JANUARY in Vancouver 2017

JANUARY in Vancouver 2017

January in Vancouver

Vancouver’s 2017 January calendar features important dates and events in the Lower Mainland including festivals, shows and recommended winter activities.


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January Events Calendar

  • Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day (Stat Holiday)
  • Jan. 25 – Robbie Burns Day (birthday of Scotland’s national poet).
  • Jan. 28 – Chinese New Year

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January Events in Vancouver

Below is what’s happening on the different days of the month in January. Note: schedules are subject to change – check official websites for exact details.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

  • Polar Bear Swims
    • Polar Bear Swim – an icy cold dip in the waters of English Bay at 2:30 pm to celebrate the New Year. Thousands of people are expected! Click Polar Bear Swims for details.
    • Penguin Plunge – live music and festivities from 12:30 until 3 pm at Deep Cove‘s Panorama Park in North Vancouver with a quick dip in the ocean for those that dare at 2 pm. Click Polar Bear Swims for details.
    • White Rock Polar Bear Swim – the Rotary Clubs of White Rock & South Surrey host the 47th annual Polar Bear swim at White Rock Beach at noon. Click Polar Bear Swims for details.
  • Vancouver New Year’s Day Fat Ass 50K Run and Freeze Your Fat Ass Swim – a 1 km to 50 km run and swim beginning at Brockton Oval in Stanley Park at 9 am. Cost is about $25.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver from 9 am to 9 pm.
  • Canyon Lights – Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Bright Nights – last day of the season for the world-famous Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
  • Peak of Christmas – Christmas holiday activities at Grouse Mountain.
  • Heritage Christmas – Christmas lights and seasonal activities at Burnaby Village Museum.
  • Gingerbread Lane – free Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency.
  • Spirit of Christmas – last day of the season for Christmas festivities at the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish.
  • 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 Heights at Bloedel – Christmas lights, glowing plants, a Ferris wheel and family fun at the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park.

Monday, January 2, 2017

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver from 9 am to 9 pm.
  • Canyon Lights – Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Peak of Christmas – Christmas holiday activities at Grouse Mountain.
  • Heritage Christmas – last day of the season for Christmas lights and activities at Burnaby Village Museum.
  • Gingerbread Lane – last day of the season for the free Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency.
  • 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 Heights at Bloedel – Christmas lights, glowing plants, a Ferris wheel and family fun at the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver from 9 am to 9 pm.
  • Canyon Lights – Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Peak of Christmas – Christmas holiday activities at Grouse Mountain.
  • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays from 4:30 until 11 pm around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
  • Cheap night at most Lower Mainland movie theatres.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver from 9 am to 9 pm.
  • Canyon Lights – Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Peak of Christmas – Christmas holiday activities at Grouse Mountain.
  • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays from 4:30 until 11 pm around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver from 9 am to 9 pm.
  • Canyon Lights – Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Peak of Christmas – Christmas holiday activities at Grouse Mountain.
  • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays from 4:30 until 11 pm around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.

Friday, January 6, 2017

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver from 9 am until 11 pm on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Canyon Lights – last weekend of the season for the Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Peak of Christmas – last weekend of the season for the Christmas holiday activities at Grouse Mountain.
  • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays from 4:30 until 11 pm around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

  • Family Favourites Movies – $2.99 movie on Saturday morning at select Cineplex theatres. Today’s film is Ratchet and Clank.
  • Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market – between 10 am and 2 pm at Vancouver’s Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street.
  • Squamish Farmers Market – at Squamish Elementary School at the corner of Buckley at Cleveland from 11 am to 3 pm.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver from 9 am until 11 pm.
  • Canyon Lights – Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Peak of Christmas – last day of the season for the Christmas holiday activities at Grouse Mountain.
  • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays from 4:30 until 11 pm around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Monday, January 9, 2017

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver from 9 am to 9 pm.
  • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays from 4:30 until 11 pm around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver from 9 am to 9 pm.
  • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays from 4:30 until 11 pm around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
  • Cheap night at most Lower Mainland movie theatres.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver from 9 am to 9 pm.
  • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays from 4:30 until 11 pm around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver from 9 am to 9 pm.
  • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays from 4:30 until 11 pm around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017

  • Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market – between 10 am and 2 pm at Vancouver’s Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street.
  • Squamish Farmers Market – at Squamish Elementary School at the corner of Buckley at Cleveland from 11 am to 3 pm.
  • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays from 4:30 until 11 pm around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver from 9 am until 11 pm.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

  • PuSh Festival – International Performing Arts Festival (January 16-21, 2017).
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver from 9 am to 9 pm.
  • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays from 4:30 until 11 pm around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

  • PuSh Festival – International Performing Arts Festival.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver from 9 am to 9 pm.
  • Cheap night at most Lower Mainland movie theatres.
  • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays from 4:30 until 11 pm around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
  • Vancouver Giants Hockeyvs. Victoria at 7:00 pm.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

  • Vancouver International Boat Show – at both BC Place Stadium and the Granville Island Maritime Market and Marina (January 18-22, 2017).
  • PuSh Festival – International Performing Arts Festival.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver from 9 am to 9 pm.
  • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays from 4:30 until 11 pm around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Friday, January 20, 2017

Dine Out Vancouver Festival Restaurants

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Monday, January 30, 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

  • Shen Yun – an amazing Classical Chinese dance performance at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (January 29-31).
  • Cavalia Odysseo – a large and technologically-sophisticated production involving dozens of horses, riders, acrobats and dancers under a big top at Olympic Village at 7:30 pm.
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – special hot chocolate offerings around town (January 19 until February 14).
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver from 9 am to 9 pm.
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants.
  • Cheap night at most Lower Mainland movie theatres.

Click February Calendar for a list of what’s happening in February.

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Top Things to do in January

For a detailed list of the Best Things to do in January, click the above icon. Other recommended top activities include the following:

For more, check out Vancouver’s Best Places for Winter Activities.

Typical January Weather

Rainy Day Activities IconJanuary in Vancouver is typically fairly cloudy, cool and wet, with average high temperatures of 6 or so degrees Celsius (or 43 F), and the lows around 1 (or 34 F).

January gets an average of about 150 mm of rain (or 6 inches), making it the third wettest month of the year on average. Except for in the higher elevations, it doesn’t snow often in Metro Vancouver – only a little each year, and it doesn’t stay long – but it can snow. Sometimes January can be surprising though, with unexpected consecutive days of sun.

Recommended Activities

January can be one of the best months for skiing in Vancouver, as the cold weather and precipitation can make for lots of snow on the mountains, plus it’s after the December holidays so the crowds are much less.

For downhill skiing, snowboarding, tubing (at Seymour and Cypress), cross-country skiing (at Cypress) and snowshoeing (especially at Seymour and Grouse Mountain), hit the hills on the North Shore. There is also skating at most community rec centres (so good places to go on rainy days), and free skating in downtown Vancouver at Robson Square at 800 Robson Street.

Although not typically a great month weather-wise, January can be the best time of the year to visit the city and sample its culinary talents. If you are in town during the last two weeks of the month (plus often the first couple of days in February), then definitely check out the Dine Out Vancouver Festival where close to 250 restaurants in the region offer special multi-course menus at exceptional rates (and some hotels offer fantastic deals too). Want to stay inside and eat great food all day at some of Vancouver’s best restaurants, then visit Vancouver in the latter half of January.

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