20 Christmas Events in Vancouver 2021 To Check Out For A Jolly Time
The Christmas vibe is all around and we can’t hide our excitement any longer! This joyful season is celebrated everywhere by people from many different countries and cultures. Here in Vancouver, we have our own ways to get into the festive spirit, too!
From shopping, admiring the decorations to family-friendly activities, below are the 20 best ways for you to enjoy Christmas in Vancouver. If you haven’t made your plans, take out your notes and don’t miss a single thing from now on!
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village is the most interesting outdoor museum in Vancouver, especially from late November when all the Christmas lights and displays of all kinds create such a festive vibe.
This outdoor museum scenery is extremely admirable with its old-fashioned streets, historic buildings and filled with tons of Christmas decorations during the season. Plus, there are events and live music performances at certain times while the entrance is completely free!
Don’t miss this interesting spot because you can both get interesting pieces of history and festive vibes at the same time!
November 27th – December 10th: 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm (weekdays); 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm (weekends)
Christmas-by-night has never been greater at the VanDusen Festival of Lights. This is a must-see attraction where the botanical garden is dressed in festive colors, loads of fairy lights, and Christmas ornaments. Stunningly beautiful!
Get ready to be impressed by thousands of sparkling lights and some other fun stuff like taking photos with Santa, live music performances, and carousel rides. Plus, they do feature amazing Dancing Light shows that take place once every half hour, make sure to enjoy this spotlight of the night!
The festival might take you hours to fully enjoy, so don’t hesitate to try out some food trucks at the event. They are as excellent as the festival!
Searching for a romantic place to admire the Christmas illuminations? Canyon Lights at Capilano is our first go-to. With approximately 500.000 lights and decorations that are done tastefully, Capilano Suspension Bridge is exquisitely Christmas-y in so many ways.
Not only the fairy lights that make this place unique, but the historical, geological, and natural displays have done it artistically as well. Besides the scenery, you can also find some very fancy gift shops and delicious, hot chocolate stores too.
You may want to try visiting here in the later afternoon (before it gets dark) to see how this place is lit up and looking completely different.
Adults (ages 17 to 64) – $54.95
Seniors (ages 65+) – $49.95
Students (ages 17+) – $41.95
Youth (ages 13 to 16) – $29.95
Children (ages 6 to 12) – $18.95
Little Kids (ages 5 & under) – Free
Family Pass (2 adults & 2 children or youth) – $115.00
NOTE: BC Residents receive unlimited admission for one full year from the date of visit for the price of one day’s regular admission. This includes Canyon Lights.
4. Dundarave Festivals Of Lights
Dundarave Festivals Of Lights is a great idea to spend your holiday night on the North Shore. With dozens of decorated Christmas trees and free concerts, you will surely have a jolly good time with your friends or families here.
The decoration is stunningly eye-catching, especially when you visit Dundarave at around dusk, in time to see the trees with all their lights at night. Our all-time favorite spot is the Dundarave Nativity, which is professionally made by master woodcarver Bill Seminoff. Trust us, you don’t want to miss this masterpiece.
Don’t miss Vallea Lumania if you love all the seasonal lights and search for a unique way to enjoy them. Located on Cougar Moutain, Vallea Lumina will offer you a magnificent walk through a forest filled with beautiful illuminations and multimedia decorations that ain’t like no other.
Throughout your journey here, you will get the chance to admire all sorts of lights, projections, special effects that turn the forest into an extremely festive, magical place! Walking at your own pace might take you around 30-45 minutes, so take your time to enjoy this wonderland to the fullest.
This place is entirely outdoors and it won’t be canceled except for dangerous storms or other extreme circumstances. It also means that you can not return your tickets if it rains, so make sure to check the weather forecast before coming.
Want to spend your Christmas holiday in the warmest, safest yet funniest way? PNE WinterLight is on the checklist! PNE WinterLights is a drive-thu event around the attraction and beautiful illuminations, best for families to enjoy together and very comfortable too.
PNE WinterLights features nine different areas for you to explore which means more sparkling lights than ever! The trip might take around 15 minutes or so to go through, get ready to admire all the magnificent displays, magical lands, and tasty festival foods (you can buy them at the entrance).
Plus, you can also see dancing characters, live entertainers singing Christmas songs all along the way. Expect to be thoroughly entertained while going along PNE WinterLights and leave in a wonderful Christmas-y mood.
On December 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 16, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31: $37 per vehicle
On December 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26: $42 per vehicle
If all you want for Christmas are Christmas light displays, activities for children, and live music, this place is made just for you.
Christmas Glow Langley is one of the most attractive festive spots in Lower Mainland, which is dressed to the nine with a massive collection of Christmas lights and festive displays that is really impressive.
Don’t forget to stop by and admire its beautiful wonderland full of different structures, such as glacial foyers with artificial snow or animated light tunnels. Very friendly princesses and Santa Claus are also on-site to greet and take photos with, your kids must be loving it!
