Home Vancouver Monthly Calendar JANUARY in Vancouver 2019

JANUARY in Vancouver 2019

January in Vancouver

Vancouver’s 2019 January calendar features important dates and events in the Lower Mainland including festivals, shows and recommended winter activities.


JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH APRIL

MAY JUNE JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER


January Events Calendar

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

January Events in Vancouver

Below is what’s happening on the different days of the month in January. Or, for a list of events that cost nothing or only very little, click Free Events in January.

Note: schedules are subject to change – check official websites for exact details.


Week of January 1st to 6th

January 1-6 | January 7-13 | January 14-20 | January 21-27 | January 28-31


New Year's Fireworks

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

  • Polar Bear Swims – icy swims in the ocean take place at various locations throughout the Lower Mainland. All are free to watch and either free or inexpensive to swim at. Click Polar Bear Swims or any of the following locations for details.
  • New Year’s Day at St. Paul’s Labyrinth – a contemplative way to start 2019 with walks on the labyrinth inspired by the medieval floor pattern at Chartres Cathedral in France. It’s at the Anglican church in Vancouver’s West End at 1130 Jervis Street from 10 am until 2 pm with vocals, guitar and crystal bowls music between noon and 2 o’clock. Free admission.
  • Great Blue Heron Nature Walk – the annual event takes place at the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve at 5200 Sumas Prairie Road in Chilliwack from 1 until 2 pm.
  • Beauty and the Beast – Walt Disney’s classic tale is performed by the Arts Club Theatre Company at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Christmas Season Attractions
    • Glow Christmas – an indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market (January 1-5, 10-12 & 17-19, 2019).
    • Festival of Lights – amazing Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 10:00 pm.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Holiday Heights at Bloedel – Christmas lights and glowing plants at the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park.
    • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Heritage Christmas – free festive lights and Christmas displays at Burnaby Village.
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
    • Art of Lights – a Chinese lantern festival at the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre Park in Surrey.
    • Lights on the Lake – Christmas light displays at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most theatres throughout the Lower Mainland.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

  • Hockey Canada World Juniors – at Rogers Arena at 11 am, 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm (with teams to be determined).
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Beauty and the Beast – Walt Disney’s classic tale is performed by the Arts Club Theatre Company at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.
  • Christmas Season Attractions
    • Glow Christmas – an indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • Festival of Lights – amazing Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Holiday Heights at Bloedel – Christmas lights and glowing plants at the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park.
    • 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 – free festive lights and Christmas displays at Burnaby Village.
    • Lights on the Lake – Christmas light displays at Harrison Hot Springs.

StayVancouverHotels.com

Thursday, January 3, 2019

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Beauty and the Beast – Walt Disney’s classic tale is performed by the Arts Club Theatre Company at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.
  • Music on the Bow – free live music featuring local artists at the Trout Lake Community Centre at 3360 Victoria Drive. Today features the Backspin Bluegrass Band from 1 to 3 pm.
  • Christmas Season Attractions
    • Glow Christmas – an indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • Festival of Lights – amazing Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 9 pm.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Holiday Heights at Bloedel – Christmas lights and glowing plants at the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park.
    • 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 – festive lights and Christmas displays at Burnaby Village.
    • Lights on the Lake – Christmas light displays at Harrison Hot Springs.

Friday, January 4, 2019

  • Hockey Canada World Juniors – at Rogers Arena at 9 am, 1 pm and 5 pm (with teams to be determined).
  • Bill Reid Gallery – free admission at the Bill Reid First Nation’s art gallery between 2 and 5 pm.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Beauty and the Beast – Walt Disney’s classic tale is performed by the Arts Club Theatre Company at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.
  • Christmas Season Attractions
    • Glow Christmas – an indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • Festival of Lights – amazing Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Botanical Garden from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Canyon Lights – 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 – free winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
    • Heritage Christmas – the last night for free Christmas lights and seasonal activities at Burnaby Village Museum.
    • Holiday Heights at Bloedel – Christmas lights and glowing plants at the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park.
    • Art of Lights – a Chinese lantern festival at the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre Park in Surrey.
    • Lights on the Lake – Christmas light displays at Harrison Hot Springs.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

