Free December Events in Vancouver

Free December Events in Vancouver

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Free December Things to Do

There are lots of free things to do in Metro Vancouver in December 2017 including holiday concerts, craft fairs, Christmas lights and seasonal attractions.

Free Activities in December 2017

For a list of some of the best things to do in December, including activities that aren’t free, check out the December Events Calendar. For a list of the best FREE (or almost free) special events this month, see below.

(Note: Event locations, times, prices and other details are subject to change. Check with each event’s website for the most up-to-date information.)

Friday, December 1st

  • Bill Reid Gallery – free admission to the First Nations art gallery between 2:00 and 5:00 pm (because it’s the first Friday of the month).
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.
  • Christmas Activities
    • Christmas Tree Lighting – live music and family-friendly activities in the Plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery between 5:00 and 7:00 pm.
    • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas illuminations and special family-friendly activities from 7 until 10 pm at North Vancouver’s Park and Tilford Gardens (by donation).
    • Lights at Lafarge – free Christmas light displays between 4:30 pm and 11 o’clock around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights (by donation) and (not free) miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – decorated Christmas trees at the historic site in Steveston Village (free for 2017).
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – free Christmas things to do and see at Burnaby Village Museum from 1:00 to 5:30 pm.
  • Christmas Markets & Craft Fairs
    • Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair – a 3-day market in Coquitlam at 618 Poirier Street. Admission is just $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and free for children ages 12 and under. So it’s not free, but also not too expensive.
    • Toque Craft Fair – a small artisan market with around 20 vendors at 303 East 8th Avenue. Admission by donation.
    • Semiahmoo Holiday Market – a small craft fair with about 25 vendors between 1:00 and 7:00 pm at the South Surrey Recreation Centre at 14601 – 20th Avenue. At 4:00 pm the Soul of the World Community Choir performs.

Christmas Craft Fairs

Saturday, December 2nd

  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Family Favourites Movies – the movie Elf is showing at select Cineplex theatres for just $2.99 at 11 am. It’s not free, but it is extra cheap!
  • Special Christmas Events
    • Shipyards Christmas Festival – at North Vancouver’s Shipbuilders’ Square at 138 Victory Ship Way between 4:00 and 7:00 pm. Festival activities include an artisan market, the lighting of the Christmas tree and performances by The Beauty Shop Dolls, Windsor Senior Chamber Choir and Seymour Dance School. Rides on a 65-foot Ferris wheel are also available by donation.
    • New Westminster Santa Claus Parade – takes place along Columbia Street in New Westminster beginning at 11:00 am.
    • Holiday Cheer at the Pier at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody between 6:00 and 8:00 pm. Activities includes Christmas lights, Santa Claus, candy canes, hot chocolate and carol singing.
    • Dundarave Christmas Fair a small community event in the afternoon with live entertainment and Christmas tree decorating as part of West Vancouver’s Dundarave Festival of Lights. Free concerts include performances by Miles David & the Blue Streak, Marcus Mosley & the Gospel Chorus, Sweet Scarlet and the West Vancouver Youth Band.
    • Maple Ridge Christmas Festival – a community Christmas event at Memorial Peace Park between 4:00 and 8:00 pm with a parade at 6 o’clock.
    • Bright in Burnaby at Heritage Christmas – free Christmas things to do and see at Burnaby Village Museum from 1:00 to 9:00 pm. Today also features additional special events from 4:00 until 9:00 pm including the lighting of the museum’s Christmas tree and light refreshments.
    • Holiday Family Fun – at Westbrook Village at 3378 Wesbrook Mall at UBC from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Activities include a festive balloon display, craft fair, face painting, Christmas carolers, and horse and carriage rides.
  • On-going Christmas Activities
    • Lights at Lafarge – free Christmas light displays between 4:30 pm and 11 o’clock around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.
    • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas lights and decorations from 5:30 until 9:00 pm at North Vancouver’s Park and Tilford Gardens (by donation).
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights (by donation) and (not free) miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – decorated Christmas trees at the historic site in Steveston Village (free for 2017).
  • Christmas Fairs & Farmers Markets
    • Artisan Christmas Craft Fair – a small free craft market at the Britannia Shipyards at 5180 Westwater Drive in Steveston Village from 11:30 am until 4:30 pm.
    • NV Holiday Bazaar – a large Christmas craft fair at Carson Graham School at 2145 Jones Avenue in North Vancouver from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is $3 but free for the first 100 people.
    • Craft Christmas Night Market – 50+ vendors and live entertainment in New Westminster at the River Market at 810 Quayside Drive between 6:00 and 9:30 pm.
    • Gleneagles Holiday Artisan Festival – a small Christmas craft market at the Gleneagles Community Centre in West Vancouver between 10 am and 3 pm.
    • Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair – at Coquitlam’s Poirier Forum at 618 Poirier Street. Admission is just $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and free for children ages 12 and under.
    • Toque Craft Fair – a small Christmas artisan market with at 303 East 8th Avenue. Admission by donation.
    • Semiahmoo Holiday Market – a small craft fair with about 25 vendors between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm at the South Surrey Recreation Centre.
    • Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market – in the parking lot at Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.
    • Royal City Winter Farmers Market – not far from Moody Park in the 600 block of New Westminster’s Belmont Street between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.

