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January in Vancouver

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


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January Calendar of Events

Vancouver January Events in 2020

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 5th

January 1-5 | January 6-12 | January 13-19 | January 20-26 | January 27-31


White Rock Polar Bear Plunge

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

  • 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.
  • Arts Club TheatreMiss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley shows on the Granville Island Stage (January 1-4, 2020) and The Sound of Music plays at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage on Granville Street (January 1-5, 2020).
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – Giants play against Victoria at the Langley Events Centre.
  • Christmas Season Attractions
    • Christmas Glow Abbotsford – an indoor attraction featuring a light maze, live entertainment, artisan market and family-friendly activities at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford. (TIP: Click Glow Abbotsford to learn how to save 40% off tickets.)
    • Christmas Glow Vancouver – an indoor winter holiday festival that features a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek. (TIP: Click Glow Vancouver to learn how to save 50% off tickets.)
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Festivale Tropicale – Christmas lights and glowing plants at the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park.
    • Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden.
    • Bright Nights – last day of the season for the 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.
    • Lights on the Lake – Christmas light displays at Harrison Hot Springs.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

  • Arts Club TheatreMiss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley shows on the Granville Island Stage and The Sound of Music plays at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage on Granville Street.
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Tonight features the show Year of Predictions.
  • House of Comedy – stand-up comic Jimmy Shubert performs at the House of Comedy at the Columbia Theatre in New Westminster. (Note: Shubert has performed in the past at NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Just For Laughs Festival Montreal and Comedy Central).
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – Canucks and Blackhawks play at Rogers Arena.
  • Christmas Season Attractions
    • Christmas Glow Abbotsford – an indoor attraction featuring a light maze, live entertainment, artisan market and family-friendly activities at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford. (TIP: Click Glow Abbotsford to learn how to save 40% off tickets.)
    • Christmas Glow Vancouver – an indoor winter holiday festival that features a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek. (TIP: Click Glow Vancouver to learn how to save 50% off tickets.)
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Festivale Tropicale – Christmas lights and glowing plants at the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park.
    • Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden.
    • 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.

CHRISTMAS TREE CHIPPING LOCATIONS

Looking for a place to take your Christmas tree so it can get disposed of in an environmentally-friendly way? Then check out our list of Christmas Tree Chipping Locations where you’ll find non-profit groups who’ll turn your tree into wood chips for a donation.


Friday, January 3, 2020

  • Arts Club TheatreMiss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley shows on the Granville Island Stage and The Sound of Music plays at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage on Granville Street.
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Tonight features Classic Theatresports and Year of Predictions.
  • House of Comedy – stand-up comic Jimmy Shubert performs at the House of Comedy at the Columbia Theatre in New Westminster. (Note: Shubert has performed in the past at NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Just For Laughs Festival Montreal and Comedy Central).
  • 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.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • Christmas Season Attractions
    • Christmas Glow Abbotsford – an indoor attraction featuring a light maze, live entertainment, artisan market and family-friendly activities at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford. (TIP: Click Glow Abbotsford to learn how to save 40% off tickets.)
    • Christmas Glow Vancouver – an indoor winter holiday festival that features a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek. (TIP: Click Glow Vancouver to learn how to save 50% off tickets.)
    • Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Botanical Garden.
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Canyon Lights – holiday illuminations 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.
    • Festivale Tropicale – Christmas lights and glowing plants at the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park.
    • Lights on the Lake – Christmas light displays at Harrison Hot Springs.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