Besides Christmas Glow Langley, Bright Night Train at Stanley Park also hosts such amazing presentations of child-friendly Christmas lights and festive-themed displays in the Lower Mainland.
The name “Bright Night” really speaks for itself, as it lights up millions of sparkling festive lights and illumination; when the sun goes down, it looks so magnificent. There is also a Santa’s Workshop indoor, which includes Christmas displays and photo opportunities with Santa Claus (which cost around $10).
Admission to Bright Nights is usually by donation, which benefits the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund, supporting victims of fires and educating the public to help keep people safe. A meaningful thing to do for a Christmas night, right?
Entrance by donation
November 26th to January 2nd: 4pm – 10pm
NOTE: Price may subject to change
Bright Nights Train
Bright Nights Train is back to bring you through the magically lit up forest! In order to hop on, you’ll need to grab a ticket online first. There will be no tickets available at the venue.
All guest are required to purchase a ticket for this year (including those 2 and under)
NOTE: Due to the weather conditions, Lights by The Lake has been postponed
For people who live in the Harrison area, Lights by The Lake is the new festive attraction to feast your eyes. At Christmas, the waterfront is covered in a series of dazzling lights, blinged out in crystals and light up the bustling Esplanade Avenue.
Not just the waterfront is decorated, but all the stores and restaurants nearby are dressed in the same festive theme, which literally lights up the whole town! They also have a small ice rink to skate on, caroling, free hot chocolate, and the band playing instrumental Christmas music too.
What an elegant way to heat up your festive night!
Where else in Coquitlam can we find a more wonderful attraction than Christmas Light at Lafarge?
This eye-popping spot is a Christmas attraction that features holiday lights and illuminations around the lake at Town Centre Park. While the decorations themselves are stunning, the walk around the lake in such festive vibes is even more pleasant. Make some time to enjoy all the illuminated archways and various themed areas throughout the park.
Christmas Light at Lafarge is impressive and worth checking out (honestly, they are very Instagrammabe). Pro tip: they do give away free chocolate and family portraits at the event, so get there early while supplies last!
November 27th to January 31st: 4:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Address: 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7S4
11. White Rock Bright Walk
Keep up your festive spirits with the White Rock Bright Walk – a natural, beautiful park that is covered in thousands of Christmas lights!
The White Rock Bright Walk is located along Memorial Park, once coming here, Join Mayor Darryl Walker and White Rock City Council for a tree lighting ceremony complete with family activities, bouncy elves, live entertainment, free hot chocolate, and a special visit from Santa Claus. The highlights, as always, are the 40-feet-tall Christmas tree
Looking for an outdoor market to see all kinds of interesting gifts, upbeat ambiance, and tasty foods? Vancouver Christmas Market ticks all the boxes!
The market is located outside the Vancouver Convention Centre with dozens of artisan vendors and food stalls selling a wide range of Christmas-y products. You will be surprised by how they fill the space with a huge selection of stuff, from German beer steins, mulled wine to specialty soaps, chocolates, and handicrafts. So many things that you just want to buy them all!
Plus all other treats, decorations, live music, and so on, Vancouver Christmas Market is the greatest place to visit during the holiday.
Gate Tickets Adults (ages 18 to 64) – $17.00
Seniors (ages 65 and above) – $14.00
Youth (ages 7 to 17) – $10.00
Children (ages 6 and under) – Free
Online Tickets Adults (ages 18 to 64) – $12.99
Seniors (ages 65 and above) – $10.99
Youth (ages 7 to 17) – $6.99
Children (ages 6 and under) – Free
November 13th – 18th: 4:00 pm to 9:30 pm
November 19th – December 23rd: 11:30 am to 9:30 pm
December 24th: 11:30 am to 6:00 pm
Early Bird Tickets $7.99
Nov 19 – Dec 17 11:30 am – 2 pm weekdays only
Season Pass (unlimited entries all season) SOLD OUT
Blackout Dates Dec 18, 19 & 24
HOLLY & JOLLY COMBO (Season Passes, drinks, mugs & more… for two!) SOLD OUT
Have the winter getaway of your dreams without taking off on a plane by dropping a visit at FlyOver Canada. This spot is a multi-dimensional movie theatre attraction, where you can travel the world within a second. A fun, indoor, and family-friendly Christmas experience to try!
During the Christmas season, FlyOver Canada adopts a stunningly beautiful winter holiday theme. During the film, you will get to see a lot of Christmas trees and other festive decorations which is unique and pretty cool. At the end of the show, Santa will be appearing on the screen and you will get to follow him across the magical North Pole.
This is an indoor event, perfect for all kinds of weather conditions!
Adults: between $23 and $30
Seniors (ages 65+): between $17 and $20
Students (ages 13 to 21): between $17 and $20
Children (ages 12 and under): between $13 and $20
December 6th – January 3rd (Christmas theme): 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Granville Island is one of the most popular places to visit all year round, especially during the holiday season when this neighborhood looks extra festive with decorations and activities!
