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25 Places to see Christmas Lights in Vancouver (2023)

Vancouver attractions and neighborhoods light up the holidays with incredible displays that are wonderful fun for all ages. There are so many places to see Christmas lights in Vancouver, with the most popular being the Festival of Lights and the Stanley Park Christmas Train. There are also a few drive thru Christmas lights in Vancouver for those who have young children or enjoy seeing the holiday displays from inside their car!

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Best Christmas Light Displays Vancouver

Bright nights at stanley park.

Welcoming over 200,000 visitors annually, the Stanley Park Railway is one of the popular Christmas activities in Vancouver with locals and tourists alike. Bright Nights and Stanley Park Holiday train is back for the 2023 holiday season in Vancouver

The 20 gauge, 2 km track winds through the forest over ground cleared by Typhoon Freda, the most devastating storm in Vancouver history which blew through in 1962.  

Passengers can get a close-up look at a vintage engine and a quick photo before boarding for the 15-minute ride. Even if you cannot get tickets for the train ride, you can walk around the park and enjoy the lights.

The jewel of the Stanley Park Railway’s collection of old locomotives is a locally-built replica of Canadian Pacific Railway Engine #374, famous for pulling Canada’s first transcontinental passenger train into Vancouver in the late 1880s.  

This event is a fundraiser for the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund.

Location:  Stanley Park, 690 Pipeline Road, Vancouver

Dates:  Nov 30th 2023 – Jan 1st 2024

More Info: https://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/bright-nights-train.aspx

Canada Place Christmas Lights

Enjoy a free outdoor holiday experience at Canada Place. The iconic sails will be lit up in a holiday light display. Stroll down the Avenue of Christmas Trees and enjoy the light displays at North Point including the 15-foot-tall Chrismoose. The historic Woodward’s Windows holiday scenes will also be on display. 8am – 10pm daily. While the experience is open both day and evening, the light displays and Sails of Light can best be viewed after 5:00 p.m.

If you have never been to Fly Over Canada, now is a great time to check it out! They are featuring Iceland until December 14th ( Buy Tickets Online in advance)

If you are looking for more indoor displays, check out the best hotels with Christmas displays in Vancouver.

Location:  999 Canada Place, Vancouver

Dates:  Dec 1st 2023 – Jan 2nd 2024

More Info: https://www.canadaplace.ca/events/christmas/

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

 Named one of the most spectacular holiday lights displays in the world, Canyon Lights is set to dazzle and amaze, high above the forest floor. The suspension bridge, rainforest and Capilano River are ablaze with lights, Treetops Adventure (the eight tallest Christmas trees in the world) is lit from top to bottom, the “Arc de Lumina” light tunnel mesmerizes on Cliffwalk, while the Snowy Owl Prowl scavenger hunt entertains the whole family.

A tradition for many Vancouver families, Canyon Lights looks forward to welcoming back guests with a few operational changes to ensure the health and safety of visitors and staff in a COVID world. Tickets and annual passes will only be available for pre-purchase online for a specific date and time to limit contact upon entry and reduce capacity.

Dates : November 17, 2023 – January 21, 2024

Tickets:   ONLINE HERE

Location:  3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver

Robson Square

Robson square is decked out full of Christmas lights each holiday season.

Dates: 2022 Tree Lighting dates TBD

VanDusen Botanical Garden Festival of Lights Vancouver

One of the well-known and one of the best Vancouver Christmas lights is the elaborate Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden. Explore 15 acres adorned with over 1 million twinkling lights, featuring a glowing display inspired by the vibrant colours and unique plants and animals from BC’s endangered Garry oak meadows. Enjoy holiday music and themed areas throughout the gardens.

Location: 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver

Dates: Nov 24th 2023 to Jan 7th 2024

Tickets: Online in advance

Vancouver Tree Lighting

Back for another sparkling year, the in-person kick-off party for the city’s official Christmas tree––a shimmering, 75-feet-tall cone of 100,000 lights and fake foliage that’s just crying out for selfies––is a family-friendly live event and one of Vancouver’s most popular Christmas events.  Sprinkled with festive cheer and toe-tapping live music (as well as gratis hot cocoa) Santa will also be on hand to offer his official seal of approval. And if you miss the big launch, don’t forget to beeline this way sometime over the holidays to enjoy the twinkling spectacle.

Date: Dec 1st 2023

Location: Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza

Vancouver Christmas Market

The famous Vancouver Christmas Market starts in November and features a German-inspired Christmas Market. For those who like a jump on the holiday season, it creates the perfect atmosphere to get into the holiday spirit. Experience a selection of traditional food and beverages, and browse vendors offering authentic wood carvings and toys, knitted goods, nutcrackers, pottery, and other unique gifts. This is a popular place to get Vancouver souvenirs.

Dates: Nov 16th – Dec 24th 2023

Location: Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Place Vancouver

Prices: Tickets start at $15.99 based on the type of ticket you purchase. Kids 6 and under are free. 

Tickets: Pre Sale Tickets are available online . Tickets can also be purchased on arrival subject to availability.

Grouse Mountain Peak of Vancouver

Feel the enchantment and radiance of twinkling lights, the calm echo of the snow, and the joy of witnessing real reindeer. Experience the tranquil beauty of skating on our 8,000 square foot mountaintop Ice Skating Pond, surrounded by snow-topped trees.

Grouse Mountain offers more than just skiing. This Vancouver winter activity has skating, light walks, snowshoeing, and more. It is worth taking the tram up the mountain.

Get your admission passes here .

Lights of Hope at St Pauls Hospital

Since 1998, St. Paul’s Hospital has lit up every holiday season with a gorgeous Christmas light display you can walk or drive past. It uses over 10 kilometres of lights! The event raises money for the St. Paul’s Foundation.

Location:  1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Dates:  Late Nov to Early Jan

Admission:  Free

PNE Winter Fair

Come and celebrate winter, PNE-style. Visit Discover Santa where you can embark on the ultimate journey to meet Santa Claus by solving puzzles and cracking riddles, ride the PNE Holiday Express, and wander through Winter Lights presented by BC Hydro – a great place to snap a photo! –  and go skating – or try the Ice Bumper Cars – at the Tim Hortons Ice Rink, and then warm up with the culinary extravaganza at the Holiday Eats & Treats.

When you’re ready for a break, you can enjoy live programming like Nutcracker on Ice and the Magic of Santa.

Dates: Dec 8, 9 and 14th – 23rd 4pm – 10pm

Tickets: Online or at the gate

Prices (in advance): Adults $25, Senior $19, Youth $19, Child $12

McArthur Glen Outlet

Feel the magic of the holiday season and be part of the festivities at our annual tree-lighting event, where a very special guest straight from the North Pole will be joining us November 16! Enjoy live entertainment, festive treats, and stylish fun for the whole family through November 18.

Dates: Nov 16-18 with displays up through the holidays

Location: 1000-7899 Templeton Station Rd, Richmond

Light Walk at Grouse Mountain

Experience magic in the trees on our enchanting Light Walk, open through the winter season starting at dusk. The entrance is marked by a glowing light tunnel, just off of the mountaintop Skating Pond. 

Lights along the path around Blue Grouse Lake allow you to snowshoe or walk in the winter night. Marvel at the beauty with snow crunching underfoot. The glow of light against a majestic mountain backdrop is not to be missed!

Dates: TBD for 2023

Lights to the Lodge at Cypress

A safe and easy one-kilometre snowshoe trek to the historic Hollyburn Lodge along a self-guided trail through the enchanting Old Growth Forest. The trail is lit with LED lights strung sustainably through the forest boughs of ancient Cedar, Fir and Hemlock trees. After enjoying your visit to the Lodge and perhaps one of our popular menu items or refreshments, guests can snowshoe back to the base area along a return trail also with feature lighting.  This invigorating trek will be great fun for families and groups of friends or colleagues – what a great way to spend a winter evening!

Location: 600 Cypress Bowl Road, West Vancouver

More Info: Online here

Beyond Vancouver Xmas Lights

Lights at lafarge lake.

Lights at Lafarge Lake is one of the largest free light displays in Metro Vancouver, featuring more than 100,000 twinkling lights. This year’s Lights at Lafarge Kick-off event will take place on Friday, Nov 24th, 2023 from 5 – 8 p.m. at Town Centre Park, featuring food vendors, arts activities, and live entertainment. If you are wondering what to do in Vancouver in November and are looking for an outdoor activity, this is one you should add to your list. 

Dates: Nightly from Nov 24th

Location: Lafarge Lake at Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam.

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum

Come experience Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum. Enjoy the special atmosphere of festive lights and traditional decorations. Wander the museum’s 10-acre venue and take in all the seasonal entertainment, demonstrations, and activities.

Enjoy a meal or treat at the new Mai’s Cafe, formerly the Ice Cream Parlour, or other offerings from food trucks. On December 2nd from 5-9 PM there will be a special tree lighting event!

Gate admission is free. Carousel rides are $2.52

Dates: Nov 25th 2023 – Jan 5th 2024

Glow Gardens Langley

It is the largest and brightest holiday event of the season, and this year, Glow Langley is returning this November. 2023 features a Christmas Carnival with heated and covered spaces, free carnival-themed games, towering carnival-themed lights, a craft corner in a “tent of makers”, along with the much-loved magical holiday landscapes, all under the thrill of more than a million lights that continue to impress guests.

There will also be a Merry Makers Market, with more than twenty local vendors, a new interactive kids scavenger hunt, live holiday performances, a holiday train ride, pictures with Santa, and interactive play zones.

To decrease crowding, entry to the event is staggered, and time slots are provided to guests so that everyone can enjoy the event more comfortably.

Dates: November 23 – December 30/2023

Prices: Adult $19.99 Child (4-12) $14.99 Senior (65+) $14.99 Family ( 2 Adults + 3 Child/Senior) $69.99

Parking: FREE

Location: 6690 216th St, Langley

Glow Langley Horse Drawn Lighted Carriage

Steveston Village

Take part in activities for the whole family, including holiday light displays, a visit with Santa and lots more festive fun, all month long from November 23 until December 31, 2023. Steveston’s also the perfect place to finish your holiday shopping with unique and eclectic offerings at charming local shops throughout the village.

Dates: 2023 TBD

Christmas in Willams Park

Williams Park is a popular drive thru Christmas Lights attraction.

Location: Williams Park, 238 Street & 68 Avenue, Langley

Bear Creek Park Lights

Bear Creek Park Lights offers a safe, fun family-friendly evening event. Enjoy the trails of the park gardens and be dazzled by a series of illuminated natural landscapes and whimsical light displays.

Dates: November 3 – 17, 2023 from 4:30 – 9:00 pm (except November 11th)

Location: Bear Creek Park, 13750 – 88 Avenue, Surrey

Squamish at Dusk

Squamish at Dusk  is a brand new winter light art experience where you can journey through captivating light art installations weaving tales and transporting you to a winter wonderland. Experience a fusion of light, art, and narrative as installations transform Squamish’s Rose Park into a nighttime wonderland.

Dates: November 23 – December 10 2023 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights) 4pm – 10pm

Location: Rose Park, 38550 Loggers Ln, Squamish, BC

Surrey Civic Centre Holiday Lights

Equally as popular as the Vancouver tree lighting, the Surrey tree lighting is one of those holiday events that those living in Metro Vancouver should not miss. Every year, the City invites residents to watch Mayor and Council “flip the switch” to light the City’s 60ft Christmas Tree. Entering its 13th year in 2023 the festival has been extended to two days in 2023. This year, the festival will provide two days of free entertainment, children’s activities, food trucks, rides, and photos with Santa.

Date: November 25th and 26th

Location: Surrey Civic Plaza – 13450 104 Ave, Surrey

Lights on the Lake at Harrison Hot Springs

While this event gained a ton of online press for being mis-marketed as a Whoville, it is a beautiful display of lights in Harrison on Harrison Lake. Whether you visit for the day or make it a weekend getaway from Vancouver, it is a great outdoor event that is very popular each holiday season

Dates: late November until early Jan

Read More: things to do in Harrison Hot Springs

Vallea Lumina Whistler

Legends speak of a long-lost trail that leads to a secret valley. Join a twilight expedition to explore its mysterious beauty. Just 10 minutes drive north of Whistler village, experience a range of activities from TAG Whistler.  Vallea Lumina  is a sound and light experience that takes you through the forest, telling a story along the way.

The winter experience runs from November to April and is much more kid friendly than the summer experience because the show times are much earlier (since it gets dark much earlier in the winter months).

What to Wear:  Full snow gear is recommended for kids. Dress in layers with warm coats, gloves and hats. Snow boots are recommended for walking on snow. Masks are required.

Things to note:  Strollers and sleds are not permitted. There are stairs to walk down at the beginning and a bridge to cross. Those with young children should wear them in a carrier. The walk is about 30 minutes but you can go as fast or as slow as you want. Pets are not permitted.

Pricing:  Adult $29.99 Child $24.99 (5 and under are free)

Whistler Vallea Lumina with kids.

Related Winter Activities

If you haven’t been snowshoeing lately, now is the time to change that with these great Vancouver snowshoeing locations!

There are also plenty of places to go ice skating in Vancouver to get some more of that winter magic!

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Lindsay Nieminen is the creator of UncoveringBC.com. She grew up and still lives in the suburbs of Vancouver with her family. She aims to inspire inform, and educate others about traveling in her home province of British Columbia. She is also the creator of carpediemourway.com  which aims to show parents how to seek out adventure at home or abroad, with their children in tow!

