Top 5 Festive Events in Vancouver

Top 5 ways to spend the Festive Season in Vancouver

The holiday season is fast approaching and Vancouver has so much to offer for the whole family. From Christmas markets, Bright nights at Stanley Park, Santa’s Parade, Christmas at Grouse, Ice Skating at Robson Square just to name a few, Vancouver is known as a festival city and we really are spoilt for choice! Here is our list of the top 5 festive events in Vancouver.

Vancouver Christmas Markets

The Vancouver Christmas markets commenced on Saturday, November 21st .The market takes place at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. What can you expect from a day or night at the market? Food/drinks, gifts, live music and kids activities! It is guaranteed to keep the whole family entertained with unique vendors, local, international flavours and enchanting lights! They are open daily from 11am to 9pm until Thursday December 24 where they operate from 11am – 6pm.

Top 5 Festive Events in Vancouver

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Santa Claus Parade

The 12th Annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade will hit our streets on Sunday December 6 at 1pm.  The Parade starts at the corner of Georgia and Broughton Street, continuing east along Georgia Street before turning up Howe Street and finishing on Davie Street.  The streets will come alive with spectacular floats. Come into town and get in to the Spirit of Giving during this joyous parade. Be sure to stop by the Edge Social Grille & Lounge for Lunch on your way to the parade.

Top 5 Festive Events in Vancouver

Map of Parade

Ice Skating at Robson Square

The Ice skating at Robson Square rink will open on Tuesday, December 1st, bring your own skates or rent a pair for $4 and glide on the ice. Don’t feel like hitting the ice? There will be concession stands with snacks and hot chocolate by the rink.

Top 5 Festive Events in Vancouver

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Bright Nights at Stanley Park

Sit back, relax and be dazzled by the three million twinkling lights on the Bright nights Christmas train in Stanley park. You can enjoy either a matinee or night time train. The train journey commences on Thursday, November 26th and will run until Wednesday, January 2.

Top 5 Festive Events in Vancouver

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Christmas at Grouse Mountain

On Friday, 27th November Grouse Mountain will turn into a winter wonderland. You will have the opportunity to meet Santa and his reindeers. Jump aboard one of the sleighs and take a magical journey through the mountains. If you still have some energy left you can ice skate on the rink, surrounded by snow covered trees.

Top 5 Festive Events in Vancouver

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The above are just a few of the fun and festive activities that are happening on the run up to the holiday period. Due to the number of festive events taking place for the holiday season we will be writing about more events in December!

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