December must be the busiest one on the calendar. There are oodles family-friendly events to check out plus family gatherings, parties with friends, concerts at school, and aren’t we lucky we can do so many of these activities once again this year?! December is jam-packed with so many family-friendly events.

Tis the season to say “hello” to the jolly old elf! If you need to know where you can chat with Santa and have your picture taken, then take a gander at our list of Places to Visit Santa. Santa is already visiting most malls across Metro Vancouver. Don’t forget Santa has to return to the North Pole on December 24th.

Do you get a real tree every year? If so you’ll want to look at our Complete Guide to Christmas Tree Farms. A few farms are closed this year as they need their stock to grow a bit more before harvesting. So if you have a a favourite farm you always visit please make sure it is actually open this year.

The hilarious English panto tradition returns for the 9th year to East Vancouver. You don’t want to miss out on seeing the East Van Panto: Alice in Wonderland (Nov 24 – Jan 2). Perfect for families with kids aged 6+. Get ready to laugh your socks off!

We love attending the Festival of Lights at VanDusen Garden (Nov 26 – Jan 3). 2021 marks the 37th edition of this holiday favourite. 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.

The holiday craft fairs started in November and are still running strong through December. Check out our ever-expanding list here. And if we missed one off our list please let us know (

In non-COVID times the CP Holiday Train travels from Montreal to the Lower Mainland raising funds for local food banks. This year families are invited to enjoy a star-studded line up of FREE entertainment with CP Holiday Train at Home (Dec 18).

My kids get ridiculously excited when we discover a house dripping in holiday lights. Every year we spend at least one night driving around, standing in awe in front of people’s homes dazzled by their lights & creativity. Every year we build our Christmas Light Display Listing from scratch – we ask readers to submit addresses and we update our list as fast as possible. If you know of an address we’ve missed, please send us an email (

And in case that lengthy list of events wasn’t enough for you, have a peak at our Ultimate Guide to Christmas Events in Metro Vancouver. This list keeps growing and growing!