission is by donation with proceeds benefiting local food banks.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Arts Club Theatre – plays take place at the theatre company’s following locations:
      • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
      • It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle – at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
      • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Tonight’s performance is Classic TheatreSports.
    • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets (for a value of up to $55 per ticket up to a maximum of two tickets per stay).
    • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical is performed at Gateway Theatre at 6500 Gilbert Road in Richmond.
    • Cheap Movie Night – at most theatres throughout the Lower Mainland.
    • Music at Robson Square – in addition to the free ice skating at Robson Square.
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – professional ice hockey against the Montreal Canadiens at Rogers Arena.
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – against Prince George at the Langley Events Centre.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Aurora Winter Festival – a North Pole-themed Christmas attraction with rides, holiday lights, market vendors, Santa and other family-friendly activities at the PNE.
    • 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 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. Today is $10 Tuesday which means admission at the gate costs just $10 all day.
    • 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.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – Christmas lights and seasonal displays.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas lights and decorations at the outdoor museum in Burnaby from 1 to 9 pm.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

  • Theatre & Entertainment
    • Arts Club Theatre – plays take place at the theatre company’s following locations:
      • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
      • It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle – at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
      • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Tonight’s performance is Merry Kissmas – A Royal Romance.
    • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets.
    • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical is performed at Gateway Theatre at 6500 Gilbert Road in Richmond.
    • Music at Robson Square – in addition to the free ice skating at Robson Square.
  • 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.
    • Vancouver Christmas Market – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.
    • Aurora Winter Festival – a North Pole-themed Christmas attraction with rides, holiday lights, market vendors, Santa and other family-friendly activities at the PNE.
    • 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.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • 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
    • Music at Robson Square – in addition to the free ice skating at Robson Square.
    • Arts Club Theatre – plays take place at the theatre company’s following locations:
      • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
      • It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle – at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
      • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Tonight’s performances are Merry Kissmas and OK Tinder – Swipe Right Comedy.
    • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical is performed at Gateway Theatre at 6500 Gilbert Road in Richmond.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Aurora Winter Festival – a North Pole-themed Christmas attraction with rides, holiday lights, market vendors, Santa and other family-friendly activities at the PNE.
    • 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.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • 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.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Music at Robson Square – in addition to the free ice skating at Robson Square.
    • Arts Club Theatre – plays take place at the theatre company’s following locations:
      • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
      • It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle – at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
      • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Tonight’s performances are Merry Kissmas, Classic TheatreSports and Frisky Friday.
    • The Nutcracker – the Christmas classic with Goh Ballet at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
    • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets (for a value of up to $55 per ticket up to a maximum of two tickets per stay).
    • Vancouver Chamber Choir – a performance of A Rose in the Middle of Winter: a traditional Christmas concert at Pacific Spirit United Church at 2205 West 45th Avenue in Vancouver.
    • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical is performed at Gateway Theatre at 6500 Gilbert Road in Richmond.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Aurora Winter Festival – a North Pole-themed Christmas attraction with rides, holiday lights, market vendors, Santa and other family-friendly activities at the PNE.
    • 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 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 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).
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • 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 new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).

Saturday, December 21, 2019

  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – today features the Art Deco & Chocolate Tasting Tour at 10 am.
  • 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
    • Sweet Soul Gospel Celebration – a Christmas concert with the VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir at Shaughnessy Heights United Church in Vancouver.
    • The Nutcracker – the Christmas classic with Goh Ballet at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Today’s performances are Merry Kissmas, Nutcracker Suite, Classic TheatreSports and The Late Show.
    • Music at Robson Square – in addition to the free ice skating at Robson Square.
    • Arts Club Theatre – plays take place at the theatre company’s following locations:
      • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
      • It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle – at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
      • 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.
    • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets (for a value of up to $55 per ticket up to a maximum of two tickets per stay).
    • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical is performed at Gateway Theatre at 6500 Gilbert Road in Richmond.
  • 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.
  • New Westminster Winter Farmers Market – in the 600 block of Belmont Street in New Westminster from 11 am until 3 pm.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Aurora Winter Festival – a North Pole-themed Christmas attraction with rides, holiday lights, market vendors, Santa and other family-friendly activities at the PNE.
    • 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.
    • 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. SOLD OUT!
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
    • Loft Country Christmas – an Old West-themed Christmas attraction at a farm in Langley.
  • 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 new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).

