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North Vancouver’s Carol Ships Shoreline Celebration

Carol Ships Shoreline Celebration

The Carol Ships Shoreline Celebration features a giant bonfire and boats with Christmas lights in mid-December at Deep Cove in North Vancouver.

Running now for over 20 years, it’s a free Christmas-themed community event with live music and family-friendly activities.

Because of the state of the coronavirus pandemic, this event did not take place in 2020. It probably didn’t happen in 2021 either. Hopefully it’ll be possible in 2022.


Deep Cove Christmas Festivities

Deep Cove is a seaside community in North Vancouver that, in typical years, celebrates the Christmas season with its Carol Ships Shoreline Celebration event. In 2019 the festivities happened on Saturday, December 14, from 7:30 until 9:00 pm. Because of COVID-19, it didn’t happen in 2020.

In years when it isn’t cancelled, the event takes place at Panorama Park near the Deep Cove Yacht Club at 4420 Gallant Avenue.

At the Carol Ships Shoreline Celebration there is typically music, live entertainment, craft activities, a massive bonfire and food and drink. There is also usually a face-painting station and someone making balloon animals for kids.

Santa Claus usually makes an appearance around midway through the evening, and a procession of boats decorated with Christmas lights typically arrives towards the end.

It’s not a huge event, as it runs for only about 90 minutes, but it can attract hundreds of people (especially on nights with good weather).

The event is free to attend. However, participants are encouraged to bring a donation of non-perishable food or unwrapped Christmas gifts. All items usually benefit the Harvest Project which is a great non-profit organization that supports people in need.


Illuminated Carol Ships
Carol Ships in the waters of Deep Cove


Other Information

For more information about the event click Carol Ships Shoreline Celebration.

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