(Somewhat fewer than) 101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in and around Vancouver | Kids Out and About Vancouver

(Somewhat fewer than) 101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in and around Vancouver

KidsOutAndAbout is Vancouver's online guide to everything for kids, teens, and families! Typically we list (MORE than) 101 ideas for holiday family fun, but. . . it's 2020, which means a bit less is happening than usual. 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!

If we're missing an activity that should be on our list, please email Mindy Mangan at mindy@kidsoutandabout.com. Please make sure to include a link to the event when you email. Thank you.

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Santa Sightings

Nov 7- Dec 24, 2020 Santa's Wonderland- Cabela's
Nov 7- Dec 24, 2020 Santa's Wonderland- Bass Pro Shops
Nov 21, 2020 Virtual Surrey Tree Lighting Festival
Nov 21, 2020 SPCA Pet Photos with Santa- Minter Country Garden
Nov 27, 2020 Toys for Tots DRIVE-THRU- Quality Hotel & Conference Centre Abbotsford
Nov 28, 2020 Drive Thru Santa- Glenda's Christmas Cottage
Nov 28, 2020 Holiday Cheer at the Pier Drive-thru Toy Drive- Port Moody
Nov 29, 2020 Pet Portraits with Santa- Dashing Dawgs Grooming & Boutique
Dec 3-6, 2020 Virtual Santa Canada
CANCELLED for 2020 Surrey Santa Parade of Lights- Drive Thru
Dec 5, 2020 Reverse Santa Claus Parade- Maple Ridge
Dec 5, 2020 Christmas in the Park
Dec 5-23, 2020 Christmas in Kerrisdale
Dec 20, 2020 Santa's Workshop- Pacific Arts Market


Light Displays

Nov 27- Dec 31, 2020 Diamond Crescent Musical Christmas Lights
Mid Nov 2020- Jan 2021 Lights by the Lake- Harrison Hot Springs
Nov 12, 2020- Jan 3, 2021 Granville Island Festive Lights
Nov 18, 2020- Jan 2, 2021 Glow Gardens- Greater Vancouver Zoo
Nov 19, 2020- Jan 4, 2021 St. Paul’s Hospital Lights of Hope-Hope at Home
Nov 20, 2020- Jan 3, 2021 The Peak of Christmas- Grouse Mountain
Nov 20-29, 2020 Best Buy’s Tech Wonderland- PNE
CANCELLED for 2020 Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Nov 27, 2020- Jan 8, 2021 Glow Maple Ridge
Nov 27, 2020- April 2021 Vallea Lumina- Whistler
CANCELLED for 2020 VanDusen Festival of Lights
Nov 27, 2020- Jan 1, 2021 Tsawwassen Springs 2020 Festival of Lights
Nov 28, 2020- Jan 9, 2021 White Rock Festival of Lights
Nov 28- Dec 20-2020 Christmas in Williams Park- Langley
Nov 28- Dec 31, 2020 Wish Upon a Star- Surrey
Nov 30, 2020- Jan 3, 2021 Holiday Light Tour- Pitt Meadows
CANCELLED for 2020 Canyon Lights- Capilano Suspension Bridge
Dec 1, 2020- Opening Night Rudolph & Friends Christmas Lights Display- Surrey
SOLD OUT PNE WinterLights


Holiday Theatre

Dec 3- 2020- Jan 3, 2021 "A CHRISTMAS CAROL" The Radio Play- Metro Theatre
CANCELLED for 2020 Ballet Victoria- The Nutcracker- The ACT Arts Centre
Dec 10, 2020- Jan 3, 2021 Nom Nom Gnomes- Carousel Theatre- VIRTUAL
Dec 17- 27, 2020 Panto Come Home!
Dec 18, 2020- Jan 1, 2021 Home for The Holidays- Gateway Theatre
Dec 19, 2020 Great Russian Nutcracker: Christmas Stream