  • Hockey Canada World Juniors – at Rogers Arena at 9 am, 1 pm and 5 pm (with teams to be determined).
  • Beauty and the Beast – Walt Disney’s classic tale is performed by the Arts Club Theatre Company at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Christmas Season Attractions
    • Festival of Lights – amazing Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.
    • Glow Christmas – an indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Bright Nights – last day of the season for the world-famous Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Canyon Lights – 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 around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
    • Holiday Heights at Bloedel – Christmas lights and glowing plants at the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park.
    • Art of Lights – a Chinese lantern festival at the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre Park in Surrey.
    • Lights on the Lake – Christmas light displays at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Farmers Markets
    • Riley Park Farmers Market – between 10 am and 2 pm at Vancouver’s Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street.
    • New West Farmers Market – formerly known as the “Royal City Winter Farmers Market,” it takes place in the 600 block of Belmont Street in New Westminster from 11 am until 3 pm.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

  • Art of Lights – a Chinese lantern festival at the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre Park in Surrey.
  • Beauty and the Beast – the last performance of Walt Disney’s classic tale is performed by the Arts Club Theatre Company at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.
  • Sunday Markets
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Jazz Vespers
    • At St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street between 4 and 5 pm. Admission is by donation.
    • At St. Stephen’s Anglican at 885 – 22nd Street in West Vancouver at 4 pm with Ada Lee.
  • Christmas Season Attractions (For many of these attractions, it is the last night of the season. Get out and enjoy.)
    • Festival of Lights – amazing Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way (continues until January 20).
    • Holiday Heights at Bloedel – last day of the season for the Christmas event at the Bloedel Conservatory.
    • FlyOver Canada Christmas – final day of the season for the holiday-themed flying theatre rides at Canada Place.
    • Peak of Christmas – last day of the season for the Christmas holiday activities at Grouse Mountain.
    • Lights on the Lake – Christmas light displays at Harrison Hot Springs.

Week of January 7th to 13th

January 1-6 | January 7-13 | January 14-20 | January 21-27 | January 28-31


Monday, January 7, 2019

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Top January Things to Do

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Winter Holiday Attractions
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
    • Canyon Lights – Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
    • Lights on the Lake – Christmas light displays at Harrison Hot Springs.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – against the Arizona Coyotes at Rogers Arena.
  • Music on the Bow – free live music featuring local artists at the Trout Lake Community Centre at 3360 Victoria Drive. Today features Rain City Swing from 7 to 9 pm.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Winter Holiday Attractions
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
    • Canyon Lights – Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
    • Lights on the Lake – Christmas light displays at Harrison Hot Springs.

Friday, January 11, 2019

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Winter Holiday Attractions
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
    • Canyon Lights – Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
    • Art of Lights – a Chinese lantern festival at the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre Park in Surrey.
    • Lights on the Lake – Christmas light displays at Harrison Hot Springs.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Sunday, January 13, 2019


Week of January 14th to 20th

January 1-6 | January 7-13 | January 14-20 | January 21-27 | January 28-31


Monday, January 14, 2019

  • 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.
  • Canyon Lights – Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Lights on the Lake – Christmas light displays at Harrison Hot Springs.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

  • The Illusionists – a Broadway Across Canada production at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre at 630 Hamilton Street.
  • Music on the Bow – free live music featuring local artists at the Trout Lake Community Centre at 3360 Victoria Drive. Today features The Soda Crackers from 7 to 9 pm.
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Arena.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake.
  • Canyon Lights – Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Lights on the Lake – Christmas light displays at Harrison Hot Springs.

