Make Your Season Bright with Vancouver's Best Holiday Attractions

Wherever you spend them, there's something so magical about the holidays-and Christmas in Vancouver is no exception. Between the snow-capped mountains, the sleigh-full of holiday activities and the festive natural greenery, the holiday season really shines.

Make your season bright with a visit to the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver's Notch8 for afternoon tea. Throughout the year, they host a themed tea that's playful and delicious. For the month leading up to the holidays, they're pulling out all the stops for a truly magical experience. It really is one of the best places to experience afternoon tea in Vancouver.

When was the last time you ice skated on top of a mountain? Check that off your bucket list this year and head to Grouse Mountain. There, they have everything from skiing to snowshoeing to ice skating.

The Vancouver Christmas Market sets up shop at Jack Poole Plaza for about a month. 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.

Close out the year with Concord's New Year's Eve Vancouver as they host an epic display of fireworks in Coal Harbour. Throughout the evening there will be live music, entertainment, and food trucks. It's a family-friendly celebration so bring the kids.

On December 31, 2017, join Vancouverites for the much anticipated New Year's Eve celebrations in Coal Harbour. Since 2015, this new year's party has brought thousands of people out to ring in the new year. This family-friendly celebration...  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

From December 1, 2017 until the end of February 2018, head to Robson Square to enjoy 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

Grouse Mountain is open all year long for outdoorsmen and women to enjoy, but there's something magical about going during the holidays. During the holiday season, Grouse Mountain transforms itself into a winter wonderland that's fun for all...  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 has since been...  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...  Read More

Whether you're rushing around shopping or tackling some outdoor festivities, heading inside for warmth and sustenance is a welcome reprieve-especially when it's afternoon tea at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver's Notch8. Throughout the year,...  Read More


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