  • Arts Club TheatreMiss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley shows on the Granville Island Stage and The Sound of Music plays at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage on Granville Street.
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Today features Classic Theatresports, Year of Predictions and The Late Show.
  • House of Comedy – stand-up comic Jimmy Shubert performs at the House of Comedy at the Columbia Theatre in New Westminster. (Note: Shubert has performed in the past at NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Just For Laughs Festival Montreal and Comedy Central).
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – Canucks and the New York Rangers play at Rogers Arena.
  • Christmas Season Attractions
    • Christmas Glow Abbotsford – an indoor attraction featuring a light maze, live entertainment, artisan market and family-friendly activities at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford. (TIP: Click Glow Abbotsford to learn how to save 40% off tickets.)
    • Christmas Glow Vancouver – an indoor winter holiday festival that features a light tunnel, holiday illuminations and live music at Vancouver’s Harbour Convention Centre near False Creek. (TIP: Click Glow Vancouver to learn how to save 50% off tickets.)
    • Christmas at FlyOver Canada – a winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional film experience at Canada Place.
    • Canyon Lights – holiday illuminations at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
    • Peak of Christmas – last weekend of the season for the Christmas holiday activities at Grouse Mountain.
    • Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden.
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
    • Festivale Tropicale – Christmas lights and glowing plants at the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park.
    • 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.

Top January Things to Do

Sunday, January 5, 2020

  • Sunday Markets
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Tonight features Rookie Night.
    • Arts Club TheatreThe Sound of Music plays at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage on Granville Street.
    • House of Comedy – stand-up comic Jimmy Shubert performs at the House of Comedy at the Columbia Theatre in New Westminster. (Note: Shubert has performed in the past at NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Just For Laughs Festival Montreal and Comedy Central).
    • Jazz Vespers – in the salons in St. Andrews-Wesley United Church at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver at 4 pm. Admission is by donation. Music today is with Maria Ho.
  • Christmas Season Attractions (For many of these attractions, it is the last night of the season. So get out and enjoy!)
    • FlyOver Canada Christmas – final day of the season for the holiday-themed flying theatre rides at Canada Place.
    • Festival of Lights – last day of the season for the Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden.
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
    • Festivale Tropicale – last day of the season for the Christmas event at the Bloedel Conservatory
    • 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 6th to 12th

January 1-5 | January 6-12 | January 13-19 | January 20-26 | January 27-31


Monday, January 6, 2020

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
  • Canyon Lights – holiday illuminations at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Lights on the Lake – Christmas light displays at Harrison Hot Springs.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • 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 – holiday illuminations at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
    • Lights on the Lake – Christmas light displays at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation from 5 to 9 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Seniors Day at MOV – admission to the Museum of Vancouver is just $5 today for anyone age 65+ (because it’s the first Tuesday of the month).
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most theatres throughout the Lower Mainland.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • 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 – holiday illuminations at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
    • Lights on the Lake – Christmas light displays at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Tonight features Classic Theatresports.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

  • House of Comedy – stand-up comic Derek Gaines performs at the House of Comedy at the Columbia Theatre in New Westminster. (Gaines’ comedy includes a look at what it’s like growing up African American in the suburbs).
  • Roedde House Jazz Evenings in the Parlour – tonight features the Bernie Arai Trio at the Roedde House Museum in Vancouver’s West End (not far from Robson Street).
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Tonight features Classic Theatresports.
  • 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 – holiday illuminations at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
    • 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.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).

Rainy Day Activities

Friday, January 10, 2020

  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Tonight features Classic Theatresports and Frisky Friday.
  • House of Comedy – stand-up comic Derek Gaines performs at the House of Comedy at the Columbia Theatre in New Westminster. (Gaines’ comedy includes a look at what it’s like growing up African American in the suburbs).
  • 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 – holiday illuminations at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
    • 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.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).

Saturday, January 11, 2020

  • Riley Park Farmers Market – between 10 am and 2 pm at Vancouver’s Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street.
  • Winter Holiday Attractions
    • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays from around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
    • Canyon Lights – holiday illuminations at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
    • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
    • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
    • Lights on the Lake – Christmas light displays at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Family Favourites Movies – a kid-friendly film shows at select Cineplex theatres for just $2.99 at 11 am.
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – the Giants play against Spokane at the Langley Events Centre.
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Today features Classic Theatresports and The Late Show.
  • House of Comedy – stand-up comic Derek Gaines performs at the House of Comedy at the Columbia Theatre in New Westminster. (Gaines’ comedy includes a look at what it’s like growing up African American in the suburbs).

