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Vancouver Events in December

Best of the Holiday Season


'Tis the season...for family fun, winter lights, visiting Santa, and so much more. This Vancouver events calendar highlights the best city-wide and local, neighbourhood events for December 2013.

See also:

  • Guide to Christmas in Vancouver 2013
  • Top 5 Vancouver Christmas Events & Attractions
  • Free Vancouver Christmas & Holiday Events & Attractions 2013
  • Vancouver Christmas Concerts & Special Performances
  • Ongoing through December 24
    Grouse Mountain's The Peak of Christmas
    What: Grouse Mountain celebrates the holidays with a month of family fun: live entertainment, real reindeer, breakfasts with Santa, outdoor ice skating, and more.
    Where: Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver
    Cost: See site for details

    Ongoing through December 24
    Vancouver Christmas Market
    What: The Vancouver Christmas Market is an authentic outdoor German Christmas village featuring unique holiday shopping, seasonal music and entertainment, kids activities and traditional food and drinks.
    Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, Vancouver
    Cost: $6; $3 kids 7 - 12; free for kids 6 and under

    Ongoing through January 4
    Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge
    What: Every year, the Capilano Suspension Bridge transforms into a celebration of light for the holidays, with live music, kids activities, and more.
    Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge, 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
    Cost: $31.95 for adults; $12 - $19.95 for kids

    Ongoing through February 2
    Charles Edenshaw at the Vancouver Art Gallery
    What: VAG presents the most thorough survey of Haida artist Charles Edenshaw ever, assembling together over 200 pieces from public and private collections from around the world.
    Where: Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
    Cost: $10; discounts available for kids, seniors and families; by donation on Tuesdays after 5pm

    Ongoing through February 28
    Free Ice Skating in Robson Square
    What: The free Robson Square Ice Rink opens for the winter 2013/2014 season, offering free ice skating outdoors in the heart of downtown Vancouver.
    Where: Robson Square, downtown Vancouver
    Cost: Free; skate rentals $4

    Sunday, December 1
    Rogers Santa Claus Parade
    What: The Rogers Santa Claus Parade features over 60 marching bands, dance troupes, festive floats and community groups, attracting over 300,000 spectators. Volunteers will also be collecting non-perishable goods for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.
    Where: Downtown Vancouver; see the route map for details
    Cost: Free

    Thursday, December 5 - Sunday, January 5 (closed December 25)
    Bright Nights at Stanley Park
    What: Stanley Park's Bright Nights is an annual Vancouver holiday tradition where over a million twinkly lights transform the forest around the famous Miniature Train into a winter wonderland.
    Where: Stanley Park Miniature Train, Stanley Park, Vancouver
    Cost: $6 - $11; $7 for seniors & kids 3-18

    Thursday, December 5 – Sunday, December 15
    Vancouver Men’s Chorus Making Spirits Bright
    What: The VMC’s popular holiday concert series returns to the the historic St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Vancouver’s West End; it’s a fun, festive launch to the holiday season.
    Where: St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 1130 Jervis St., Vancouver
    Cost: $30

    Friday, December 6
    Vancouver Chamber Choir - A Baroque Christmas
    What: The VCC celebrates the season with this Christmas concert that combines Bach, Handel and Monteverdi.
    Where: Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St., Vancouver
    Cost: See site for details

    Saturdays December 7 - 28
    Christmas in Kerrisdale
    What: Kerrisdale’s shopping district gets in the Christmas spirit on Saturdays, with Christmas decorations galore, free horse & carriage rides, roving quartets, and visits from Santa and his elf.
    Where: West 41st Ave, between Larch St. & Maple St., Vancouver
    Cost: Free

    Wednesday, December 11 - Saturday, January 4 (closed December 25)
    VanDusen Botanical Gardens' Festival of Lights
    What: The gorgeous VanDusen Garden turns festive with elaborate light decorations, a Candy Cane Tree, Gingerbread Walk, Santa's workshop, and much more.
    Where: VanDusen Botanical Gardens, 5251 Oak St., Vancouver
    Cost: $14.25; $10.50 for seniors & youth; $7.75 for kids 6 - 12; $32.50 for families

    Thursday, December 12 – Sunday, December 22
    The VSO’s Traditional Christmas
    What: One of the city's most beloved holiday musical traditions, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents this concert full of carols, Christmas music, and plenty of audience sing-alongs!
    Where: Various locations; see site for details
    Cost: $36 - $40

    Saturday, December 21
    Winter Solstice Lantern Festival
    What: Take part in one of the world's oldest traditions at this annual event that celebrates the return of the light after the year's shortest day. The Festival includes lantern displays, live musical performances, and events in five Vancouver neighbourhoods, including Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden, Chinatown.
    Where: Locations in DTES, Yaletown, Granville Island, and Chinatown; see site for details
    Cost: Free / By donation

    Wednesday, December 25

    Thursday, December 26
    Boxing Day

    Saturday, December 28 - Tuesday, December 31
    Ballet BC Presents Alberta Ballet's The Nutcracker
    What: Can it be December without The Nutcracker? The beloved holiday tradition is the ballet to see.
    Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver
    Cost: See site for details.

    Monday, December 31
    New Year's Eve: Top 10 Vancouver New Year's Eve Parties

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