Top 5 Christmas Attractions in Vancouver

So, what are the things to do in Vancouver on Christmas, or during Winter Holidays in general?

Christmas stuff in Vancouver

5. Christmas Market 

November 22 to December 24 on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza.

If you like small and overcrowded spaces, Vancouver 4th Annual Christmas Market, where you can enjoy the longest lineups to buy overpriced food and holiday gift items. But seriously, it’s a pretty cozy place, with carousel rides for the kids, and Feuerzangenbowle for their parents. They have lots of yummy holiday treats.

(Feuerzangenbowle is a traditional German alcoholic drink for which a sugar cube is flambéed with rum, dripping into mulled wine).

Adult (13 + years) $6 Mon – Fri 4pm-9pm & 11am-9pm weekends
Adult (13 + years) $3 Special! Mon – Fri 11am-4pm
Youth (7 – 12 years) $3
Child (0 – 6 years) FREE
Carousel Rides $3 per ticket; $10 per package of 5 tickets

4. Christmas Train + Stanley Park Lights

Over 600 fire fighters contribute more than 8,000 hours over the 3 month period of Set-Up, Operations and Tear Down. The entry is free or by donation.

Information from the official source (for hours of operation)

The train runs daily. The admission is $6 on  Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11:00am – 3:00pm (with no live actors). Night train with actors and music is priced differently:

Night train (Daily, 3:00pm – close)

Age group Price
Adult (18 – 64 years) $11.00
Child and youth (3 – 17 years)  $7.00
Small child (0 – 2 years) Free
Senior (65+ years)  $7.00
Picture from http://vandusengarden.org

Picture from http://vandusengarden.org

3. Van Dusen Lights are open from December 11, 2013 to January 4, 2014 (closed December 25) 4:30 to 9 p.m. each evening.

1.4 million twinkling lights! I was there in 2011, and it has been a magical evening. 🙂

 

Adult (19-64) $14.25
Senior (65+) $10.50
Youth (13-18) $10.50
Child (3-12) $7.75
Children under age 3 free
Family (2 adults + children age 18 and under) $32.50

Van Dusen Lights website

Picture from http://www.capbridge.com/

Picture from http://www.capbridge.com/

2. Capilano Bridge Lights run Saturday, November 30, 2013 through to Saturday, January 4, 2014 (closed December 25). Park hours are 11:00am – 9:00pm. Canyon Lights tickets are valid all day with holiday activities beginning at 4:00pm.

 

 

  • Adult ………………………………………… $31.95
  • Senior 65+ ………………………………….. $29.95
  • Student 17+ with ID ………………………. $25.95
  • Youth 13 – 16 ………………………………. $19.95
  • Child 6 – 12 ………………………………… $12.00
  • Under 6 ……………………………………… Free
  • Family Pass …………………………………. $65.00
  • (Family Pass = two adults & two children 6-16 years)

BC Residents Adult Annual Pass ………………. $31.95
(*BC Residents Annual Passes are available for all age categories as above)

Picture from http://flyovercanada.com

Picture from http://flyovercanada.ca

1. Fly Over Canada Christmas Edition from November 29 to January 5.

Fly Over Canada is an IMAX show, with a semi-spherical warped screen, and 7.1 dolby stereo.

FlyOver Canada is open year round, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., 7 days a week. Shows commence every 15 minutes during operating hours. The total experience takes approximately 30 minutes including the 8 minutes you’ll spend on the ultimate flying ride.

Note: on December 24 it’s open from 10:00am until 5:00pm (closed on December 26). 

Adults $19.95
Seniors, Youth and Students $17.95
Child (4-12) $14.95

201 – 999 Canada Place 
Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1

 

Also!

Santa Claus is real! And he lives in Canada. You can write him a letter!

The full address is:

SANTA CLAUS
NORTH POLE  H0H 0H0
CANADA

For gifts and sales:

Traditionally, the Boxing Day (Dec. 26th) is the day after Christmas, when the stores are selling as much leftover products from Christmas as possible. It is comparable to Black Friday in the US. Boxing Day is not considered a public holiday, so most employers will not give you a day off (especially, if you are working in retail or customer service – brace yourselves, it will be a busy day).

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