Sunday, January 12, 2020

  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Tonight features Rookie Night.
  • House of Comedy – stand-up comic Derek Gaines performs at the House of Comedy at the Columbia Theatre in New Westminster. (Gaines’ comedy includes a look at what it’s like growing up African American in the suburbs).
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • Winter Holiday Attractions
  • Sunday Markets
  • Jazz Vespers
    • At 4 pm at Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street in Surrey. Music with Kristian Alexandrov and the Shannon Gaye Quartet.
    • In the salons in St. Andrews-Wesley United Church at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver at 4 pm. Admission is by donation. (To be confirmed.)

Week of January 13th to 19th

January 1-5 | January 6-12 | January 13-19 | January 20-26 | January 27-31


Monday, January 13, 2020

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver from 9 am to 9 pm.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • 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 – holiday illuminations at Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
  • Canyon Lights – holiday illuminations at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • 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 15, 2020

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake.
  • Canyon Lights – holiday illuminations at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Tonight features Classic Theatresports.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

  • 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.
  • Dinner With A View – an outdoor dinner experience where you get to dine in a bubble-like dome at Ambleside park in West Vancouver. Tickets cost $110 (plus taxes, tips, online fees and dome rental).
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – the Canucks and Coyotes play at Rogers Arena.
  • Winter Holiday Attractions
  • Vancouver Theatresports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island.
  • House of Comedy – NBC’s Last Comic Standing’s finalist Aida Rodriguez performs at the House of Comedy at the Columbia Theatre in New Westminster.
  • Soar Over Taiwan – FlyOver Canada at Canada Place features a new multi-sensory film where you can soar over Taiwan.

Friday, January 17, 2020

  • Soar Over Taiwan – FlyOver Canada at Canada Place features a new multi-sensory film where you can soar over Taiwan.
  • Lynn Valley's Friday Night LiveFriday Night Live – live entertainment with a guest artist in North Vancouver at Lynn Valley United Church at 3201 Mountain Highway. Chris Ronald performs tonight.
  • House of Comedy – NBC’s Last Comic Standing’s finalist Aida Rodriguez performs at the House of Comedy at the Columbia Theatre in New Westminster.
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – first day of the season for the festival featuring special deals at hundreds of local restaurants. (The event runs from January 17 until February 2, 2020).
  • Dinner With A View – an outdoor dinner experience where you get to dine in a bubble-like dome at Ambleside park in West Vancouver. Tickets cost $110 (plus taxes, tips, online fees and dome rental).
  • Winter Holiday Attractions
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – the Giants play against Victoria at the Langley Events Centre.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

  • House of Comedy – NBC’s Last Comic Standing’s finalist Aida Rodriguez performs at the House of Comedy at the Columbia Theatre in New Westminster.
  • Soar Over Taiwan – FlyOver Canada at Canada Place features a new multi-sensory film where you can soar over Taiwan.
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants.
  • Dinner With A View – an outdoor dinner experience where you get to dine in a bubble-like dome at Ambleside park in West Vancouver. Tickets cost $110 (plus taxes, tips, online fees and dome rental).
  • 2020 Burns Supper – dancing, food and other cultural celebrations at the Scottish Cultural Centre at 8886 Hudson Street in Vancouver. Cost is $60 for members of the Vancouver Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and $70 for non-members.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – the Canucks and the San Jose Sharks play at Rogers Arena.
  • 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 – holiday illuminations at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Family Favourites Movies – a kid-friendly film shows at select Cineplex theatres for just $2.99 at 11 am.
  • 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 19, 2020