Sunday, December 3rd

  • Vancouver Santa Claus Parade – pre-parade activities in the plaza at the Vancouver Art Gallery from 10:00 am until noon. The parade itself starts at around 12:00 pm and goes along Georgia Street and Howe Street.
  • Sky Wheel on the Pier – rides on a 65-foot Ferris wheel take place by donation at North Vancouver’s Shipyards from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm.
  • Lighted Truck Parade – a free event with decorated big-rig trucks, carol singing and other kid-friendly activities in downtown Surrey.
  • Christmas at Steveston Village – various holiday activities in Richmond’s historic fishing village including a display of classic cars, the arrival of Santa Claus by boat, and photo opportunities at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery.
  • Jazz Vespers – at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street between 4:00 and 5:00 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 from 4 to 5 pm. Today’s scheduled group is the Mighty Fraser Big Band playing Christmas music. By donation.
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.
  • Farmers Markets
    • Hastings Park Farmers Market – at Hastings Park between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Free parking at the PNE at Pandora and Renfrew for market shoppers.
    • Cannery Farmers Market – between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm at Steveston Village’s historic Gulf of Georgia Cannery at 12138 Fourth Avenue. Santa Claus will also be in town!
  • Other Christmas Activities
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights (by donation) and (not free) miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas lights and decorations from 5:30 until 9:00 pm at North Vancouver’s Park and Tilford Gardens (by donation).
    • Lights at Lafarge – free Christmas light displays between 4:30 pm and 11 o’clock around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – decorated Christmas trees at the historic site in Steveston Village (free for 2017).
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – free Christmas things to do and see at Burnaby Village Museum from 1:00 to 9:00 pm. Free cookies are available at the Farmhouse between 2:00 and 4:00 pm.
  • Christmas Craft Fairs
    • NV Holiday Bazaar – a large Christmas craft fair at Carson Graham School at 2145 Jones Avenue in North Vancouver from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is $3 but free for the first 100 people.
    • Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair – at Coquitlam’s Poirier Forum at 618 Poirier Street. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and free for children ages 12 and under.
    • Toque Craft Fair – a small artisan market with around 20 vendors at 303 East 8th Avenue. Admission by donation.

Vancouver Christmas Concerts

Monday, December 4th

  • Christmas Activities
    • Christmas at the Cannery – decorated Christmas trees at the historic site in Steveston Village (free for 2017).
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights (by donation) and (not free) miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas lights and decorations from 5:30 until 9:00 pm at North Vancouver’s Park and Tilford Gardens (by donation).
    • Lights at Lafarge – free Christmas light displays between 4:30 pm and 11 o’clock around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – free Christmas things to do and see at Burnaby Village Museum from 1:00 to 5:30 pm.
    • Gingerbread Lane – Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency at 655 Burrard Street.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating in the square underground behind the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street.
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.

