Get in the Christmas Spirit with Vancouver's Best Holiday Attractions

There's something so magical about the holiday season and Christmas in Vancouver is one for the books. If the snow-capped mountains and crisp air isn't enough for you, take advantage of these magical holiday events throughout the city.

The Vancouver Christmas Market sets up shop at Jack Poole Plaza for about a month during the season. This traditional German market is fun for the entire family. Adults can enjoy a warm mug of mulled wine, while children can tuck into a few Christmas sweets and ride the holiday-themed carousel. This market is open throughout the day, so go for lunch, dinner, or to hang out.

The Nutcracker is a Christmas classic and Ballet BC's rendition is nothing short of exquisite. This year, Ballet BC is partnering with Alberta Ballet to bring Vancouver this stunning performance. While you should put this on your must-do list, there are also a number of other performances and plays that are also worth checking out.

Close out the year with Vancouver's New Year's Eve Celebration Society as they host an epic display of fireworks in Coal Harbour. For families, there's a countdown earlier in the evening so that the little ones don't miss out on the excitement, but the main attraction is at midnight when fireworks light up the sky. Throughout the evening there will be live music, entertainment, and food trucks.

On December 31, 2016, join Vancouverites for the much anticipated New Year's Eve celebrations in Coal Harbour. 2015 was the first year for this event and it attracted 80,000 people, making it the largest event (attendance wise) in...  Read More

Vancouver's Arts Club Theatre Company is Western Canada's largest theatre company and is a staple to Vancouver's nightlife scene. The company is made up of three theatres around the city: the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island...  Read More

The Vancouver Christmas Market is one of the best ways to get into the Christmas spirit. Inspired by authentic German Christmas markets, this holiday display is a fun place to hang out, grab a bite, and do a little Christmas shopping. For...  Read More

Grouse Mountain is open all year long for outdoorsmen and women to enjoy and it's conveniently located right across the water from downtown Vancouver. While it's known for the Grouse Grind during the warmer months, the winter has plenty to...  Read More

From December 1, 2016 until February 14, 2017, you can head to Robson Square to enjoy some ice skating on the outdoor rink in downtown Vancouver. The rink itself is a decent size and it's perfectly suitable for families. Not only is this rink...  Read More

Make your way to Stanley Park during the holiday season to take advantage of Bright Nights Christmas Train and Stanley Park Train Plaza. You'll enjoy holiday displays throughout, and with three million lights, you won't be disappointed. Along...  Read More

This former golf course was transformed into a series of more than 40 specialized garden areas. Paths meander in and out of the gardens that feature Canada's largest collection of rhododendrons. The hexagon-shaped Korean Pavilion is the...  Read More

Outside the City

The Sea to Sky Gondola takes you on a 10-minute ride up the mountain to the Summit Lodge. Once at the top, this magnificent piece of nature is yours to explore. During the summer, enjoy hiking trails, a suspension bridge, viewing platforms,...  Read More

About 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver is the area's most famous attraction, the Capilano Suspension Bridge. This local favorite sees some 800,000 visitors each year. The original bridge was built in 1889, and although it's been replaced since...  Read More

No matter what time of year you go, there's something so magical about going to the ballet. When you throw in a classic Christmas story, incredible costumes, and Tchaikovsky's timeless music, you're in for an extra special experience. Along with...  Read More


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