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18 places to see magical Christmas light displays across Metro Vancouver

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Vancouver seems to really be getting into the Christmas spirit this year.

There is lots going on, from the classics, like the largest Christmas store in Western Canada over at Potters in Surrey to new things like the Holiday History and Hot Chocolate Tour .

A big part of Christmas, though, is the big displays full of decorations and lights. We've collected more than 20 events with spectacular displays, both inside and out.

In Vancouver

The downtown christmas tree.

This display is pretty straightforward; a 76-foot tall tree is being set up in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery in šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl'e7énḵ Square.

The tree lighting ceremony will happen on Dec. 1 starting at 6 p.m. with live music, free hot drinks, and an appearance from Santa.

Entrance:   Free

Christmas at Canada Place

The iconic Vancouver site will be hosting a few displays. From a distance, you'll be able to spot the sails all lit up with Christmas colours, but there are street-level displays as well, with an Avenue of Trees and the Woodward's Windows showing off holiday shop window displays from eras past.

It'll start Dec. 1 and run until Jan. 2.

Entrance :  Free

Lights of Hope

While the lighting ceremony took place with a bang on Nov. 23, the Lights of Hope is a season-long display lighting up the walls of St. Paul's Hospital in downtown Vancouver (1081 Burrard St.).

It's a free display, but also a fundraiser, having brought in more than $50 million for the hospital foundation over the years.

Entrance: Free

This new event is coming to Coal Harbour on Friday and Saturday evenings starting Dec. 1 until Dec. 30. It'll be spread out, with different parts between Canada Place and Cadero Park, making a lovely nighttime walk along the seawall just a bit more magical.

With light installations like "Davie the Grizzly Bear" and performers using fire to dazzle, it's sure the brighten up the night.

There will also be live singing at Cadero Park and a tent at Harbour Green Park with live music and a bar (with both non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks). Unique to this event, there'll be storytellers as well, near the Komagata Maru memorial.

Bright Nights

Yes, the Bright Nights Christmas train has sold out, but that's not the only activity at this longtime Stanley Park event. The free family-friendly festival around it is still open to the public, with a vintage firetruck, live entertainment, and, of course, lots of lights.

It'll be open daily (except on Dec. 25) until Jan. 1. Each night runs to 10 p.m.

PNE Winterfest

The Winterfest is returning for its second year this season, with several dates leading up to Christmas. Along with the WinterLights display, there will be live performances like the Nutcracker on Ice and the Magic of Santa musical, a holiday ride on the PNE Express Train, and the Sparkle in the Night light show.

For another $7 each there are ice bumper cars and ice skating (not at the same time).

The festive winter event will run on Dec. 8 and Dec. 9, and Dec. 14 through Dec. 23 in the evenings from 4 to 10 p.m.

Entrance : Adults (19-64): $25, Children (4-12): $12, Youth (13-18) and Seniors (65+): $19

VanDusen Festival of Lights

Over 1 million lights twinkle each night at Vancouver's VanDusen Gardens. The botanical wonderland is back with 15 acres of glowing displays among its famed gardens.

It's running until Jan. 7.

Entrance : Adults (19-64): $26.88, Children (5-12): $12.32, Garden members, Youth (13-18) and Seniors (65+): $18.48

Granville Island

It's not the largest display, but Granville Island has set up some lights around the popular tourist destination, including the ever-popular star behind the market, perfect for posing with if you want the False Creek backdrop. There's also a lit-up alley and other displays.

Sleigh the Days in South Granville

The South Granville BIA is getting in the mix with events at (though not restricted to) Granville Street and West 14th Avenue (a section of the intersection is now a street plaza).

A new Christmas tree will be lit up on Dec. 1, with celebrations kicking off at 6 p.m. and running to 9 p.m. There will be live music, and free (for the first 200 people) cocoa and brownies.

Shops in the area are also joining in with displays, and live music will be popping up throughout December, along with other festive happenings, like mistletoe kissing stations.

Non-Christmas light displays

Gingerbread lane.

The 31st annual Gingerbread Lane is returning to the Hyatt Regency in downtown Vancouver (655 Burrard St.) to show off structural food from professional and amateur bakers.

Running from Dec. 1 to 29 the sweet tradition (though there's no chewing on the displays) is a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Fleur de VIlles Noel Christmas trail

This trail of holiday cheer will feature festive floral displays set up around the city's downtown.

It's a self-guided tour with stops to see a flowery Grinch, Princess Elsa from Frozen in floral designs, and a "high-fashion Whoveill Installation." There are also a couple of cafes participating this year, with Narnia-themed displays, and a pop-up floral market on Dec. 10 and 17.

Given the temporary nature of flowers, the displays will be up from Dec. 8 through to Dec. 17

The Festival of Trees

If trees are your thing, the Hotel Vancouver will be a spot to check out. More than 30 uniquely decorated trees are lining the hotel's lobby as part of a fundraiser for the BC Children's Hospital Foundation.

Running until Jan. 1, this year's event is raising money to go towards cancer research in B.C.

Across Metro Vancouver

Canyon lights.

The Capilano Suspension Bridge and surrounding forest are lit up again this year in spectacular fashion until Jan. 21. With the bridge, forest, and cliff walk all included, it's a unique Vancouver experience.

It runs until Jan. 21, 2024, with open daily (except Dec. 25) from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets need to be ordered in advance and a specific time chosen. Given that parking is limited, there's a free shuttle from downtown Vancouver as an alternative.

Entrance: Adults (18-64): $66.95, Children (6-12): $26.95, Youth (13-17): $36.95, Students (18+ with ID): 53.95, Seniors (65+): $61.59

Lights at Lafarge

The biggest free Christmas light display in the region, the Lights at Lafarge in Coquitlam's Lafarge Lake (1263 Pinetree Way) has returned and will be running until the end of February 2024.

The 1.2 km walk will take people through a light tunnel along with new and old displays.

Heritage Christmas Village

The 10-acre Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake Ave.) has gotten all dressed up for the holiday season with plenty of lights along with traditional decorations, it can look more like a film set than a museum

It's open daily (except Mondays) starting at 1 p.m. and closing at 5:30 p.m., except on weekends (Saturday and Sundays) when it's open until 9 p.m. Starting Dec. 19 until Jan. 5 (when it closes up) it's open until 9 p.m. each night (except for the aforementioned Monday closures).

Bright Walk in White Rock

Metro Vancouver's southernmost seaside town will be getting lit up on Dec. 2. White Rock's Bright Walk returns with a tree-lighting ceremony as Memorial Park (which is right next to the beach and city museum at 15300 Marine Dr.) turns into a festive wonderland.

The kick-off will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 2, while the lights will shine bright on the seashore until Jan. 7.

Forest of Miracles

West Vancouver's waterfront will be lit up with over 150 trees, each decorated by locals, this winter. The walk from Ambleside to Dundarve beaches 

Open 24/7 for anyone to amble by, the trees will be up from Dec. 2 until Jan. 7. On Saturdays Dundarve will be hosting mini-festivals nearby .

Light Up The Holiday/Hi-Light Festival

The annual event at North Vancouver's Park and Tilford Gardens (333 Brooksbank Ave.) kicks off on Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. with 50,000 lights lighting up the greenery for the month of December.

Christmas in Williams Park

It's a bit further out there, but Christmas in Williams Park will be sure to delight those looking for lights in the forest, but the display in Williams Park at the end of 238 Street is one of the few drive-through displays in the area (though it may be in its last year ).

The volunteer-run trail of holiday wonder opens up on Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. and runs nightly until 9 p.m. on Dec. 17.

Glow Langley

The annual holiday display at the Glow Gardens (6690 216 St, Langley) offers a Christmas carnival theme this year, with mini-games, a craft corner, and a maker's market.

Along with a magical display for the eyes, there will be live music for the ears and food trucks for the tastebuds (and covered areas with heaters so you won't go numb).

"All the attractions as well as convenient parking, come included with your ticket," note organizers.

Entrance: Adults (13-64): $23.99, Children (4-12): $18.59, Seniors (65+): $18.59, Family (2 adults and 3 children or seniors): $79.50

The Peak of Christmas

Tucked away atop Grouse Mountain, there are Christmas lights, a skating pond, Santa in his workshop and more. The schedule is rather complex, so it's best to view it here.

Entrance:  It's accessible via a few different passes. Mountain admission tickets are: Adults (19-64) $75, Senior (65+) $65, Youth (13-18) $55, Child (5-12) $39. For families (two adults and two children) $89 specials are available.

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25 Places to Enjoy Christmas Lights Around Vancouver in 2022

by Taryn Eyton in Events , Town on November 21, 2022

Lights at Lafarge in Coquitlam

Lights at Lafarge in Coquitlam. Photo: Tourism Coquitlam

Celebrate the season with thousands of twinkling lights. Check out 25 places to enjoy outdoor Christmas lights around Vancouver in 2022.

Christmas at Canada Place

Enjoy a free outdoor holiday experience at Canada Place. The iconic sails will be lit up in a holiday light display. Stroll down the Avenue of Christmas Trees and enjoy the light displays including the 15-foot-tall Chrismoose. The historic Woodward’s Windows holiday scenes will also be on display.

Location: 999 Canada Place, Vancouver

Dates: December 2, 2022 to January 2, 2023

Admission: Free

More Info: Christmas at Canada Place

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Bright Nights in Stanley Park

With the beloved train closed for repairs, Bright Nights looks a bit different this year. You can still enjoy brightly lit holiday displays and food vendors. The event is a fundraiser for the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund.

Location: Stanley Park, 690 Pipeline Road, Vancouver

Dates: December 1, 2022 to January 1, 2023

Admission: By donation.

More Info: Bright Nights

VanDusen Festival of Lights

This botanical garden gets decked out in over one million twinkling lights to celebrate the season. Enjoy holiday music and themed areas.

Location : VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver

Dates : November 25, 2022 to January 2, 2023

Admission: $11-$21 per person depending on age. Book online in advance.

More Info: VanDusen Festival of Lights

Christmas lights at VanDusen Gardens in Vancouver

VanDusen Botanical Garden with Christmas lights. Photo: Gardens BC/Daniel Mosquin

Granville Island Holiday Lights

Wander through the streets of Granville Island to enjoy twinkling holiday lights. Buildings throughout the island will be decked out for the season. Head to the Public Market Courtyard to spot a giant star or explore hidden alleyways to discover canopies of lights overhead.

Location: 1661 Duranleau Street, Granville Island, Vancouver

Dates: November 12, 2022 to January 3, 2023

More Info: Granville Island

Lights of Hope at St. Paul’s Hospital

Since 1998, St. Paul’s Hospital has lit up every holiday season with a gorgeous Christmas light display you can walk or drive past. It uses over 10 kilometres of lights! The event raises money for the St. Paul’s Foundation. You can also support the hospital by buying a limited edition Hope at Home star to decorate your home.

Location: 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Dates: November 17, 2022 to early January

Watch Online and More Info: Lights of Hope

PNE Winter Fair

This holiday season the PNE grounds have been transformed into a winter wonderland. The winter fair includes concerts, skating, food, and an incredible walk-through Winter Lights display.

Location: Pacific Coliseum, 100 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver

Dates: December 14 to December 23, 2022

Admission: $12-17 per person depending on age and whether you purchase online in advance or at the gate.

More Info: PNE Winter Fair

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Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Stroll across the world-famous Capilano Suspension Bridge as it is lit up with a multi-colour display of lights. Don’t miss the “Arc de Lumina” light tunnel wrapped around part of the Cliffwalk. There will also be live music.

Location: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver

Dates: November 19, 2022 to January 22, 2023

Admission: $24.95-$62.95 per person depending on age. Book online.

More Info: Capilano Suspension Bridge

Cliffwalk at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Canyon Lights. Photo: Capilano Suspension Bridge

Light Walk at Grouse Mountain

Walk through a glowing light tunnel into the snowy forest illuminated with sparkling lights. Listen to the crunch of snow underfoot as you stroll around Blue Grouse Lake. Glowing strings of lights brighten your path.

Location: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver

Dates: November 12, 2022 to early January

Admission: The Light Walk is included in your Mountain Admission Ticket, which costs $36-$69 per person depending on age.

More Info: Grouse Mountain

Light Walk at Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain Light Walk. Photo: Destination Vancouver/Kindred & Scout

Dundarave Festival of Lights

Wander through a forest of decorated Christmas trees at three different locations in West Vancouver’s Dundarave waterfront neighbourhood. On Saturdays, enjoy live music.

Locations:  Dundarave Beach Park at 25th Street and Bellevue Avenue, Millenium Park at 15th Street and Bellevue Avenue, and Grosvenor Ambleside Galleria at 13th Street and Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver

Dates: December 3, 2022 to early January 2023

More Info: Dundarave Festival

Lights to the Lodge at Cypress Mountain

Lights to the Lodge offers a safe and easy one-kilometre snowshoe trek to the historic Hollyburn Lodge along a self-guided trail through the enchanting old-growth forest. The trail is lit with LED lights strung sustainably through the ancient cedar, fir, and hemlock trees.

Location: Cypress Mountain Nordic Ski Area, 5000 Cypress Bowl Road, West Vancouver

Dates: TBA (Likely early December until February.)

Admission: TBA.

More Info: Lights to the Lodge

Winter Wonderland at McArthur Glen

Richmond’s McArthur Glen Designer Outlets are decked out for the holidays. Wander the outdoor paths between stores to discover all kinds of festive decorations including nutcrackers, a giant walk-through ornament, and a 52-foot-tall Christmas tree. Enjoy live music on weekends.

