Christmas at Canada Place in Vancouver includes holiday illuminations, displays and activities along the Canadian Trail on the Promenade Deck in December.
Last year Christmas at Canada Place took place from November 23rd until December 31st. This year it runs from December 7, 2018, until January 3, 2019.
Canada Place at Christmas
Over the Christmas season at Canada Place there is an avenue of decorated trees, historic Woodward’s Christmas displays and colourful lights on the building’s sails. It’s all fairly festive, mostly outdoors and FREE!
Hours & Location
Canada Place is located at the north end of Howe Street at 999 Canada Place and the Christmas activities happen mostly along the western side of the Promenade Deck on the Canadian Trail.
Christmas at Canada Place runs most days from 8 am until 11 pm every day between the middle and end of December, except for November 23rd when it opens at noon and on December 31st when it closes at 6 pm.
Canada Place Xmas Activities
Things to see and do at Christmas at Canada Place include admiring the decorated Christmas trees and handcrafted Woodward’s displays.
Avenue of Christmas Trees
Spread out along the Promenade Deck at Canada Place is one of Vancouver’s best collections of decorated Christmas trees, all of which are put together by different businesses and organizations in the community.
Historic Woodward’s Displays
Woodward’s was a large iconic department store in Vancouver for many years, until it went bankrupt and closed. While open, every year starting in the 1960’s, the store showcased an impressive selection of Christmas displays in its windows each December that people came from far and wide to admire.
Sadly, when Woodward’s closed in the early 1990’s, the Vancouver tradition of seeing the displays came to an end. Fortunately, Canada Place soon purchased the displays and has been featuring them in its own Christmas exhibits annually for over the past 20 years. The handcrafted displays include Santa’s Workshop and a Candlestick Factory, among other things.
Other Canada Place Activities
Not free and part of the official Christmas at Canada Place activities, but also very interesting and festive, is the Christmas at FlyOver Canada attraction located right at Canada Place.
For more information on Christmas at Canada Place, see the Canada Place website.
For more ideas on places to see Christmas decorations in the Lower Mainland, check out Top Things to do at Christmas, including the Gingerbread Lane at the Hyatt Regency at 655 Burrard Street, just a 10-minute or so walk away.
And for a list of more fun festive things to do on specific days in December, check out Vancouver’s December Calendar.