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Vancouver Events in JANUARY 2021

January in Vancouver

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






January Calendar of Events

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


(Note: Schedules are subject to change. This is the case any year, but especially in 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, see official event websites for the most up-to-date details. Also, whatever you do, be responsible and stay safe!)


Vancouver January Events in 2021

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

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


Week of January 23rd to 24th

January 23-24 | January 25-31


Saturday, January 23, 2021


Stay Safe and Be Responsible


Sunday, January 24, 2021


Week of January 25th to 31st

January 23-24 | January 25-31


Monday, January 25, 2021


Free Events and Activities in January


Tuesday, January 26, 2021



Whatever you do, don’t forget to wear a mask in indoor public places, stay 6 feet away from other people, and hang out just with folk from within your household/bubble. Also, avoid non-essential travel, stay home if you aren’t feeling well, and support small local businesses as much as you can!


Wednesday, January 27, 2021


Thursday, January 28, 2021

  • PuSh Festival – an international performing arts festival.
  • Christmas Glow Langley – a winter holiday attraction featuring a light maze, live entertainment and family-friendly activities in Langley.
  • Lower Mainland Ski Hills – all 5 regional ski hills are open. Just remember to enjoy the snow sports in your own region and avoid non-essential travel. (Note: Ski tickets are 21% off at Grouse today as well as every weekday in January.)
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – the team plays against the Ottawa Senators at Rogers Arena. (Fans can’t attend in person, but they can watch the game on TV and at sports bars around the Lower Mainland.)
  • Christmas Lights at Cap Bridge – the North Shore attraction is open between 11 am and 6 pm (and the illuminations are on during the last couple of hours or so).
  • 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!
  • Granville Island – the Public Market is open as are most of the art studios and other unique places to shop.
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants. (POSTPONED until a few weeks later than usual. Running from February 5th until March 7th this year.)
  • Whistler Pride and Ski Festival – an LGBTQ-themed event at Whistler-Blackcomb. (CANCELLED)



When it’s next possible to travel, be sure to vacation close to home! Also, don’t forget to check out StayVancouverHotels the next time you want to stay in a hotel in downtown Vancouver.


Friday, January 29, 2021


Saturday, January 30, 2021


Free Events in February


Sunday, January 31, 2021


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 in 2020 because of COVID-19).

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.

In normal years, 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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