Location: 1000-7899 Templeton Station Road, Richmond

Dates: November 16, 2022 to early January 2023

More Info: McArthur Glen

Winter in the Village in Steveston

Richmond’s charming waterfront neighbourhood of Steveston is decorated for the season. Local businesses, heritage buildings, and even boats will be illuminated in twinkling lights. See them all on a self-guided tour.

Location: Steveston, Richmond

Dates: December 1 to December 31, 2022

More Info: Winter in the Village

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum

Enjoy festive lights and traditional Christmas decorations at Burnaby Village Museum. Wander through the historic village while you listen to live music or challenge yourself with a fun scavenger hunt.

Location: 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby

Dates: November 26, 2022 to  January 2, 2023

More Info: Burnaby Village Museum

Burnaby Holiday Light Displays

The City of Burnaby celebrates the holidays with over 20 different light displays spread across nearly every neighbourhood.

Location: Across Burnaby. Use their interactive map to find them all.

Dates: November 20, 2022 until January 2, 2023

More Info: Burnaby Holiday Lights

Lights at Lafarge

Take a walk around Lafarge Lake at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park to enjoy dazzling light displays, billed as Metro Vancouver’s largest.

Location: Lafarge Lake in Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

Dates: November 26, 2022 to early January 2023

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Lights at Lafarge in Coquitlam

Lights at Lafarge. Photo: Tourism Coquitlam

Lumagica Surrey

Wander through a one-kilometere-long illuminated walk that takes you through a light tunnel, past Gingerbread Lane, and to the magic of North Pole Village. The exhibit includes interactive displays, animation, and lots of photo ops.

Location: 17607-17905 62 Avenue, Surrey

Dates: November 25, 2022 to December 30, 2022

Admission: $12-22 per person depending on age and day of the week. Book online.

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Winterfest at the Bear Creek Train

Enjoy a ride on the Bear Creek Train as it glides past a beautiful display of Christmas lights. Day-time visitors can enjoy a visit with Santa and a take-home activity bag.

Location: 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey

Dates: December 1 to 31, 2022.

Admission: $12.60 per person. Book online.

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Potter’s Christmas Store

With over 28,000 square feet of space, Potter’s Nursery in Surrey is home to Western Canada’s largest Christmas store. The entire space is covered in Christmas decorations and lights including the “Dark Room” illuminated by themed Christmas lanterns.

Location: 19158 48th Avenue, Surrey

Dates: September 2022 to early January 2023

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White Rock Lights

Take a stroll along the waterfront promenade and pier or drive along Marine Drive to enjoy White Rock’s twinkling Christmas light displays.

Location: Marine Drive, White Rock

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Glow Gardens Langley

This walk-through experience lets you enjoy light gardens and magical landscapes. The theme for 2022 is “The Jolly Jumble”. The route takes you through an illuminated wonderland.

Location: 6690 216th Street, Langley

Dates: November 23 to December 31, 2022.

Admission: $14.99-$19.99 per person depending on age. Book online.

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Christmas in Williams Park

This free community event has been running for over 30 years. Drive through the magical light displays to experience decorated Christmas trees, familiar characters, and thousands of sparkling lights.

Location: Williams Park, 6595 238 Street, Langley

Dates: November 25 to December 18, 2022

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Glow Maple Ridge

Head to Memorial Peace Park in Maple Ridge to experience illuminated trees, a light tunnel, giant ornaments, a glowing bandstand, and more. Enjoy live music most nights.

Location: Memorial Peace Park, 22407 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge

Dates: November 26, 2022 to January 6, 2023

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Lights by the Lake at Harrison Hot Springs

Wander along the shore of Harrison Lake to enjoy the glow of holiday lights and charming window paintings.

Location: Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs

Dates: November 19, 2022 to January 8, 2023

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Lights by the Lake in Harrison Hot Springs

Lights by the Lake. Photo: Tourism Harrison

Vallea Lumina

Experience a multi-media light walk through the snowy forest near Whistler. It’s an interactive experience where you’ll be sworn in as a deputy ranger, then look for clues as you set out through the illuminated trees.

Location: Sixteen Mile Creek Forest Service Road, Whistler

Dates: November 17, 2022 until April 2023

Admission: $29.99-$34.99 per person, depending on age. Book online.

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Vallea Lumina in Whistler

Vallea Lumina in Whistler. Photo: Destination BC/@viranlly

Explore Local Neighbourhoods

Take a walk or drive through Vancouver neighbourhoods to discover how locals are celebrating. You’re sure to discover whimsical displays and plenty of bright lights.

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6 Places to See Christmas Lights in Vancouver

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Christmas in Vancouver is the season for decking the boughs, and everything else, with millions of twinkling lights. Vancouver attractions and neighborhoods light up the holidays with incredible displays that are wonderful fun for all ages. The best Vancouver Christmas light displays include the immensely popular Festival of Lights at the VanDusen Botanical Garden and Bright Nights in Stanley Park, but there are free light displays , too.

Many of the holiday light events around Vancouver are canceled or scaled back in 2020. Be sure to check for the most up-to-date information from event organizers.

Robson Square Christmas Tree Lighting

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The lights will be turned on the four Christmas trees, one of which is 76 feet tall, at the Vancouver Art Gallery at Robson Square on November 27, 2020, at 6 p.m. This free family-friendly event typically features live entertainment and music, free cookies, and hot chocolate, with Santa and his elves making an appearance. However, the 2020 event is completely virtual, and families can tune in to watch from home.

The trees stay lit throughout the winter holidays until January 4, 2021.

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is open to visitors in December 2020, but Canyon Lights is canceled.

Want a touch of adventure with your Christmas lights? Capilano Suspension Bridge Park celebrates the winter holidays by decking out its major, adrenaline-pumping attractions, including the Capilano Suspension Bridge and CLIFF WALK, with zillions of sparkling holiday lights. It's closed on Christmas Day .

Bright Nights at Stanley Park

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Stanley Park is open to visitors in December 2020, but the Bright Nights event is canceled.

One of the best Vancouver Christmas lights displays for kids, Bright Nights is also one of the top Vancouver holiday attractions . Every December, Stanley Park's famous miniature train transforms into the Christmas train and takes riders on a journey through a magical forest full of twinkling lights and fantastic Christmas displays. Along with the train ride, Bright Nights includes a chance to visit Santa and see the Parade of Trees. Bright Nights is closed on Christmas Day.

Festival of Lights at Vandusen Botanical Garden

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The Vandusen Botanical Garden is open in December 2020, but the Festival of Lights is canceled.

Arguably the most famous display of Vancouver Christmas lights, the incredibly dense and elaborate Festival of Lights transforms the gorgeous VanDusen Botanical Garden into a winter wonderland. It's not hyperbolic to say that the Festival of Lights goes all out, with festive decor everywhere you turn, from a dancing lights show to candy cane trees, gingerbread walks, and Santa's workshop, among many more displays. The botanical garden is closed on Christmas Day.

Lights at Lafarge in Coquitlam

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Lights at Lafarge is canceled in 2020.

The town of Coquitlam's Lights at Lafarge event is one of the biggest free holiday light displays in the Lower Mainland. At Lafarge Lake, located about 18 miles (30 kilometers) east of downtown Vancouver, visitors can tour 100,000 twinkling lights at this magical outdoor display.

The kick-off event includes live entertainment and dazzling light displays that encircle the nearly mile-long loop around Lafarge Lake. ​​

Hop on SkyTrain's Evergreen Extension to reach the lights easily; just get off at the Lafarge Lake-Douglas Sky Train Station, which is the end of the line. From Downtown Vancouver, it takes about an hour on the SkyTrain to reach Coquitlam, or 30 minutes by car.

Vancouver Parade of Carol Ships

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All Carol Ship excursions have been canceled in 2020.

One of the most uniquely Vancouver Christmas lights displays takes place on the water (naturally). Carol Ships, decked out with elaborate Christmas lights, parade through Vancouver's waterways in nightly processions. The Carol Ship Parade of Lights is the main festive procession and is held in the waters around downtown Vancouver, running every Friday and Saturday during the month of December. 

Going aboard the Carol Ships costs money (many of them are sightseeing or dinner cruises), but it's free to watch the spectacle at any of the shoreside Carol Ship events, including Carol Ship watching and bonfires in North Burnaby and West Vancouver's Dundarave Park.

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Where to see the best Vancouver Christmas lights, displays, events and markets

Best Vancouver Christmas Lights and Events

Experience the excitement of the season with the best Vancouver Christmas lights, displays, events and markets.

This useful winter family-fun 2023 Best Christmas lights and Holiday Events Guide for Vancouver will help you make the most of the festive season.

There are many festive events, self-guided holiday light tours and fantastic Christmas light displays throughout Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Squamish and Whistler area.

The 2023 holiday season will be magical. The best news is the beloved Stanley Park train is back for the Bright Nights event!.

Be sure to look for early bird discount codes off the purchase of tickets to various events noted below.

Vancouver Christmas Lights

Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and the Sea-to-Sky region make the perfect winter holiday destination with lots of fun festive activities for all ages. Experience the dazzling light displays throughout the area keeping any public health order restrictions in mind.

Always dress for the weather to make your experience warm and cozy. It can be chilly, icy and wet. Good waterproof footwear, such as boots, should be worn along with winter gloves, hats, scarves and coats.

New this year at the PNE Winter Lights is the PNE Express Train through mesmerizing light tunnels that mimic the dazzling Northern Lights and passes by fantastical displays. Don’t miss the Nutcracker on Ice at the Pacific Coliseum, blending ballet and ice skating in a magical winter wonderland with captivating choreography and stunning costumes. Look for Squamish at Dusk, a brand new art lights experience at Rose Park.

Please leave your pets at home, as most attractions do not allow animals.

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Here are some of the best offerings for winter fun in the Vancouver area. Check back here often for changes and watch for more Christmas lights and holiday events as announcements are made.

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2023 Vancouver Christmas Lights and Events

Take a drive or walk through the streets of downtown Vancouver to find all the beautiful Christmas light displays.

Best Vancouver Christmas lights on display in downtown Vancouver. Photo: Melanie Lomond

Best Vancouver Christmas lights on display in downtown Vancouver. Photo: Melanie Lomond

Lumière – November 2-6, 2023

Lumière is an incredible series of interactive light displays at several locations in Vancouver. This is the 10th year the event will provide Vancouver with an exceptional visual experience to brighten the the dark nights of the season. Most displays are best viewed after sunset.

One location, Lot 19 at 855 W Hastings Street features “Dreamscape”, a collection of several immersive installations and a workshop.

  • Club Cloud by Laryssa Gervan is where colour-changing clouds rain prisms.
  • Shadow Puppet Productions’ Iridescent Dreams brings the magic of playing with giant bubbles to life.
  • Artist Nickie Lewis’ Lux Dragon is a gentle glowing 15 foot long beast composed entirely from biodegradable and natural materials.
  • Tubspace is a creation of chandelier adorned with shining crystal faces.
  • Fairy Lantern Workshop.
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Lights of Hope St. Paul’s Hospital – November 23 – January 5, 2024

Don’t miss the spectacular 26th annual Lights of Hope display in front of St. Paul’s Hospital.  Enjoy it as you walk or drive by. The light display starts November 23, 2022.

Come enjoy the first night lighting event on November 23 from 6-8 p.m. There will be free hot chocolate, a choir, fireworks and Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Donations can be made onsite or online to support Providence Health Care hospitals. You can even buy your own star to display at home .

Location: 1081 Burrard S treet, Vancouver.

Lights of Hope at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver. Courtesy Photo

Lights of Hope at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. Courtesy Photo

Liven Up Coal Harbour – December 1-31, 2023

A free new Christmas event this year is a month-long family-friendly activation that will see lighting installations, artists, musicians, and storytellers animate this spectacular walk from Canada Place to Cardero Park near the Westin Bayshore.

Larger lighting installations will be located at key points along the route with suspended lighting to find your way. Performance areas will be activated on Friday and Saturday evenings in December from 5-10 p.m. with musicians, artists, fire performers, and storytellers.

The Harbour Green Park Stage will be the hub of the site with a warm and cozy covered area featuring a live music stage and bar offering delectable alcoholic and non-alcoholic hot drinks.

Vancouver Christmas Market – November 16 – December 24, 2023

Activities: Vancouver’s beloved Christmas Market is back with all the festive fun, great gift ideas, festive foods and drinks. There are over 90 European and local artisan stalls to enjoy. Ride the magical Carousel. Get into the holiday spirit with holiday entertainment. There are lots of gourmet treats along the Gourmetstrasse.

Lantern Parade – November 29, 2023 at 5 pm

New this year, is the Lantern Parade the around the Vancouver Convention Center. The parade celebrates St. Martin, a German tradition carried out since the 19th century. Registration is a must. Children 0-17 years of age will receive free admission to the market and apple cider. Participants can purchase a lantern at the market for $5.

Christmas Market Tickets: Book tickets in advance. Watch for the pre-season launch sale. Hours: November 16-30 : Monday to Thursday: 4:00 pm to 9:30 pm, Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. Sunday: 11:00 am to 9:30 pm. December 1-23 : Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm., Sunday to Thursday: 11:00 am to 9:30 pm. December 24 : Sunday: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Location: Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver.

