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 early January. This year, however, it’s a bit shorter than usual. It goes from November 24th until just Christmas Day in 2023 (so not until early 2024).
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, the Dundarave Festival of Lights, PNE Winter Fair, Martini Town 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 below.
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, the mountain offers outdoor ice skating and holiday season movies in the resort’s Theatre in the Sky throughout December. There are also opportunities to visit Santa Claus and a variety of other special Christmas activities and events.
Peak of Christmas Dates
This season the Peak of Christmas runs from November 24th until December 25th in 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 gondola ride up the mountain. As of November 2023, the Skyride gondola costs around $39 for children, $55 for youth, $65 for seniors and $75 for adults. This is the more expensive way of enjoying the Peak of Christmas.
Grouse Mountain also offers its special Family Ticket. It allows two adults and two children to access the mountain for one day during the Peak of Christmas season. This makes it cheaper than at other times of the year. In 2023 the price varies depending on the date. Between November 24th and December 8th, the Family Ticket costs $89. Then, from December 9th to 15th, it costs $119. From December 16th to 25th the price increases to $139.
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 gondola 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!
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 the Elf Headquarters. That’s where 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 about 8,000 square feet of ice.
Throughout the Christmas season there are Christmas movies in the Theatre in the Sky. Prior to Christmas Day, there is also live entertainment at set times.
Breakfast with Santa is another activity available, though at an extra cost. In 2023 folks can enjoy the breakfast buffet on select dates between November 25th and December 23rd.
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.
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.
Below is a video showing what the Light Walk is like. 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 closing time the trail is lit up with Christmas lights and illuminations.
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 ideas on places to see Christmas lights in the Lower Mainland, check out any of the following: