One of the best things about Christmas in Vancouver is the wonderful array of holiday-themed events and attractions. While some of the biggest attractions--like the famous VanDusen Festival of Lights and Bright Nights in Stanley Park--are ticketed, many of the best attractions--including the annual Roger Santa Claus Parade and ice skating at Robson Square--are FREE!
FREE Vancouver Christmas Events & Attractions 2012
1. Candytown: A Yaletown Holiday Festival - November 23 - 24, 2012
Yaletown hosts the newest free Christmas event in Vancouver: a two-day festival on Mainland Street (between Davie and Nelson) that includes a "All I want for Christmas" street market, horse-drawn carriage rides, reindeer, ice skating, and appearances by NHL star Trevor Linden and Santa. (Bring your own camera for pictures with Santa!)
2. Vancouver Tree Lighting Celebration - November 29, 2012
The sixth annual Vancouver Tree Lighting Celebration is a free party at the Jack Poole Plaza at the Convention Centre in downtown Vancouver. The celebration includes the ceremonial lighting of a 50-foot Christmas Tree, plus live music from the Vancouver Children's Choir and Christmas soloists, and special guest appearances by the BC Lions along with the Felines and Bro Jake from Rock 101, as well as Santa himself.
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