  • Soar Over Taiwan – FlyOver Canada at Canada Place features a new multi-sensory film where you can soar over Taiwan.
  • House of Comedy – NBC’s Last Comic Standing’s finalist Aida Rodriguez performs at the House of Comedy at the Columbia Theatre in New Westminster.
  • Roedde House Classical Concert Series – this afternoon’s performance is with the Artemesia Duo featuring pianist Susan Xia and flutist Emily Richardson at the Roedde House Museum in Vancouver’s West End (not far from Robson Street).
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants.
  • Dinner With A View – an outdoor dinner experience where you get to dine in a bubble-like dome at Ambleside park in West Vancouver. Tickets cost $110 (plus taxes, tips, online fees and dome rental).
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Lights at Lafarge – last day of the winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake for the season.
  • Canyon Lights – holiday illuminations at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – the Giants play against Kelowna at the Langley Events Centre.
  • Sunday Markets
  • Jazz Vespers
    • In the salons in St. Andrews-Wesley United Church at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver at 4 pm. Admission is by donation. (To be confirmed.)

Week of January 20th to 26th

January 1-5 | January 6-12 | January 13-19 | January 20-26 | January 27-31


Monday, January 20, 2020

  • Soar Over Taiwan – FlyOver Canada at Canada Place features a new multi-sensory film where you can soar over Taiwan.
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants.
  • Dinner With A View – an outdoor dinner experience where you get to dine in a bubble-like dome at Ambleside park in West Vancouver. Tickets cost $110 (plus taxes, tips, online fees and dome rental).
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • Shred for the Cause Ladies Night – ladies ski for a minimum $15 donation at Mount Seymour from 5 to 10 pm.
  • Canyon Lights – holiday illuminations at Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

  • Soar Over Taiwan – FlyOver Canada at Canada Place features a new multi-sensory film where you can soar over Taiwan.
  • PuSh Festival – first day for the international performing arts festival.
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants.
  • Dinner With A View – an outdoor dinner experience where you get to dine in a bubble-like dome at Ambleside park in West Vancouver. Tickets cost $110 (plus taxes, tips, online fees and dome rental).
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • Canyon Lights – holiday illuminations at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • 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 22, 2020

  • Soar Over Taiwan – FlyOver Canada at Canada Place features a new multi-sensory film where you can soar over Taiwan.
  • PuSh Festival – an international performing arts festival.
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants.
  • Dinner With A View – an outdoor dinner experience where you get to dine in a bubble-like dome at Ambleside park in West Vancouver. Tickets cost $110 (plus taxes, tips, online fees and dome rental).
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • Canyon Lights – holiday illuminations at Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

  • Soar Over Taiwan – FlyOver Canada at Canada Place features a new multi-sensory film where you can soar over Taiwan.
  • House of Comedy – Los Angeles-based comedian Trevor Wallace performs at the House of Comedy at the Columbia Theatre in New Westminster.
  • PuSh Festival – an international performing arts festival.
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants.
  • Dinner With A View – an outdoor dinner experience where you get to dine in a bubble-like dome at Ambleside park in West Vancouver. Tickets cost $110 (plus taxes, tips, online fees and dome rental).
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver from 9 am to 9 pm.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • Canyon Lights – holiday illuminations at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – the Giants play against Everett at the Langley Events Centre.

Friday, January 24, 2020

  • New Year’s Eve at the Buddhist Temple – Chinese New Year’s Eve celebrations at one of the largest Buddhist temples in North America. Free admission and highly recommended.
  • Soar Over Taiwan – FlyOver Canada at Canada Place features a new multi-sensory film where you can soar over Taiwan.
  • Chinese New Year at International Village – crowds of people, vendor stalls selling Year of the Rat souvenirs and a stage with live entertainment at the International Village Mall in Chinatown. Free admission.
  • PuSh Festival – an international performing arts festival.
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants.
  • Dinner With A View – an outdoor dinner experience where you get to dine in a bubble-like dome at Ambleside park in West Vancouver. Tickets cost $110 (plus taxes, tips, online fees and dome rental).
  • Vancouver Chamber ChoirByrds and Bees concert at Vancouver’s Pacific United Church.
  • Friday Night Live – live entertainment with a guest artist in North Vancouver at Lynn Valley United Church at 3201 Mountain Highway. (2020 details to be confirmed.)
  • House of Comedy – Los Angeles-based comedian Trevor Wallace performs at the House of Comedy at the Columbia Theatre in New Westminster.
  • Vancouver Motorcycle Show – a motorbike trade show at Tradex in Abbotsford.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • Canyon Lights – last weekend of the season for the Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Chinese New Year

