Stuck with nothing to do this winter. Why not check out some of the winter events in and around Vancouver this November and December and we’re sure that you won’t be bored after this. In case, we forgot though, we still have lots of rooms left should you decide to stay at your “home away from home”. Feel free to book with the hotel directly for all of our best rates and see what makes us stand out above the rest. We continue to want to be your hotel of choice while staying in our great city.
Here are some of our ideas for those exciting pre-Christmas winter events around the city:
Bright Nights Train in Stanley Park – November 29 – January 5, 2019 (closed Christmas Day)
A local favourite for years, the Bright Nights Train in Stanley Park and is fun for all ages.
The Bright Nights Christmas Train returns to Stanley Park for another year of festive “choo-choo-cheer”! The dazzling locomotive and the Stanley Park Train Plaza will sparkle with over 3 million twinkling and sparkling lights (yes, we said three million lights), as well as breathtaking light displays and live performers in and all around the park.
Guests may choose to pay for a ride on the train or they may pay by donation to view the beautiful lights. A portion of the proceeds will go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, where $1.4 million has been raised to help burn survivors and their families since 1998.
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge – November 22 – January 27, 2019 (closed Christmas Day)
Re-capture the feeling of nothing but wonder and excitement of the holiday season and be prepared to be amazed by the hundreds of thousands of lights throughout the park. The Suspension Bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliff Walk, the rain forest and canyon are transformed into a world of festive lights and visual enchantment.
30-ton Douglas firs of Treetops Adventure will receive star treatment. Treetops Adventure is a series of seven suspension bridges attached to eight 250 years old Douglas-firs with viewing platforms, reaching up to 110 feet above the forest floor. These magnificent Douglas firs will be lit above and below the collars, making these trees the eight tallest Christmas trees in the world!
Back by popular demand, go on a Snowy Owl Prowl, decorate gingerbread cookies (by donation) and sing-along carols with the holiday band.
Vancouver Christmas Market – November 21 – December 24
Each year, the Vancouver Christmas Market brings this festive Old World tradition to Vancouver. This cherished holiday event offers an authentic German feast for the senses. Stroll the twinkling pathways of a European-inspired Christmas village in the crisp Vancouver winter air.
Get into the holiday spirit with our lively line-up of holiday entertainment, performing on the Flying Stage from Vancouver’s only Christmas Pyramid. Kids will love riding the Christmas Carousel, embarking on a market-wide scavenger hunt, and frolicking with Vancouver Christmas Market mascots “Holly and Jolly,” as well as meeting Santa himself. Now seriously who doesn’t want to come meet with Santa?
VanDusen Festival of Lights – December 1 – January 6, 2019 (closed Christmas Day)
Vancouver’s longest running winter holiday attraction for nearly 34-plus years. Not only is the VanDusen Garden worth seeing at any time of the year, it is especially worth seeing during the Festival of Lights. Many of the event’s Christmas displays feature over 1 million lights spread out over some 15 acres of gardens. That’s a lot of lights! Twinkle, twinkle.
Now that we’ve tickled your holiday spirit with some local winter events in and around the city? Surely, there must be something that you’d like to do and see. Winter events (not to mention holiday and Christmas ones) are always fun no matter your age. Whether you’re four-year old in search of Santa, a young couple spending your first Christmas together or your a senior with all the fond memories of all the holidays you’ve lived through. This is the most wonderful time of the year.
We hope to see you this holiday and winter season and we wish all of you and yours an exciting yet prosperous holiday season!
Happy (early) holidays and we hope to see you soon!