Holiday Celebrations Galore! Christmas Events in Metro Vancouver 2019

Christmas Event Guide 2019

Presented by Carousel Theatre for Young People’s PETER PAN

Metro Vancouver knows how to celebrate Christmas! Whether you are looking for a holiday parade, a Christmas attraction, a seasonal family activity or a mid-winter festival, we’ve rounded up all the Christmas offerings Metro Vancouver has to offer. Happy holidays!

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

Carousel Theatre for Young People - Peter PanFEATURED EVENT: All you need is faith, trust and a little bit of pixie dust as well as tickets to see Carousel Theatre for Young People’s production of Peter Pan. Sword fighting, swashbuckling, and riotous good fun are all part of the holiday-season production from Bad Hats Theatre and Carousel Theatre for Young People. Word of warning, the Carousel Theatre productions are always popular, especially the holiday show. Our recommendation, get your tickets now!


Abbotsford

Highstreet Holiday Show & Tree LightingHighStreet Tree Lighting: The biggest and brightest holiday experience in the Fraser Valley is the Highstreet Holiday Show and Tree Lighting. Highlights include the lighting of a dazzling 65-foot Christmas tree, rivalling that of New York’s Rockefeller Center and one of the tallest in Canada, along with Santa’s arrival. Other crowd favourites include Rudolf, Frosty, Spandy Andy the dancing elf, a 40-piece marching band, festive dancers, and a magical snowfall.


Winter Jubilee & Tree LightingWinter Jubilee & Tree Lighting: Save the date of November 23 for the annual holiday celebration in downtown Abbotsford. More details of the event will be announced closer to the event date.


Royal City Youth Ballet presents The NutcrackerRoyal City Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker: Experience the magic of The Nutcracker with Royal City Youth Ballet’s full length performance, featuring a cast of 100+ dancers. There are magical soldiers, mice, a Sugar Plum Fairy, and a growing Christmas tree.


Christmas GlowChristmas Glow: Sink in to the warmth of Christmas Glow at Tradex. Experience a magical family-friendly indoor wonderland as you help Santa and his elves find his reindeer and discover new ways to deliver presents using hot air balloons, planes, trains, motorcycles and more! Enjoy interactive light gardens, illuminated structures, delicious food, festive drinks and daily live entertainment all under the twinkle of a million lights.


Burnaby

Burnaby Village Museum Heritage ChristmasHeritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum: Ready for a vintage holiday celebration? It’s Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum! Stroll through the streets of the Village to see wreaths, cedar swags and vintage-themed displays will. At the bandstand, visitors can create their own magical holiday show with lights that change colours to sound.


Edmonds Festival of LightsEdmonds Festival of Lights: Come out and join this great holiday family-friendly event. There will be live entertainment, snacks, crafts and activities for all ages, and the jolly man in the red suit will make a special appearance! One lucky child will help the Mayor light the big tree at 5:15pm. This is a FREE family event.


Burnaby Lake Nature HouseChristmas at Burnaby Lake Nature House: Enjoy a guided winter walk along forested trails to discover wildlife in the park and some of the work the BLPA has done. Try some crafts, decorating a wood duck cookie and enjoy a hot drink. This event is FREE and everyone, of any age, is welcome! Please dress appropriately for the weather.


Carol Ships Parade of LightsCarol Ships Parade of Lights:  (Awaiting details for 2019) Come to Barnet Marine Park and watch the flotilla of carol ships sail past all decorated in their holiday splendour. The ships are expected to sail by between 8-8:30pm, times may vary depending on weather so please arrive early to avoid missing the ships.


Chilliwack

Rotary Christmas ParadeRotary Christmas Parade: Christmas magic fills the streets of downtown Chilliwack during the beloved annual Rotary Christmas Parade. The event draws thousands every year and features floats covered in Christmas lights, holiday toys & much more. Of course the man-of-the-hour, Santa Claus, appears in the parade too. Bundle up & enjoy the show.


CP Holiday TrainCP Holiday Train: The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train hits the rails again on November 26th (in Montreal) and will be visiting over 150 communities across the Canadian and US rail network. Each event features a boxcar stage, a lineup of great musical talent and a contribution to the local food bank. The train visits Agassiz on Dec 16th.


Coquitlam

Lights at LafargeLights at Lafarge: With a mug of steaming hot chocolate, join your family and friends at Lafarge Lake. Building on the City’s Light the Hall event, Lights at Lafarge promises to be bigger and better, with grander light displays and even more entertainment and activities for the entire family. This is an indoor/outdoor event at Town Centre Park and Evergreen Cultural Centre. Highlights of the event include: choral songs, hot chocolate & gingerbread, heritage Christmas crafts, a fire show, and Santa Claus.


Delta

Easter SkateWinter Wonderland Skates: Skate through a twinkling wonderland. The skating arenas at both North Delta Recreation Centre and South Delta Recreation Centre will be magically transformed into a winter spectacle. Regular drop-in rates apply. Please note that the hours of Winter Wonderland change throughout the holiday season. Please check the hours before you head out.


Langley

Magic of Christmas in LangleyMagic of Christmas Parade: The first Saturday in December is the official date for the City of Langley’s Annual Magic of Christmas Parade. The Magic of Christmas Parade has over 50 entries consisting of festive floats, bands, decorated vehicles, dance troupes, equestrian groups, and community groups.  Parade route: Fraser Hwy from 56th to 207th.


Christmas in Williams ParkChristmas in Williams Park: The annual Christmas in Williams Park in Langley is a FREE family and community event. View the spectacular show of lights as you drive or walk through the park. 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.


Christmas in the VillageChristmas in the Village: Special 3-day Christmas Farmers Market in the Village of Fort Langley. Themed after Charles Dickens book, “A Chrismas Carol” bring the family along and get the chance to win a Christmas Farmer’s Basket, featuring a turkey and all the trimmings for a family Christmas dinner.


A Fort Langley ChristmasHeritage Holidays at the Fort:Hear stories by the fire, taste a roasted chestnut, and join costumed interpreters for a guided, holiday-themed tour. Admire the charming holiday ambiance and take family snapshots at various scenic spots on site.



Maple Ridge

Covered wagon at Timberline RanchTimberline Country Christmas: The Timberline Ranch Country Christmas is a unique–yet traditional–family-oriented Christmas experience complete with lit trees, interactive scenes, and music. Revellers will be able to enjoy the bakery, workshop, petting zoo, and SnowVille, as well as a covered wagon ride. Pony rides are also available, for an additional fee. It’s all priced so reasonably that you’ll want to return with your friends!


Christmas in the ParkChristmas in the Park: Enjoy a visit with Santa, beautifully decorated trees, live music, hot chocolate, popcorn and more.


Maple Ridge Christmas Festival Santa ParadeMaple Ridge Christmas Festival Santa Parade: The Maple Ridge Christmas Festival and Parade is on the first Saturday of December every year. Families will enjoy FREE fun including – complimentary beverages (remember to bring your own mug to save waste), Christmas music at the Bandstand, a visit and photo with Santa, a live nativity scene, many beautiful decorations and of course the beloved Christmas parade. The parade starts at 6:00 pm and will include over 70 entries.


Royal City Youth Ballet presents The NutcrackerRoyal City Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker: Experience the magic of The Nutcracker with Royal City Youth Ballet’s full length performance, featuring a cast of 100+ dancers. There are magical soldiers, mice, a Sugar Plum Fairy, and a growing Christmas tree.


CP Holiday TrainCP Holiday Train: The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train hits the rails again on November 27th (in Montreal) and will be visiting over 150 communities across the Canadian and US rail network. Each event features a boxcar stage, a lineup of great musical talent and a contribution to the local food bank. The train visits Maple Ridge on Dec 16th.


