Posted December 16, 2016 by Natasha Lees in City Guides

The Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain: Family Fun Day


If you are looking for a special experience to share with your family this Christmas season, make sure you take the kids to the Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain. Meet real reindeers in their own habitat, visit Santa in his workshop and feel the spirit of Christmas all over again.


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Visit one of the most recent additions to the mountain! The Light Walk offers family and friends a truly magical experience. You will walk among hundreds of bright twinkling lights, stroll through a beautifully lit tunnel, listen to holiday favourites, cross bridges and climb up snowy hills and paths. There is also a massive lit deer closer to the end of the path that will have you snapping photos.


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There is also an 8,000 square-foot ice skating pond on the mountain where you can rent skates and practice your skills with the kids. There is the Theatre in the Sky where you can take a break from the snow and watch popular Christmas movies or you can stroll on over to the Elf Headquarters to write a letter to Santa and create your own Christmas crafts.

If you want to see some of the most unique gingerbread houses in the North Pole, step inside the chalet and see magnificent creations at the SOS Children’s Gingerbread Village. You will have the opportunity to vote for your favourite one!

On top of all of that, there are reindeer ranger talks, story time, a sliding zone, and a place where you can see how you compare in height to an elf!

Visitors will be happy to know that all of the Peak of Christmas activities are free with your Grouse Mountain Alpine Experience ticket, lift ticket, winter season pass, or annual membership.

Our Personal Family Experience

We had a wonderful time at the Peak of Christmas when we went a few weeks ago. As it was the first time our toddler was able to play in the snow, he loved the Sky Ride and could not believe the amazing mountain sights. He just kept saying, “WOW! WOW!”


The first fun thing we decided to experience was the Light Walk and even though it was midday, it was beautiful. (There is quite a bit of walking involved so make sure you have appropriate snow boots.) We saw the gigantic reindeer at the end of our journey, which was very festive.

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We continued on to the skating area and slid down the slopes around there. There were smaller hills for our little one to slide down in his snow pants. He must of slid down the hill 100 times!

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We stopped by the Elf Headquarters, which was fun and allowed us to do crafts and we also made a point of visiting the SOS Children’s Gingerbread Village. They were so well put together, full of imagination and very creative. There is a chalet on Grouse Mountain that is home to a few restaurants, a gift store and a buffet-style eatery so we stopped in to look at souvenirs, listen to carollers and to eat lunch. The poutine is an excellent choice on a snowy mountain day!

We were very happy with the time we spent on the mountain and all that the Peak of Christmas offers at this time of year. There are so many activities to keep all ages happy and entertained. Since it was so magical, I think we’ll make it a tradition every year! It is truly a winter wonderland that you don’t want to miss out on. Thank you Grouse Mountain and to all the staff!


Grouse Mountain via Sky Ride

6400 Nancy Greene Way

North Vancouver, BC V7R 4K9

Read more about Grouse’s fun winter and summer activities here.

**A special thank you to Communications Manager, Julia Grant, for organizing our visit to the Peak of Christmas**

Natasha Lees

Natasha Lees
Natasha Lees is a dedicated and professional travel copywriter with over 16 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry. Some of her past and current roles include the New York Times travel channel on About.com, Trivago, Sunwing Vacation Group, WeddingVacations.com, Mastercard Caribbean, Princess Cruises, CanadaTravels.com, Escapes.ca and a variety of other worldwide travel media resources.