Rainy Day Activities

Thursday, January 17, 2019

  • PuSh Festival – the first day of the season for the international performing arts festival.
  • The Illusionists – a Broadway Across Canada production at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre at 630 Hamilton Street.
  • Beaty Nocturnal – the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC is open by donation tonight from 5 to 8:30 pm. Guided tours are at 7 pm.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Winter Holiday Attractions

Friday, January 18, 2019

  • Vancouver Motorcycle Show – a motorbike trade show at Tradex in Abbotsford.
  • It’s My Wedding – a wedding trade show at Tradex in Abbotsford.
  • PuSh Festival – an international performing arts festival.
  • The Illusionists – a Broadway Across Canada production at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre at 630 Hamilton Street.
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – against the Buffalo Sabres at Rogers Arena.
  • Friday Night Live – live music, storytelling and a guest artist in North Vancouver at Lynn Valley United Church at 3201 Mountain Highway. Admission is $15 (but free for kids ages 11 and under).
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – first day of the season for special deals at hundreds of local restaurants (January 18 to February 3, 2019).
  • Winter Holiday Attractions
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake.
    • Canyon Lights – Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
    • Art of Lights – a Chinese lantern festival at the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre Park in Surrey.
    • Lights on the Lake – Christmas light displays at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.

Dine Out Vancouver Festival Restaurants

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Sunday, January 20, 2019


Week of January 21st to 27th

January 1-6 | January 7-13 | January 14-20 | January 21-27 | January 28-31


Monday, January 21, 2019

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

  • PuSh Festival – an international performing arts festival.
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants.
    • Vancouver Street Food City – today a dozen or more food trucks fill šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Georgia Street from 11 am until 3 pm.
  • Music on the Bow – free live music featuring local artists at the Trout Lake Community Centre at 3360 Victoria Drive. Today features the Blue Lasson Band from 1 to 3 pm.
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – against the Carolina Hurricanes at Rogers Arena.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Canyon Lights – Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Lights on the Lake – Christmas light displays at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – special hot chocolate offerings around town. So it’s not really a “festival.” It’s more just an excuse to enjoy a hot winter treat!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

  • Pacific Agriculture Show – a farm equipment trade show at Tradex in Abbotsford.
  • Flight of the Dragon – FlyOver Canada at Canada Place features a 2-for-1 double feature for the Chinese New Year season. Soar over the sites of China and then fly across Canada! See both films for the regular price of one!
  • PuSh Festival – an international performing arts festival.
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants.
    • Vancouver Street Food City – today a dozen or more food trucks fill šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Georgia Street from 11 am until 3 pm.
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – against Prince Albert at the Langley Events Centre.
  • 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.
  • Lights on the Lake – Christmas light displays at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – special hot chocolate offerings around town. So it’s not really a “festival.” It’s more just an excuse to enjoy a hot winter treat!

Friday, January 25, 2019

  • PuSh Festival – an international performing arts festival.
  • Flight of the Dragon – FlyOver Canada at Canada Place features a 2-for-1 double feature for the Chinese New Year season. Soar over the sites of China and then fly across Canada! See both films for the regular price of one!
  • Vancouver Chamber ChoirLove & Mercy concert at Vancouver’s Shaughnessy Heights United Church.
  • Pacific Agriculture Show – a farm equipment trade show at Tradex in Abbotsford.
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants.
    • Vancouver Street Food City – today a dozen or more food trucks fill šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Georgia Street from 11 am until 5 pm.
  • Art of Lights – a Chinese lantern festival at the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre Park in Surrey.
  • Friday Night Live – live music, storytelling and a guest artist in North Vancouver at Lynn Valley United Church at 3201 Mountain Highway. Admission is $15 (but free for kids ages 11 and under).
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Canyon Lights – last weekend of the season for the Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Lights on the Lake – Christmas light displays at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – special hot chocolate offerings around town. So it’s not really a “festival.” It’s more just an excuse to enjoy a hot winter treat!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