Tuesday, December 5th

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission from 5 until 9 pm is by donation (as it’s Tuesday).
  • Cheap night at most movie cinemas around town. So the shows aren’t free, but they are extra cheap!
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.
  • Christmas Activities
    • Gingerbread Lane – Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency at 655 Burrard Street.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – decorated Christmas trees at the historic site in Steveston Village (free for 2017).
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – free Christmas things to do and see at Burnaby Village Museum from 1:00 to 5:30 pm.
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights (by donation) and (not free) miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas lights and decorations from 5:30 until 9:00 pm at North Vancouver’s Park and Tilford Gardens (by donation).
    • Lights at Lafarge – free Christmas light displays between 4:30 pm and 11 o’clock around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating in the square underground behind the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street.

Wednesday, December 6th

  • Christmas Activities
    • Lights at Lafarge – free Christmas light displays between 4:30 pm and 11 o’clock around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights (by donation) and (not free) miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas lights and decorations from 5:30 until 9:00 pm at North Vancouver’s Park and Tilford Gardens (by donation).
    • Christmas at the Cannery – decorated Christmas trees at the historic site in Steveston Village (free for 2017).
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – free Christmas things to do and see at Burnaby Village Museum from 1:00 to 5:30 pm.
    • Gingerbread Lane – Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency at 655 Burrard Street.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating in the square underground behind the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street.
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.

Thursday, December 7th

  • Christmas Activities
    • Yule Duel: Caroling for a Cause – singing in the streets in Gastown between 6:00 and 8:00 pm by dozens of choirs as part of a fundraising event for a downtown non-profit hospice (by donation).
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights (by donation) and (not free) miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas lights and decorations from 5:30 until 9:00 pm at North Vancouver’s Park and Tilford Gardens (by donation).
    • Lights at Lafarge – free Christmas light displays between 4:30 pm and 11 o’clock around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – decorated Christmas trees at the historic site in Steveston Village (free for 2017).
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – free Christmas things to do and see at Burnaby Village Museum from 1:00 to 5:30 pm.
    • Gingerbread Lane – Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency at 655 Burrard Street.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating in the square underground behind the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street.
  • UBC’s Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden both offer admission by donation this time of year.
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.

Top December Things to Do

Friday, December 8th

  • Special Christmas Events
    • Singing Christmas Tree – family-friendly entertainment including performances by a 100+ member choir, an orchestra, dancers and even acrobats at Broadway Church in Vancouver.
    • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas illuminations and special family-friendly activities from 5:30 until 9:00 pm at North Vancouver’s Park and Tilford Gardens (by donation).
    • Carol Ships at Barnet Marine Park: a small procession of boats decorated with Christmas lights is expected to pass by Burnaby’s Barnett Marine Park at 8181 Barnett Road sometime between around 8 and 8:30 pm (weather permitting).
  • On-Going Christmas Activities
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights (by donation) and (not free) miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Lights at Lafarge – free Christmas light displays between 4:30 pm and 11 o’clock around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – decorated Christmas trees at the historic site in Steveston Village (free for 2017).
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – free Christmas things to do and see at Burnaby Village Museum from 1:00 to 5:30 pm.
    • Gingerbread Lane – Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency at 655 Burrard Street.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating in the square underground behind the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street.
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.

