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Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain Skating Rink

The Peak of Christmas at North Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain is where you’ll find sleigh rides, skating, gingerbread houses, Santa Claus, reindeer and more.

The festivities usually run from late November to very early January.

Other places where you’ll find amazing Christmas-themed holiday lights include the Festival of Lights at VanDusen Gardens and the Vancouver Christmas Market. There’s also Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge, Christmas Glow and various other attractions.

To learn about the above and other Lower Mainland Christmas attractions, see our article about Best Vancouver Christmas Activities. To learn about the Christmas-themed things to see and do at Grouse, continue reading.


Best Christmas Activities


Grouse Mountain at Christmas

The Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain offers some of the best Christmas-time activities in the Lower Mainland.

In addition to great skiing, during the month of December Grouse is where you’ll find sleigh rides, outdoor ice skating and holiday season movies in the resort’s Theatre in the Sky. There are also opportunities to visit Santa Claus and a variety of other special Christmas activities and events.


Grouse Light Walk Tunnel
Light Walk Tunnel at Grouse Mountain


Peak of Christmas Dates

The 2022/2023 Peak of Christmas season ran from November 25th, 2022, to January 2nd, 2023.


Christmas Cost of Admission

There are usually both expensive and less expensive ways of experiencing the Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain.

Peak of Christmas activities are included in the cost of the tram ride up the hill. During the 2022/23 season, the tram cost around $36 for children, $59 for seniors, $69 for adults (ages 18-64) and $179 for a family. This is the more expensive way of enjoying the Peak of Christmas.

Most years Grouse Mountain offers its special Family Ticket. It cost about $120 for the 2022/2023 season. The Family Ticket allows two adults and two children or youth access to the mountain for one day during the Peak of Christmas season. This makes it cheaper than at other times of the year.

All Peak of Christmas activities are included at no additional charge with the purchase of a ski ticket. This is typically the “more-value-for-your-money” way to enjoy Grouse Mountain’s festive Christmas activities, as it includes skiing (assuming you like to ski).

If you aren’t into skiing, all of the aforementioned activities — except for skiing — are also included when you make advanced reservations for dinner at the Observatory restaurant. The restaurant isn’t cheap, but it’s very nice and dinner isn’t a whole lot more than the cost of the tram ride which is included with the meal reservation. What’s more, you can also enjoy fine cuisine from one of Vancouver’s most scenic and famous dining spots!


Observatory Restaurant at Grouse Mountain
View from the Observatory Restaurant


Peak of Christmas Activities

There is so much to see and do at the Peak of Christmas event up at Grouse Mountain.

At the attraction there is Santa’s Workshop and Elf Headquarters. That’s where, up until Christmas Eve, children can visit Santa Claus, take photos with him and write him letters. Other activities include the Sliding Zone, where you can slip down a hill on a crazy carpet, and the Light Walk, where you can wander along illuminated trails through the forest. There’s also the Skating Pond, where people can rent skates and glide around on 8,000 square feet of ice.

Breakfast with Santa is another activity available, though at an extra cost. In 2022, folks enjoyed the breakfast buffet on select dates between December 3rd and 23rd.

Throughout the Christmas season most years, there are also Christmas movies in the Theatre in the Sky. Prior to Christmas Day, there is also usually live entertainment at set times.

Of course, during the Peak of Christmas event and throughout the entire winter season, there are also wonderful skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing opportunities up at the resort. For details about those activities see our article about Grouse Mountain in Winter.


Vancouver Christmas Concerts


What to Take to the Peak of Christmas

When heading up to enjoy the Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain don’t forget to take your camera, ice skates, snowshoes, skis and/or snowboard. What you’ll need depends on what you want to do. Equipment for all activities is also usually available for rent at the top. And finally, don’t forget your winter boots and warm clothing.


Light Walk Video

The Light Walk is one of the main attractions at the Peak of Christmas. It’s a trail through the forest that’s open for visitors to explore during the Peak of Christmas season from late November until early January. The trail of lights then usually continues until at least the end of February.

Below is a video showing what the Light Walk is like. As you’ll see, the Light Walk is a trail that goes through the forest and around a frozen lake. The route starts and finishes with a tunnel of lights.

You don’t normally have to wear snowshoes to go through the Light Walk, except after fresh snowfall, but lots of people do. From dusk until around 9 pm the trail is lit up with Christmas lights and illuminations.



Other Information

For more details about the Peak of Christmas events, see the Grouse Mountain website.

To learn about what happens at the resort on December 31st, see our article about Grouse Mountain on New Year’s Eve.

For more information about the ski resort, click Grouse Mountain in Winter. And for details about other area snow sports destinations, click Lower Mainland Ski Hills.

For more ideas on places to see Christmas lights in the Lower Mainland, check out any of the following:


North Shore Christmas Activities