During day time, you can find all sorts of wonderful gift ideas from local businesses and British Columbia-based artists. If you want to support them and discover all types of unique handmade stuff, this is the best time and place of the year.
In the evening, Holiday Lights at Granville Island can be even more vibrant with all the lights up and glittering luminaire installations. Well, it’s all about good vibes here!
November 12th – January 3rd: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Address: 1661 Duranleau Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 3S3
Coming with some of the best Christmas-time activities in the Lower Mainland, Peak Of Christmas at Grouse Moutain is where you can find sleigh rides, skating, gingerbread house displays, Santa Claus, reindeer, and more. The fanciest way to take your holiday to the next level!
Throughout the Christmas season, there is usually so much to see and do at the Peak of Christmas. You can admire the festive decoration, visit Santa’s Workshop, and explore a collection of fancy cookie houses and other creations. Or choose to get active with the outdoor ice skating and trails for snowshoeing.
Pro tip: try having a fine-dining at Peak Of Christmas, where you can have a sky-view of Vancouver and live music at set times. Stunning!
Adults (age 16-64): $60
Seniors (ages 64+): $50
Children (ages 15 and under): $30
Family (4 members): $109
November 25th – January 3rd: 9 am – 8:00 pm
NOTE: Price may subject to change
Address: 6400 Nancy Greene Way North Vancouver, BC V7R 4K9
For a joyous holiday celebration, head to Christmas at the Shipyard for all kinds of family-friendly activities, magical festive lights, and live music show to enjoy from day till night!
You can instantly feel the upbeat ambiance when entering Christmas at the Shipyard, especially at the Artisan Market with lantern-making craft opportunities. There are pony rides, gingerbread decorating, and face painting for kids and most of them are free to try!
Plus, there is also live entertainment on the outdoor stage whenever possible, so remember to stick around!
Admission Rates: free entrance
December 4th & 5th and December 11th & 12th: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
NOTE: Price may subject to change
Address: Wallace Mews, North Vancouver, BC V7L 0B2
Robson Square is a wide outdoor ice rink that is completely free to join. Head in if you want to spend some time skating and sharing this energetic vibe with others!
At other times of the year, Robson Square is used for dance lessons, special events, and other activities. But when Christmas comes, this place is extra special with festive decorations around with live music by popular local bands and musicians.
As we mentioned above, the rink is free and you can bring your own skates or rent them at the facility for around $5 a pair for half an hour.
NOTE: This year’s night market has not been announced yet.
If you’ve planned to visit Christmas Lights at Lafarge, don’t forget to drop by the nearby Coquitlam Christmas Night Market as they are pretty close together. If you like craft fairs, festive ambiance (and especially if you haven’t finished your holiday shopping), you will love this place!
Being a medium-sized artisan market, Coquitlam Christmas Night Market has literally everything you can think of. Including the usual selection of jewelry, toys, apparel and accessories, health and beauty products, gourmet chocolates, and other handmade creations. Plus, they do sell alcoholic beverage and has a small children’s playground too. Great idea for a family hangout, isn’t it?
This winter holiday night market is guaranteed to make you feel exceptionally Christmas-y, so don’t miss it out!
Last Sunday before Christmas: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
NOTE: Price may subject to change
Address: 1205 Pinetree WayCoquitlam, BC V3B 7Y3
8. North Pole Express
Who is excited to ride a magical train to the North Pole and visit Santa Claus? We all are! And this is no longer a wish when coming to Polar Express – a real train ride to fully explore Christmas-y stuff.
Polar Express is located inside the West Coast Railway Heritage Park, where you can actually get on the train ride, admire the lights and decorations outside, and enjoy sweet, little treats throughout the trip. It takes around 50 minutes and there will be carol singing, Christmas music for you to sing along with, too! The fun doesn’t end with the train ride, once arrived, you can join in craft activity stations and gaze at the decorated gingerbread cookies.
Since it is located inside a railway museum, it can be great if you combine visiting the heritage besides Christmas hangout.
Surrey’s Christmas Night Train, another option for a festive Christmas ride, which is more child-friendly and has 2 different types of train rides for you to choose from.
This is a wonderful place for a family-hangout to enjoy Christmas scenes, festive music, holiday crafts, visits with Santa, and a tour through the forest on the train. Earlier in the daytime, they have the Santa Express Train that included Christmas crafts and treats, as well as photo opportunities with Santa Claus. While at night, it transforms into the Christmas Night Train which will take you through stunningly twinkling lights, colorful baubles, and Christmas trees.
What a lovely way to get into the holiday atmosphere!
With these suggestions, we hope you have found yourself some ideal options to enjoy the holiday with your beloved ones. For an even more joyful holiday, you can check out our list of budget-friendly hotels to stay in Vancouver and some ultimate guides on unique things to do in Vancouver for visitors.