Christmas at Canada Place in Vancouver includes holiday illuminations, displays and activities along the Canadian Trail on the Promenade Deck in December.
The event didn’t happen in December of 2020 for the first time in many years because of COVID-19. The sails at the venue were still lit up in holiday colours. The in-person Christmas at Canada Place activities, however, did not take place.
The lights and displays returned in 2021! They were up between December 3rd, 2021, and January 2nd, 2022. The attraction once again featured its Woodward’s Windows and Avenue of Christmas Trees. There were also the usual Christmas-y light displays on the building’s landmark sails and light sculptures at the northern promenade.
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. 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. Its Christmas activities happen mostly along the western side of the Promenade Deck on the Canadian Trail.
Christmas at Canada Place ran every day (including holidays) from 8:00 am until 10:00 pm between December 3rd and January 2nd in the 2021/22 season.
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. They are put together by different businesses and organizations in the community.
In 2021 there were over fifteen sponsors that put together trees. They included the Port of Vancouver, BC Ferries, Canada Post and more.
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. People came from far and wide to admire them.
Sadly, when Woodward’s closed in the early 1990’s, the Vancouver tradition of seeing the displays came to an end. Fortunately, Canada Place 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
Beginning in 2017, the North Point at Canada Place is lit up with thousands of LED bulbs each Christmas. The highlight of the display is Chrismoose, a 15-foot tall moose made out of lights.
Not free and part of the official Christmas at Canada Place activities, but also very interesting, festive and highly recommended, 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.
Just a few blocks away from Canada Place, at the Hyatt Hotel at 655 Burrard Street, there is often a 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.