101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in and around Vancouver | Kids Out and About Vancouver

101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in and around Vancouver

KidsOutAndAbout is Vancouver's online guide to everything for kids, teens, and families!  The activities we've listed here are confirmed for this year, but many require reserving ahead of time, and please keep in mind that events could be canceled... so click through to make arrangements. Enjoy the holidays!

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Santa Sightings

Nov 14- Dec 24, 2021 Santa's Wonderland- Bass Pro Shops
Nov 20, 2021 Surrey Tree Lighting Festival
Nov 26, 2021 Toys for Tots DRIVE-THRU- Clarion Hotel & Conference Centre
Nov 27, 2021 A Visit with Santa- Glenda's Christmas Cottage
Nov 27- Dec 19, 2021 The North Pole Express
Nov 27, 2021 CandyTown
Nov 27- Dec 24, 2021 Christmas at Kids Market
Dec 3, 2021- CANCELED *** CANCELED for 2021*** Candlelight Parade- Mission
Dec 4, 11, 18, and 23, 2021 Christmas in Kerrisdale
Dec 4, 2021 West End / Breakfast With Santa
Dec 4, 2021 Holiday Cheer at the Pier - Port Moody
Dec 5, 2021 Christmas in Steveston Village
Dec 6, 2021- Jan 3, 2022 Soar with Santa- FlyOver Canada
Dec 7- 31, 2021 Winterfest 2021- Bear Creek Park
Dec 10-24, 2021 Christmas at Enquist Lodge- Mt. Seymour
Dec 11, 2021 Coal Harbour / Christmas Carnival
Dec 11, 18, 19, 2021 Christmas Lunch w/ Santa & The Goats- Maan Farms
Dec 11, 12, 18, 19, 2021 Breakfast with Santa- FlyOver Canada
Dec 12, 2021 Breakfast with Santa- The World of Kidtropolis**SOLD OUT**

 

Light Displays

Nov 12, 2021- Jan 3, 2022 Granville Island Festive Lights
Nov 12, 2021- Jan 31, 2022 Serenity Gardens Winter Light Display- Kingfisher Resort
Nov 12, 2021- Jan 1, 2022 Christmas Lights- McArthurGlen Vancouver
Nov 18, 2021- Jan 1, 2022 Glow Gardens- Langley
Nov 20, 2021- Jan 2022 Lights by the Lake- Harrison Hot Springs
Nov 20, 2021- Jan 23, 2022 Canyon Lights
Nov 21, 2021- Jan 2, 2022 Holiday Light Displays- Burnaby
Nov 25, 2021- Jan 3, 2022 The Peak of Christmas- Grouse Mountain
Nov 25, 2021- Jan 2, 2022 Surrey Holiday Lights
Nov 26, 2021- Jan 2, 2022 Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Nov 26, 2021- Jan 6, 2022 Christmas Lights- The Butchart Gardens
Nov 26, 2021- Jan 6, 2022 Glow Maple Ridge
Nov 26, 2021- April 2022 Vallea Lumina- Whistler
Nov 26, 2021- Jan 3, 2022 VanDusen Festival of Lights
Nov 26, 2021- Jan 1, 2022 Tsawwassen Springs 2021 Festival of Lights
Nov 26- Dec 19, 2021 Christmas in Williams Park- Langley
Nov 27, 2021-Jan 1, 2022 Wish Upon a Star- Surrey
Nov 30, 2021- Jan 2, 2022 Holiday Light Tour- Pitt Meadows
Dec 1-31, 2021 Diamond Crescent Musical Christmas Lights
Dec 1-31, 2021 Rudolph & Friends Christmas Lights Display- Surrey
Dec 1-31, 2021 Steveston's Winter in the Village
Dec 1-24, 2021 Holiday Festival at Port Moody Station Museum
Dec 3, 2021- Jan 3, 2022 Celebrate Christmas at Canada Place
Dec 3- 31, 2021 PNE WinterLights
Dec 3- 30, 2021 Lumagica Surrey

 

 

Old-Time Christmas

Nov 20, 2021 Vintage Christmas Ornament Workshop- PoCo Heritage
Nov 27, 2021- Jan 3, 2022 Heritage Christmas- Burnaby Village Museum
Dec 3 and 10, 2021 Winter on the Waterfront Tours- Britannia Shipyards
Dec 4, 2021 Christmas Ghost Stories & Games- Coquitlam Heritage at Mackin House
Dec 17, 2021 Heritage Live! All I Want for Christmas...

 

 

Holiday Theatre

Nov 18, 2021- Jan 2, 2022 Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol
Nov 19, 2021 O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy (Duncan)
Nov 24, 2021- Jan 2, 2022 East Van Panto: Alice in Wonderland
Nov 24, 2021 O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy (Abbotsford)
Dec 3, 2021- Jan 3, 2022 Snow White The Panto- Metro Theatre
Dec 5, 2021 The Snowman / the Snowman & the Snowdog - Double Feature - The ACT Arts Centre
Dec 9, 2021 VSO Tea & Trumpets Nutcracker- Orpheum
Dec 10-11, 2021 O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy (Chilliwack)
Dec 10, 2021 A WONDERHEADS Christmas Carol- Massey Theatre
Dec 11, 2021 A WONDERHEADS: Christmas Carol- Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre
Dec 11-12, 2021 Ballet Victoria- The Nutcracker- The ACT Arts Centre
Dec 16, 2021 O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy- Massey Theatre
Dec 18- 19, 2021 Royal City Youth Ballet: The Nutcracker
Dec 21-22, 2021 Ballet Victoria's The Nutcracker- Chilliwack Cultural Centre