Vancouver Christmas Market is one of the best places to visit in Metro Vancouver

Vancouver Christmas Market is one of the best places to visit in Metro Vancouver during the festive season. Photo: Desiree Carr©

Wizard of Oz – November 3-12, 2023

Wizard of Oz , the classic L. Frank Baum novel is brought to life through the adaptation by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Many of the classic moments and songs from the 1939 film will be featured. Follow Dorothy on her adventures down the yellow brick road to the magical land of Oz, after a tornado takes her from her Kansas farm. Along the way, Dorothy meets many interesting characters including scarecrows, bad and good witches and talking scarecrows in her quest to return home. Tickets are $18 and up. Buy tickets . Location: Granville Island Stage, 1585 Johnston St., Vancouver, BC

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas – November 14-18, 2023

This musical performance of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a beloved holiday favouite. See this classic tale about the mean Mr. Grinch’s determination to ruin Christmas in Whoville. Buy tickets to the Grinch.

James Schultz as THE GRINCH and W. Scott Stewart as Old Max in the Touring Company of Dr. Seuss’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! The Musical. Photo Jeremy Daniel

James Schultz as THE GRINCH and W. Scott Stewart as Old Max in the Touring Company of Dr. Seuss’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! The Musical. Photo Jeremy Daniel

PNE Winter Lights Fair and Holiday Market- December 8-9, 14-23, 2023

In our opinion, this event ranks as one of the best light shows on the Lower Mainland.

New this year is the PNE Express Train through mesmerizing light tunnels that mimic the dazzling Northern Lights and passes by fantastical displays. Don’t miss the Nutcracker on Ice at the Pacific Coliseum, blending ballet and ice skating in a magical winter wonderland with captivating choreography and stunning costumes.

Activities: There is a magical walk-through lights display, nightly tree lighting ceremony of the 50-foot tree, holiday-themed ice skating and Ice Bumper Cars in the Agrodome featuring live music, family-friendly holiday theatre shows, the Magic of Santa Holiday Musical and group performances, carollers, a Christmas edition of Duelling Pianos, an outdoor marketplace, tasty food and beverages.

The walk-through light display takes you through enchanted lands to see winter creatures, experience Northern Lights in light tunnels, Polar North and Candy Cane Lane.

Admission: 4 TICKETS TO THE PNE WINTER FAIR FOR ONLY $60 . Use code: LEADER Buy online and save – Online: $12-$25. At the Gate: $15-$30. Concert tickets range from $39.00 – $69.00 and do not include admission. Buy tickets now.

Hours: The Winter Fair 4 pm-10 pm, December 8-9, 14-23, 2023. Location: Hastings Park, 2901 E Hastings St , Vancouver. Phone: 604-253–2311 Email: [email protected] Website: https://www.pne.ca/winter/

One of the best Vancouver holiday lights display is at the PNE Winter Lights Fair. Photo: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

One of the best Vancouver holiday lights display is at the PNE Winter Lights Fair. Photo: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Tinseltown – Christmas Pop Up Bar – for adults only, November 22 – December 31, 2023

Activities: Tinseltown is decorated in everything Christmas to get into the full festive spirit. There will be everything Christmas: Christmas music, Christmas drinks and Christmas food. This year, some dates will have family friendly sessions available that will be mocktails and alcohol free, Tickets: Book tickets here . Hours: Various time slots Location: 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver.

Trinity Street Lights – Drive-by Christmas Lights

The Trinity Street Light Festival has been a tradition for more than 20 years.

The Trinity Street neighbourhood continue to make spirits bright along six blocks, from 2400 to 2900 Trinity Street, in East Vancouver.

Winter Solstice Light Festival – December 21, 2023

The 30th Winter Solstice Light Festival takes place in four Vancouver neighbourhoods, Granville Island, Strathcona, Yaletown and East Van.

Experience the Labyrinth of Light on the darkest night of the year. A self-guided ceremony with over 600 pure beeswax candles. The ritual is intended to help release old attachments and envision new possibilities.

Elf: The Musical – November 2 – December 31, 2023

Follow this classic Christmas story of Buddy the Elf as he travels from New York City to the North Pole and his adventures to win his new found family over.

Location: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

VanDusen Festival of Lights – November 24 to January 3, 2024

Vancouver’s VanDusen Festival of Lights features more than one million shimmering lights in the 15 acres of botanical gardens.

Activities: The 45-minute experience follows along pathways through a magical wonderland with themed areas. Enjoy holiday music, dancing lights show and tasty treats are offered for purchase.

Stop at the Scottish Shelter to light a candle and donate to Make-A-Wish Foundation, the garden’s charity. The goal this year is to raise $55,000.

There are 10 food vendors offering a selection of foods. We could not leave without trying a chocolate fondue, while we warmed ourselves around one of the fire pits. Tickets: Tickets must be booked online . There are no tickets available at the gate. The event happens rain or shine and there are no refunds. Location: 5251 Oak St at West 37th Avenue, Vancouver.

VanDusen Festival of Lights has more than one million dazzling holiday lights on display. Photo: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

VanDusen Festival of Lights has more than one million dazzling holiday lights on display. Photo: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Vandusen Festival of Lights is one of the best holiday lights displays in Vancouver. Photo: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Vandusen Festival of Lights is one of the best holiday lights displays in Vancouver. Photo: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Bright Nights Stanley Park – November 30 – January 1, 2024

Activities: There will be an antique fire truck, giant red reindeer, Santa’s Workshop, entertainment and a sparkling tunnel of lights in the plaza.

Food vendors will offer a great selection of comfort food like churros, pretzels, popcorn and hot chocolate.

Admission is by donation. All proceeds benefit the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. Tickets: There are capacity restrictions. Advance online ticket sales only. Only ticket holders will be allowed at the attraction. Arrive 30 minutes in advance at the entrance. Latecomers will not be allowed.

Tickets must be purchased online in advance. Check for times, hours and ticketing for Bright Nights . This event is closed on December 25.

Location: Use the West Georgia Street park entrance and go to Pipeline Road in Stanley Park. Parking is free after 3pm in the main lot across the street.

Holiday Splash at The Vancouver Aquarium – November 12 – January 2, 2024

Activities: The Holiday Splash at the Vancouver Aquarium includes twice-daily dives by Scuba Claus until December 24 and the holiday favourite, THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 4D Experience® Holiday treats are available for purchase. Admission: Book your tickets in advance. Location: 845 Avison Way, Vancouver

Granville Island Festive Christmas and Holiday Lights

Activities: Wander through the fresh air of almost 40 acres of Granville Island to see the light displays. Takeout hot drinks and treats available and other food options with patios. Admission: There is no admission. Hours: Starts November 11, 2023, from sunset to 10 pm. daily. Closed: All businesses including Granville Island Market are closed on December 25 and 26, 2023, but lights will be on. Location: 1661 Duranleau St.

Granville Island free light displays in Vancouver. Photo: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Granville Island free light displays in Vancouver. Photo: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Christmas at Canada Place – December 1 – January 2, 2024

Activities: Stroll the outdoor promenade to see the beautiful historic Woodward’s Windows and Avenue of Christmas Trees, the holiday-themed Sails of Light display, Canada’s North light display, “Chrismoose,” the 15-foot tall moose light sculpture and more! Admission: Free Hours: Daily from 8 am-11 pm. Location: Canadian Trail (west promenade) 999 Canada Place, Vancouver Website: Canada Place

The Gingerbread Men – A holiday Cabaret – December 1 – 17, 2023

A classic cabaret, The Gingerbread Men present classic holiday songs, and harmonies. The charming quartet spice up the performance with witty banter and nostalgia.

Location: Newmont Stage, BMO Theatre Centre

Hyatt Gingerbread Lane – December 1-29, 2023

This wonderful holiday tradition is back to celebrate its 31st year! Come down to the Hyatt Regency in downtown Vancouver and see the wonderful gingerbread creations. The aroma of gingerbread fills the lobby of the hotel. You won’t be disappointed and its a free event.

Patrick Gosselin, General Manager, states “It is an honour for us to host to the 31st Gingerbread Lane and support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We firmly believe in the power of making dreams come true for children who need it the most with local community members”

Gingerbread Lane at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver

Festival of Trees Fairmont Vancouver Hotel – November 23 – January 1, 2024

Activities: The Festival of Trees is celebrating it 30th year. The lobby of the Fairmont Vancouver Hotel is transformed into a beautiful Festival of Trees to raise funds for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. This year there are 30 stunning tree displays, each sponsored by a local organization, business or individual. Make a donation and vote for your favourite. Location: Fairmont Vancouver Hotel, 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

Soar Like Santa at Fly Over Canada – November 16 – December 31, 2023

Activities: Soar with Santa on a magical Christmas journey across Canada and up to the North Pole. Admission: Buy tickets online and save. Ticket prices vary by day but start from: Adults: $28 Children: $18 up to age 12 and at least 102 cm / 40 inches tall. Hours: November 16 – December 31, 2023. Location: 999 Canada Place, Vancouver

East Van Panto: Beauty and the Beast – November 22, 2023 – January 07, 2024

East Van Panto has become a holiday favourite. Belle takes the audience on a hilarious adventure through East Van neighbourhoods. Bell meets the Beast in an enchanted specialty grocery store where she is imprisoned.

The performances will be at the York Theatre and offered online. Buy tickets here .

Disney on Ice – Frozen and Encanto November 22 – 26, 2023

Disney magic comes to the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver this fall with the beloved characters from Frozen and Encanto. Hosted my Mickey and Minnie follow the adventures of Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven. Then visit the enchanted Madrigal family’s home in Colombia where Mirabel is on a crusade to save her sisters, Luisa and Isabela.

The pre-show Character Experience add on provides interactive time with Elsa and Mirabel. photo opportunities, crafts, and more. Find tickets .

Disney on Ice - Frozen and Encanto will be a popular November Event in Vancouver. Courtesy Photo.

Disney on Ice – Frozen and Encanto will be a popular November Event in Vancouver. Courtesy Photo.

The Nutcracker Ballet – December 9-17, 2023

The Nutcracker ballet is an annual classic holiday favourite. This festive season Vancouver has two different ballet companies offering the story of Clara’s dream, her Nutcracker Prince, Sugar Plum Fairy, dancing mice, a pudding-stealing bear, toy soldiers and other characters danced to Tchaikovsky musical composition.

Royal Winnipeg Ballet – The Nutcracker – December 7-10, 2023

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet comes to the Vancouver’s Ballet BC stage at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre with their Canadian version of the Nutcracker. Get tickets here .

Goh Ballet – The Nutcracker – December 14-17, 2023

Vancouver’s Goh Ballet presents their annual retelling of the Nutcracker. Goh Ballet brings together the best local talent and Principal Dancers from world renowned professional companies to the stage at Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Come see more than 200 dancers, actors, and gymnasts as they follow the journey of Clara’s adventures from the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets. The Vancouver Opera Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky’s ballet score. Buy tickets here .

Snow White – November 29 – December 31, 2023

Be enchanted by the charming presentation of the classic fairytale, Snow White . The Carousel Theatre for Young People presents playwright Greg Banks’ funny reinterpretation of the original Grimms’ Fairy Tale . This delightful musical is presented by just two actors. The performance takes place at Granville Island’s Waterfront Theatre located at 1412 Cartwright Street, Vancouver.

Christmas with Chor Leoni – December 15, 16 and 18, 2023

Chor Leoni is a treasured holiday favourite, set to a backdrop of soaring architecture and stunning lighting design in Andrew’s-Wesley United Church. Enjoy its seasonal celebration of holiday classics and harmonies along with the world premiere of A Midnight Clear from Vancouver composer and violinist Cameron Wilson.

Dates: December 15 at 7:30 pm, December 16 at 11 am, 2 pm and 5 pm, and December 18 at 5 pm and 8 pm. Tickets range in price from $20-$75, plus taxes.

Location: St. Andrew’s-Wesley United, 1022 Nelson Street, Vancouver.

Burnaby Christmas Lights and Events

The City of Burnaby has an impressive collection of 26 holiday displays . The largest of the displays are listed below. Most of the lights will be up from November 24 until January 20, 2024

Willingdon Linear Park

Take a stroll in Willingdon Linear Park, one of Burnaby’s newest parks to see shimmering festive lights. The park is located between Brentwood Town Centre and Hastings Street.

Hastings Street Trees

Travel along Hastings Street to see more than 200 trees adorned with an impressive display of gleaming lights from Boundary Road to Gamma. There are lots of great shops, bakeries and restaurants along this strip.

Burnaby City Hall

The main building of Burnaby City Hall is magically lit for the holiday season with an array of draping icicle lights, decorated trees and banners. The Burnaby’s City Hall is located at 4949 Canada Way.

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum – November 25 – January 3, 2024

Activities:  Walk through the 1920s village adorned with dazzling lights and vintage-themed displays. Take a ride on the vintage carousel. Mai’s Cafe is open for treats or a meal.  See a map of the village.

Admission: Gate admission is free. Carousel rides are $2.52. Check the official website for hours of operation. Location: 6501 Deer Lake Ave nue, Burnaby just off Canada Way.

Bright in Burnaby

The official launch of Heritage Christmas takes place December 2 from 5-9 pm, with a tree lighting ceremony at 6 pm. Proceeds from carousel rides on this night will go to the Burnaby Christmas Bureau with Concord Pacific matching the donations.

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum is one of the best free Christmas lights displays. Photo: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum is one of the best free Christmas lights displays. Photo: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum is one of the best free Christmas lights displays. Photo: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

North Vancouver Christmas Lights and Events

Canyon lights at capilano suspension bridge – november 17, 2023 – january 21, 2024.

