Posted March 2, 2011 by Adam Toren in City Guides

Vancouver Holiday – Enjoy Local Festivities While on a Vancouver Holiday

A melting pot of diverse nationalities and cultures, Vancouver offers visitors plenty to see and do any time of the year and more so at Christmas time.  If you are planning a Vancouver holiday around the Christmas season, you will want to be sure and check out all the holiday festivities going on around the city.  No matter your age, interests, or economic status, you are sure to find amazing events to make your Vancouver holiday truly memorable.


Burnaby Village Museum


Take a step back in time and see what Christmas might have been like almost a century ago at the Burnaby Village Museum.  This museum is like a miniature town pulled directly from the 1920’s.  It is on a 10-acre site and staff dress in 1920’s fashions.  It hosts several homes and businesses that were true of the era and the staff gives wonderful demonstrations.  You can also take a ride on a fully restored carousel that the whole family is sure to love.  For the holiday season they present an amazing Christmas village that is sure to delight.


Stanley Park


Always a favorite destination for anyone on a Vancouver holiday; come Christmas time and Stanley Park is converted into a truly magical Winter Wonderland.  Be sure to go see their wonderful display called “Bright Nights in Stanley Park”.  The Vancouver Park Board and The BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund put literally over a million lights up throughout the park.  This tradition has been going on for 20 years and is a favorite of both tourists and natives.  A fully adorned train winds through the park passing animated displays and breath taking decorations.  You can also just walk through the park at your own leisure.  The air is filled with the wonderful sounds of Christmas tunes and the smell of edible goodies like popcorn, hot chocolate, and roasted nuts.  Children of all ages are sure to be truly enchanted.


Arts Club Theatre


Vancouver Arts Club is putting on a performance of the Christmas story at the theatre located on Granville Island.  There are multiple shows throughout the holiday season, so just call the box office at (604) 687-1644 for further details.


Grouse Mountain


If you are looking to get out of the hectic city and enjoy something outdoorsy, be sure to check out all the holiday events being held atop Grouse Mountain called Peak of Christmas.  They create truly a winter wonderland where you can take your family for all sorts of wondrous activities.  You can take a sleigh ride, visit Santa’s workshop, and ice skate on a frozen pond.  You can even take your kid’s for a breakfast with Santa himself.  All the special events are included in general admission to Grouse Mountain.  The aesthetic is breathtaking and magical and a perfect stop for any Vancouver holiday during the Christmas season.


Surrey Museum


If the 1920’s Christmas at Burnaby Village doesn’t take you back far enough, try a trip to the Surrey Museum.  Here you will see recreations of pioneer life at Christmas time.  You can learn all about Christmas customs from pioneer days as well as create Christmas crafts with your kids.  They also house an amazing collection of vintage Christmas cards and host an interactive old-fashioned carol sing in the gallery of the Museum.  While you are there be sure to also check out the Lego Winter Wonderland exhibit, which is just too cute and pretty amazing.  With admission so low ($5 for adult, $3.75 for seniors and students, $2.50 for kids, and under 5 years of age is free), you are sure to delight the entire family.


Night Life


If you are looking for more excitement on your Vancouver holiday, be sure to check out some of the great Christmas events held at local clubs and other venues.  Here are details on some of the best.


  • Very Vancouver Christmas Benefit Concert: If you like to help out the animals when you party, this event is a must. Presented by The Roxy and Rave on Studio, this event raises money for the BC-SPCA. There are amazing live performances from fantastic local artists and it is only $10.00 to attend. Your admission also includes a free drink. If you really love the music, you can also buy the accompanying Very Vancouver Christmas CD. This is a great way to get in the holiday spirit and help out animals in need.

  • Underneath the Mistletoe: The Edgewater Casino is hosting a vocal Christmas cabaret called Underneath the Mistletoe featuring vocal group Magic box. The performing burlesque troupe is known as the Sneaky Kiki’s Girlesque and this sexy show tells the story of a naughty Mrs. Claus on Christmas Eve. To make a full night of this event, have dinner beforehand at the Chophouse located within walking distance of the casino. Dinner and show packages are available, or you can just attend the slow. Tickets to the show are $20. This show will ensure you have one hot winter night.


  • A Kiss Under the Mistletoe: Want to find an event that is sexy and charitable? Check out A Kiss Under the Mistletoe at Bar None. Enjoy Ibiza inspired house music performed by a DJ accompanied with live percussion and horns until three in the morning. VIP guests get to hang on a bed with hostesses dressed as Mrs. Claus, and the whole place is decked out in Christmas décor and other special Christmas treats. Not only will you be able to dance and be amidst a slew of sexy people, but part of the $25 ticket goes to Ryder Evans Brockett Charity Fund. What a great way to be naughty and nice.




There are several amazing parades that are presented around the holiday season.  A few are worth mentioning in some detail.  The Hyack Festival Association puts on an annual Hyack Parade of Lights.  It has all the things you expect to find in a parade from bands playing Christmas tunes to floats decked in lights and full Christmas regalia.  Another super popular and spectacular parade is the Rogers Santa Claus Parade.  This parade is held in downtown Vancouver ever year and is always a must-see event.  They have extended the parade route recently to allow for more people to comfortably watch.  These parades are sure to warm your heart.


Adam Toren

Adam Toren
Adam Toren is born and raised in Vancouver BC and loves everything Vancouver BC has to offer. He loves traveling and exploring new and unique restaurants and places around the world.