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It’s that time of year again: lights are twinkling, bells are ringing, wine is mulling, and credit cards are tapping… it’s the holiday season in Vancouver! Whether you’re planning a visit to Vancouver to shop for gifts, attend the corporate Christmas party, or just take in the holiday spirit, this city has lots to do and see to get you in the mood.

Right opposite The Burrard, you’ll find the impressive, twinkling Lights of Hope display, an annual fundraiser for St. Paul’s Hospital – if you’re looking to kick up the holiday spirit during your stay, ask for a room with a view of it!

Officially kicking things off on December 1 is the Vancouver Santa Claus Parade, but most of the Yuletide action stretches throughout the month of December, with a couple of events extending into January. Here are just a few of our favourites.




  • Vancouver Christmas Market – Right downtown, this is a German-style market packed with crafts, gift ideas, entertainment, and lots of food and drinks!
  • Christmas Glow Vancouver – An indoor “light garden” event under a half-million twinkling bulbs, with seasonal playgrounds just begging to be Instagrammed.
  • Aurora Winter Festival – A veritable winter wonderland, with a tubing park, skating pond, Christmas market, light displays and fun for the whole family.

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Photo Credit:
Light Walk at Grouse Mountain: Tourism Vancouver / Rishad Daroowala