FlyOver Canada at Christmas

Christmas at FlyOver Canada is a special winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional flying theatre experience at Canada Place in Vancouver around December.

Dates for the Christmas-themed film last season were from December 9th in 2021 until January 3rd of 2022. The capacity for the attraction was reduced to 50% in December.

Christmas film dates for the next season are from December 8th in 2022 until January 3rd in 2023.

 


This article contains information about the following topics:

Venue Location | Dates & Times | Admission Rates | COVID Precautionary Measures | What to Expect | Preview Video | Tips & Advice | Other Information


 

Soar With Santa at FlyOver Canada in Vancouver

FlyOver Canada is a movie theatre where you buckle your seat belt and fly over amazing Canadian scenery including Toronto, the Prairies, the Okanagan and Vancouver. The attraction operates year-round but has special seasonal themes at different times of the year including Halloween and Christmas.

FlyOver Canada gets decked out during the winter holiday season with Christmas trees and other festive decorations. Santa makes an appearance on the giant movie screen and there’s a short pre-main show film featuring a couple of elves. It’s a fun, indoors and wonderful family-friendly Christmas experience.

 

FlyOver Canada Location

FlyOver Canada is located on the western side of Canada Place which is the giant convention centre building in downtown Vancouver. It’s the structure with the white sails on top and the Pan Pacific Hotel at the front.

The attraction’s address is 999 Canada Place. The venue is a couple of blocks and around the corner from Waterfront Station, which is the city’s main transit hub with SeaBus and SkyTrain services.

Canada Place is at the northern end of Howe and Burrard Streets. From in front of the Pan Pacific Hotel, walk around to the left (or west side) of the promenade deck of Canada Place. About halfway down you’ll find the entrance to FlyOver Canada.

 


For the attraction’s official website click FlyOver Canada.


 

FlyOver Canada Entrance at Christmas
FlyOver Canada at Canada Place

 

Dates and Show Times

In 2021, the Christmas-themed film ran from December 6th until January 3rd of 2022.

FlyOver Canada was open between noon and 8 pm from December 6th to 10th. However, the theatre extended its hours for the remainder of the season (so from December 11th to January 3rd) from 10 am to 9 pm daily.

In 2022, the Christmas-themed film shows from December 8th until January 3rd of the following year. Theatre hours are to be confirmed.

 


See the FlyOver Canada website for showtimes and tickets.


 

FlyOver Canada Admission Rates

Admission rates to FlyOver Canada over the Christmas season in 2020 varied depending on the date and when you made your purchase. Admission usually costs less on days when the attraction predicts lower numbers of visitors and higher on days when they expect to be busier. Weekdays tend to cost less, and both weekends and days close to Christmas and New Year’s Eve cost more.

 

Tickets Purchased Online

Tickets purchased in advance online are discounted at least 10% compared to tickets at the gate. Online tickets cost the following in November 2021:

  • Adults: between $23 and $30
  • Children (ages 12 and under): between $13 and $20

From December 6th to 19th, there was a family option that let visitors save some money. If you went online and booked a ticket on or after that date and visited FlyOver Canada before 2 pm, a child could enjoy free admission for every adult who accompanied them.

Note: Ticket prices were subject to change. Also, to experience the Ultimate Flying Ride children must be at least 40 inches or 102 cm tall and accompanied by an adult.

 

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FlyOver Canada and COVID-19 Precautionary Measures

The multi-dimensional theatre attraction takes the safety of its guests and staff seriously. The following measures have been implemented to help make the place safe with respect to the coronavirus.

  • The theatre has been operating at a reduced capacity and the ride is fully sanitized between each show.
  • There are hand-sanitizing stations at various locations including at entrances and outside restrooms.
  • All guests are required to wear face masks.
  • Tickets can be cancelled with a full refund with 48 hours’ notice.
  • As of the fall of 2021, guests must provide proof of vaccination status and government-issued ID.

Note: The above practices were in place for much of 2021. Exact details, however, are subject to change this year.

 

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What to Expect at the Show

The FlyOver Canada film presentations run about once every 15 to 20 minutes and last for around 25 minutes. Each presentation includes the pre-show and 8-minute experience on the Ultimate Flying Ride.

Below is a description of what you can expect at the show during the Christmas season. In addition to what’s described below, everyone had to wear a mask in 2021 and hand sanitizer was available at various stations.

 

At the Start

When you enter the FlyOver Canada venue you buy or show your already pre-purchased ticket and then get in the queue to go in. You can also get your photo taken at the entrance if you want.

 

The Preshow

Once inside the FlyOver Canada venue, you find yourself in a small room with screens all around. During the Christmas season, there you’ll see a short introductory Winter Wonderland-themed pre-show narrated by a couple of elves. Their names are Chestnut and Pinecone. You are directed after that to go through the doors at the side, down a hall and then into a lineup by the entrance to the main theatre.

 

Preparing for the Main Show

Prior to entering the main FlyOver Canada theatre there is a short, but humorous safety video. It’s made to resemble the kind of safety film people watch before an airplane takes off.

After the video, guests are instructed to follow the tour guide into the theatre. Everyone then buckles themselves in, puts their purses and small bags under their seats and gets ready for the ride.

At the start of the FlyOver Canada theatre ride the lights dim, the seats move up and out, and then the film begins.

 

The FlyOver Canada Film

The 8-minute Ultimate Flying Ride experience is short but amazing. During the film you feel like you and the seats you are in are really flying!

FlyOver Canada Santa SceneThe main feature film at Christmas is almost identical to what’s shown at other times of the year, except for flying cameo appearances of Santa’s elves (Chestnut and Pinecone). Santa Claus also makes an appearance in his sleigh of course.

Another thing that’s different about the Christmas show compared to other times of the year is that there’s an extended final scene where you get to fly over Santa’s magical North Pole. It’s pretty cool!

Year-round, the FlyOver Canada film takes you over scenes throughout Canada. You fly from the Maritimes on the eastern side of the country, past Toronto, over Niagara Falls, across the Prairies, through the Rocky Mountains and to British Columbia. In BC you fly past vineyards in the Okanagan, the province’s coastline and over Vancouver and Canada Place (which is home to the FlyOver Canada theatre).

The film experience at FlyOver Canada is 4-dimensional. In addition to your row of seats moving with every turn in the film, there are smells and touch sensations too. While flying you sense the wind over Niagara Falls, through clouds you feel the mist, and in forest scenes you smell the trees.

 


See the FlyOver Canada website for tickets.


 

FlyOver Canada at Christmas Preview Video

Below is a promotional video showcasing the FlyOver Canada at Christmas film. As you’ll see, it includes scenes from the original FlyOver Canada film about Canada. It has extra magical scenes too though with a wonderful Christmas-y theme.

 

 

Tips and Advice

Below are some suggestions and things to know to help you make the most out of your Christmas experience at FlyOver Canada.

TIP #1: Buy your tickets online to save at least 10% but often slightly more.

TIP #2: The shows are highly recommended for people of all ages. Kids will love the experience, but so will adults.

 


Click FlyOver Canada for tickets.


 

Other Information

For more information about the venue and its shows, see the FlyOver Canada website.

To learn more about the attraction in general and at other times of the year, click FlyOver Canada.

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