Metro Vancouver knows how to celebrate Christmas! Many of our beloved holiday events are back, and IN PERSON, for 2021. We can’t wait to dive head-first into the holiday events, celebrations, and activities.

If we’ve missed an event, please send an email to vancouver@familyfuncanada.com and we will update our list faster than Santa can say Ho! Ho! Ho!

To help you find the event you are looking for just click on the city-name below to navigate to the appropriate section of this listing. All of the events are listed by city first and then by date.

Abbotsford | Burnaby | Chilliwack | Coquitlam |Delta | Langley | Maple Ridge | Mission | New Westminster | North Vancouver | Pitt Meadows | Port Coquitlam | Port Moody | Richmond | Surrey | Vancouver | West Vancouver


Abbotsford

HighStreet Tree Lighting and Holiday Show: Santa, Frosty, Rudolph, a marching band, and a 65ft Christmas tree are ready to get things rocking in Abbotsford. (To the best of our knowledge this event is still going ahead as it is before the flooding further along Hwy 1 in Abbotsford. Please check the organizer’s website before heading out to ensure the event details haven’t changed). The Tree Lighting happens Nov 20; the holiday show runs every Saturday until Dec 18.


Burnaby

Holiday Light Displays in Burnaby: The City of Burnaby has put together a map directing visitors to where they can find holiday light displays to enjoy. The map is updated on a regular basis.


Heritage Christmas: Experience the old-fashioned magic of Christmas at Heritage Christmas at the Burnaby Village Museum. Stroll through the 1920’s village and enjoy spectacular lights, vintage-themed displays and historical exhibits. Admission is free.


Chilliwack


Langley

 

Christmas in Williams Park: The annual Christmas in Williams Park in Langley is a FREE family and community event. For 2021, enjoyment of this spectacular show of lights is from your car only. Walk-throughs will not be allowed this year. The entire event is put together by volunteers. Running for more than 3 decades, this event has become a beloved holiday tradition for many families.


Maple Ridge

Glow Maple Ridge: until January 7th families are encouraged to visit Memorial Peace Park for Glow Maple Ridge. The free outdoor event will dazzle the senses with a twinkling light tunnel, a brilliant art tree, a glowing bandstand, and an interactive illuminated sequoia tree and more. Please remember social distancing is a must, and masks are strongly encouraged.


New Westminster

Shine Bright New WestShine Bright New West: This beloved musical, magical event is back bigger and brighter for 2021. Shine Bright New West offers both FREE and ticketed events. Families are sure to enjoy four concerts geared specifically for young audience members. Book your tickets online (two performances happen after Christmas Day; a great gift idea!)


North Vancouver

The Peak of Christmas: Celebrate the magic of the season with Grouse Mountain’s annual Peak of Christmas celebration. This year’s activities include: visiting Dancer and Vixen, outdoor ice skating, a stunning walk around Blue Grouse Lake lit by breathtaking light installations, and a visit with Santa in his workshop.


Pitt Meadows

Christmas in Pitt Meadows: Christmas in Pitt Meadows – the free outdoor holiday event – is back transforming Spirit Square into a magical Christmas village on December 3rd.


Holiday Light Display Contest in Pitt Meadows: the City of Pitt Meadows pulled together a list of holiday light displays in their city and now people are encouraged to visit the lights and vote for their favourites.


Richmond

A Broadway HolidayA Broadway Holiday: Performed by seven talented singer-musicians, you will be treated to festive hits from Broadway shows like “Let it Snow”, “Sleigh Ride”, and “White Christmas” to name a few. The musical show features entertaining instruments such as the accordion and kazoo! This all-ages show will lift your spirits and get your whole family in the holiday mood.


Steveston Festival of Trees: The Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society is excited to present the annual Christmas at the Cannery: Festival of Trees. Community groups and local businesses will decorate trees for the Festival of Trees.


 

Surrey

Cloverdale Christmas Trees - Museum of SurreyCloverdale Christmas Trees: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Museum of Surrey. The folks at the Museum of Surrey and the Chamber of Commerce are decking the halls with 30+ festive Christmas trees. Walk the museum to see trees custom-decorated by Cloverdale businesses. Vote for your favourite for a chance to win a $100 Cloverdale shopping spree!


Bear Creek Park Lights: Enjoy a free, family-friendly evening festival in Surrey. Bear Creek Park is festooned with holiday lights and Christmas instillations. Reimagined to bring nature to the forefront, this year’s event features an illuminated nature trail with stunning light displays to enhance the natural landscape of the park.


Vancouver


PNE Winter LightsPNE Winter Lights: Stay snuggled in the warmth of your car while you journey through 2km of illuminated displays. There will be live performers and music to enhance your experience. Booking ahead is highly recommended. Masks are required for anyone over the age of 2 years.


Imagine PicassoImagine Picasso: looking for a unique family experience this holiday? Check out the Imagine Picasso immersive art installation. Did you know Picasso created more than 65,000 pieces of art in his lifetime? The exceptional Imagine Picasso exhibit runs until early January.


CandyTown: Vancouver’s 9th annual CandyTown festival will transform the heritage district of Yaletown into a winter wonderland. Downtown Vancouver’s only free winter festival will transform Mainland, Hamilton and Davie streets into a winter wonderland.


East Van Panto: Alice in WonderlandEast Van Panto: Alice in Wonderland: The beloved East Van Panto is both in-person and virtual for 2021. Regardless of how you view the performance, you can guarantee the laughs will be the same as we experience every year in the York Theatre.


Lumiere Vancouver: The stunning light installations have returned to Vancouver until the end of November.


Bright Nights Holiday Train: The beloved Holiday Train returns to Stanley Park Nov 26 – Jan 2. Tickets can only be purchased online for this great family-friendly event. Matinee rides happen Dec 18-24 for the littles who can’t stay up quite as late.


Festival of Lights: VanDusen Botanical Garden is decorated with hundreds of thousands of lights for the Festival of Lights.  Enjoy the twinkling lights and light show, take a stroll down Candy Cane Lane, hear the sweet sounds of carolling, and get into the spirit of the season.


West Vancouver