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.




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

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.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Thursday, January 26, 2017

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Friday, January 27, 2017

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 – opening night of the 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.

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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.