Mission


New Westminster

Fishmas on IceFishmas on Ice: (Awaiting details for 2019) Come celebrate Fishmas on Ice with the Fraser River Discovery Centre’s sturgeon, George, and his riverine friends. The day promises lots of fun-filled festivities for the whole family. There is a host of planned activities: ice ice fishing, hook a candy cane, knock over Frosty, flying snowflakes, bingo scavenger hunt, and a Winter Wonderland photo booth.


Santa Parade New WestminsterSanta Claus Parade: The Santa Parade in New Westminster is a community favourite. Be sure to arrive early to get a good spot. The parade, filled with lots of holiday floats, will proceed down Columbia Street. Don’t worry the big man in red will make an appearance!


Royal City Youth Ballet presents The NutcrackerRoyal City Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker: Experience the magic of The Nutcracker with Royal City Youth Ballet’s full length performance, featuring a cast of 100+ dancers. There are magical soldiers, mice, a Sugar Plum Fairy, and a growing Christmas tree.


North Vancouver

Capilano Suspension Bridge with Canyon LightsCanyon Lights at the Capilano Suspension Bridge: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park’s popular holiday event, Canyon Lights is back. Park guests will be dazzled by the thousands of lights glittering throughout the rainforest, across the Suspension Bridge and on the cliffwalk. Go on a snowy old prowl, enjoy gingerbread cookie decorating, and make your own Christmas card. Canyon Lights tickets are valid all day with holiday activities beginning at 4:00pm.


Hi-Light FestivalHi-Light Festival: The Hi-Light Festival will feature the North Shore’s most majestic festival of lights with over 150,000 lights on display. The Hi-Light Festival is a charitable event for the North Vancouver firefighters, with all proceeds going to various appointed charities. The firefighters themselves have decorated an area of the garden and will be accepting donations as guests pass. There is FREE entertainment every Friday leading up to Christmas.


Shipyards Christmas FestivalThe Shipyards Christmas Festival: North Van’s Shipbuilder’s Square will be transformed into a winter wonderland. Enjoy carolling, FREE warm coffee, tea & hot chocolate plus family-friendly crafts including ornament & lantern making and gingerbread decorating. There will also be a storytime tent, face painting, balloon creations, and Christmas carols.


Carol Ships Shoreside CelebrationCarol Ship Shoreside Celebration: Visit the shores of beautiful Deep Cove this holiday season where we’ll be gathering to watch the Carol Ships sail by. Enjoy a warm and festive evening, filled with musical entertainment, roving performers, free craft workshops, a blazing bonfire and beautiful lights. Santa himself may even stop by!


Peak of Christmas Grouse MountainThe Peak of Christmas: Celebrate the magic of the season with Grouse Mountain’s annual Peak of Christmas celebration. This year’s activities include: Santa’s Workshop, visit Dancer and Vixen, outdoor ice skating, listening to Reindeer Ranger talks, watching a Christmas Favourite. Also the gorgeous Light Walk returns and kids will love the Sliding Zone.


Royal City Youth Ballet presents The NutcrackerRoyal City Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker: Experience the magic of The Nutcracker with Royal City Youth Ballet’s full length performance, featuring a cast of 100+ dancers. There are magical soldiers, mice, a Sugar Plum Fairy, and a growing Christmas tree.


Pitt Meadows

Christmas in Pitt MeadowsChristmas in Pitt Meadows: Celebrate Christmas in Pitt Meadows and help welcome Santa to the city! Count down to the lighting of the City’s Christmas tree, enjoy FREE family fun including live music, crafts & photos with Santa. Be sure to check out the ice sculpture & enter the colouring contest.


CP Holiday TrainCP Holiday Train: The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train hits the rails again on November 27th (in Montreal) and will be visiting over 150 communities across the Canadian and US rail network. Each event features a boxcar stage, a lineup of great musical talent and a contribution to the local food bank. The train visits Pitt Meadows on Dec 16th.