Saturday, January 25, 2020

  • Chinese New Year – today marks the first day of the Year of the Rat with celebrations all week and weekend throughout the Lower Mainland.
  • Lion Dancing at River District – lion dancing and other activities take place at River District Vancouver in celebration of the Year of the Rat. It’s a free family-friendly event and everyone is welcome.
  • Vancouver Lunarfest – free Lunar New Year activities in the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza.
  • Soar Over Taiwan – FlyOver Canada at Canada Place features a new multi-sensory film where you can soar over Taiwan.
  • Chinese New Year at International Village – crowds of people, vendor stalls selling Year of the Rat souvenirs and a stage with live entertainment at the International Village Mall in Chinatown. Free admission.
  • Robbie Burns Day – a day to celebrate the birth of Scotland’s poet laureate.
    • Celebrating Robbie Burns – Scottish dancing, poetry and Celtic music with the band Blackthorn at Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver. Tickets cost $35 for adults, $29 for seniors and students, and $12 for children ages 12 and under.
  • House of Comedy – Los Angeles-based comedian Trevor Wallace performs at the House of Comedy at the Columbia Theatre in New Westminster.
  • PuSh Festival – an international performing arts festival.
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants.
  • Dinner With A View – an outdoor dinner experience where you get to dine in a bubble-like dome at Ambleside park in West Vancouver. Tickets cost $110 (plus taxes, tips, online fees and dome rental).
  • Canyon Lights – last weekend of the season for the Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Vancouver Motorcycle Show – a motorbike trade show at Tradex in Abbotsford.
  • 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.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • Family Favourites Movies – a kid-friendly film shows at select Cineplex theatres for just $2.99 at 11 am.
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – the Giants play against Kelowna at the Langley Events Centre.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

  • Chinese New Year Parade – a major parade with marching bands, lion dancing, floats and hundreds of people in costume in Chinatown.
  • Soar Over Taiwan – FlyOver Canada at Canada Place features a new multi-sensory film where you can soar over Taiwan.
  • Vancouver Lunarfest – free Lunar New Year activities in the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza.
  • Chinese New Year at International Village – crowds of people, vendor stalls selling Year of the Rat souvenirs and a stage with live entertainment at the International Village Mall in Chinatown. Free admission.
  • House of Comedy – Los Angeles-based comedian Trevor Wallace performs at the House of Comedy at the Columbia Theatre in New Westminster.
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants.
  • Dinner With A View – an outdoor dinner experience where you get to dine in a bubble-like dome at Ambleside park in West Vancouver. Tickets cost $110 (plus taxes, tips, online fees and dome rental).
  • Vancouver Chilly Chase – 5K, 10K, 15K and half marathon routes around False Creek.
  • Canyon Lights – last day of the season for the Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Whistler Pride and Ski Festival – an LGBTQ-themed event at Whistler-Blackcomb.
  • PuSh Festival – an international performing arts festival.
  • Vancouver Motorcycle Show – a motorbike trade show at Tradex in Abbotsford.
  • Sunday Markets
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • Jazz Vespers
    • At 4 pm at Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street in Surrey. Music with the Wild Blue Herons.
    • In the salons in St. Andrews-Wesley United Church at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver at 4 pm. Admission is by donation. (To be confirmed.)