  • PuSh Festival – an international performing arts festival.
  • Flight of the Dragon – FlyOver Canada at Canada Place features a 2-for-1 double feature for the Chinese New Year season. Soar over the sites of China and then fly across Canada! See both films for the regular price of one!
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants.
    • Vancouver Street Food City – today a dozen or more food trucks fill šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Georgia Street from 11 am until 5 pm.
  • Pacific Agriculture Show – a farm equipment trade show at Tradex in Abbotsford.
  • Canyon Lights – last weekend of the season for the Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Lights on the Lake – Christmas light displays at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Riley Park Farmers Market – between 10 am and 2 pm at Vancouver’s Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Art of Lights – a Chinese lantern festival at the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre Park in Surrey.
  • Art Deco and Chocolate Tour – a 2.5 hour walking and chocolate tasting tour of downtown Vancouver with Forbidden Tours.
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – special hot chocolate offerings around town. So it’s not really a “festival.” It’s more just an excuse to enjoy a hot winter treat!
  • Family Favourites Movies – a kid-friendly film shows at select Cineplex theatres for just $2.99 at 11 am.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

  • PuSh Festival – an international performing arts festival.
  • Flight of the Dragon – FlyOver Canada at Canada Place features a 2-for-1 double feature for the Chinese New Year season. Soar over the sites of China and then fly across Canada! See both films for the regular price of one!
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants.
    • Vancouver Street Food City – today a dozen or more food trucks fill šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Georgia Street from 11 am until 5 pm.
  • Canyon Lights – last weekend of the season for the Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Art of Lights – a Chinese lantern festival at the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre Park in Surrey.
  • Lights on the Lake – Christmas light displays at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Vancouver Chilly Chace – 5K, 10K, 15K and half marathon routes around False Creek.
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – against Kelowna at the Langley Events Centre.
  • Sunday Markets
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants.
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – special hot chocolate offerings around town. So it’s not really a “festival.” It’s more just an excuse to enjoy a hot winter treat!
  • Jazz Vespers
    • At St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street in Vancouver between 4 and 5 pm. Admission is by donation.
    • At 4 pm at Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street in Surrey.
    • At St. Andrew’s United Church with Angela Verbrugge at 4 pm at 1044 St. George’s Avenue in North Vancouver.

Week of January 28th to 31st

January 1-6 | January 7-13 | January 14-20 | January 21-27 | January 28-31


Monday, January 28, 2019

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

  • PuSh Festival – an international performing arts festival.
  • Flight of the Dragon – FlyOver Canada at Canada Place features a 2-for-1 double feature for the Chinese New Year season. Soar over the sites of China and then fly across Canada! See both films for the regular price of one!
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – special hot chocolate offerings around town. So it’s not really a “festival.” It’s more just an excuse to enjoy a hot winter treat!
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation from 5 to 9 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most theatres throughout the Lower Mainland.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

  • PuSh Festival – an international performing arts festival.
  • Flight of the Dragon – FlyOver Canada at Canada Place features a 2-for-1 double feature for the Chinese New Year season. Soar over the sites of China and then fly across Canada! See both films for the regular price of one!
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – special hot chocolate offerings around town. So it’s not really a “festival.” It’s more just an excuse to enjoy a hot winter treat!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

  • KISS in Concert – in their End of the Road Tour at Rogers Arena.
  • Flight of the Dragon – FlyOver Canada at Canada Place features a 2-for-1 double feature for the Chinese New Year season. Soar over the sites of China and then fly across Canada! See both films for the regular price of one!
  • PuSh Festival – an international performing arts festival.
  • Museum of Vancouver – admission is by donation from 5 pm to 8 pm (as it’s the last Thursday of the month).
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – special hot chocolate offerings around town. So it’s not really a “festival.” It’s more just an excuse to enjoy a hot winter treat!

To return to the top of the page, click January Calendar.

To see what’s happening next month, click February Calendar.


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

January 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.

 

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.