Port Coquitlam

Christmas in Leigh SquareChristmas in Leigh Square: The celebrations span 2 days. Day 1 is a holiday market. Day 2 brings hot chocolate, live entertainment, face painting, a lighting ceremony and much more. This is a FREE event to attend.


Christmas Holiday Skates in Metro VancouverSkates with Santa: Take a spin on the ice with the jolliest old elf there is! Be sure you are on your best behaviour as someone is finalizing his naughty & nice list.


CP Holiday TrainCP Holiday Train: The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train hits the rails again on November 27th (in Montreal) and will be visiting over 150 communities across the Canadian and US rail network. Each event features a boxcar stage, a lineup of great musical talent and a contribution to the local food bank. The train visits Port Coquitlam on Dec 17th.


Port Moody

CP Holiday TrainCP Holiday Train:The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train hits the rails again on November 27th (in Montreal) and will be visiting over 150 communities across the Canadian and US rail network. Each event features a boxcar stage, a lineup of great musical talent and a contribution to the local food bank. The train visits Port Moody on Dec 17th.


Richmond

Festival of TreesSteveston Festival of Trees: The Steveston Merchants Association, in partnership with the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society and the Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market, 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. Visit the Cannery to view the trees and vote for your favourite–grand prize is a donation to the charity of the winner’s choice. Please bring a donation for the Richmond Food Bank.


Sparkle Brighter at McArthur GlenSparkle Brighter at McArthur Glen: Enjoy live entertainment and a special tree lighting ceremony with an important visitor from the North Pole all at McArthur Glen’s annual Sparkle Brighter holiday celebration.


Lighting of Fire Hall No. 5Lighting of Fire Hall No. 5: Come and join Richmond Fire Rescue and the Hamilton Community Association for a festive afternoon of treats, crafts, tours and more. The afternoon’s celebrations end by lighting up the decorations on No. 5 Fire Hall. This is a FREE, all ages, event.


Santa at the CannerySanta at the Cannery: Santa returns to the Cannery for the 2019 holiday season! After sailing into Steveston public wharf at 1pm, Santa will lead his elves to the Cannery, where he will be available for photos. Don’t forget your camera! Santa will be in the Cannery’s Boiler House Theatre from 2:00pm -4:00pm. Pick up a timed ticket voucher at the Cannery to ensure your spot in the line up for photos with Santa.


Christmas Holiday Skates in Metro VancouverSkates with Santa: Take a spin on the ice with the jolliest old elf there is! Be sure you are on your best behaviour as someone is finalizing his naughty & nice list.


Winter HayridesWinter Hayrides: (Awaiting details for 2019) Hop board for this old-time favourite experience around Steveston Village that includes a sing-a-long and viewing of local holiday displays. Cost is $7 per person. This is an all ages event.


Peter Pan at Carousel Theatre for Young People


Surrey

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival: Surrey’s Tree Lighting Festival returns on November 23rd.  There are a TON of fun family-friendly activities planned: ride a mini-train; climb inside a massive snow globe; listen to story time inside an igloo…and so many more fun events. The Mayor will turn on the lights at 6:30pm.


Surrey Santa Parade of LightsSurrey’s Santa Parade of Lights: The traditional parade with floats, marching bands, antique vehicles and horses will be joined by an amazing lighted Truck Parade. Based on the phenomenal success last year, the parade organizers are striving to have even more lighted-entries at this year’s parade. Everyone is encouraged to bring either a non-perishable food item or a children’s toy that will get picked up by one of the members of the Surrey Food Bank and the Surrey Christmas Bureau.


Royal City Youth Ballet presents The NutcrackerRoyal City Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker: Experience the magic of The Nutcracker with Royal City Youth Ballet’s full length performance, featuring a cast of 100+ dancers. There are magical soldiers, mice, a Sugar Plum Fairy, and a growing Christmas tree.