Saturday, December 9th

  • Family Favourites Movies – the movie The Polar Express is showing at select Cineplex theatres around the Lower Mainland for just $2.99 at 11:00 am. It’s not free, but it is extra cheap!
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.
  • Christmas Activities
    • Carol Ships Shoreline Celebrations – free family-friendly activities including a bonfire, live music, crafts and the viewing of boats with Christmas lights in the distance at Panorama Park in Deep Cove from 7:30 to 9:00 pm.
    • Pioneer Christmas – Christmas activities and decorations at Stewart Farm in South Surrey from 11:00 to 3:00 pm.
    • Singing Christmas Tree – family-friendly entertainment including performances by a 100+ member choir, an orchestra, dancers and even acrobats at Broadway Church in Vancouver.
    • Dundarave Festival of Lights – the annual Dundarave Nativity Paddle Songs event featuring live entertainment between 12:00 pm and dusk takes place at West Vancouver’s Dundarave Beach at 150-25th Street.
    • Lights at Lafarge – free Christmas light displays between 4:30 pm and 11 o’clock around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights (by donation) and (not free) miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas lights and decorations from 5:30 until 9:00 pm at North Vancouver’s Park and Tilford Gardens (by donation).
    • Christmas at the Cannery – decorated Christmas trees at the historic site in Steveston Village (free for 2017).
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – free Christmas things to do and see at Burnaby Village Museum from 1:00 to 9:00 pm. Free cookies are available at the Farmhouse between 2:00 and 4:00 pm.
    • Gingerbread Lane – Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency at 655 Burrard Street.
  • Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market – in the parking lot at Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating in the square underground behind the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street.

Sunday, December 10th

  • Farmers Markets
    • Cannery Farmers Market – between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm at Steveston Village’s historic Gulf of Georgia Cannery at 12138 Fourth Avenue.
    • Hastings Park Farmers Market – a winter market at Hastings Park between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Free parking at the PNE at Pandora and Renfrew for market shoppers.
  • Christmas Activities
    • Singing Christmas Tree – family-friendly entertainment including performances by a 100+ member choir, an orchestra, dancers and even acrobats at Broadway Church in Vancouver.
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights (by donation) and ticketed miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – decorated Christmas trees at the historic site in Steveston Village (free for 2017).
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – free Christmas things to do and see at Burnaby Village Museum from 1:00 to 9:00 pm.
    • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas lights and decorations from 5:30 until 9:00 pm at North Vancouver’s Park and Tilford Gardens (by donation).
    • Lights at Lafarge – free Christmas light displays between 4:30 pm and 11 o’clock around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.
    • Gingerbread Lane – Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency at 655 Burrard Street.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating in the square underground behind the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street.
  • Jazz Vespers – at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street between 4:00 and 5:00 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 from 4 to 5 pm. Today’s scheduled group is Company B performing a Christmas special. By donation.
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.

Monday, December 11th

  • Christmas Activities
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights (by donation) and (not free) miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Lights at Lafarge – free Christmas light displays between 4:30 pm and 11 o’clock around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.
    • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas lights and decorations from 5:30 until 9:00 pm at North Vancouver’s Park and Tilford Gardens (by donation).
    • Christmas at the Cannery – decorated Christmas trees at the historic site in Steveston Village (free for 2017).
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – free Christmas things to do and see at Burnaby Village Museum from 1:00 to 9:00 pm.
    • Gingerbread Lane – Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency at 655 Burrard Street.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating in the square underground behind the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street.
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.

Tuesday, December 12th

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission from 5:00 until 9:00 pm is by donation (as it’s Tuesday).
  • Cheap night at most movie cinemas around town. So the shows aren’t free, but they are extra cheap!
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.
  • Christmas Activities
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights (by donation) and ticketed miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Lights at Lafarge – free Christmas light displays between 4:30 pm and 11 o’clock around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.
    • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas lights and decorations from 5:30 until 9:00 pm at North Vancouver’s Park and Tilford Gardens (by donation).
    • Christmas at the Cannery – decorated Christmas trees at the historic site in Steveston Village (free for 2017).
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – free Christmas things to do and see at Burnaby Village Museum from 1:00 to 9:00 pm.
    • Gingerbread Lane – Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency at 655 Burrard Street.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating in the square underground behind the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street.
  • UBC’s Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden both offer admission by donation this time of year.

