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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.


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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.

New Year's Fireworks

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

  • Polar Bear Swims – events that include swims in the ocean take place at English Bay, in North Vancouver’s Deep Cove, at the beach in White Rock, at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody and at Boundary Bay Regional Park in Delta. All are free to watch and either free or inexpensive to swim at. Click Polar Bear Swims 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 1:00 until 2:00 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 Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink all day behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • 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 – holiday illuminations and miniature train rides at Stanley Park (by donation).
    • Heritage Christmas – free festive lights and Christmas displays at Burnaby Village.
    • Lights at Lafarge – Christmas lights in Coquitlam around Lafarge Lake.
    • 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 Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • 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 – holiday illuminations and miniature train rides at Stanley Park (by donation).
    • Lights at Lafarge – free Christmas lights in Coquitlam at Lafarge Lake.
    • Heritage Christmas – free festive lights and Christmas displays at Burnaby Village.
    • Lights on the Lake – Christmas light displays at Harrison Hot Springs.

VanDusen Festival of Lights

Thursday, January 3, 2019

  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery .
  • 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 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 – holiday illuminations and miniature train rides at Stanley Park (by donation).
    • Lights at Lafarge – Christmas lights in Coquitlam at Lafarge Lake.
    • 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 – world-famous Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park. Admission by donation.
    • 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.
    • Lights on the Lake – Christmas light displays at Harrison Hot Springs.

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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 – 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.
    • 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

  • 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.
    • Bright Nights – last day of the season for the world-famous Christmas lights and miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • 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.

Monday, January 7, 2019

  • 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 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 from November 24, 2018, until January 28, 2019.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

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.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Winter Holiday Attractions
    • Glow Christmas – an indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • 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.

Rainy Day Activities

Friday, January 11, 2019

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Winter Holiday Attractions
    • Glow Christmas – an indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • 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.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Winter Holiday Attractions

  • Glow Christmas – an indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
  • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays from around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
  • Canyon Lights – Christmas light displays at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • 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.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Top January Things to Do

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

  • The Illusionists – a Broadway Across Canada production at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre at 630 Hamilton Street (January 15-20, 2019).
  • 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 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.
  • 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 16, 2019

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
    • Glow Christmas – an indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • 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.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Dine Out Vancouver Festival Restaurants

Saturday, January 19, 2019

  • Vancouver Motorcycle Show – a motorbike trade show at Tradex in Abbotsford.
  • The Illusionists – a Broadway Across Canada production at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre at 630 Hamilton Street.
  • PuSh Festival – an international performing arts festival.
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants.
  • 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! (To be confirmed.)
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – against Moose Jaw at the Langley Events Centre.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free at the corner of Robson and Howe in downtown Vancouver.
  • Winter Holiday Attractions
    • Glow Christmas – an indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
    • 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.
  • 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 20, 2019

Monday, January 21, 2019

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Friday, January 25, 2019

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Monday, January 28, 2019

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Thursday, January 31, 2019


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

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


Other January Events

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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