Holiday Concerts

Nov 21, 2020 Surrey Tree Lighting Festival- Virtual
Dec 5, 2020 A Celtic Family Christmas: Natalie Macmaster and Donnell Leahy - Online Event
Dec 6, 2020 Reflections Carol Sing - Coquitlam Heritage Society 
Dec 11, 2020 Tom Jackson’s The Huron Carole
Dec 12. 2020 The Nadeau Ensemble: Christmas
Dec 12, 2020 Virtual Yule Concert- Universal Gospel Choir
Dec 12, 2020 Good Tidings Classic! A Good Noise Christmas Video Performance
Dec 19, 2020 Martin Mayer: A Grande Christmas- Evergreen Cultural Centre


Christmas Tree Experience

Nov 21, 2020- Jan 4, 2021 Christmas Tree Trail- Harrison Hot Springs
Nov 27- Dec 24, 2020 12th Annual Trees of Hope- Sevenoaks Shopping Centre
Dec 1-31, 2020 Christmas at the Cannery: Festival of Trees
Dec 1-14, 2020 8th Annual Christmas Tree Festival- PoCo Heritage
Dec 2-18, 2020 Cloverdale Christmas Tree Festival
  Woodsong Christmas Trees- Chilliwack
  Heritage Tree Farm- Chilliwack
  Pine Meadows Tree Farm- Chilliwack
  Aldor Acres- Langley
  Churchland Christmas Tree Farm- Aldergrove
  Armstrong Creek Farms- Surrey
  Bough & Branch Christmas Tree Farm- Abbotsford
  Dogwood Christmas Tree Farm- Langley
  Fern Creek Farm- Langley
  Fernridge Christmas Tree Forest- Langley
  Frosty's Family Christmas Tree Farm- Langley
  Giesbrecht's Tree Farm- Langley
  Oh Christmas Tree Farm- Langley


Ice Skating

Opening Nov 27, 2020 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
  Killarney Rink
  Kitsilano Rink
  Sunset Rink
  Trout Lake Rink
  Starlight Skating Rink- Harrison Hot Springs



Dec 22, 2020 Celebrations of Light- Coquitlam Heritage
Dec 5, 2020 Drive-Thru Hanukkah-Congregation Beth Israel
Dec 6, 2020 Chanukah Storytime- Chabad Richmond


Shopping & Craft Fairs

Nov 1- Dec 2020 The Christmas Store at Potters- South Surrey
Nov 2- Dec 11, 2020 Silver Habour Christmas Pop-up Shop
Nov 9- 13, 2020 Christmas at Hycroft
Nov 12- 22, 2020 Winter Treasures- Port Moody Arts Centre Society
Nov 12- Dec 17, 2020 Christmas Boutique- Place des Arts
Nov 13- Dec 13, 2020 20th Annual Nikkei Craft Market- Nikkei Centre
Nov 25- Dec 6, 2020 Got Craft?- Holiday Pop-Up Virtual Market
Nov 28, 2020 Maple Ridge Christmas Craft Fair- CLA Maple Ridge
Nov 28-29, 2020 Holiday Art Market- Federation of Canadian Artists
Dec 12- 13, 2020 New West Craft- City Hall




Nov 27, 2020 Vancouver 2020 Tree Lighting
Dec 4-5, 2020 Candlelight Parade - Mission**SOLD OUT**
Dec 5, 2020 Holiday Breakfast-Place Maillardville Community Centre
Dec 5, 2020 Rotary Christmas Show- Chilliwack
Dec 5- 12, 2020 Santa Shuffle- Virtual
Dec 5- 13, 2020 Gingerbread Village- Central City Shopping Centre
Dec 9,12,16,19, 2020 Children’s Virtual Nutcracker Workshop- Goh Ballet
Dec 12, 2020 Christmas Ghost Stories- Coquitlam Heritage Society
Dec 12, 2020 Gingerbread Cookie Decorating- Spotlight Events
Dec 18, 2020 Heritage Live! Beyond the Polar Express- Coquitlam Heritage Society
Dec 21, 2020 27th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival


Below are items that have been posted to our calendar. (Many of the events are virtual/online only, and some of those originate in the U.S.)

If you are affiliated with a business hosting a holiday event that should be on our calendar, we'd love to see it there... It's free to post! Click here for instructions about how to add your organization to our list and easily post your events to our calendar!