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Christmas Attractions in North and West Vancouver
There are some amazing Christmas attractions over the holiday season in the Lower Mainland most years. See below for some of the best.
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge
At the Capilano Suspension Bridge there is Canyon Lights which features amazing Christmas decorations and illuminations, as well as lit up bridges above the canyon and through the trees. It’s one of Vancouver’s top attractions and especially amazing during the winter holiday season.
This year Canyon Lights runs from November 19, 2022, until January 22, 2023. It’s open every day except for Christmas Day.
Canyon Lights Video
The following video is of the Cliff Walk at the Capilano Suspension Bridge attraction during the Canyon Lights Christmas season. The Cliff Walk is just one of many areas lit up at night between late November and January each year.
To learn about all the other things to see and do at the attraction during the winter holiday season, see our article about Canyon Lights. In that article is a video showing all the many other beautiful Christmas-y scenes.
Holiday Hi-Light Festival
In the Gardens at Park and Tilford Mall there is usually the free Holiday Hi-Light Festival with holiday decorations and thousands of lights, plus family nights every Friday in December prior to Christmas Day.
Admission is by donation with proceeds benefiting the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund.
Note: The Christmas lights and decorations were up in 2021, but there wasn’t any live entertainment or family-friendly activities. 2022 dates and details are to be confirmed.
Click Holiday Hi-Light Festival for more information.
Christmas in Lower Lonsdale
North Vancouver’s Lower Lonsdale neighbourhood usually celebrates the holiday season with the Shipyards Christmas Festival which is a wonderful family-friendly (and free) event.
In 2021 the festival took place on December 4 and the lights stayed up to admire throughout the holiday season. 2022 details are to be confirmed.
See our article about the Shipyards Christmas Festival to learn more.
Dundarave Festival of Lights
West Vancouver celebrates the Christmas season with its Festival of Lights event at Dundarave Beach.
During the event area businesses and community organizations decorate Christmas trees which are then on display for the month of December. The decorations are pretty to see at night, and on the four Saturdays leading up to Christmas there is usually live entertainment and other family-friendly activities at the beach.
Last year the festival took place from late November until around the end of December. Special events were held on the Saturdays of November 27 and December 4, 11 and 18.
2022 festival dates and details are to be confirmed.
Click Dundarave Festival of Lights for more information.
Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain
At Grouse Mountain there is the Peak of Christmas which includes outdoor skating and more. Most years there are also sleigh rides, gingerbread house displays and holiday movies. And that’s not including all the great skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing that take place up on Grouse Mountain all winter long.
Last year the Peak of Christmas started on November 25th and ran until January 3rd. Dates and details for the 2022/23 season are to be confirmed.
Click Peak of Christmas for more information.
Carol Ships Shoreline Celebration
The Carol Ships Shoreline Celebration usually takes place on a Saturday evening in mid-December. It’s a free event that features a massive bonfire, live music, kid-friendly activities and a procession of boats decorated with Christmas lights at Panorama Park in Deep Cove.
The event didn’t happen in 2020 and probably didn’t happen in 2021 either. Details for 2022 are to be confirmed.
North Shore Christmas Craft Markets
November and December are usually “Christmas craft fair season” in the Lower Mainland. The North Shore offers some of the best places to find products made by both local and international artisans.
Christmas craft markets feature all kinds of handmade products. They are fabulous places to buy unique and quality gifts. Products that you’ll typically find at a holiday market include fancy candles, handmade jewellery, exotic soaps, knitted products, greeting cards, homemade preserves, glass work and a wide range of other products that make ideal gifts.
Some of the best craft markets that usually take place on the North Shore are below.
Ambleside Holiday Market
The Ambleside Holiday Market takes place on Saturdays and Sundays between early November and the weekend before Christmas. Most years, during its last four weeks it’s part of the Dundarave Festival of Lights.
This market takes place at 1355 Bellevue Avenue in West Vancouver. Hours are normally between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. It’s an outdoor event, but in a covered plaza.
Dates and details about the market in 2022 are to be confirmed.
To learn more click Ambleside Holiday Market.
The Shipyards Christmas Market
Put on by the same folk behind the North Vancouver’s Shipyards Christmas Festival, the Christmas-themed market happens at the Pipe Shop (which is a heritage building at Shipbuilders’ Square). The address of the venue is 115 Victory Ship Way.
The Shipyards Christmas Artisan Market is a great market that features dozens of local artisan vendors. In 2022 the market runs on the weekend of December 10 and 11. It’s open from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm on the Saturday and from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm on the Sunday.
Admission to the market is usually free on both days. They gratefully accept donations at the door, however, and give whatever they collect to the North Shore Neighbourhood House (which is a very worthwhile cause).
The St. Thomas Aquinas Christmas Craft Fair
This large and very popular market features around 130 artisan vendors and takes place at Saint Thomas Aquinas Secondary School at 541 West Keith Road in North Vancouver. It usually happens on the first Saturday in November between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.
Admission to the fair costs about $5 for adults and $2 for seniors. Admission for both elementary and high school students is free. It’s a great event that’s well-known for the quality of its products.
This craft fair was cancelled in 2020 and it doesn’t look like it happened in 2021 either. Hopefully the event returns in 2022.
For more information click STA Christmas Craft Fair.
All of the above attractions are among the Lower Mainland’s best places to see Christmas Lights and enjoy the festive holiday season.
For more ideas on other great places to see Christmas lights in the Lower Mainland, check out Top Things to do at Christmas.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver’s November and December Calendars of Events
- Lower Mainland Christmas Craft Fairs
- Vancouver’s Best Christmas Activities
- Vancouver Theatre in December
- Vancouver Christmas Concerts
- Lower Mainland Ski Hills