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).

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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.

Monday, January 1, 2018

  • Polar Bear Swims
    • Polar Bear Swim – an icy cold dip in the waters of English Bay at 2:30 pm to celebrate the New Year. Thousands of people are expected! Click Polar Bear Swims for details.
    • Penguin Plunge – live music and festivities from 12:30 until 3 pm at Deep Cove‘s Panorama Park in North Vancouver with a quick dip in the ocean for those that dare at 2 pm. Click Polar Bear Swims for details.
    • White Rock Polar Bear Swim – the Rotary Clubs of White Rock & South Surrey host the 48th annual Polar Bear swim at White Rock Beach at noon. Click Polar Bear Swims for details.
  • Vancouver New Year’s Day Fat Ass 50K Run and Freeze Your Fat Ass Swim – a 1 km to 50 km run and swim beginning at Brockton Oval in Stanley Park at 9 am. Cost is about $25. (To be confirmed for 2018.)
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – against Prince George 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.
  • Christmas Activities
    • Canyon Lights – Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
    • Bright Nights – last day of the season for the world-famous Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Peak of Christmas – Christmas holiday activities at Grouse Mountain.
    • Heritage Christmas – Christmas lights and seasonal activities at Burnaby Village Museum.
    • Gingerbread Lane – free Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency.
    • 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.
    • Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.
    • Holiday Heights at Bloedel – Christmas lights, glowing plants, a Ferris wheel and family fun at the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park (to be confirmed).
    • Chinese Lantern Festival – light displays and live entertainment at the PNE.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – against Anaheim at Rogers Arena.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver from 9 am to 9 pm.
  • Christmas Activities
    • Canyon Lights – Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
    • Heritage Christmas – Christmas lights and seasonal activities at Burnaby Village Museum.
    • Peak of Christmas – Christmas holiday activities at Grouse Mountain.
    • 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 (to be confirmed).
    • Chinese Lantern Festival – light displays and live entertainment at the PNE.
    • Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.
  • Cheap night at most Lower Mainland movie theatres.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver from 9 am to 9 pm.
  • Christmas Activities
    • Canyon Lights – Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
    • Peak of Christmas – Christmas holiday activities at Grouse Mountain.
    • 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 (to be confirmed).
    • Heritage Christmas – Christmas lights and seasonal activities at Burnaby Village Museum.
    • Chinese Lantern Festival – light displays and live entertainment at the PNE.
    • Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver from 9 am to 9 pm.
  • Christmas Activities
    • Canyon Lights – Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
    • Peak of Christmas – Christmas holiday activities at Grouse Mountain.
    • 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 (to be confirmed).
    • Heritage Christmas – Christmas lights and seasonal activities at Burnaby Village Museum.
    • Chinese Lantern Festival – light displays and live entertainment at the PNE.
    • Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.

Friday, January 5, 2018

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver from 9 am until 11 pm on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Christmas Activities
    • 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 (to be confirmed).
    • 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 (to be confirmed).
    • Heritage Christmas – Christmas lights and seasonal activities at Burnaby Village Museum.
    • Chinese Lantern Festival – light displays and live entertainment at the PNE.
    • Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

  • Nat Bailey Winter 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 from 9 am until 11 pm.
  • Christmas Activities
    • Canyon Lights – Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
    • Peak of Christmas – last day of the season for the Christmas holiday activities at Grouse Mountain (to be confirmed).
    • 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 (to be confirmed).
    • Chinese Lantern Festival – light displays and live entertainment at the PNE.
    • Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Monday, January 8, 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 (to be confirmed).
  • Canyon Lights – Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Chinese Lantern Festival – light displays and live entertainment at the PNE.

Tuesday, January 9, 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 (to be confirmed).
  • 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 10, 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 (to be confirmed).
  • Canyon Lights – Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Chinese Lantern Festival – light displays and live entertainment at the PNE.

Thursday, January 11, 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 (to be confirmed).
  • Canyon Lights – Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Chinese Lantern Festival – light displays and live entertainment at the PNE.

Friday, January 12, 2018

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver from 9 am until 11 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 (to be confirmed).
  • Canyon Lights – Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Chinese Lantern Festival – light displays and live entertainment at the PNE.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Sunday, January 14, 2018

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 (to be confirmed).
  • Canyon Lights – Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Chinese Lantern Festival – light displays and live entertainment at the PNE.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

  • PuSh Festival – an international performing arts festival (January 16 to February 4, 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 (to be confirmed).
  • 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

Thursday, January 18, 2018

  • Vancouver International Boat Show – at both BC Place Stadium and the Granville Island Maritime Market and Marina.
  • 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.
  • PuSh Festival – an international performing arts festival.
  • 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 (to be confirmed).
  • Canyon Lights – Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Chinese Lantern Festival – light displays and live entertainment at the PNE.

Friday, January 19, 2018

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Click February Calendar for a list of what’s happening in February.

Other Events

The following activities also take place in January on various dates:

  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – special hot chocolate offerings around town (January 18 until February 14, but dates to be confirmed).
  • Jazz Vespers – on Sunday afternoons 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. The event is by donation and runs from September until June.

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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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