Activities: Journey through a magical festive light display in a rainforest high above the Capilano River Canyon. Cross the glowing suspension bridge, walk along the Cliffwalk and through the “Arc de Lumina” light tunnel. The world’s eighth tallest Christmas tree is found at the Treetops Adventure.

Hours: 11 am – 9 pm daily November 17, 2023 – January 21, 2024. Closed on Christmas Day.

Location: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver. Free shuttle is available from Canada Place.

Some of the best Vancouver Christmas lights can be found at Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Some of the best Vancouver Christmas lights can be found at Capilano Suspension Bridge, North Vancouver. Courtesy photo.

One of the many Metro Vancouver Christmas Events - Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver.

One of the many Metro Vancouver Christmas Events – Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver, the Arc de Lumina on the Cliffwalk. Courtesy photo.

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge. Take a walk on the u-shaped bridge one of the best Vancouver holiday events

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge. Take a walk on the u-shaped bridge one of the best Vancouver holiday events. Courtesy photo.

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge one of the best Christmas lights displays in Vancouver

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge one of the best Christmas lights displays in Vancouver

Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain – November 24 – December 25, 2023

Activities: Visit Santa’s Workshop and his reindeer. Write letters to Santa. Go to Elf Headquarters. Make Christmas crafts. Marvel at the magical winter wonderland of brilliant light installations. Ice skate on a mountaintop pond. Take a sparkling Light Walk through the snow surrounded by firs around Blue Grouse Lake. Go through a tunnel of light. Watch a Christmas movie at the Theatre in the Sky.

Santa's Workshop at the Peak of Christmas Grouse Mountain

Santa’s Workshop at the Peak of Christmas Grouse Mountain. Courtesy photo.

Snow pathways can be slippery. Dress appropriately for winter weather. Snowshoes or snow cleats/YakTrax are recommended. Snowshoes can we rented at the Outpost. Admission: The Light Walk is free with the purchase of the mountain admission ticket. The ticket includes round trip access on the Skyride, all open attractions and spectacular views. The bears in the Grizzly Bear Habitat are now in hibernation but can be watched live from cams inside their den. Hours: The best time to see the lights starts from dusk. Breakfast with Santa on select dates. Check on weather conditions before heading to the mountain.

New this year: A free shuttle offering trips from Lonsdale Quay with seating provided on a first come, first served basis. Starting the weekend of December 16 th and 17 th , and then running daily from December 23 to January 7, 2024. Website: Grouse Mountain Peak of Christmas

West Vancouver Christmas Light Displays 2023

Dundarave festival of lights 2023.

The Forest of Miracles illuminates the waterfront of West Vancouver, from Grosvenor Ambleside Galleria, moving west to Millennium Park and then to Dundarave Beach.

Stroll along the sea walk to see the beautiful light displays. Be sure to stop at the Dundarave Nativity scene created by two master carvers, Bill Seminoff and Frank Carius. The forest, planted by West Vancouver firefighters is sponsored and decorated by families, community groups and businesses to raise funds for the Lookout Society ‘s North Shore Shelter.

Make a donation or sponsor a tree to help support the needs of homeless people.

Location: Grosvenor Ambleside Galleria, Millennium Park and Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver waterfront.

Website: Dundarave Festival of Lights

Lights to the Lodge at Cypress Mountain

Activities: This is a family-friendly snowshoe outing along a 2.5 km return easy loop trail trek to historic Hollyburn Lodge. The forest path is strung with festive lights. Food and drink is available for purchase at the lodge. Dress appropriately for winter weather in warm, waterproof clothing, including gloves and hats. Snowshoes are available in all sizes. Check weather conditions before heading up to the mountain. Tickets: Buy tickets in advance. Hours: Open throughout the winter season. The best time to see the lights starts from dusk from 4 – 9:30 pm. Location: Cypress Mountain Phone: 604-926-5612 [email protected] Website: Cypress Mountain

Richmond Christmas Lights and Events

Winter in the village in steveston – november 23 – december 31, 2023.

Activities: Explore the decorated historic sites of Richmond’s charming waterfront village of Steveston.

“Light Up the Village” self-guided tour. Location: Steveston Village Website: Visit Richmond

Vancouver Christmas Lights in Richmond at Steveston Village. Photo: Tourism Richmond

Vancouver Christmas Lights in Richmond at Steveston Village. Photo: Tourism Richmond

Steveston Festival of Trees, Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – December 1 – 31, 2023

Activities: Stroll through a forest of decorated trees inside the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. Admission: Adults $11.90, Youth (0-17) free, Seniors (65+) $10.20 Hours: December 1 – 31, 2023, 10 am – 5 pm. Location: 12138 Fourth Avenue in Steveston Village. Phone: 604-664-9009 Website: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site

Metro Vancouver Christmas Events - Richmond's Festival of Trees Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. Photo: Tourism Richmond

Metro Vancouver Christmas Events – Richmond’s Festival of Trees Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. Photo: Tourism Richmond

Coquitlam Christmas Lights and Events

Lights at lafarge – november 24 – january 31, 2024.

Activities: This year the winter Lights at Lafarge has been modified to display lights on two walking loops to help disperse crowding. The new loop will go through Inspiration Garden and the new concession plaza in Town Centre Park. Admission: Free. Parking is limited. Consider walking or taking the SkyTrain to  Lafarge Lake – Douglas station. Hours: November 24 – January 31, 2024 from 4 pm – 10 pm. Avoid the crowds for the best viewing experience. Come before 6 pm or after 8 pm. Try to avoid the crowds on weekends and the week of December 16 – 26. Location: Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam Email: [email protected] Website: Lights at Lafarge

Maple Ridge Christmas Lights and Events

Timberline country christmas – cancelled for 2023.

The Timberline Country Christmas event has been cancelled for 2023.

Glow Maple Ridge –  November 26 – January 5, 2024

Activities: Downtown Maple Ridge turns into a magical wonderland of lights and outdoor activities with a feel of an old-fashioned Christmas Village. Take a walk through Memorial Peace Park to see the light tunnel, decorated trees, hear festive music and more. Admission: Free Hours: November 26 2023- January 5, 2024. Website: Glow Maple Ridge

Surrey Christmas Lights and Events

Bear creek park lights – november 3-17, 2023.

Bear Creek Park Lights offers a safe, fun family-friendly evening event.

Journey through half-kilometre trails of the park gardens to be dazzled by a series of illuminated natural landscapes and whimsical light displays.

The display runs from November 3 – 17, from 4:30 – 9:30 pm. The event is closed on November 11 for Remembrance Day.

Tickets must be booked in advance .  Tickets are free for this event. There are 80 tickets for each booking time. Entry times are available every 30 minutes. Sales will open October 12, 2023 for purchase online or by phone 604-501-5100.

Location: 13750 – 88 Avenue, Surrey

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival and Holiday Market – November 25 and 26, 2023

Activities: Santa and Mrs. Claus host the event, which includes the lighting of Surrey’s 60-foot Christmas tree, followed by entertainment from a variety of local performers, dance groups, choirs and more. Be sure to visit the Holiday Market.

Children can enjoy free pictures with Santa, free hot chocolate, free holiday cookie kits, Kids Crafts, magical light and holiday displays, as well as illuminated swings and teeter totters.

The Enchanted Eats zone offers delicious treats for purchase from food trucks and free hot chocolate while it lasts. Admission: Free Location: Surrey Civic Plaza, 1340 104 Avenue, Surrey Website: Surrey Tree Lighting Festival

Potters Christmas Store

Activities: Come browse western Canada’s largest Christmas store offering 60,000 themed ornaments and intricate whimsical displays covering 28,000 square feet. Explore the Enchanted Fairy Garden, marvel at the 30 decorated trees, upside-down Bee Tree, Ice Cream Tree, Whoville, the Dark Room. Admission: Free Hours: Open November through Christmas Eve. Monday and Tuesday 9 am-6 pm, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9 am- 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 am – 6 pm. Location: 19158 48th Avenue, Surrey Email: [email protected] Phone: 604-576-5011 Website: Potters Christmas Store 

Winterfest and Christmas Train at Bear Creek Park – December 2-31, 2023

Activities: During the day enjoy arts and crafts, Santa, a train ride and lots of photo opportunities. At night enjoy a train journey through a magical light display. Santa leaves on December 24. Admission: $11.50 per person. Under 2 is free. Book online to avoid waits. Hours: December 9-31, 2023 Santa Express Day Train, 7 days a week – 10 am – 4 pm. Christmas Night Train through the light display, Wednesday through Sunday, 6 – 9 pm. Closed on December 25 and 26. Location: Bear Creek Park – 13750 88th Avenue at King George Blvd., Surrey Email: [email protected] Phone: 604-501-1232 Website: Bear Creek Christmas Train

White Rock Christmas Lights and Events

White rock bright walk – starts december 2, 2023.

White Rock’s waterfront is transformed into a twinkling wonderland. Drive along Marine Drive or walk along the waterfront, pier and promenade area. December 2 at 4:30 p.m., white Rock’s Mayor turns on the lights. There will be live entertainment on stage, photos with Santa, Festive Holiday Market in the White Rock Museum, light up robot and juggler performances, kid’s crafts and games, and more.

Website: White Rock Bright Walk

Langley Christmas Lights and Events

Martini town merry and bright.

For the first time Martini Film Studios is open to the public to experience a unique outdoor holiday experience. The talented team of skilled film industry crew is transforming the studios’ backlot into a magical Christmas wonderland.

Martini Town is where numerous TV series, movies, and commercials as well as over 12 Hallmark movies have been filmed. Visit a New York City Street, courthouse, diner, town square and small town decked out in holiday splendor. There will be entertainment with an array of singers, choirs, entertainers, and Santa Claus. Food and drink is available for purchase from food trucks and the cafe.

The event is capacity controlled and the purchase of advance tickets is highly recommended. Open Wednesday through Sunday every week throughout December and December 26th (Boxing Day) and January 1st (New Year’s Day).

Glow Langley at Milner Village Garden Centre Christmas Lights 2023 – November 23 – December 30, 2023

Langley’s Christmas Glow is a walk-around adventure with a new “Christmas Carnival” theme.

Activities: Find Santa’s elves in a scavenger hunt as you wander through the sea of giant ornaments, forest of dancing magical trees and a dazzling display of almost one million lights. Visit the animated musical tunnel, Elf Castle, swings, hop scotch, playpark, bouncy farm and take a ride on the Glow Comotive. Meet special character and the Glow princesses. Plan a visit with Santa who will be there nightly until December 24.

There will be featured food trucks and entertainment. Tickets: Buy tickets online. Hours: Select times between 4-10 pm November 23-December 30, 2023. Location: Milner Village Garden Centre, 6690 216th Street, Langley.

Christmas in Williams Park – Drive-thru Christmas Lights

Activities: Christmas at Williams Park has been a holiday tradition since 1991. It is a drive-thru event. Admission: Free, but donations gratefully accepted to help with maintaining display costs and keep this event running. Location: 238 Street and 68 Avenue, Langley Website: Christmas in Williams Park Society

Christmas Tree Farms

Enjoy a farm-fresh outing while making cherished family memories with a visit to one of the many Christmas trees farms in the Langley area.

Farms offer a selection of U-Cut, fresh cut and live Christmas trees.

There will be lots of great photo opportunities.

You are encouraged to bring your own handsaw if you plan to U-Cut. If you don’t have one, sanitized handsaws will be supplied. Axes and power saws are not allowed.

Try to avoid peak hours on weekends between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Aldor Acres Christmas Trees – opens November 25, 2023

Activities: Select a traditional Christmas tree or table top tree, visit the seasonal artisanal market and see the farm animals display. Dates: November 25 – December 17, 2023.  Weekdays: 10 am-6 pm,  Weekends: 9 am-5 pm.

Admission: $5 per person. No pets. Location: 8249-252 Street, Langley Phone: 604-888-4483 Website: Aldor Acres Christmas Trees

Dogwood Christmas Tree Farm – opens November 25, 2023

Activities: Dogwood Christmas Tree Farm has been providing trees for more than 50 years. Select a Christmas tree to cut from the 18-acre farm or pick up fresh holly, boughs, and wreathes. Cash only. Bring your own handsaw if possible. No axes or chainsaws please. Dates: Opens November 25, 2023. Weekday and weekends:  9 am – 4 pm. The season is expected to be short due to tree shortages brought on by the summer’s heatwave. Location: 8589 252 Street, Fort Langley Phone: 604-888-9161 Website: Dogwood Christmas Tree Farm

Frosty’s Christmas Tree Farm – November 25, 2023

Activities: Enjoy the festive ambience, listen to Christmas carols and pick out a Christmas tree. Cash or cheque only. No axes or chainsaws please. Hours: Opens November 25, 2023.  U-Cut: 9 am – 4:30 pm; Fresh Cut: 9 am – 7:30 pm. Location: 24488 52nd Avenue, Langley Website: Frosty’s Christmas Tree Farm

Mission Christmas Lights and Events

Mission candlelight parade – december 2, 2023.

Activities: This is the 38th annual Candlelight Parade put on by the Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce. Parades in the past have attracted 10,000 spectators. There will be themed floats and a visit from Santa. Admission: free Hours: Saturday, December 2nd, 2023 at 6:00 pm Location: The parade route goes along First Avenue starting at Railway Avenue and finishes between Park and Haig Streets in Mission BC. Website: Mission Chamber of Commerce

Harrison Hot Springs Christmas Lights and Events

Harrison lights on the lake – november 18, 2023 – january 7, 2024.