Week of January 27th to 31st

January 1-5 | January 6-12 | January 13-19 | January 20-26 | January 27-31


Monday, January 27, 2020

  • Soar Over Taiwan – FlyOver Canada at Canada Place features a new multi-sensory film where you can soar over Taiwan.
  • PuSh Festival – an international performing arts festival.
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants.
  • Dinner With A View – an outdoor dinner experience where you get to dine in a bubble-like dome at Ambleside park in West Vancouver. Tickets cost $110 (plus taxes, tips, online fees and dome rental).
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver from 9 am to 9 pm.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • Shred for the Cause Ladies Night – ladies ski for a minimum $15 donation at Mount Seymour from 5 to 10 pm.
  • Whistler Pride and Ski Festival – an LGBTQ-themed event at Whistler-Blackcomb.
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – the Canucks and the Saint Louis Blues play at Rogers Arena.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

  • Whistler Pride and Ski Festival – an LGBTQ-themed event at Whistler-Blackcomb.
  • Soar Over Taiwan – FlyOver Canada at Canada Place features a new multi-sensory film where you can soar over Taiwan.
  • PuSh Festival – an international performing arts festival.
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants.
  • Dinner With A View – an outdoor dinner experience where you get to dine in a bubble-like dome at Ambleside park in West Vancouver. Tickets cost $110 (plus taxes, tips, online fees and dome rental).
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • 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 29, 2020

  • Whistler Pride and Ski Festival – an LGBTQ-themed event at Whistler-Blackcomb.
  • PuSh Festival – an international performing arts festival.
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants.
  • Dinner With A View – an outdoor dinner experience where you get to dine in a bubble-like dome at Ambleside park in West Vancouver. Tickets cost $110 (plus taxes, tips, online fees and dome rental).
  • Soar Over Taiwan – FlyOver Canada at Canada Place features a new multi-sensory film where you can soar over Taiwan.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).

Thursday, January 30, 2020

  • PuSh Festival – an international performing arts festival.
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants.
  • Dinner With A View – an outdoor dinner experience where you get to dine in a bubble-like dome at Ambleside park in West Vancouver. Tickets cost $110 (plus taxes, tips, online fees and dome rental).
  • Soar Over Taiwan – FlyOver Canada at Canada Place features a new multi-sensory film where you can soar over Taiwan.
  • Whistler Pride and Ski Festival – an LGBTQ-themed event at Whistler-Blackcomb.
  • Museum of Vancouver – admission is by donation from 5 pm to 8 pm (as it’s the last Thursday of the month).
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • Pacific Agriculture Show – a farm equipment trade show at Tradex in Abbotsford (January 30 to February 1, 2020).

Friday, January 31st, 2020

  • Whisky Global – a whisky-tasting event at the Rocky Mountaineer Station at 1755 Cottrell Street.
  • Whistler Pride and Ski Festival – an LGBTQ-themed event at Whistler-Blackcomb.
  • Soar Over Taiwan – FlyOver Canada at Canada Place features a new multi-sensory film where you can soar over Taiwan.
  • Lynn Valley's Friday Night LiveFriday Night Live – live entertainment with a guest artist in North Vancouver at Lynn Valley United Church at 3201 Mountain Highway. (Details to be confirmed.)
  • PuSh Festival – an international performing arts festival.
  • Dinner With A View – an outdoor dinner experience where you get to dine in a bubble-like dome at Ambleside park in West Vancouver. Tickets cost $110 (plus taxes, tips, online fees and dome rental).
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants.
  • Vancouver Street Food City – today a dozen or more food trucks fill the square outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Georgia Street as part of the Dine Out Vancouver Festival.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – ice skating at the giant new outdoor covered rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (just a 5-minute walk from the SeaBus at Lonsdale Quay). Free admission (and skates can be rented for between $5 and $7).
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – the Giants play against Kamloops at the Langley Events Centre.
  • Roedde House – admission to the historic museum in Vancouver’s West End is by donation today (because it’s the last Friday of the month).
  • Pacific Agriculture Show – a farm equipment trade show at Tradex in Abbotsford (January 30 to February 1, 2020).

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Other 2020 January Events

The following events are also likely taking place in January 2020 (with some details to be confirmed):

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.

 

 

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