JANUARY in Vancouver 2018

JANUARY in Vancouver 2018

January in Vancouver

Vancouver’s 2018 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).

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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Monday, January 15, 2018

  • 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.
  • Chinese Lantern Festival – light displays and live entertainment at the PNE.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

  • PuSh Festival – the first day of the season for the international performing arts festival (January 16 to February 4, 2018).
  • Music on the Bow – free live music featuring local artists at the Trout Lake Community Centre at 3360 Victoria Drive. Today features Chris Ronald from 7 to 8 pm.
  • 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.
  • Chinese Lantern Festival – light displays and live entertainment at the PNE.
  • Cheap night at most Lower Mainland movie theatres.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

  • PuSh Festival – an international performing arts festival.
  • Vancouver International Boat Show – at both BC Place Stadium and the Granville Island Maritime Market and Marina (January 17-21, 2018).
  • Music on the Bow – free live music featuring local artists at the Trout Lake Community Centre at 3360 Victoria Drive. Today features the Blue Lasso Band from 1 to 3 pm and the Soda Crackers from 7 to 8 pm.
  • 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.
  • Canyon Lights – Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Chinese Lantern Festival – light displays and live entertainment at the PNE.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

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Friday, January 19, 2018

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Friday, January 26, 2018

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Sunday, January 28, 2018

  • PuSh Festival – an international performing arts festival.
  • Canyon Lights – last weekend of the season for the Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Cannery Farmers Market – indoors at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery at 12138 Fourth Avenue in Richmond from 10 am to 3 pm (with FREE admission to the Cannery).
  • Vancouver Chilly Chace – 5K, 10K, 15K and half marathon routes around False Creek.
  • Port Moody Winter Farmers Market from 10 am until 2 pm at 300 Ioco Road.
  • Hastings Park Farmers Market – from 10 am to 2 pm at Hastings Skatepark by the PNE (at Renfrew Street and Pandora).
  • 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.
  • Street Food City – 20 or so food trucks gather in the north plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Georgia Street from 11 am to 5 pm as part of the Dine Out Vancouver Festival.
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – special hot chocolate offerings around town.
  • Jazz Vespers
    • Jazz Vespers – at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street between 4 and 5 pm. Admission is by donation. Even if you aren’t “church-y,” if you like Jazz and beautiful buildings it’s worth checking out.
    • Jazz Vespers in Surrey – Jazz also takes place at Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street in Surrey roughly every second Sunday from 4 to 5 pm. Today’s special guests are the Glenda Rae Trio.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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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