Whoever gets the chance to visit Vancouver this festive season, he will be delighted by the unique Christmas atmosphere that the city exudes these days. A vast array of spectacular attractions will absolutely fascinate kids and adults since there is always something for all ages in all the events. Perhaps the main holiday attraction is the Christmas lights displayed in different venues, including the Botanical Garden, the Lafarge Lake, and Stanley Park. The festivities appeal to all tastes; among them are thrilling ballet performances, magical village visits, inspiring Christmas markets, a Santa Claus parade and other exciting events. Check out, below, our list of the most enjoyable Christmas markets and events in Vancouver, Canada, that rightly deserve your attention, so keep the list in mind during your visit.
1. Vancouver Christmas Market
Like every year, also in 2018, the Christmas Market at Jack Poole Plaza will be open again to welcome its guests for the festive season. More than 80 huts are there to offer a vast array of culinary delights, along with handcrafted gifts, German delicacies, hot wine stalls, and yummy food stalls. A number of exciting activities await its guests, including kids’ entertainment with carousel rides, Santa visits and wish weeks, while for adults, there are live performances, special nights, and couples’ charming treats. The colorful decoration and the twinkling pathways will absolutely leave you with the greatest memories.
Vancouver Christmas Market
Address: Jack Poole Plaza 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, British Columbia
Dates: 21 November - 24 December 2018
Opening hours. 11.30am - 9.30pm (on December 24 closing time at 6pm)
2. Aurora Winter Festival
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Ideal for all ages, the Aurora Winter Festival takes pride in being the largest winter festival in Canada offering a multitude of fascinating activities to its guests. A magical hidden village comes to life through some magical characters, impressive light displays, a well-equipped Christmas market, and of course delightful food stalls. Santa’s workshops will keep children pleasantly busy, while a walk through the quirky Mystical Worlds will make you feel like some sort of fairytale hero. The village also features numerous stalls with Christmas gifts, warm drinks, and other holiday treats.
Aurora Winter Festival
Address: 88 Pacific Boulevard Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R6
Dates: 23 November - 30 December 2018
Opening hours: 4pm - 10pm (certain days the festival does not operate)
3. Christmas at FlyOver Canada
This wintertime, Canada has prepared again something very special for the ones who want to live a different experience. On this magical virtual flight ride across Canada, you will join three playful elves who are on a mission to find their missing fellow elves. The flight lasts eight exhilarating minutes and it also includes a final scene over Santa’s North Pole, while kids need to be at least 102cm (40’’) tall to participate. During the weekends, there will be extra music performances, Santa visits, and other holiday treats at the specially designed outdoor sightseeing deck. Bear in mind that tickets purchased online are less pricey.
Christmas at FlyOver Canada
Address: 201 – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Dates: 22 November 2018 - 6 January 2019
Opening hours: 10am - 9pm
4. Cirque Musica Holiday presents Wonderland
A magical journey into this ‘Wonderland’ is an event suitable for the whole family and takes place in several cities across North America during this festive season. The journey is a combination of a full symphony orchestra with unimaginable circus performances, together providing unique audio and visual experiences. Today’s most incredible acrobats and aerialists are performing on the scene accompanied by the loveliest holiday music ever. The event will be held in Vancouver on the 22nd of December, so there is still time to purchase your tickets.
Wonderland by Cirque Musica
Venue: Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver
Date: 22 December at 3pm
5. Peak of Christmas
Wholeheartedly dedicated to children but also to those who are still enchanted with the idea of Santa’s existence (and of course his little helpers!), this purely beautiful event takes place in Grouse Mountain, or else, the ‘North Pole’. For about a month and a half, kids and their guardians will have the unique opportunity to feel the Christmas spirit by participating in a plethora of fun activities. Meet Santa in person or send him a letter, see and learn all about Santa’s reindeers, watch a classic Christmas movie or simply go sliding and even ice skating. Yes, all these (and more, including a special breakfast with the Christmas father himself) happen here, so you don’t want to miss it.
Peak of Christmas
Address: 6400 Nancy Greene Way North Vancouver, BC
Dates: 23 November 2018 - 6 January 2019
6. VanDusen Festival of Lights
An astonishingly spectacular festival takes place again this year in the fabulous botanical garden of Vancouver. Lots of happenings make sure children and adults will have equal fun, wandering around the Christmas-decorated gardens. Colorful lights on the trees will make your pathway clear, while they will be dancing to different music rhythms every 20 minutes. Kids have a free ride on the carousel (included in the entrance fee), they can take a photo with Santa (till the 24th of December), or play music using recycled materials. Adults may stay warm at the fireside lounge while sipping their holiday drink or make-a-wish and donate to the charity partner.
VanDusen Festival of Lights
Venue: Botanical Garden
Dates: 1 December 2018 - 6 January 2019 (closed on December 25)
Opening hours: 4.30pm - 9pm (from December 21 to January 6 closing time at 10pm)
7. Goh Ballet: The Nutcracker
The classical masterpiece of Tchaikovsky comes to life with the magnificent Goh Ballet and takes place in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from the 21st to the 23rd of December 2018. Clara, the main protagonist, goes through an amazing adventure that starts from the Land of Snow and goes to the Kingdom of Sweets. On her way, the famous Nutcracker has to fight against the evil Mouse King and his fellow mice. The event is, naturally, ideal for all ages, and offers a remarkable show with glittering costumes and lessons to be taught. The Vancouver Opera Orchestra beautifully accompanies this bright performance.
The Nutcracker by Goh Ballet
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Dates: 21 December at 7.30pm / 22 December at 2pm and 7.30pm / 23 December at 1pm and 5pm
A winter wonderland awaits you
Visit Vancouver this Christmas and you will be thankful for your wise choice. With so many delightful events, markets, and concerts, there is no way you’ll regret being here (even when the cold is biting your face) to enjoy the festivities. Let the show begin.
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