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101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in and around Vancouver

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Santa Sightings

Multiple dates starting Nov 23 Polar Express- The West Coast Railway Association
Nov 23 Edmonds Festival of Lights- Burnaby
Nov 23 Cookie Decorating with Santa and Mrs. Claus- Glenda's Christmas Cottage
Multiple dates starting Nov 30 Breakfast with Santa- Grouse Mountain
Dec 1 Vancouver Santa Claus Parade
Dec 1 Christmas in Steveston Village
Dec 1 Surrey Santa Parade of Lights
Dec 1  Breakfast with Santa- Sunset Community Centre
Dec 7 Breakfast with Santa- Place Maillardville Community Centre
Dec 7 and 14 Christmas Magic & Photos with Santa- Britannia Mine Museum
Dec 7 Santa Claus Parade- Maple Ridge
Multiple days starting Nov 29 Pictures with Santa- Sea to Sky Gondola
Dec 7 Christmas in the Park- Memorial Peace Park
Dec 7 Winter Tram- Richmond
Dec 7 Breakfast with Santa- False Creek Community Centre
Dec 7-8 The Electric Express
Dec 8 Christmas Eskies Event with Santa- David Gray Park
Dec 10 A Night of Christmas Spirit- West Richmond Community Centre
Dec 12 Winter Fun at Willingdon- Burnaby
Dec 14 Breakfast with Santa- Killarney Community Centre



Old-Time Christmas

Nov 14-17  Christmas at Hycroft
Nov 23- Jan 3 Heritage Christmas- Burnaby Village Museum
Nov 24 Glen Pine Old Fashioned Christmas Bazaar- Coquitlam
Dec 7 Victorian Christmas Evening- Historic Stewart Farm
Dec 14 Christmas by Candlelight- Fort Langley National Historic Site
Dec 21-23 and 27-30 Heritage Holidays at the Fort- Fort Langley National Historic Site

Light Displays

Nov 14- Jan 8 St. Paul’s Hospital Lights of Hope- Downtown Vancouver
Nov 22- Jan 26 Canyon Lights- Capilano Suspension Bridge
Nov 22- Jan 5 The Peak of Christmas- Grouse Mountain
Nov 28- Jan 1 Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Nov 30 (opening day) Lights at Lafarge- Town Centre Park
Nov 30- Jan 5 VanDusen Festival of Lights
Dec 6- Jan 1 Christmas at Canada Place
Dec 14- Jan 6 Holiday Heights at Bloedel


Holiday Theatre

Nov 24 A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage- Vogue Theatre
Nov 28 A Christmas Carol- Evergreen Cultural Centre
Nov 30 A Christmas Carol- The ACT Arts Centre
Multiple days starting Dec 5 Miss Bennet, Christmas at Pemberley- Arts Club Theatre Company
Multiple dates starting Dec 5 Bah Humbug!- Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Dec 7 Ballet Victoria- The Nutcracker- The ACT Arts Centre
Dec 21 A Wonderheads Christmas Carol- Massey Theatre
Dec 28-30 Alberta Ballet- The NutcrackerQueen Elizabeth Theatre


Holiday Concerts

Nov 19 The Polar Express in Concert- Orpheum Theatre
Nov 23 Surrey Tree Lighting Festival- Surrey Civic Plaza
Multiple dates starting Nov 30 Dundarave Festival- West Vancouver
Dec 1 Winter Concert at Britannia Shipyards
Dec 1 Handel's Messiah- The ACT Arts Centre
Dec 1 Christmas with the Bach Choir- Orpheum Theatre
Dec 7 Lions Gate Sinfonia Family Christmas- Centennial Theatre
Dec 14 Vancouver Bach Choir: Handel's Messiah- Orpheum Theatre
Dec 6 VSO Tiny Tots: Holiday Hooray- Pyatt Hall
Dec 14 Carolling with Carousel- The Waterfront Theatre
Dec 18 and 20 Home Alone in Concert- Orpheum Theatre
Dec 22 A Traditional Christmas-Orpheum Theatre


Christmas Tree Experience

Nov 29- Dec 24 11th Annual Trees of Hope- Sevenoaks Shopping Centre
Nov 30- Dec 23 Aldor Acres- Langley
Opening Nov 24 Churchland Christmas Tree Farm- Aldergrove
Dec 1-31 Christmas at the Cannery: Festival of Trees
Dec 7-22 (Sat and Sun only) Armstrong Creek Farms- Surrey
  Woodsong Christmas Trees- Chilliwack
  Heritage Tree Farm- Chilliwack
  Pine Meadows Tree Farm- Chilliwack


Ice Skating

  Skating Pond- Grouse Mountain
  The Robson Square Ice Rink and Plaza
  Hillcrest Rink- Vancouver
  Britannia Rink- Vancouver
  Trout Lake Ice Rink- Vancouver
Nov 22- Jan 5 Aurora Winter Festival
Dec 21 Ugly Christmas Sweater Toonie Skate- Bill Copeland Sports Centre 
Dec 21- Jan 5 Holiday Break Skates- Centennial Arena



Nov 30 Celebrations of Light- Coquitlam Heritage
Dec 14 Cosmic Chanukah @ H.R. MacMillian Science Centre-Congregation Beth Israel
Dec 15 JCC Ellie Slavin Chanukah Party


Shopping & Craft Fairs

Nov 16 South Arm’s Christmas Craft Fair
Nov 16 Mt Lehman Christmas Craft Fair- Abbotsford
Nov 20- Dec 24 Vancouver Christmas Market- Jack Poole Plaza
Nov 23-24 Heart to Home Holiday Market
Dec 1 Jingle Bell Market- Richmond Nature Park
Dec 6-8 All About Christmas Gifts ExpoChilliwack Heritage Park
Dec 11-15 Make It Vancouver- PNE Forum
Dec 14 Coquitlam Christmas Farmers Market- Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex
Dec 14 Nikkei Christmas Boutique- Nikkei Centre


New Year's Eve

 Dec 31  New Year's Eve Toonie Skate- Kensington Recreation Complex
 Dec 31  New Year’s Eve Skate in Port Moody
 Dec 31  New Year's Eve Vancouver
 Dec 31  Family New Year's Eve Celebration- Grouse Mountain



Nov 21- Jan 5 Christmas at FlyOver Canada
Nov 26 Children’s Wish Breakfast- Newlands Golf & Country Club
Nov 27 Lighting of Aberthau
Nov 30 Coal Harbour / Family Gingerbread House Magic
Dec 1 Christmas Classic Car Cruise- Steveston
Dec 6 35th Annual Candlelight Parade- Mission
Dec 6 Parkgate Winter Lights- North Vancouver
Dec 7 Santa Shuffle- multiple locations
Dec 7 Christmas Cookie Decorating- Coquitlam Heritage Society
Dec 7 Christmas Crafternoon- Thrifty by Design
Dec 8 Reflections: A Celebration of Cultural Diversity- Place des Arts
Dec 8 and 15 Christmas Tea on the Venosta- Port Moody Station Museum
Dec 14 City Centre Winter Carnival
Dec 14 Christmas Light Up Parade- Aldergrove
Dec 18 Gingerbread House Decorating- West Point Grey Community Centre


If we're missing an activity that should be on our list, please email Debra Ross, publisher of KidsOutAndAbout.com and BeyondTheNest.com at ross@kidsoutandabout.com. Please make sure to include a link to the event when you email. Thank you!