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This is one of the busiest weekends around Metro Vancouver for holiday events and festivals! With the snowfall over the past few days (and more in the forecast) it is really starting to feel like Christmas. Our advent calendars have been started (Bon Maman jam calendar for myself, Free Holiday Adventure calendar for the kids), and the holiday events have all kicked into high gear. If you’re heading out to get a fresh Christmas tree this weekend, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite spots in our Christmas Tree Guide. Or maybe you are hoping to take in some Christmas Light Displays this weekend? Whatever is on your schedule, stay safe (and warm) in the snow!

Here are our top picks for family-friendly events for the weekend of December 2-4, 2022.

1. Spirit of the Season Festival

Head to the Shipyards in North Vancouver on December 3rd for the annual Christmas festival! The large tree will be lit by the mayor between 4-4:30, but there will be plenty of family-friendly events taking place from 3pm-8pm. Enjoy live music, ice skating and free hot cocoa!

2. CandyTown Festival

Vancouver’s 10th annual CandyTown festival will transform the heritage district of Yaletown into a winter wonderland on December 3rd &4th. Lights and candy canes will adorn lamp poles and costumed characters will parade down the street.

3. Stiles & Drewe’s “The 3 Little Pigs”

Looking for a great show for ages 3 & up? Head to Granville Island for the opening weekend of Carousel Theatre for Young People’s production of “The 3 Little Pigs.” A heartwarming tale about perseverance, bravery, and friendship, Stiles & Drewe’s “The 3 Little Pigs” is a charming and witty reimagining of the beloved children’s fable, with toe-tapping musical numbers, cheerful costumes, and dazzling puppetry.

4. Bright Skies at Canada Place

On December 2nd & 3rd, catch 300 drones as they synchronize in the skies to create a holiday story. The show is about 30 minutes long, so make sure you check out the Christmas festivities at Canada Place afterward!

5. Winter Wonders Community Celebration

Join Mackin House for FREE holiday fun at Heritage Square. Visit with Santa, make crafts, sip hot chocolate while listening to carols and stories that celebrate the magic of the winter season. Enjoy a story walk and scavenger hunt, and learn about seasonal foods and traditions from different cultures

6. Lighting of the Queensborough Firehall

Visit with Santa and Sparky, hear some live music and enjoy some treats at the annual Lighting of the Queensborough Firehall! This event is free, but please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the food bank.

7. Cloverdale Christmas Tree Event

Head to the Museum of Surrey this weekend to check out the Cloverdale Tree Festival! This friendly competition brings local businesses together to sponsor a tree. Vote for your favourite and be entered for a chance to win a gift card! The Stɑlə̓w̓ Christmas Craft Market is also happening at the Museum of Surrey on Saturday, December 3rd, so there is lots to see and do!


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But wait…There’s more!

Love our list of awesome kid-friendly activities to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend? Then you’ll love our monthly guides too! Take a look at our “What’s Happening in December” events guide, and bookmark our events calendar to never miss out on the fun!

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