December

Sledding Hills
Watch Out Below! Fabulously Fun Sledding Hills Around Metro Vancouver

If your kids are like mine, a mere dusting is enough snow to warrant pulling out the magic carpets and sleds. Grab your toques, mitts, pack some hot chocolate and get ready to fly down hillsides. Remember to always pack a change of clothes because no matter how well you
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Ride the Polar Express 2019
Get Your Golden Ticket & Ride the Polar Express

Do you have your golden ticket? The magical Polar Express once again returns to the West Coast Railway Park in Squamish. This must-do holiday tradition is the only Polar Express event in Western Canada. Travel aboard the Polar Express’ 50-minute long train ride while enjoying cookies, hot chocolate and Christmas carolling. There
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Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden – CANCELLED for 2020

Due to the public health orders, this event is cancelled for 2020. 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,
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Goh Ballet presents The Nutcracker
Goh Ballet presents The Nutcracker

The 2018 production of Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker promises to be the biggest production of its history yet and will be the premier dance event of the season. Presenting five performances at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Goh Ballet’s rendition features an intricate cast of over two hundred and fifty dancers,
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Santa Claus Parade
Santa Claus Parade in Vancouver

Once again TELUS is the sponsor of the Vancouver Santa Claus Parade. 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
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Peak of Christmas Grouse Mountain
The Peak of Christmas

Celebrate the magic of the season with Grouse Mountain’s annual Peak of Christmas celebration. This year’s festivities have been adjusted due to COVID restrictions but there is still ample outdoor fun for all to enjoy. Daily activities include: Write a letter to Santa Visit Santa’s Reindeer Outdoor Ice Skating Reindeer
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Robson Square Ice Skating
Robson Square Ice Rink – Temporarily Closed due to COVID

Please note that Robson Square is temporarily closed due to COVID. The Robson Square Ice Rink is located in the very heart of downtown next to the Vancouver Art Gallery and Robson Street shopping. As it is covered by a clear dome there is protection from rain but is otherwise
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Light Up the Heights

It is time to Light Up the Heights. A sidewalk festival hosted by the Heights Merchants Association offers carollers, Santa, and fantastic shopping deals.  The tree lighting ceremony happens at 4:30 the Fire Hall No. 5. The Burnaby community will come together under a beautifully lit tree to enjoy music,
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Model Railway Open House
CANCELLED: Model Railway Open House

March 18, 2020: Please note this event is cancelled due to COVID-19. The Dewdney-Alouette Railway Society (DARS) has created a massive diorama centred on Port Haney in 1926. It is a labour of love that has spanned over 25 years, and the club members continue to work on this display
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Complete Guide to Christmas Tree Farms in Metro Vancouver

Cutting our own Christmas tree is a beloved family tradition in my family. We’ve done it on and off for years and are delighted that there are so many options available for u-cut trees in the area. Christmas tree farming is a renewable resource: young growing trees absorb carbon dioxide
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