Wednesday, December 13th

  • Christmas Activities
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights (by donation) and (not free) miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas lights and decorations from 5:30 until 9:00 pm at North Vancouver’s Park and Tilford Gardens (by donation).
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – free Christmas things to do and see at Burnaby Village Museum from 1:00 to 9:00 pm.
    • Lights at Lafarge – free Christmas light displays between 4:30 pm and 11 o’clock around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.
    • Gingerbread Lane – Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency at 655 Burrard Street.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – decorated Christmas trees at the historic site in Steveston Village (free for 2017).
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating in the square underground behind the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street. Free live music also takes place in Robson Square from 6:30 until 9:30 pm.
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.

Thursday, December 14th

  • Christmas Activities
    • Lights at Lafarge – free Christmas light displays between 4:30 pm and 11 o’clock around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights (by donation) and (not free) miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas lights and decorations from 5:30 until 9:00 pm at North Vancouver’s Park and Tilford Gardens (by donation).
    • Christmas at the Cannery – decorated Christmas trees at the historic site in Steveston Village (free for 2017).
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – free Christmas things to do and see at Burnaby Village Museum from 1:00 to 9:00 pm.
    • Gingerbread Lane – Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency at 655 Burrard Street.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating in the square underground behind the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street. Free live music also takes place in Robson Square from 6:30 until 9:30 pm.
  • UBC’s Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden both offer admission by donation this time of year.
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.

Friday, December 15th

  • Final day of school before the holidays at most Lower Mainland elementary schools and high schools.
  • Christmas Activities
    • Singing Christmas Tree – family-friendly entertainment including performances by a 100+ member choir, an orchestra, dancers and acrobats at Broadway Church in Vancouver.
    • Lights at Lafarge – free Christmas light displays between 4:30 pm and 11 o’clock around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – holiday lights in the evenings, decorations all day and free movies at Canada Place between 12:00 and 6:00 pm (details to be confirmed).
    • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas illuminations and special family-friendly activities from 5:30 until 9:00 pm at North Vancouver’s Park and Tilford Gardens (by donation).
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights (by donation) and ticketed miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – decorated Christmas trees at the historic site in Steveston Village (free for 2017).
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – free Christmas things to do and see at Burnaby Village Museum from 1:00 to 9:00 pm.
    • Gingerbread Lane – Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency at 655 Burrard Street.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating in the square underground behind the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street. Free live music also takes place in Robson Square from 6:30 until 9:30 pm.
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.

Saturday, December 16th

  • Christmas Activities
    • Singing Christmas Tree – family-friendly entertainment including performances by a 100+ member choir, an orchestra, dancers and acrobats at Broadway Church in Vancouver.
    • Dundarave Festival of Lights – the annual Dundarave’s World Christmas event featuring live entertainment between 12:00 pm and dusk takes place at West Vancouver’s Dundarave Beach at 150-25th Street.
    • Lights at Lafarge – free Christmas light displays between 4:30 pm and 11 o’clock around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – holiday lights in the evenings, decorations all day and free movies at Canada Place between 12:00 and 6:00 pm (to be confirmed).
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights (by donation) and ticketed miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas lights and decorations from 5:30 until 9:00 pm at North Vancouver’s Park and Tilford Gardens (by donation).
    • Christmas at the Cannery – decorated Christmas trees at the historic site in Steveston Village (free for 2017).
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – free Christmas things to do and see at Burnaby Village Museum from 1:00 to 9:00 pm.
    • Gingerbread Lane – Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency at 655 Burrard Street.
  • Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market – in the parking lot at Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.
  • Royal City Winter Farmers Market – not far from Moody Park in the 600 block of New Westminster’s Belmont Street between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating in the square underground behind the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street. Free DJ music also takes place in Robson Square from 6:30 until 9:30 pm.
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.