Big Rig for Kids Lighted Truck ParadeBig Rig for Kids Lighted Truck Parade: On December 1st, the 10th annual Lighted Truck Parade will dazzle viewers along University Drive.  hey will be stopping in front of the Library for around an hour (7pm until just after 8pm) for everyone to enjoy. The truckers spend hours decorating their vehicles, turning them into beautiful representations of the holiday season. The trucks are often decorated with hundreds of strings of lights lighting up the faces of children and adults alike with huge smiles.


Christmas at Bear Creek Park TrainsChristmas Train at Bear Creek Park: Come ride the Christmas Train Bear Creek Park.  Visit with Santa and receive a candy cane, Christmas activity kit and enjoy a train ride through the Christmas forest.


Pioneer ChristmasVictorian Christmas: Sing Christmas carols accompanied by the farm’s piano, sample delicious Victorian treats baked in a wood stove, and make a charming old-time Christmas decoration for your tree at home. Admission is FREE.


Winter Ice Palace

Winter Ice Palace: As is Christmas tradition the Cloverdale Arena will be transformed into the Winter Ice Palace over the winter school break. 2019 marks the 22nd year this popular event has been attracting families from all over the Lower Mainland. If you are looking for something to do on either Dec 25th or January 1st, you are in luck as they are open both holiday days.


Vancouver

Carousel Theatre for Young People - Peter PanFEATURED EVENT: All you need is faith, trust and a little bit of pixie dust as well as tickets to see Carousel Theatre for Young People’s production of Peter Pan. Sword fighting, swashbuckling, and riotous good fun are all part of the holiday-season production from Bad Hats Theatre and Carousel Theatre for Young People. Word of warning, the Carousel Theatre productions are always popular, especially the holiday show. Our recommendation, get your tickets now!


Vancouver TheatreSports presents Merry Kissmas - A Royal RomanceVancouver TheatreSports Merry Kissmas – A Royal Romance is a hilarious holiday performance that appeals to all who love to laugh. If you love the sappy holiday movies from Hallmark, you definitely need to get tickets to this production. The holiday-movie-parody is centred around a certain ginger-haired prince and his non-royal wife. Vancouver TheatreSports entertains audiences with the tales of Prince Randolf and Meghan Sparkle, the royal parents, the (shudder) suburban in-laws, and a wedding planner named Chris Garland. Tears of laughter will stream down your cheeks!


Lights of HopeSt. Paul’s Hospital’s Lights of Hope: Visit the 21st 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.


Christmas at FlyOver Canada: FlyOver Canada allows guests to soar from coast to coast on a breathtaking aerial journey using the latest in virtual flight ride technology. The attraction, a first of its kind in Canada, is a fully immersive experience including wind, mist, and even scents! The Christmas version of FlyOver Canada includes a special trip to the North Pole!


CandyTown in YaletownCandyTown in YaleTown: Vancouver’s 8th annual CandyTown festival will transform the heritage district of Yaletown into a winter wonderland. From visits with Santa and the Ice Queen, to Christmas arts and crafts, and of course lots of sweet treats, CandyTown is an event to ignite the festive spirit in all guests.


Christmas on the DriveChristmas on the Drive: Share in the joy and laughter of the Christmas season with free pictures with Santa and horse-drawn carriage rides down Commercial Drive. Sing along to seasonal live music, or visit the Kids Craft Zone, featuring a caricature artist, balloon-twisting clown, and face painter. Stay for the main event of the evening – the tree lighting at 5:00pm.


