Some of Metro Vancouver’s best Christmas attractions are on the North Shore including at Grouse Mountain, Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park and Tilford.
There are also great Christmas things to see and do in the Lower Lonsdale area of North Vancouver and at Dundarave in West Vancouver.
Christmas Attractions in North and West Vancouver
There are some amazing Christmas attractions over the holiday season in the Lower Mainland. Five of the best are the above events which all take place on Vancouver’s North Shore. See below for details.
Peak of Christmas
At Grouse Mountain there is the Peak of Christmas which includes outdoor skating, sleigh rides, gingerbread house displays, holiday movies and more. And that’s not including all the great skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing that take place up on Grouse Mountain all winter long (at least in years when there’s good snow).
In 2018 the Peak of Christmas starts on Friday, November 23, and continues until January 6, 2019.
Click Peak of Christmas for more information.
At the Capilano Suspension Bridge there is Canyon Lights which features amazing Christmas decorations and illuminations, carolers and lit up bridges above the canyon and through the trees.
This year Canyon Lights runs from November 22, 2018, until January 27, 2019, every day except for Christmas Day.
Click Canyon Lights for further details.
Holiday Hi-Light Festival
In the Gardens at Park and Tilford Mall there is the FREE Holiday Hi-Light Festival with Christmas decorations and thousands of lights, plus family nights every Friday in December prior to the 25th.
Admission is by donation with proceeds benefiting the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund.
Click Holiday Hi-Light Festival for more information.
Christmas in Lower Lonsdale
North Vancouver’s Lower Lonsdale neighbourhood celebrates the holiday season with the Shipyards Christmas Festival which is a wonderful family-friendly (and free) event on Saturday, December 1st.
Also, for most of December in 2018, participating businesses in the Shipyards and Lower Lonsdale area display special artisan-designed Christmas wreaths. Find at least 3 of them and then head over to Mo’s General Store at 51 Lonsdale Avenue on a Saturday or Sunday between December 8th and 23rd to get a free Polaroid photo with Santa and a chance to win prizes. Santa Claus is scheduled to be on site there from 11:30 am until 5:00 pm (with a half hour break in the middle).
Dundarave Festival of Lights
West Vancouver celebrates the Christmas season with its Festival of Lights event at Dundarave Beach. Area businesses and community organizations decorate Christmas trees which are then on display for the month of December. They are pretty to see at night, and on the four Saturdays leading up to Christmas there is live entertainment and other family-friendly activities at the beach.
Click Dundarave Festival of Lights for more information.
Carol Ships Shoreline Celebration
The Carol Ships Shoreline Celebration 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.
In 2018 the event happens on December 15th between 7:30 and 9:00 pm.
All five 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.