Christmas at FlyOver Canada is a special winter holiday-themed multi-dimensional flying theatre experience at Canada Place in Vancouver around December.
The shows were scheduled to run from November 19th in 2020 until January 3rd in 2021. See the FlyOver Canada website for tickets and full details.
NOTE: As of early December, 2020, because of COVID-19 and measures to control it, shows at FlyOver Canada were postponed until further notice.
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Christmas 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 at Halloween and Christmas.
From late November until early January FlyOver Canada gets decked out with Christmas trees and other holiday 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 lot of fun, indoors and a wonderful family-friendly Christmas experience.
FlyOver Canada Location
The attraction’s address is 999 Canada Place which 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 located 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.
Dates and Show Times
In the 2020/2021 season Christmas at FlyOver Canada was scheduled to run from Thursday, November 19th, until Sunday, January 3rd. The venue was supposed to be open every day except for December 25th, but because of COVID-19, shows were postponed.
Films usually show between 11 am and 7 pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays as well as some weekdays during the school Christmas vacations. On Mondays to Thursdays prior to the holidays, the theatre usually opens at 3 pm.
See the FlyOver Canada website for 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 around 15% or so compared to tickets at the gate. Online tickets cost the following as of November 2020:
- Adults: between $23 and $26
- Seniors (ages 65+): between $17 and $20
- Students (ages 13 to 21): between $17 and $20
- Children (ages 12 and under): between $13 and $16
Note: Ticket prices are 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.
Special Deals in 2020
In past years there has been a Holly & Jolly Combo package where you could visit both FlyOver Canada and the Vancouver Christmas Market for a special price and with bonus perks. The market didn’t happen in 2020 though, so that package wasn’t possible. Instead FlyOver Canada offered a Christmas Family Experience deal as well as a Date Night Package.
2020 Christmas Family Experience
With the Christmas Family Experience, if you saw a show prior to 2 pm, one child got in for free per paying adult. What’s more, your child got a complimentary treat. You also got a discount off the price of a family photo if you wanted one.
The cost to see the show with the Christmas Family Experience deal was the same as the regular price. You just needed to book a time before 2 o’clock. Note: This offer was valid on Fridays and weekends. Most other weekdays the films didn’t start until 3 pm, although during the school holidays it was scheduled to open early on some weekdays.
2020 Date Night Package
With the Date Night Package you could have seen the show and then enjoyed a beer or glass of wine at the Flying Whale Waterfront Café. Also included was a free souvenir photo. The Date Night Package cost about $10 extra and was only available for adults (ages 19+) and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Click FlyOver Canada for tickets.
FlyOver Canada and COVID-19 Precautionary Measures
The multi-dimensional theatre attraction takes the safety of its guests and staff seriously. The following measures are implemented to help make the place safe with respect to the coronavirus.
- The theatre is operating at a reduced capacity and the ride is fully sanitized between each show.
- Staff are on hand to ensure that people and groups from different “bubbles” remain at least 6 feet apart.
- 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.
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 including 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, in the 2020 and 2021 season you can also expect to see lots of extra precautionary measures in place because of COVID-19. Everyone will be wearing a mask, people will be physically distancing and hand sanitizer will be 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.
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 – Chestnut and Pinecone. After that you are directed 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 you watch before an airplane takes off.
After the video, guests are instructed to follow the tour guide into the theatre where everyone 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!
The main feature film at Christmas is almost identical to what’s shown at other times of the year, except for the occasional flying cameo appearances of Santa’s elves (Chestnut and Pinecone). Of course Santa Claus also makes an appearance in his sleigh.
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, and 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, but has extra magical scenes 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: In 2020 attend FlyOver Canada with people from within your immediate bubble (e.g., members of your household). Also, don’t forget to take your face mask.
TIP #2: If you are a college student or a young-looking senior, don’t forget to take your ID.
TIP #3: Buy your tickets online to save at least 10% but often slightly more.
TIP #4: Don’t forget that kids get in free with the Christmas Family Experience deal when seeing shows before 2 pm on weekends.
Click FlyOver Canada for tickets.
For more information about the venue and its shows, see the FlyOver Canada website.
For information about the attraction in general and at other times of the year, click FlyOver Canada.
For ideas on other things to do in Vancouver, check out any of the following:
- Vancouver’s November, December or January event calendars.
- Vancouver’s Top Christmas Activities
- Metro Vancouver’s Top 100 Attractions
- Winter Activities in the Lower Mainland
- Vancouver’s Festivals and Events Calendar
- Vancouver Rainy Day Activities