Metro Vancouver knows how to celebrate Christmas! While we all know Christmas 2020 is going to be different thanks to COVID-19, we applaud all the event organizers for devising truly creative solutions. Many beloved Christmas events are still occurring but please be prepared that the events will have been adjusted to accommodate the COVID restrictions.
If we’ve missed an event, please send an email to email@example.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
Christmas Light Guide: It seems as though almost everyone has jumped aboard the Christmas light display train. We’ve never seen so many houses decorated. New for 2020, we’ve added an interactive Google Map to help you maximize your light-to-drive-time ratio. Have fun and drive safe.
Holidays in Historic Downtown Abbotsford: from elf-spotting to sound-activated Christmas lights, there are lots of COVID-friendly experiences awaiting every day in Downtown Abbotsford.
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.
Rotary Christmas Parade Holiday Show: In place of the beloved Rotary Christmas Parade, families are invited to watch a variety-style holiday show premiering on December 5.
Christmas Glow: For 2020 Glow invites you to experience a 15-minute leisurely drive-thru experience at Milner Gardens. There are fun treats included along with nearly 1 million lights to enjoy from the comfort (and safety) of your own car.
Christmas in Williams Park:The annual Christmas in Williams Park in Langley is a FREE family and community event. For 2020, 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 2 decades, this event has become a beloved holiday tradition for many families. Please note this event is happening on set dates this year (unlike previous years where it runs for 3 weeks).
Glow Maple Ridge: until January 8th 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.
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, listening to Reindeer Ranger talks, and a stunning walk around Blue Grouse Lake lit by breathtaking light installations.
Christmas in Pitt Meadows: Celebrate Christmas in Pitt Meadows with a Christmas light tour, an ugly sweater competition, letters to Santa and more.
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. Voting ends December 20.
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 tress for the Festival of Trees. Admission is by donation on December 6, 13 and 20.
Surrey Tree Lighting Festival:Surrey’s Tree Lighting Festival is going virtual for 2020. Enjoy live entertainment and the tree lighting starting at 5pm on Nov 21.
Museum of Surrey Christmas Tree Tour: Visit the Museum of Surrey to enjoy 25 trees custom decorated by Cloverdale businesses. Where else can you find a free, family friendly, indoor Christmas tour? Walk the museum to see trees custom decorated by 25 Cloverdale businesses. Vote for your favourite for a chance to win a $100 gift card!
PNE 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.
Panto Come Home! The beloved East Van Panto has gone virtual for 2020 but you can guarantee the laughs will be the same as we experience every year in the York Theatre. Treat your family to a Digital Subscription Box and enjoy Panto Come Home! from your home Dec 17 – 27.
Lumiere Vancouver: The stunning light instillations remain up at English Bay until February 2021. You can visit your favourites – Luna, Stanley, Davie Bear, and Eugenia.
St. Paul’s Hospital’s Lights of Hope: Visit the annual Lights of Hope at St. Paul’s Hospital! Every year, St. Paul’s Hospital builds a spectacular display of holiday lights to inspire the community to give generously to the hospital’s greatest needs. The display is built by volunteers using donated materials, including strings of lights that would measure 10 km if laid end-to-end and almost 200 stars recognizing donors to the campaign. For 2020 you can also enjoy a live stream of the light display.
Dundarave Festival of Lights: illuminated Christmas trees on a West Vancouver beach. Enjoy wandering through the many festooned trees. While in previous years there has been live entertainment on the weekends, COVID has made it so it’s just the trees this year.
On the search for an amazing stocking stuffer? Ready to stock up on experience gifts for 2021? We highly recommend giving the gift of flight. A 4D immersive flight across our beautiful country. FlyOver Canada may be temporarily closed due to the COVID restrictions but their plan is to re-open on January 9th. So while a jolly-filled flight isn’t currently available, you are able to gift the memorable experience this holiday season. FlyOver Canada Gift Tickets are the simplest and safest way to discover the country’s hallmark sights and world-famous destinations, all from right here in Vancouver. Gift Tickets also promise the ultimate flexibility and include access to FlyOver Canada’s exciting new collection of flight-rides, taking off in 2021.
The COVID vaccines are rolling out around the world. We know that life will return at some point – we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. So plan ahead for the future. Plan for a family adventure. Give your loved ones a FlyOver Canada Gift Ticket this holiday season.