Harrison Hot Springs lakefront will be lit up from dusk until 11 pm. Stroll along the 1 km waterfront promenade to see the sparkling light display. The holiday lights focus on the natural environment, wildlife and the elusive Sasquatch.

November 18, 2023 – until January 7, 2024.

Website: Harrison Lights on the Lake

Squamish Christmas Lights and Events

North pole express at the railway museum of british columbia 2023.

Activities: Board a one hour ride on the North Pole Express to find Santa Claus. On your journey meet elves, sing songs and be entertained. Enjoy freshly baked cookies and candy canes onboard the train. When you arrive at the North Pole there will be arts and crafts, hot chocolate, cotton candy, ride a holiday minirail train, and explore the holiday model train displays and more. Admission: Tickets are sold in pairs only. First Class – $105, Coach – $82, Night Time Ride (6PM) – $132. Infants on lap free. Free parking included with ticket. Tickets: Available online here. Hours: November 25-26, December 2-3 and December 9-10, 16-17, 2023. Tickets are currently sold out for all December date. Location: 39645 Government Road, Squamish Website: The North Pole Express

Squamish at Dusk – November 23 – December 10, 2023

Whistler christmas lights and events, light up the village.

The snow-covered village transforms into a winter wonderland of shimmering lights with 5,000 strings of lights and 289 trees lit with 7,000 lights each.

Festive holiday lights can be found along the Village Stroll, Whistler Way, Main Street,  Lorimer Road, Village Gate Boulevard, Town Plaza and the Olympic Plaza. Website: Tourism Whistler

Whistler Christmas Lights is one of the best places to enjoy the festive holidays near Metro Vancouver. Photo: Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova

Whistler Christmas Lights in the Village near the Olympic Plaza. Whistler is one of the best places to be to enjoy the festive holidays near Metro Vancouver. Photo: Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova

Winter Vallea Lumina – Opens October 2023 – April, 2024

Activities: A fantastic multimedia light show of hidden wonders with a 1.5 km walk through the forest. Admission: Ages 16+, $44.99; Youth Ages 6-15, $39.99, Age 5 and under free. Hours: Days open vary with start times from 5 pm Location: Parking $15 must be pre-booked , Shuttle must be pre-booked: $12. Self-drive to Cougar Mountain Base Camp north of Whistler Village. The drive takes about eight minutes. Website: Vallea Lumina

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Top Things to Do at Christmas in Vancouver & Best Christmas Activities

Whether you’re planning a Vancouver Christmas trip or just looking for things to do over Christmas break, you’re in luck.

Our city’s stunning beauty gets an upgrade over the holidays with festive light displays, holiday decor, and all sorts of Christmas events.

In fact, Vancouver’s Christmas activities might just warm the heart of Ebenezer Scrooge himself!

Vancouver Christmas Activities: The Best Christmas Things to Do in Vancouver

Check out the canyon lights at capilano suspension bridge.

Capilano Suspension Bridge is already one of Vancouver’s top things to do – especially if you you like to mix in a little excitement with your beauty .

If you’re visiting Vancouver over Christmas it becomes even more stunning: as an end-to-end-lit, multi-coloured changing display – check out the video!

For Christmas 2023 Canyon Lights runs from November 17th – January 21st 2024 – between 11:00 am and 9:00 pm daily (closed Christmas Day).

Want to read Canyon Lights reviews and book the perfect Vancouver Christmas activity? Click the orange button below:

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Tourist without wheels? You can get Canyon Lights + hotel pickup + a Vancouver tour all in one:

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Related : Capilano Suspension Bridge vs. Sea to Sky Gondola

Get Festive on a Holiday Dinner Cruise of Vancouver Harbour

Those looking for a more classic Vancouver Christmas party would do well to get on this Dinner and Carols Cruise .

You’ll board a decorated holiday vessel and participate in Vancouver’s Christmas water parade , get served a traditional holiday dinner , and be led through carolling by experts (participation is optional :P).

You’re also essentially getting one of the most scenic Vancouver boat tours thrown in for free!

Christmas 2023 dates: December 1st to December 23rd (must be booked in advance).

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A girl stands with Santa in the Light Walk, Grouse Mountain

Visit the Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain

During the holidays North Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain transforms itself into a winter wonderland.

In addition to offering the area’s best night skiing , Vancouver’s North Pole offers a whole host of Christmas activities for visitors of all ages.

The Light Walk allows you to snowshoe or walk a magically lit nature path . There’s also an 8,000 sq ft mountain top skating rink is one of the best Vancouver couples activities .

Finally, if you’re visiting Vancouver with kids a visit to Santa’s Workshop and a meeting with Dancer and Vixen is a must. 

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Related : Is Grouse Mountain Worth It?

Stuff Yourself on a Holiday Market Tour of Granville Island

Vancouver during the holidays is always about stuffing yourself with local treats – so what better way to do it than at Granville Island Market ?

The Festive Favourites Market Tour is one of the most authentic ways to explore Vancouver over Christmas, sampling fine foods and exploring artisan shops along the way.

Your knowledgeable foodie guide will take you to sample 20 exclusive food tastings .

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Enjoy Our German-style Vancouver Christmas Market

The Vancouver Christmas Market offers German-style holiday traditions right in the heart of Jack Poole Plaza at Canada Place.

There’s just nowhere else to find so many top Vancouver Christmas activities all in one location .

You’ll shop for stocking stuffers at over 80 artisan huts offering unique handcrafted gifts , breathe in the crisp winter air sipping on mulled wine, drink German beer, and sample culinary delights from all over the world.

That’s not even factoring in the family-friendly holiday-themed music and entertainment . 

In 2023 the event runs from November 16th – December 24th.

Hit the PNE Winter Fair

One of Vancouver’s biggest festivals gets a chilly change just in time for winter, with a huge array of winter activities : ice skating, live bands, Santa Claus, holiday markets , carolling, and much more.

There are also plenty of indoor activities (shopping, food, crafts) and plenty hot cocoa and adult beverages .

The 2023 version of the PNE Winter Fair runs December 8th-9th and 14th to 23rd (4:00 pm to 10:00 pm)

Related : How Many Days Do I Need to Spend in Vancouver?

Ride the Bright Nights Train at Stanley Park

A visit to Stanley Park is a must for any Vancouver itinerary , regardless of season. This urban forest oasis wasn’t dubbed the world’s best park for nothing.

A visit during the holidays takes on a whole other meaning, as the popular Bright Nights Train winds its way through Stanley Park’s riveting rainforest.

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Kids (and adults, let’s face it) of all ages can sing along to their favourite carols as they take in the festive displays scattered along the ride. 

This local holiday tradition is one of the best things to do at Christmas for families.

Christmas 2023 dates: November 30th to January 1st.

Related : What to Do on New Year’s Eve in Vancouver

Ski and Snowboard the Local Mountains

Ask any local about Vancouver winter activities and expect usual speech: “you can step outside your office or hotel in downtown Vancouver and be on the slopes in 30 minutes”.

This is no word of a lie – Vancouver’s top skiing mountains are just minutes from downtown.

Yes, just above North Vancouver on the North Shore Mountains are the following:

  • Grouse Mountain (33 runs and 5 terrain parks, most accessible and best for snowboarders)
  • Seymour Mountain (40 runs, best for beginners and cross country skiing)
  • Cypress Mountain (53 runs, largest total terrain and best for experienced skiers)

Visiting with no gear? Packages with downtown pickup and equipment rental can be booked using the button below:

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Not convinced? Just 90 minutes up the road along the Sea to Sky Highway is world-class ski resort Whistler.

Go for a Skate in Vancouver’s Robson Square

The city of Vancouver’s best outdoor rink is in Robson Square – just steps from Vancouver’s best hotels .

Located in a subterranean space adjacent to the Vancouver Art Gallery , this charming little rink provides one of Vancouver’s top holiday activities for families – especially with their 12 Days of Christmas live music program .

I recommend you grab some hot chocolate at nearby Thierry Alberni and check out the nearby Robson Christmas Tree for the perfect holiday evening.

The rink opens in early December and remains open through the holiday season. Skating is free and skate rentals cost $5.00.

Soar with Santa at Flyover Canada

Canada Place’s FlyOver Canada offers an epic state-of-the-art 4D flight simulator right down to simulated mist – it’s one of the best cheap things to do in Vancouver .

You will hang suspended, feet dangling, before a 20-metre spherical screen and  experience Canada’s amazing scenery and most famous landmarks.

The Christmas flight includes one extra stop: the North Pole. The flight even features a guest appearance from Santa himself inside his sleigh. The popular Vancouver Christmas attraction runs from DNovember 16th to January 7th 2024 .

Tickets can be purchased by clicking the button below. Just make sure to select a date that Soar with Santa is running.

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Spend Your Christmas Holidays in Whistler

It should be a crime to skip over one of the world’s most beautiful drives and forgo visiting one of Canada’s great resort towns : Whistler .

Co-host of the 2010 Olympic Games, a 5-star ski resort home to an amazing array of gourmet restaurants and spa experiences (like Scandinave ), Whistler is at the top of every list of day trips from Vancouver , regardless of the season.

Christmas events (2023 dates TBA) include Christmas carollers, the Winter Solstice Concert, photos with Santa, dress like Santa Day, and more.

No car? You can book all-in-one transport packages using the orange button below:

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Related : Your Ultimate Whistler Christmas Itinerary

Experience the Spirit of Christmas at Sea to Sky Gondola

Near the town of Squamish , the Sea to Sky Gondola is a Swiss-style gondola that rises 2905 feet up a mountain offering amazing views of the Coast Mountains and Howe Sound below.

If you visit during the Christmas season, you’ll find the popular Christmas Forest Walk, featuring festively decorated forest hikes. Nearby, you’ll have access to snowshoeing, winter walking, and snow tubing. 

You can also enjoy a hot chocolate or decadent fondue while you partake in a variety of Christmas events . 

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Enjoy a Christmas Time Tipple

Spending quality time with family or friends is best done by grabbing a few drinks at one of Vancouver’s best bars . After all, it’s the holidays. 

Younger people should head right for the rowdy Granville Strip , known for its nightclubs and pregame bars. Older drinkers will love Yaletown’s sleek lounges or the laid-back dive bars of Main Street or Commercial Drive .

Gastown and Chinatown are also home to some of the trendiest hideaways.

A holiday-themed crawl of East Vancouver’s numerous craft breweries is also sure to impress. 

Related : Visiting Vancouver in January .

Illuminate Your Soul at VanDusen Garden’s Festival of Lights

Toss on your favourite winter jacket and bring the kids to Vancouver’s favourite holiday festival: Vandusen Garden’s legendary Festival of Lights .

Here, you’ll find over one million lights strung throughout the fabulous winter blooms of the city’s largest botanical garden .

On special nights, you can stroll along the lakeside and watch it glisten in the glow of the spectacular northern lights. There’s also a lush Rose Garden – resurrected and enlightened to enact a spectacular winter replica.

Over Vancouver Christmas, you’ll find holiday decor throughout – including reindeer, snowflakes, Christmas trees, and even a karaoke trolley tour. 

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Attend the Vancouver Santa Claus Parade

Every December in Vancouver , the Vancouver Santa Claus Parade winds its way throughout downtown Vancouver’s streets.

You’ll find up to 2500 participants, including marching bands, floats and dance troupes – with an obvious holiday theme.

The parade begins at around noon (2023 date TBA) and proceeds East on Georgia St., starting at Broughton. The kids’ activities continue throughout the day near the art gallery.

Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items or donations for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank .

Visit the Vancouver Christmas Store

Every September in Vancouver Potter’s Nursery (in the suburb of Surrey) transforms itself from a standard garden centre into Canada’s largest Christmas store .

All in all, Potter’s Christmas Store contains tens of thousands of items crammed into its 28,000 sq ft space.

You’ll find virtually every type of holiday item imaginable, from an incredible variety of themed Christmas lights to tacky Christmas sweaters and a large variety of holiday-themed treats . 

A selection of over 50,000 ornaments guarantees you’ll find something that is one-of-a-kind. 

Related : Vancouver in November

Christmas lights at Butchart Gardens, Victoria BC

Go to Victoria for the Butchart Gardens Christmas Tour

The world-renowned Butchart Gardens in Victoria attracts over one million visitors a year and offers one of the most spectacular Christmas illuminations of any of Canada’s top attractions.

Luckily, their Twelve Days of Christmas decor can be easily accessed with a day tour package directly from Vancouver .

Here, after hotel pickup, you’ll take a 90-minute ferry cruise across the Salish Sea. Once you’re in Victoria, you’ll be granted a few hours to explore the iconic Fairmont Hotel, Chinatown, and the Parliament Buildings, all dressed up in their holiday best.

Then, they’ll take you to Butchart Gardens and bring you back to Vancouver.

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Take in a Vancouver Christmas Show or Musical

The Vancouver area is home to numerous festive concerts and musicals throughout the holiday season. 

Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker is an age-old Christmas tradition, and in 2023, you can check out a fantastic rendition at the Center for Performing Arts near the Stadium District.

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra also performs Christmas music.

Grab that Last Minute Gift for a Loved One

If you’re downtown during Christmas in Vancouver, Robson Street is home to a number of international retailers and Pacific Centre Mall . Premium designer brands and high-end jewellery stores can also be found a short walk away on Alberni Street. 

