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The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Events in Metro Vancouver


The weather is getting colder, lights are twinkling, trees are being decorated, and Santa is waiting to enjoy some pancakes with you and your kiddos. That can only mean one thing — it’s time for the holiday season in Metro Vancouver! We’ve got over 350 different events and activities listed, so you are bound to find something great for you and your family. Shop at a holiday craft fair, enjoy story time with Mrs. Claus, make a festive craft, or watch a parade or two. We are adding to the listings daily, so make sure to check back regularly to find newly added events.

Here are all of our festive event listings:

Featured Events

Holiday Heights at Bloedel Conservatory

December 15th – January 7th, 10 am – 8 pm (closed December 25th), Bloedel Conservatory, 4600 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Experience an Arctic Oasis at Bloedel Conservatory with seasonal lights, music, and a holiday scavenger hunt. Warm up inside the tropical dome while enjoying the exotic birds, lush gardens, and holiday light display produced by MK Illumination. Find all the hidden penguins in the arctic oasis for the holiday-themed scavenger hunt. Enjoy the evening city views and lit fountains at Queen Elizabeth Park. Lots of things to see and do at a family-friendly price! More details…

Magical Holiday Events at Park Royal

Wander the Village Lights – November 17th – January 15th (closed December 25th), The Village at Park Royal, 925 Main Street, West Vancouver
Visit Santa Claus – November 18th – December 24th, Park Royal South, near Simons, Marine Drive & Taylor Way, West Vancouver
Enjoy a spectacular light display and beautiful 30-foot Christmas Tree in the Village at Park Royal. The twinkling outdoor lights are on all season, so be sure to visit and enjoy a hot chocolate or two as you wander the dazzling display. And don’t forget to stop by and visit Santa Claus! Santa Claus will be at his beautiful home, designed by Urban Barn, until Christmas Eve and Lindt will be gifting a parting token for every visit. Don’t forget to reserve a time slot to visit Santa in advance and skip the regular line. More details…

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    VanDusen Festival of Lights

    December 1st – January 7th, closed December 25th, VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
    Experience VanDusen Festival of Lights, a magical winter wonderland with over one million lights decorating 15 acres of VanDusen Botanical Garden. At this spectacular festival, you and your family will get swept away on the Air France Carousel, become mesmerized by lights dancing to disco music, and enjoy story time with Old Saint Nick himself — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Buy tickets online in advance to save money and skip the line. More details…

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    Cosmic Yearbook Holiday at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

    December 26th – January 7th, 11:30 am – 4 pm, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
    Head to the Space Centre from December 26, 2017 to January 7, 2018, for their cosmic year in review. There will be a special craft every day and their shows will highlight some of the amazing events from the past year. You will also get to look ahead at some exciting space events for 2018! More details…

    image credit: NASA – Aurora Borealis, North Pacific Ocean

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    Timberline Country Christmas

    December 2nd – 20th, Timberline Ranch, 22351 144 Ave, Maple Ridge, Cost: kids 6+ & adults – $12; children 1 – 5 – $10 (1 and under are free), Pony Rides: $5.25
    Leave the busy city behind, and enjoy your time at Timberline Ranch, a 73-acre horse ranch that has been transformed into a Christmas wonderland. Beautiful lights, decorated trees, and fun interactive activities will enchant you and delight your kids. There’s music, cookie decorating, and pony rides too. Something for everyone! More details…

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    Christmas at FlyOver Canada

    November 23rd – January 7th (closed Christmas day), FlyOver Canada, 201 – 999 Canada Place, VancouverFlyOver Canada will transform in to a magical winter wonderland this Christmas season from November 23rd – January 7th. Join Santa and his elves, Chestnut and Pinecone, on an exhilarating flight across Canada as they search for the rest of their missing elves. At FlyOver Canada guests will take off into a huge dome screen to take part in a truly breathtaking flying experience complete with wind, scents, and mist! More details…


We hope this giant round-up of family-friendly events inspires you to enjoy the holidays, start new family traditions, and make some lovely memories for years to come!

Looking for more holiday inspiration? Visit our holiday gift guide for our curated lists of perfect presents for moms, dads, kids, and stocking stuffers!

By: Michelle Hughes

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