Sunday, December 17th

  • Jazz Vespers – at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street between 4:00 and 5:00 pm. Admission is by donation. Even if you aren’t “church-y,” if you like Jazz and beautiful buildings it’s worth checking out.
  • Singing Christmas Tree – family-friendly entertainment including performances by a 100+ member choir, an orchestra, dancers and acrobats at Broadway Church in Vancouver.
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.
  • Farmers Markets
    • Hastings Park Farmers Market – a winter market at Hastings Park between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Free parking at the PNE at Pandora and Renfrew for market shoppers.
    • Cannery Farmers Market – between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm at Steveston Village’s historic Gulf of Georgia Cannery at 12138 Fourth Avenue.
  • Christmas Activities
    • Lights at Lafarge – free Christmas light displays between 4:30 pm and 11 o’clock around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – holiday lights in the evenings, decorations all day and free movies at Canada Place between 12:00 and 6:00 pm.
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights (by donation) and ticketed miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas lights and decorations from 5:30 until 9:00 pm at North Vancouver’s Park and Tilford Gardens (by donation).
    • Christmas at the Cannery – decorated Christmas trees at the historic site in Steveston Village (free for 2017).
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – free Christmas things to do and see at Burnaby Village Museum from 1:00 to 9:00 pm. Free cookies are available at the Farmhouse between 2:00 and 4:00 pm.
    • Gingerbread Lane – Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency at 655 Burrard Street.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating in the square underground behind the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street. Free music entertainment also takes place in Robson Square from 12:30 until 1:45 pm and then again from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

Monday, December 18th

  • Christmas Activities
    • Lights at Lafarge – free Christmas light displays between 4:30 pm and 11 o’clock around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – holiday lights in the evenings, decorations all day and free movies at Canada Place between 12:00 and 6:00 pm.
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights (by donation) and ticketed miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas lights and decorations from 5:30 until 9:00 pm at North Vancouver’s Park and Tilford Gardens (by donation).
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – free Christmas things to do and see at Burnaby Village Museum from 1:00 to 9:00 pm.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – decorated Christmas trees at the historic site in Steveston Village (free for 2017).
    • Gingerbread Lane – Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency at 655 Burrard Street.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating in the square underground behind the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street. Free live music also takes place in Robson Square from 6:30 until 9:30 pm.
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.

Tuesday, December 19th

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission from 5:00 until 9:00 pm is by donation (as it’s Tuesday).
  • Cheap night at most movie cinemas around town. So the shows aren’t free, but they are extra cheap!
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.
  • Christmas Activities
    • Lights at Lafarge – free Christmas light displays between 4:30 pm and 11 o’clock around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights (by donation) and (not free) miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas lights and decorations from 5:30 until 9:00 pm at North Vancouver’s Park and Tilford Gardens (by donation).
    • Christmas at Canada Place – holiday lights in the evenings, decorations all day and free movies at Canada Place between 12:00 and 6:00 pm.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – free Christmas things to do and see at Burnaby Village Museum from 1:00 to 9:00 pm.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – decorated Christmas trees at the historic site in Steveston Village (free for 2017).
    • Gingerbread Lane – Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency at 655 Burrard Street.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating in the square underground behind the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street. Free live music also takes place in Robson Square from 6:30 until 9:30 pm.
  • UBC’s Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden both offer admission by donation this time of year.

Wednesday, December 20th

  • Christmas Activities
    • Lights at Lafarge – free Christmas light displays between 4:30 pm and 11 o’clock around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – holiday lights in the evenings, decorations all day and free movies at Canada Place between 12:00 and 6:00 pm.
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights (by donation) and (not free) miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas lights and decorations from 5:30 until 9:00 pm at North Vancouver’s Park and Tilford Gardens (by donation).
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – free Christmas things to do and see at Burnaby Village Museum from 1:00 to 9:00 pm.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – decorated Christmas trees at the historic site in Steveston Village (free for 2017).
    • Gingerbread Lane – Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency at 655 Burrard Street.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating in the square underground behind the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street. Free live music also takes place in Robson Square from 6:30 until 9:30 pm.
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.