If you’re looking for something more unique, I’d recommend checking out the independent boutiques and Indigenous galleries of Gastown or Granville Island.

The Lower Mainland’s largest shopping centre is Burnaby’s Metropolis at Metrotown , a 30-minute Skytrain ride from Downtown.

Related : Best Shopping in Vancouver

Embrace the Spirit of Giving at St. Paul’s Lights of Hope

If you’re downtown at night, make sure you make a quick side trip to St. Paul’s Hospital .

From a distance, you’ll see over 4,000 feet of lights & 400 illuminated stars , as well as a fancy new digital projection element.

This Lights of Hope is a campaign to raise money to fund urgently needed equipment, life-saving research, and community programs.

Over the event’s 22-year history, it has raised over $40 million dollars in community donations. In the true spirit of the holidays, why not stop by, enjoy the lights, and make a small donation?

Vancouver Christmas Events 2023

  • Circle Craft Holiday Market (Nov 8th to 12th, Canada Place)
  • Winter Treasures Artisan Market (Nov 9th to Dec 20th, Port Moody)
  • Soar with Santa Flyover (November 16th to Jan 7th, 2024)
  • Christmas Market (Nov 16th to Dec 24th)
  • Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge (Nov 17th to Jan 24th, 2024)
  • Vandusen Festival of Lights (Nov 24th to Jan 7th 2024)
  • West End Holiday Craft Fair (Nov 25th and 26th, West End Community Centre)
  • St Paul’s Lights of Hope (late Nov to early Jan)
  • Bright Nights Stanley Park Train (Nov 30th to Jan 1st, 2024)
  • Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting (Dec 1st, 6:00 pm, Vancouver Art Gallery Square)
  • Christmas Wish Breakfast (Dec 13th, 6:30 am to 9:00 am, Pan Pacific Hotel)
  • VSO Christmas Music Fest (Dec 16th at 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm)
  • Vancouver Santa Claus Parade (Cancelled for 2023 pending a new sponsor)

Vancouver Christmas FAQs

Is vancouver good for christmas.

Yes, Vancouver is good for Christmas. All of the city’s main plazas, parks, gardens and attractions are fully decked out in Christmas lights and decor. You’ll also find a Christmas festival at most major attractions, a Christmas market, a Christmas parade, and much more.

What are some things to do in Vancouver over Christmas?

The most popular things to do in Vancouver during Christmas include:

  • The Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Vandusen Garden’s Festival of Lights
  • The Santa Claus Parade
  • Grouse Mountain’s Peak of Christmas 
  • The Vancouver Christmas Market
  • The Bright Nights Train at Stanley Park

What are some secondary Vancouver Christmas activities?

You can do a little Christmas shopping at Pacific Centre or along Robson Street . Then, you can check out the nearby Robson Christmas tree and head downstairs to skate at Robson Square’s free skating rink. It’s also a fantastic time to check out the city’s best bars and restaurants along Main Street.

Does Vancouver have a Christmas Market?

In 2023, the Vancouver Christmas Market will run from November 13th to December 24th in Jack Poole Plaza near Canada Place and the Olympic Cauldron. The German-style market contains 80+ artisan huts selling a host of Christmas-themed crafts, ornaments and stocking stuffers.

What is open on Christmas Day in Vancouver?

On Christmas Day in Vancouver, many restaurants, cafes, and bars remain closed or have limited hours. However, some options for dining and entertainment are available. You may find some hotels offering special Christmas meals, and some attractions like the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, often open for visitors to enjoy festive lights.

What are Vancouver’s odds of a white Christmas?

Based on Environment Canada data from 1955 to 2013, there is a 10 percent chance of a white Christmas on any given year. However, due to climate change, the chances have actually increased to 15 percent since 1994 – due to increasing coastal storm patterns in the region.

Ready for Christmas Time in Vancouver?

Frankly, I don’t care whether you’ve been naughty or nice – these things to do during Christmas time in Vancouver should more than keep you busy while Santa makes the call!

That said, if you’re looking for something a little more custom, don’t be afraid to hit me up in the comment section below.

Happy holidays 🙂

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Where to See the Best Holiday and Christmas Lights in Vancouver

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A favourite holiday tradition for many families is a drive around to see the best holiday and Christmas lights in Vancouver (and around the lower mainland). It’s a lowkey, inexpensive (and even possibly relaxing) way to decompress with the kids, singing along to some holiday favourites. If your kids doze off in the car? Even better.

Your neighbourhood probably has some tried-and-true favourite streets, and if you’re willing to trek a little out of your zone, this roundup of the best holiday displays and Christmas lights in Vancouver will give you some ideas to make an evening of it.

The Downtown Christmas Tree

In front of the Vancouver Art Gallery in šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square, it’s hard to miss the 76-foot tall tree covered in lights. It is Western Canada’s tallest tree and the lighting event at the beginning of December is the unofficial kickoff the city’s festive season.

Bright Nights

This Vancouver holiday tradition in Stanley Park has been extended this year until Saturday January 6th. Unfortunately the Bright Nights Christmas train sold out a while ago but holiday lights display and activities in the plaza are still open and are free. Open daily (except on Christmas Day) and each evening runs until 10 p.m.

Christmas at Canada Place

Nightly until Tuesday January 2nd, take in the tradition of the Woodward’s Windows, the North Point light display including “Chrismoose,” the 15-foot tall moose light sculpture, the Sails of Light, and the always-festive Avenue of Trees at this free, family-friendly event. You can even drop by until 10pm on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.

Granville Island

As if Granville Island isn’t picturesque enough, holiday lights add that little something extra to this Vancouver landmark. Highlights of these Christmas lights in Vancouver include the beautiful star in the Public Market courtyard, and the lit-up vintage crane, over by the Granville Island Hotel.

Lights of Hope

St. Paul’s Hospital located downtown (1081 Burrard St.) is aglow once again for the season. Until Friday, January 5th, enjoy the seasonal display for free but donate what you can, if you can , as this is a festive fundraiser. Since its start in 1998, Lights of Hope has raised over $50 million. The goal this year is $3.6 million for urgently needed hospital and long-term programs.

Liven UP – Coal Harbour

Enjoy a lovely walk along the seawall illuminated by this festive new event at Coal Harbour on Friday and Saturday evenings until Saturday, December 30. This family-friendly event features lighting installations, artists, musicians, and storytellers animating this “spectacular walk from Canada Place to Cardero Park. Liven UP – Coal Harbour is not only about entertaining and creating a sense of wonder, it is about bringing people together, sharing experiences, and connecting with cultural groups that have helped shape our city.”

PNE Winterfest

The Winterfest is back for the second time this year, with Saturday, December 23 being the last night to enjoy the WinterLights display, Sparkle in the Night light show, live performances like the Nutcracker on Ice and Magic of Santa musical, plus the chance for a holiday ride on the PNE Express Train. For an additional fee there is also ice bumper cars and ice skating (not at the same time).

Entrance fees for adults (19-64) is $25, children (4-12) are $12, and youth (13-18) and Seniors (65+) are $19.

VanDusen Festival of Lights

There’s still lots of time to take in the over 1 million lights twinkling throughout the 15 acres of sparkling displays; Vancouver’s VanDusen Gardens’ Festival of Lights runs until Sunday, January 7.

Entrance fees for adults (19-64) is $27, children (5-12) are $13, and Garden members, youth (13-18), and seniors (65+) are $19.

Where to See Holiday & Christmas Lights in Vancouver and Around the Lower Mainland

Canyon lights.

Every year, the Capilano Suspension Bridge and surrounding forest area is lit. Literally. The spectacular display runs until Sunday, January 21 and is an absolutely essential Vancouver winter experience.

Open daily (except for Christmas Day) from 11am to 9pm, the bridge, forest, and cliff walk are all included, it’s a unique Vancouver experience.

The entrance fee for adults (18-64) is $67, children (6-12) are $27, youth (13-17) are $37, students (18+ with ID) are $54, and seniors (65+) are $62. The free shuttle from downtown Vancouver eases the stress of limited parking.

Lights at Lafarge

Located in Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake, the Lights at Lafarge is the biggest free Christmas light display in the region and runs until the end of February. Families can enjoy a 1.2km walk through the light tunnel and along new and old displays of dazzling holiday lights featuring flora, fauna, and fairytales. Parking is limited at at Town Centre Park. Visitors are encouraged to walk or take public transit.

Heritage Christmas Village

It’s another Christmas lights in Vancouver tradition at Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum. Enjoy the special atmosphere of festive lights and traditional decorations spread out over the museum’s 10 acres, along with holiday entertainment.

Admission is free. Carousel rides are $2.52 or 13 rides for $30.24.

Forest of Miracles

The waterfront of West Vancouver from Ambleside to Dundarve beach, is lit up 24/7 until January 7 with over 150 trees decorated by local residents.

Light Up the Holiday/Hi-Light Festival

North Vancouver’s annual event in Park and Tilford Gardens features 50,000 lights aglow into New Year’s Eve.

Bright Walk in White Rock

Until Sunday January 7, the picturesque seaside town of White Rock invites residents and visitors to walk around Memorial Park and take in the festive winter light display. Take in the over 50,000 lights, a 20-foot tree, the LED light tunnel, and don’t miss out on photo ops with the eight-foot-tall selfie frame and snowflakes. The lights are on from dush ’til dawn.

Glow Langley

This annual event features a carnival theme this year. Highlights include new spectacular lights throughout the showgrounds as well as a new (free) craft corner, a tent of imagination and creativity, scavenger hunt with prizes, a maker’s market, live performances featuring holiday music, gourmet food trucks, outdoor spaces with heat and overhead cover, interactive play zones with carnival-themed games. This year also marks the return of the beloved Glow-comotive train ride.

Entrance fees vary depending on time of day. Children aged three and under are free.

The Peak of Christmas

Most Vancouver families know that Grouse Mountain is a great quick trip for fun in the snow. And this time of year “The Peak” is all decked out for the holidays. The Peak of Christmas features Christmas lights, a skating pond, Santa in his workshop , and much, more.

Entrance fees vary depending on date and time but access to all the festivities is included with a Mountain Admission Ticket. For a limited time, Grouse Mountain’s Family Day Ticket, lets you bring your family of four for $139.

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The Most Magical Vancouver Holiday Must-Dos: Festive Things to Do in Metro Vancouver for Christmas

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As many of you know, I’m a Christmas-obsessed gingerbread human who practically came out of the womb in a snowflake sweater.

It should therefore surprise no one that the whole glitzy Vancouver Christmas experience is one of my favourite things about my hometown.

Truly, Vancouver does NOT mess around at Christmas. Entering the downtown core is like getting punched in the face with Yuletide joy, and frankly, I’m not mad about it.

I’m talking decadent light displays, giant Christmas trees, elaborate gingerbread houses and a seemingly endless stream of activities that are both free (AKA more money for dumplings) and paid.

Needless to say, you’ll never have trouble finding something festive to do during the Vancouver Christmas season. Trust me, I’ve been at it for 20+ years.

So if you’re looking for inspiration on things to do in Vancouver during Christmas time, This list is for you!

In this post, I’m summarizing my favourite things to do in Vancouver at Christmas ft. the best FREE activities, alongside the most famous paid attractions and whether or not they’re worth your time and money. Enjoy these tips & let me know in the comments if I’ve missed any of your Vancouver Christmas faves.

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1. Gingerbread Lane (Free, Donations Encouraged)

Address: Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard Street

As an avid baker & gingerbread fangirl, Gingerbread Lane is always one of the highlights of my holiday season in Vancouver.

Imagine a collection of the most creative and spectacular gingerbread creations you’ve ever seen, all in a space that smells (of course) like spicy, gingerbread-y heaven. This festival is completely free to visit, with donations going to Make A Wish.

Here, you can gawk at entrants in various categories from Secondary School to amateur and professional, with creations like stunningly impressive gingerbread houses, castles and more. You’ll definitely be left with important questions like “how the heck high school students can create perfect fondant corgis?” (true story).

This Vancouver Christmas gem is located right next to Burrard station so is easily accessible by transit. Don’t miss it! 

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2. Giant Baubles at Park Place (Free)

Address: Park Place, 666 Burrard Street

Located right across the street from Burrard Station (and seconds away from Gingerbread Lane), these giant red baubles are a festive little photo opp, and worth a quick stop when you’re downtown.

If you’re looking for undeniably “extra” photo props – these are it… just don’t be surprised if you’re sharing the space with countless other eager photoshooters.

Random fact: this installation is located steps away from Christian Grey’s office (or where they filmed it at least) in Fifty Shades of Grey.

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3. BBCHF Festival of Trees (Free, Donations Encouraged)

Close by at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, you’ll find another long standing tradition that has taken place for over 30 years: the BC Children’s Hospital Festival of Trees, with over 20 trees to admire from local businesses and organizations… plus a special treat this year in the form of a gingerbread Hotel Vancouver!

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4. Vancouver’s Tallest Christmas Tree (Free)

Over at the Vancouver Art Gallery, one of the city’s most popular Christmas trees awaits, standing at 76 feet tall making it the tallest Christmas tree in Western Canada.

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5. Robson Square Skating (Free w/ Your Own Skates)

Address: Robson Square (below street level)

And while you’re already at Robson Square, you might as well head down a level below to visit the Robson Square skating rink – which is totally free if you bring your own skates, and only $5 for rentals!

Trust me when I say that this is THE quintessential Vancouver Christmas date night activity.

If you’ve ever been young and in love in Vancouver, you’ve probably adorably held hands while skating in loops at this iconic spot, so why not join the love-fest and skate away?