 

Holiday Concerts

Nov 19, 2021 Stories, Songs and Santa Causes- Surrey Civic Theatres
Nov 30, 2021 Vancouver Bach Choir: Britten's St. Nicolas- Orpheum
Dec 3, 2021 O, Come All Ye Soulful- Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
Dec 5, 2021 An Evening with Sinatra: Big Band Classics and Holiday Magic
Dec 7, 2021 Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir: Sing We Now of Christmas
Dec 8-22, 2021 Christmas Presence- Pacific Theatre
Dec 10-11, 2021 Good Tidings! A Good Noise Gospel Christmas
Dec 10-11, 2021 A Dee Daniels Christmas- Orpheum
Dec 11, 2021 The Magic of Yule- Universal Gospel Choir
Dec 12, 2021 VSO- The Snowman- Orpheum
Dec 13, 2021 The Tenors- Santa's Wish Tour- Orpheum
Dec 14, 2021 Winter Harp- Chilliwack Cultural Centre
Dec 16, 2021 Festive Cantatas: Bach’s Christmas Oratorio- Chan Shun Concert Hall
Dec 16-17, 2021 VSO Home Alone- Orpheum
Dec 16-18, 2021 Solstice Greetings- Firehall Arts Centre
Dec 17- 20, 2021 Christmas with Chor Leoni
Dec 18, 2021 Winter Harp - The ACT Arts Centre

 

Christmas Tree Experience

Opens Nov 20, 2021 Christmas Tree Trail- Harrison Hot Springs
Nov 16- Dec 29, 2021 13th Annual Trees of Hope- Sevenoaks Shopping Centre
Nov 20- Dec 19, 2021 Woodsong Christmas Trees- Chilliwack
Nov 26- Jan 2, 2022 Festival of Trees Vancouver- Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Nov 26- Dec 17, 2021 9th Annual Christmas Tree Festival- PoCo Heritage
Nov 27- Dec 19, 2021 Aldor Acres- Langley
Opens Nov 27, 2021 Fernridge Christmas Tree Forest- Langley
Opens Nov 27, 2021 Frosty's Family Christmas Tree Farm- Langley
Opens Nov 27, 2021 Dogwood Christmas Tree Farm- Langley
Dec 1-24, 2021 Christmas at the Cannery: Festival of Trees
  Heritage Tree Farm- Chilliwack
  Pine Meadows Tree Farm- Chilliwack
  Churchland Christmas Tree Farm- Aldergrove
  Armstrong Creek Farms- Surrey
  Bough & Branch Christmas Tree Farm- Abbotsford
  Fern Creek Farm- Langley
  Giesbrecht's Tree Farm- Langley
  Oh Christmas Tree Farm- Langley

 

Ice Skating

Opening Nov 26, 2021 Whistler Olympic Plaza
  Skating Pond- Grouse Mountain
  Hillcrest Rink- Vancouver
  Summit Centre Rinks- Abbotsford
  Britannia Rink- Vancouver
  Trout Lake Ice Rink- Vancouver
  Kerrisdale Cyclone Taylor Arena (Free skate Dec 19th)
  Killarney Rink
  Kitsilano Rink
  Sunset Rink
  Trout Lake Rink
  Starlight Skating Rink- Harrison Hot Springs

 

Hanukkah

Nov 17, 24, and Dec 1, 2021 The Three Part BI Hanukkah Series
Nov 21, 2021 BI Hanukkah Baking Class-Congregation Beth Israel
Nov 27, 2021 Celebrations of Light- Coquitlam Heritage
Dec 4, 2021 BI’s Hanukkah Homecoming-Congregation Beth Israel

 

Shopping & Craft Fairs

Nov 1- Dec 2021 The Christmas Store at Potters- South Surrey
Nov 4-27, 2021 Winter Pop-Up Shop- Nikkei Centre
Nov 12- Dec 18, 2021 Holiday Artisan Shop
Nov 13- Dec 24, 2021 Vancouver Christmas Market
Nov 17- 28, 2021 Virtual Market- Got Craft?
Nov 19-21, 2021 West Coast Christmas Show- Tradex
Nov 20, 2021 stɑlə̓w̓ Christmas Craft Market
Nov 20-21, 2021 Portobello West Holiday Market
Nov 27, 2021 Holiday Craft Fair- West End Community Centre
Nov 27, 2021 6th Annual Port Moody Christmas Craft Fair
Dec 4, 2021 Maple Ridge Christmas Craft Fair- CLA Maple Ridge

 

 

Miscellaneous

Nov 27, 2021 Edmonds Tree Lighting & Holiday Crafts
Dec 4, 2021 Coal Harbour / Family Gingerbread House Magic
Dec 4, 2021 Holiday Breakfast-Place Maillardville Community Centre
Dec 4- 5, 2021 Santa Shuffle- Virtual
Dec 4- 12, 2021 Gingerbread Village- Central City Shopping Centre
Dec 17, 2021 Parents Night Out- Holidays-Place Maillardville Community Centre
Dec 22, 2021 Christmas Cookie Decorating- Coquitlam Heritage at Mackin House

 


 

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