Top December Things to Do

Sunday, December 22, 2019

  • Coquitlam Christmas Night Market – from 5:30 until 8:30 pm at the Evergreen Cultural Centre at 1205 Pinetree Way in Coquitlam. The event features an artisan market with free admission plus free chocolate, a free family Christmas portrait and free parking! And right outside is one of the Lower Mainland’s top free Christmas attractions – Lights at Lafarge!
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • The Nutcracker – the Christmas classic with Goh Ballet at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Today’s performances are Merry Kissmas – A Royal Romance and Rookie Night.
    • Music at Robson Square – live music in addition to the free ice skating at Robson Square.
    • Christmas with Chor Leoni – an evening choir concert at West Vancouver United Church or other venue.
    • Arts Club Theatre – plays take place at the theatre company’s following locations:
      • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
      • It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle – at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
    • Jazz Vespers – at 4 pm in Vancouver at First Baptist Church at 969 Burrard Street. Admission is by donation. Today features music with We Three Queens.
    • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets.
    • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical is performed at Gateway Theatre at 6500 Gilbert Road in Richmond.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Aurora Winter Festival – a North Pole-themed Christmas attraction with rides, holiday lights, market vendors, Santa and other family-friendly activities at the PNE.
    • 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. (Note: Tonight also features a Christmas Night Market next door at the Evergreen Cultural Centre from 5:30 until 8:30 pm.)
    • Bright Nights – 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.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
    • Loft Country Christmas – an Old West-themed Christmas attraction at a farm in Langley.
  • Christmas and 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 new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).

Week of December 23rd to 31st

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


 

Monday, December 23, 2019

  • Aurora Winter Festival – a North Pole-themed Christmas attraction with rides, holiday lights, market vendors, Santa and other family-friendly activities at the PNE.
  • 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 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 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 – European-themed market vendors, carousel and food stalls at Jack Poole Plaza.
  • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – professional ice hockey against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Arena.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • Music at Robson Square – in addition to the free ice skating all day at Robson Square.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

  • Christmas Eve
  • Santa Claus Parade – a Christmas-themed parade in Steveston Village between 6 and 8 pm.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
    • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink at the corner of Howe and Robson Street.
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Today’s performance is Merry Kissmas – A Royal Romance.
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical is performed at Gateway Theatre at 6500 Gilbert Road in Richmond.
  • Arts Club Theatre – plays take place at the theatre company’s following locations:
    • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
    • 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.
  • Music at Robson Square – in addition to the free ice skating at Robson Square.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Thursday, December 26, 2019

  • Boxing Day
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Aurora Winter Festival – a North Pole-themed Christmas attraction with rides, holiday lights, market vendors, Santa and other family-friendly activities at the PNE.
    • 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.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Arts Club Theatre – plays take place at the theatre company’s following locations:
    • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
    • 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.
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical is performed at Gateway Theatre at 6500 Gilbert Road in Richmond.
  • 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 new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Tonight’s performance is Year In Review.

Friday, December 27, 2019

  • Contact Winter Music Festival – a music festival featuring electronic dance music (EDM) by various artists at GM Place Stadium. Tonight’s headliners are Kaskade and Major Lazer.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Aurora Winter Festival – a North Pole-themed Christmas attraction with rides, holiday lights, market vendors, Santa and other family-friendly activities at the PNE.
    • 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.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Arts Club Theatre – plays take place at the theatre company’s following locations:
    • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
    • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Tonight’s performance is Year In Review.
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical is performed at Gateway Theatre at 6500 Gilbert Road in Richmond.
  • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets (for a value of up to $55 per ticket up to a maximum of two tickets per stay).
  • 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 new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • 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 music festival featuring electronic dance music (EDM) by various artists at GM Place Stadium. Tonight’s headliners are Rezz and Tiësto.
  • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets (for a value of up to $55 per ticket up to a maximum of two tickets per stay).
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Aurora Winter Festival – a North Pole-themed Christmas attraction with rides, holiday lights, market vendors, Santa and other family-friendly activities at the PNE.
    • 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.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Arts Club Theatre – plays take place at the theatre company’s following locations:
      • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
      • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Today’s performances are Nutcracker Suite and Year In Review.
    • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical is performed at Gateway Theatre at 6500 Gilbert Road in Richmond.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • 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
    • Aurora Winter Festival – a North Pole-themed Christmas attraction with rides, holiday lights, market vendors, Santa and other family-friendly activities at the PNE.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – Christmas lights and seasonal displays.
    • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays from 4:30 pm until 1:00 am around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
    • 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.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Tonight’s performance is Year In Review.
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical is performed at Gateway Theatre at 6500 Gilbert Road in Richmond.
  • Luzia at Cirque du Soleil – the world-famous circus performs in the Grand Chapiteau at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Make a hotel reservation via StayVancouverHotels.com and get a half-price discount on your Cirque du Soleil tickets.
  • Jazz Vespers
    • In the salons at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver between 4 and 5 pm. Admission is by donation.
    • At St. Andrew’s United Church at 1044 St. George’s Avenue in North Vancouver between 4 and 5 pm. Admission is by donation.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Monday, December 30, 2019

  • Christmas Attractions
    • Aurora Winter Festival – a North Pole-themed Christmas attraction with rides, holiday lights, market vendors, Santa and other family-friendly activities at the PNE.
    • 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.
    • Festival of Trees – special Christmas tree decorations at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site in Steveston Village.
    • Lights by the Lake – Christmas light displays and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free skating on the outdoor ice rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Tonight’s performance is Year In Review.
  • The Sound of Music – the musical about Maria and the Von Trapp family plays at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical is performed at Gateway Theatre at 6500 Gilbert Road in Richmond.