Vancouver Christmas MarketVancouver Christmas Market: It’s the 10th anniversary of the Vancouver Christmas Market. More than just a craft fair, the Vancouver Christmas Market is an authentic German Christmas Market that creates the perfect atmosphere to mix and mingle with friends and family, stroll through romantic rows of little wooden huts decorated in pine branches and illuminated with strings of little white lights. In each hut discover terrific food and drink and a wonderful array of Christmas gifts. There are more than 75 huts stuffed with sweets, treats, and treasures. Wander the market’s winding alleys and discover authentic German delicacies: sizzling sausages, warming Glühwein (mulled wine), old world confections, and so much more! Be dazzled by the glittering carousel, a 30-foot tall walk-in Christmas tree boasting 36,000 twinkling lights, live entertainment, and a multitude of festive family activities.


Bright Nights at Stanley ParkBright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley ParkDuring the holiday season, the Bright Nights Train and Plaza at Stanley Park sparkles with three million twinkling lights, decorating the darkness that comes early at this time of year. Partial proceeds from ticket sales go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, which helps burn survivors and their families. $1.4 million has been raised since 1998. Entrance to the Bright Nights Train Plaza is by donation (you don’t need to purchase train tickets to see the holiday lights). Donations will be accepted at the front gate.  A minimum $5 donation is suggested.  Tip: to avoid the crowds come visit the lights during the 1st 2 weeks of December. Train ride prices are $6 for everyone on the matinee train; the evening train costs $12 for adults and $9 for seniors and youth aged 13 – 17 years, and $8 for kids 3 – 12 years. Small children aged 2 years & under are free.


Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden: During December, 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 in to the spirit of the season. Buy your tickets in advance to save money and avoid waiting in line.


Vancouver Christmas Tree LightingVancouver Christmas Tree Lighting: Back for its 13th year, the Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting takes place on Friday, November 29 at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Enjoy watching four magnificent holiday trees, one of which is 76 feet tall, come alive with hope and light.


Festivale Tropicale at Bloedel ConservatoryFestivale Tropicale at Bloedel Conservatory: Did you know the Bloedel Conservatory is 50 years young?! To celebrate this milestone year, everyone is invited to Festivale Tropicale. It may be pouring, sleeting, or snowing outside the dome, but inside visitors will find tropical celebration. Experience 150 free flying exotic birds, magical lights, colourful plant displays, festive music, a scavenger hunt, and much more.


Christmas at Canada PlaceChristmas at Canada PlaceCome down to Canada Place to experience the 30th annual Christmas at Canada Place. You’ll find the magical Christmas Trail including five of the old Woodward’s Windows displays, catch a glimpse of a classic Christmas movie in Rudolph’s Theatre, take pictures inside a 15ft snow globe, stroll down the Avenue of Trees, experience the beautiful Canada Place Sails of Light and much more. Admission is FREE.


Santa Claus ParadeSanta Claus Parade in Vancouver: Come out and join in on the family fun pre-parade festivities (10am – noon) outside the Vancouver Art Gallery! There will be live entertainment on the main stage, decorate a gingerbread man, write a letter to Santa and much more! The parade will start at West Georgia and Broughton (at 12:00 pm), travel east along West Georgia, turn south on Howe and finish at Howe and Davie.


West Vancouver


Carousel Theatre for Young People - Peter Pan

Pirates. Lost Boys. A ticking crocodile. And a child who never wants to grow up. With live folk and jazz music, this exuberant adaptation of J M Barrie’s classic tale reimagines Peter Pan for the new millennium. This magical story soars to new heights – without the use of wires. Infused with spirited play, music, joy, and a pinch of fairy dust- Peter Pan promises a rollicking good time!

Sword fighting, swashbuckling, and riotous good fun are all part of the holiday-season production from Carousel Theatre for Young People. Word of warning, the Carousel Theatre productions are always popular, especially the holiday show. Our recommendation, get your tickets now! A gift of an experience is always a terrific idea for a child – this show runs until January 5th, so tickets under the Christmas tree is a great option.

The performance is intended for children aged 4+ years (and adults who never want to grow up). The show runs for 75 minutes with a 15 minute intermission.


 

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