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6. Lights of Hope at St Paul’s Hospital (Free)

Address:  1081 Burrard St

Over 100,000 light bulbs deck the glittering facade of St Paul’s Hospital during the holiday season, and yes it is SPECTACULAR! 

It takes over 6 weeks and 150 volunteers to create this beast every year, and hands down, this is one of my favourite Vancouver Christmas lights displays.

I especially love that it’s so centrally located in downtown Vancouver that you only have to walk a few extra minutes from the main shopping drag to see it. If you’re making it a goal to e njoy allll the amazing Vancouver Christmas lights on display, this is a must-see for your list.

NOTE: Down a block, there’s also some beautifully lit trees in front of the Sheraton Wall Centre.

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7. Christmas at Canada Place (Free)

Address: 999 Canada Place

If you’re looking for something more atmospheric and romantic, be sure to soak in ALL the Christmas vibes at Canada Place by night.

It’s pretty easy to see why Canada Place is one of my favourite place areas in the city to enjoy a nighttime stroll: there’s the glittering reflection of the lights, the serene sound of gentle waves and just a wonderful, uniquely Vancouver vibe.

Well, the magic factor is cranked up to 9000 during the Christmas season when the iconic sails of Canada Place are lit up in Christmas colours , plus festive trees along the Canadian Trail, with unique window displays ranging from adorable to low key creepy.

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8. Soar w/ Santa at FlyOver Canada

Address:  999 Canada Place (walk along where the sails are and follow the signs)

FlyOver Canada is an 4D interactive experience that takes you on a journey across Canada on a sort of motion simulator.

I’ve done this several times including during the Christmas season when they have a special Christmas theme and there’s some cheesy Santa Claus add-ons superimposed over the footage.

My honest opinion is that this attraction isn’t really worth the money. I’ve paid once full-price just to try it, and have gone a few more times with friends who could get in for free. 30 bucks is steep (that’s a meal!!) for a short ride, and I don’t think it’s a “must do” by any means.

That said, it might be fun if you have kids and you want to bring them on a ride of some sort. The footage is really stunning and especially for kids, the ride aspect of it is fun.

Plus, you get to see lots of Canada in one swoop! I personally wouldn’t go out of my way to do it though.

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9. Vancouver Christmas Market

Address: Jack Poole Plaza 

If you spent any amount of time on my blog you’ll know that I am utterly obsessed with Christmas Markets . Now that I live in Germany, I basically eat, sleep and live at these markets, so honestly the prospect of going to a copycat German Christmas Market in Vancouver has not always been at the top of my mind.

The FOMO gets to me though and I always pop into the Vancouver Xmas Market when I’m in town for the holidays.

With an entry fee of over $20, this event has ifs fair share of haters, especially since your ticket doesn’t include much besides entry and free carousel rides, meaning you pay to get in and pay more on top of that for pricey food, drink, and gifts. Plus, there’s often huge line ups to get in and to buy popular food times.

But, prices and wait times aside, the market is undeniably atmospheric, with over 90 wooden chalets housing vendors selling gifts and treats in the idyllic Jack Poole Plaza. There’s also picturesque light displays and on site entertainment, along with some decent eats if you can overlook the eye-watering prices and wait times.

So, to make the most of your experience, avoid weekends, go earlier in the season and have your expectations in check. Read my full Vancouver Christmas Market review for more.

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10. Liven Up Coal Harbour (Free)

Joining downtown Vancouver’s festive lineup this year is a new event called Liven Up Coal Harbour, with fun light installations and performances along Vancouver’s waterfront, from Canada Place to Cardero Park. The installations are fairly spaced out, so don’t expect a wild wonderland of lights, but it’s still a nice area for a stroll, especially on weekends when there are special performances and activities.

A special highlight for me this year was an unexpectedly epic fire show!

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11. Stanley Park Bright Nights (By Donation)

Continuing along the Seawall, you’ll reach Stanley Park, home to another one of Vancouver’s top festive events: Stanley Park Bright Nights.

With entry by donation, this festive display is organized every year in support of the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund , with hundreds of firefighters from across the province contributing their time to putting up the over 3 million Christmas lights that make this one of Vancouver’s most dazzling events of the season.

A highlight here is the Bright Nights train, back this year after a long 4 year hiatus, with tickets selling out almost as quick as Taylor Swift tickets. Even without the train ride though, the experience is nice for families, with some very pretty light installations in the middle of Vancouver’s most famous park.

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12. Fleurs de Villes Vancouver Noël Edition (Limited Time)

But there’s more than just these season wide events in downtown Vancouver. On any given week or or weekend you’re bound to find more temporary festive things to do as well. 

During their special Noel edition for instance, Fleurs de Ville Vancouver recruits the expertise of local florists to create over 30 pieces of floral art installations, displayed all around Downtown Vancouver. 

Highlights this year included floral renditions of Buddy the Elf, the Grinch, and beautiful wintery fashion statements, made all the more enchanting with fresh flowers.

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13. Winter Terraces & Pop-Ups

There’s also festive pop ups to enjoy during the holidays at bars and restaurants all around town, including special winter terraces (I really enjoyed the one at Earls Yaletown!), holiday cocktail offerings and bookable events like Tinseltown, not to be confused with the infamous Vancouver mall of the same name. 

I booked this pop up thinking it would involve cute cocktails in a festively decorated setting. I was not expecting a fully immersive guided experience led by Ebenezer Scrooge, involving singalongs, trivia and even a dash of improv in creating our own Hallmark Christmas movie. It was fun, but definitely unexpected.

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14. The Van Dusen Festival of Lights

Address:  5251 Oak St

With a over a million twinkly lights shining in its honour, the Van Dusen Festival of Lights is probably my favourite paid Christmas activity in Vancouver.

After all, it has been on for over 30 years, so they must be doing something right.

This event transforms the city’s most popular botanical garden into a true winter wonderland with over a million lights spread across 15 acres of pretty themed displays, and a handful of food vendors to enjoy on site.

The pretty displays over Livingstone Lake (with a musical show every 20 minutes) are a highlight, but of course, nothing quite beats grabbing a fireside mulled wine at the Shaughnessy Wine Patio.

It’s a way cheaper alternative to the Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge, and (in my opinion) much nicer.

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15. Holiday Lights at Bloedel Conservatory

Address: 4600 Cambie St (Inside Queen Elizabeth Park)

Speaking of parks, Queen Elizabeth Park is one of my all-time favourite parks to visit in Vancouver.

One of its starring attractions is of course the Bloedel Conservatory, which houses countless floral species and is also a functional bird sanctuary.

During the holiday season, they deck the conservatory out with pretty lights and Christmas displays for “Holiday Lights” , a nice indoor Christmas activity to hide from the rain.

NOTE: Beware that this attraction is fairly small and you can easily go through the entire thing in less than 30 minutes .

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16. PNE Winter Fair

A relatively new addition to the Vancouver holiday scene is the PNE Winter Fair, set on the same grounds as the famous summer fair, which has been a Vancouver family staple for decades.

Now, I’ll level with you: the winter edition is MUCH smaller than the summer fair, with access restricted to just a small portion of the grounds (and no rides either), but what you’ll find here is a fun collection of festive activities, from admiring pretty light displays and snacking on food vendors to free skating, ice bumper cars (for an extra fee) and hopping on their holiday train.

The entry fee might seem questionable for a pretty small event, but the main value (in my opinion) comes from the performances which are included in the ticket price. My main highlight for instance was an amazing rendition of the Nutcracker….. on ice, which would have been worth the entry ticket on its own! There was also a fun festive musical as well as some live music.

NOTE: A lot of negative reviews seem to complain about the parking situation, but I avoided this by Ubering in/out. Just an FYI in case that’s an option for you!

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17. Shipyards Skating (Free w/ Your Own Skates)

Now, let’s move onto some fun festive events beyond Vancouver… we’re not going far though. Just across the water in North Vancouver, you’ll find festive fun at Shipyards where there’s a free skating rink (with rentals at an additional cost), as well as festive pop up events like a winter artisan and craft market.

This skating rink is actually MUCH larger than the one at Robson Square, and offers gorgeous views of the downtown skyline, so I’d definitely recommend taking the Seabus over and checking it out. I was lucky enough to witness a bride and groom do their first dance on skates here… with lightsabers! I love Canada.

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18. Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain

Up on Grouse Mountain, they also have a special event called the Peak of Christmas that transforms the mountaintop into the North Pole, complete with Santa’s workshop, reindeer, a skating rink and a special light walk.

NOTE: Most of the mountain’s main attractions are not available at this time (e.g. the Lumberjack Show, the bears, etc.) so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this experience as fully worth it, given how expensive the gondola is up/down.

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19. Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Address: Capilano Suspension Bridge, 3735 Capilano Rd

And of course, there’s Canyon Lights at the Capilano Suspension Bridge, which decks one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions in an array of twinkly lights, including the bridge itself and the park’s cliff walk and treetops adventure, plus festive installations all in the middle of a literal rainforest. 

This ticket doesn’t come cheap, but B.C. residents can turn their ticket into an annual pass for free, and it’s a pretty magical experience so long as you miss the often overbearing crowds. I’d recommend going on weekdays just before it gets dark, and bundling up dry/warm because it can get VERY cold there at night.

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20. Cloverdale Christmas Tree Fest (Free)

Over in Surrey, the Surrey Museum is home to the Cloverdale Christmas Tree Fest, a fun festival of trees with over 20 uniquely decorated trees sponsored by local businesses. This event isn’t huge, but it’s a cute and wholesome stop if you’re looking for festive things to do with kids… plus there are other great exhibits at the museum to enjoy, like a huge LEGO one during my visit!

Upon entry, you can vote for your favourite Christmas trees too for a chance to win some prizes.

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21. Potters Christmas Shop (Free to Enter)

Another festive highlight in Surrey is the amazing wonderland known as Potters.

I’m tempted to call it a garden centre but let me be clear: this is NOT your average garden centre. During the holiday season, it becomes a true festive wonderland, with themed sections offering a truly epic assortment of ornaments, decorations, lights & gifts.

Best of all? The prices here are surprisingly affordable, with great deals like a whole tube of baubles for only $3. Little surprise I ended up with an armful of purchases within minutes of arriving. 

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22. Martini Town Merry & Bright

Out in Langley, there was also a new event I checked out this year ripped straight from a Hallmark Christmas movie. Because it literally was. 

Martini Town is a movie back lot in Aldergrove used for a wide range of productions, including a range of Hallmark Christmas movies anddddd Riverdale, which you’ll see from the diner used as Pop’s. For the holidays, they’ve decorated the entire place in gorgeous festive decor, and opened their doors to the public, making for some obscenely delightful photo opps.

Granted, there’s not a lot to do here besides roam around and take photos, so it may not be worth the long drive depending on where you live, but so long as you have your expectations in check, I think you’d have a good time! Plus, there are some nice food options on site, like pizza and BBQ. I grabbed a Margerita pizza and after walking around in the cold, it definitely hit the spot.

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23. Lights at Lafarge (Free)

In Coquitlam, the highlight of the festive season is the free light display at Lafarge Lake, which illuminates a 1.2km lakeside trail with over 100,000 lights. This is the largest free display of its kind in Metro Vancouver, and while it doesn’t take long to make the full loop, it certainly is a magical place for a stroll.

Best of all, this one is transit friendly, with the Lafarge Skytrain station just steps away. 

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24. Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum (Free)

Another amazing free holiday attraction can be found in Burnaby, at the Burnaby Village Museum’s Heritage Christmas event.

Offering 10 acres of festive, historic fun, there’s plenty of pretty lights here to admire, but also 38 exhibits that recreate an authentic 1920s community, from browsing shop recreations and watching craftsman demos to hopping on an old timey tram to taking a ride on the museum’s beautiful century old carousel.

If you’re a history nerd like me, this is definitely a free event you don’t want to miss.

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BONUS: Drool over ALL the amazing Vancouver Christmas Lights

Vancouver Christmas lights are no joke. I feel like every single year the stakes get raised higher and higher, which is definitely not a bad thing when you’re hunting for delightful photo opps. 

That said, one of the best free activities to enjoy in Vancouver during Christmas time is admiring all the Christmas lights displays.

Downtown Vancouver Christmas lights are especially abundant, with all of Robson Street lit up and twinkly BUT if you have access to a car, roaming around to see house displays is equally delightful… and Vancouverites really go wild over this stuff.

Trust me: I grew up next to a house that literally GLOWS for a full-month straight with sing-songey musical decor…  My parents never stood a chance.

There are far too many houses to list but you can click here for a directory of amazingly decorated houses submitted by the owners themselves.

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So, how does a Vancouver Christmas sound? 😉

I hope you enjoyed this lengthy roundup of free and paid Christmas things in Vancouver! Did I miss any of your favourites? Let me know in the comments!

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    Lights at Lafarge is canceled in 2020. The town of Coquitlam's Lights at Lafarge event is one of the biggest free holiday light displays in the Lower Mainland. At Lafarge Lake, located about 18 miles (30 kilometers) east of downtown Vancouver, visitors can tour 100,000 twinkling lights at this magical outdoor display.

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    Nov 1 2021, 5:00 pm. The Christmas light displays at 4967 Chalet Place, North Vancouver. (Michael Iwasaki) From subtle and sophisticated to sensational and completely over the top, Christmas lights are starting to go up around Vancouver, and Daily Hive wants to help you find the best lights, displays and events around the city!

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