Thursday, December 21st

  • Winter Solstice Lantern Festival – dance and fire performances and outdoor processions in the evening at Granville Island, Chinatown, Yaletown and the Strathcona neighbourhood.
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.
  • 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.
  • Christmas Activities
    • Lights at Lafarge – free Christmas light displays between 4:30 pm and 11 o’clock around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – holiday lights in the evenings, decorations all day and free movies at Canada Place between 12:00 and 6:00 pm.
    • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas lights and decorations from 5:30 until 9:00 pm at North Vancouver’s Park and Tilford Gardens (by donation).
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights (by donation) and ticketed miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – free Christmas things to do and see at Burnaby Village Museum from 1:00 to 9:00 pm.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – decorated Christmas trees at the historic site in Steveston Village (free for 2017).
    • Gingerbread Lane – Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency at 655 Burrard Street.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating in the square underground behind the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street. Free live music also takes place in Robson Square from 6:30 until 9:30 pm.

Friday, December 22nd

  • Christmas Activities
    • A Fort Langley Christmas – a small number of Christmas-themed decorations and activities at the historic fort in the Fraser Valley. Free admission.
    • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas illuminations and special family-friendly activities from 5:30 until 9:00 pm at North Vancouver’s Park and Tilford Gardens (by donation).
    • Lights at Lafarge – free Christmas light displays between 4:30 pm and 11 o’clock around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – holiday lights in the evenings, decorations all day and free movies at Canada Place between 12:00 and 6:00 pm.
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights (by donation) and ticketed miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – free Christmas things to do and see at Burnaby Village Museum from 1:00 to 9:00 pm.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – decorated Christmas trees at the historic site in Steveston Village (free for 2017).
    • Gingerbread Lane – Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency at 655 Burrard Street.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating in the square underground behind the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street. Free entertainment with DJ-El-Niño also takes place in Robson Square from 6:30 until 9:30 pm.
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.

Saturday, December 23rd

  • Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market – in the parking lot at Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.
  • Christmas Activities
    • A Fort Langley Christmas – a small number of Christmas-themed decorations and activities at the historic fort in the Fraser Valley. Free admission.
    • Dundarave Festival of Lights – the annual Christmas Wassail & Bonfire Night event featuring live entertainment and a giant bonfire takes place between 3:00 and 9:30 pm at West Vancouver’s Dundarave Beach at 150-25th Street.
    • Lights at Lafarge – free Christmas light displays between 4:30 pm and 11 o’clock around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights (by donation) and ticketed miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas lights and decorations from 5:30 until 9:00 pm at North Vancouver’s Park and Tilford Gardens (by donation).
    • Christmas at Canada Place – holiday lights in the evenings, decorations all day and free movies at Canada Place between 12:00 and 6:00 pm.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – decorated Christmas trees at the historic site in Steveston Village (free for 2017).
    • Gingerbread Lane – Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency at 655 Burrard Street.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – free Christmas things to do and see at Burnaby Village Museum from 1:00 to 9:00 pm.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating in the square underground behind the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street. Free music entertainment also takes place in Robson Square from 2:30 until 4:00 pm and then again from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

Sunday, December 24th

  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Activities
    • Lights at Lafarge – free Christmas light displays between 4:30 pm and 11 o’clock around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights (by donation) and ticketed miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas lights and decorations from 5:30 until 9:00 pm at North Vancouver’s Park and Tilford Gardens (by donation).
    • Christmas at the Cannery – decorated Christmas trees at the historic site in Steveston Village (free for 2017).
    • Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and festivities at VanDusen Garden from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.
    • Gingerbread Lane – Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency at 655 Burrard Street.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – holiday lights in the evenings, decorations all day and free movies at Canada Place between 12:00 and 6:00 pm.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating in the square underground behind the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street. Free music entertainment also takes place in Robson Square from 2:30 until 4:00 pm and then again from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

Monday, December 25th

  • Christmas Day (Stat Holiday)
  • Lights at Lafarge – free Christmas light displays between 4:30 pm and 11 o’clock around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.
  • Gingerbread Lane – Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency at 655 Burrard Street.
  • Christmas at Canada Place – holiday lights in the evenings and decorations all day at Canada Place.