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Tuesday, 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!
    • New Year’s Eve Boat Party – Vancouver Boat Parties hosts a NYE cruise that features dancing, a buffet dinner and beautiful views of the city.
    • NYE at Guilt & Company – a New Year’s Eve party in Gastown with no bells and whistles – just great live music with NaRai & Friends and dance tunes by DJ Dule.
    • NYE at Glow Vancouver – the Glow Christmas attraction at the Harbour Event Centre by False Creek in downtown Vancouver hosts a special family-friendly New Year’s Eve event between 6:30 and 10 pm.
    • New Year’s Eve at Grouse Mountain – the ski hill’s Peak of Christmas activities tonight include fireworks at 9 pm. Click Vancouver New Year’s Eve Celebrations for details.
    • First Night at Mt. Seymour – evening laser tobogganing, fireworks and live entertainment at the North Vancouver ski hill.
    • Click Vancouver on New Year’s Eve for details about the above and other great New Year’s Eve events in the Lower Mainland.
    • For NYE events at nightclubs, click Vancouver New Year’s Eve Parties for Adults.
  • Christmas Attractions
    • Aurora Winter Festival – a North Pole-themed Christmas attraction with rides, holiday lights, market vendors, Santa and other family-friendly activities at the PNE.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 and free ice skating at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • 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 new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical is performed at Gateway Theatre at 6500 Gilbert Road in Richmond.
    • Arts Club Theatre – plays take place at the theatre company’s following locations:
      • The Sound of Music – at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
      • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Tonight’s performance is New Year’s Eve 2019.
    • Music at Robson Square – in addition to the free ice skating at Robson Square.

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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 (December, 7, 14 and 21).
  • Christmas by Candlelight – Christmas-themed decorations and activities at the historic fort in the Fraser Valley. (December 21 to 23 and 27 to 30, 2019.)
  • Dickens Christmas – free Christmas displays at the British Museum at 45945 Alexander Avenue in Chilliwack.
  • Carol Ships Events – communtiy events featuing a procession of boats with Christmas ligths and other onshore activities at various venues and dates.
  • Peak of Christmas – Santa, reindeer, sleigh rides, gingerbread house displays, ice skating and other holiday fun up at Grouse Mountain.
  • Festivale Tropicale – Christmas lights and glowing plants at the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park (December 7, 2019, until January 5, 2020.)
  • Scuba Claus and Holiday Traditions – Christmas movies and photo opportunities with Santa at the Vancouver Aquarium (November 21 until December 24, 2019).
  • Canyon Lights – Christmas lights and activities at the Capilano Suspension Bridge. (November 22, 2019 until January 26, 2020.)
  • Gingerbread Lane – a free display of Christmas gingerbread houses at the Vancouver Hyatt Regency.
  • Toque Craft Fair – a small artisan market with around 20 vendors at 303 East 8th Avenue in Vancouver. Admission is by donation (November 29 to December 1, 2019.)
  • Mercato Italian Christmas Market – at the Italian Cultural Centre at 3075 Slocan Street (December 4, 2019.)
  • Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair – a three-day event at 618 Poirier Street. (December 6 to 8, 2019.)
  • New West Winter Night Market – a holiday craft fair event at New Westminster’s River Market (December 7, 2019.)
  • Got Craft – at the Croatian Cultural Centre 3250 Commercial Drive in Vancouver. Admission is $5 (December 7 & 8, 2019.)
  • 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 (December 13-15, 2019.)
  • Make It Craft Show – a craft event with over 170 vendors at the PNE at 2901 East Hastings Street (December 11-15, 2019.)

Top December Activities

  • Glow Christmas – indoor Christmas attractions in Vancouver and Abbotsford.
  • Aurora Winter Festival – light displays, rides, market vendors, skating, live entertainment, ice tubing and Santa Claus at Hastings Park at the PNE.
  • 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.
  • Vancouver Christmas Market – a German-themed Christmas market with artisan vendors, a carousel, live entertainment and food vendors in downtown Vancouver.
  • 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).
  • 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 Top 12 Things to do at Christmas Time.

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

 

 

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