Christmas at Canada Place in Vancouver includes holiday illuminations, displays and activities along the Canadian Trail on the Promenade Deck in December.
Last year the attraction ran daily from December 6, 2019, until January 1, 2020. The event isn’t happening in December of 2020, however, for the first time in many years. That’s because of COVID-19. The sails at the venue will likely still light up in holiday colours this year. The in-person Christmas at Canada Place activities, however, will not be happening. Hopefully they will return in 2021.
CHRISTMAS MOVIES ARE HAPPENING IN 2020!
Note: Although, the Christmas at Canada Place activities aren’t happening in 2020, the Christmas-themed film at FlyOver Canada is running! For details see our article about FlyOver Canada at Christmas.
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.
In years when it doesn’t get cancelled, Christmas at Canada Place runs most days (including holidays) from 7 am until 10 pm every day between the middle and end of December.
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.
Other Attractions in the Area
In addition to festive things to see at Canada Place in December there are other magical Christmas-y things to do in the area too. The Vancouver Christmas Market is just on the other side of the Vancouver Convention Centre from Canada Place. It runs from late November until December 24th each year.
Right at Canada Place there is also the Christmas-themed multi-dimensional film at FlyOver Canada where you can fly over the country with Santa Claus (and it continues until the first few days of January). And just a few blocks away, at the Hyatt Hotel at 655 Burrard Street, there is Gingerbread Lane where you can admire dozens of amazing gingerbread houses until around December 31st.
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.