Tuesday, December 26th

  • Boxing Day – official start of the post-Christmas shopping sale deals.
  • Cheap night at most movie cinemas around town. So the shows aren’t free, but they are extra cheap!
  • Christmas Activities
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – free Christmas things to do and see at Burnaby Village Museum from 1:00 to 9:00 pm.
    • Lights at Lafarge – free Christmas light displays between 4:30 pm and 11 o’clock around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – holiday lights in the evenings, decorations all day and free movies at Canada Place between 12:00 and 6:00 pm.
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights (by donation) and ticketed miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – decorated Christmas trees at the historic site in Steveston Village (free for 2017).
    • Gingerbread Lane – Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency at 655 Burrard Street.

Wednesday, December 27th

  • Christmas Activities
    • A Fort Langley Christmas – a small number of holiday-themed decorations and activities at the historic fort in the Fraser Valley. Free admission.
    • Lights at Lafarge – free Christmas light displays between 4:30 pm and 11 o’clock around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – holiday lights in the evenings, decorations all day and free movies at Canada Place between 12:00 and 6:00 pm.
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights (by donation) and ticketed miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – free Christmas things to do and see at Burnaby Village Museum from 1:00 to 9:00 pm.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – decorated Christmas trees at the historic site in Steveston Village (free for 2017).
    • Gingerbread Lane – Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency at 655 Burrard Street.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating in the square underground behind the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street.
  • UBC’s Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden both offer admission by donation this time of year.
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.

Thursday, December 28th

  • Museum of Vancouver – admission is by donation from 5:00 to 8:00 pm (because it’s the last Thursday of the month).
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.
  • Christmas Activities
    • A Fort Langley Christmas – a small number of Christmas-themed decorations and activities at the historic fort in the Fraser Valley. Free admission.
    • Lights at Lafarge – free Christmas light displays between 4:30 pm and 11 o’clock around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – holiday lights in the evenings, decorations all day and free movies at Canada Place between 12:00 and 6:00 pm.
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights (by donation) and ticketed miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – free Christmas things to do and see at Burnaby Village Museum from 1:00 to 9:00 pm.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – decorated Christmas trees at the historic site in Steveston Village (free for 2017).
    • Gingerbread Lane – Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency at 655 Burrard Street.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating in the square underground behind the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street.

Friday, December 29th

  • Christmas Activities
    • A Fort Langley Christmas – a small number of holiday-themed decorations and activities at the historic fort in the Fraser Valley. Free admission.
    • Lights at Lafarge – free Christmas light displays between 4:30 pm and 11 o’clock around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights (by donation) and ticketed miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – free Christmas things to do and see at Burnaby Village Museum from 1:00 to 9:00 pm.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – decorated Christmas trees at the historic site in Steveston Village (free for 2017).
    • Gingerbread Lane – Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency at 655 Burrard Street.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – holiday lights in the evenings, decorations all day and free movies at Canada Place between 12:00 and 6:00 pm.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating in the square underground behind the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street.
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.

Saturday, December 30th

  • Christmas Activities
    • A Fort Langley Christmas – a small number of holiday-themed decorations and activities at the historic fort in the Fraser Valley. Free admission.
    • Lights at Lafarge – free Christmas light displays between 4:30 pm and 11 o’clock around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights (by donation) and ticketed miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – free Christmas things to do and see at Burnaby Village Museum from 1:00 to 9:00 pm.
    • Christmas at the Cannery – decorated Christmas trees at the historic site in Steveston Village (free for 2017).
    • Gingerbread Lane – Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency at 655 Burrard Street.
    • Christmas at Canada Place – holiday lights in the evenings, decorations all day and free movies at Canada Place between 12:00 and 6:00 pm.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating in the square underground behind the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street.
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.

Sunday, December 31st

Christmas Activities

Other December Events

For a list of other things to do this month (including activities that aren’t free), see the December Events Calendar.

Click Top Christmas Activities for other best seasonal things to do in December.

To see what’s happening next month, see the January Calendar of Events.

For more, check out Vancouver’s Best Places for Winter Activities or Vancouver’s Top Things to do at Christmas Time.

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