Warming up to Winter
Just because the cooler winter temperatures have arrived in Vancouver doesn’t mean the city is about to get quieter! There are many things to do in this city, from outdoor activities that embrace the snow to those that keep us inside all cozy and warm. Let’s take a look at the Top 10 winter events around Vancouver as we embark on winter wonders celebrations through December January and February!
1 Hit the slopes this winter!
While the city of Vancouver is not known for its large snowfall, the nearby North Shore mountains certainly boast of their perfect snow in the winter. Whether you’re an avid double diamond skier or a new participant to the sport! Here are some great slopes to check out for skiing snowboarding, and snowshoeing.
2 Skate to your heart’s content at Robson Square!
They say the best things in life are free! Starting December 1st and throughout the holiday season skating at Robson square is absolutely free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available. Skating at Robson Square is a fun, affordable and a healthy activity for families. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks to keep you going throughout the evening!
3 Christmas Events around Vancouver!
It is said to be the most magical time of the year filled with fabulous holiday events that are fun for the whole family. From light shows to parades, there are so many festive inspired events to look forward to this holiday season.
The annual Rogers Santa Clause Parade in Vancouver is on December 7th at 1 pm and gives everyone the chance to catch a glimpse of Santa and his reindeer as they march through the downtown streets. Yaletown will be transformed into a candytown as downtown Vancouver’s sweetest winter festival! The Vancouver Christmas market, running it ‘s 5th year is a must see with unique vendors, local and international flavours and enchanting lights!
4 Winter Festivals
Pack your favourite toque and warmest scarf for these 6 enjoyable winter festivals.
The Van Dusen garden’s Festival of Lights is a frozen winter wonderland with over one million lights decorating the garden. Looking to groove up the holidays? Visit the Winter music festival which is western Canada’s largest indoor music festival at BC place. Chase away the winter blues with the Winter Solstice Lantern festival 2014 illuminating the longest night of the year with lanterns, singing, music & dancing. The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is one of Vancouver’s signature events running over three weeks in January. Winteruptions is a truly unique winter festival with performances, music , art & food and it is taking place at Granville Island, just a few blocks away from the BEST WESTERN PLUS Chateau Granville Hotel & Suites & Conference Centre. Discover the work of Aboriginal arts and artists at the 14th Annual Talking Stick Festival taking place from February 17th-March 1st 2015.
5 Indoor Activities
What better way to spend a chilly evening than with the warm- hearted sound of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performing a traditional Christmas Concert! Get your tickets early.
Experience the hundreds of interactive exhibits around the magnificent Science world and be sure to visit the Omnimax for a seasonal surprise. Experience the winter season at the Vancouver Aquarium and enjoy the festive family activities such as their giant walk through a Christmas tree maze. You can also celebrate and share in the magic with the Nutcracker by Goh Ballet’s.
6 Dine out Vancouver
It’s Canada’s largest annual dining celebration, attracting tens of thousands of food enthusiasts to experience Vancouver’s exceptionally diverse culinary culture. Be sure to stop by the Edge Social Grille & Lounge who will be participating in 2015 Dine out.
7. Ring in the New Year in Vancouver!
8 Chinese New Year Parade
9 Light up the night Vancouver Chanukah Celebrations
Join in on the Chanukah celebrations taking place on Dec 19th 2014 at the Vancouver Art Gallery and witness the lighting of the of Canada largest Menorah along with special performances.
10. Peak of Christmas Grouse Mountain
Just 15 minutes north of Vancouver Grouse Mountain presents a magical celebration and a variety of festivities. Get your chance to visit Santa’s workshop , meet his reindeer’s and experience skating on their 8,000 square foot mountaintop Ice skating pond, surrounded by snow-topped trees. It’s a beauty not to be missed!
There you have it, winter events in Vancouver in a nutshell!
Let us know what you are doing to keep busy this winter?