If you’re lucky to be surrounded by family members of all ages this holiday season, you probably have a host of fun planned at home. But there are many fun activities to enjoy in Vancouver, too. Here are five your family is sure to enjoy.
Vancouver Christmas Market
If you haven’t done your Christmas shopping yet or you simply want to get into the Yuletide spirit, the Vancouver Christmas Market is a great place to start. Amid festive decorations and holiday music, you’ll find plenty of handcrafted treasures plus holiday-themed food and drink. Activities include visits with Santa and entertainment from the Flying Stage on the second level of the Christmas Pyramid.
VanDusen Festival of Lights
If you’re a fan of Christmas lights (and who isn’t?), then head out to the VanDusen Garden Festival of Lights. If you go when it’s dark you’ll be dazzled by over a million lights sprinkled across 15 acres of gardens. You’ll also enjoy an eight-minute dancing light show every half hour. Running from December 1 to January 6, this celebration ranks as the city’s longest-running attraction for the winter holidays.
Gastown Yule Duel: Caroling for a Cause
We dare you to keep from singing along at the Gastown Yule Duel where dozens of choirs perform traditional and new songs in different styles—and you get to vote for your favourite crooners. Although the event is free, you are encouraged to provide a donation to May’s Place, a non-profit organization that supports the vulnerable and marginalized.
Don’t wait to get your tickets to the Polar Express at the West Coast Railway Museum because they sell out way ahead of time. On the round-trip from the train station to the Squamish Estuary (a.k.a. the North Pole), you’ll drink hot chocolate, eat cookies, get a candy cane, and enjoy entertainment as well as pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Ticket cost varies by class of service.
Robson Square Ice Rink
You’ll need skating skills if you want to go for a spin at the Robson Square Ice Rink but even falling can be fun when you’re with family! The event is free if you bring your own skates but you can also rent a pair for $5.