There're only four Fridays left until Christmas! Which means that it's finally time to get excited for the holidays. Don't get swept away by the craziness of Christmas. You need to stop and savour every bit of the holidays before it slips away from you... and that starts with the first weekend of December!
The anticipation is over and Christmas is officially here! Let's be honest, we've been looking forward to the holiday season since we threw out our carved pumpkins and Starbucks released their annual Christmas cups. I'll admit, I've already put up my Christmas tree and decked my house with festive lights. There's no way I was waiting until December 1st to get into the holiday spirit.
In November, we heard about all of the amazing Christmas events and festivities that are coming to our city this winter. I know that I've had trouble waiting for this events to actually begin! But now that it's the last couple days of November, I'm super excited to announce that the Christmas season has officially begun! Canyon Lights opened last week, Vancouver's annual tree lighting ceremony is this Friday and the Robson Square Ice Rink opens for the season this weekend!
We've listed all of your favourite Christmas activities to do this weekend, mixed with some new additions! There are cheap things to do, free things to do and even a few luxurious options if you're feeling boujee.
Let's get started!
Your holiday guide to this weekend!
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Thursday, November 30
Where: Lafarge Lake // Coquitlam
Why you should go: Get away from the busy city and take a stroll through this amazing light display. Lights at Lafarge literally covers the 1.2 km boardwalk bordering the lake in twinkling shimmering lights. This enchanting experience is not to be missed! It's also a great place for a photo op.
The Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain
Where: 6400 Nancy Greene Way // North Vancouver
Price: $44.95 per person
Why you should go: When you buy a ski lift pass for Grouse Mountain, a ticket to the Peak of Christmas event is also included. There is so much to do at Grouse Mountain this winter that you could spend an entire day there. They have everything from skiing to skating to sleigh rides! It's the ultimate Christmas event! It may be expensive but it will be an experience that you'll never forget.
Where: 1081 Burrard St // Coal Harbour
Price: $10 per person
Why you should go: Don't forget about Vancouver's coveted Christmas market. This German inspired Christmas market is chock-full of tasty German treats and carefully crafted artisan gifts. Your stomach will be completely content after trying their famous glühwein and spätzle. Oh, and their locally made gifts are perfect stocking stuffers for your loved ones.
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Friday, December 1
Glow Christmas at Milner Village Garden Centre
Where: 6690 216th St // Langley
Price: $14.99 - $59.99
Why you should go: If you loved Enchant last year, this will be your cup of tea. This incredible event will have over half of a million twinkling lights on display! Not too mention, there will be over 40 vendors including delicious food trucks. It's the perfect spot for a romantic date, but the time slots are booking up quickly! To book your time slot visit their website.
Where: 750 Hornby St // Downtown
Why you should go: There will be multiple Christmas trees lit on Friday evening to kick off the Christmas season in downtown Vancouver! The biggest of them all is 76 feet tall! You definitely don't want to miss that. This event takes place from 5 PM - 7 PM. Oh, and there will be live music, food trucks and tons of festive activities.
Ice Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Where: 800 Robson St // Downtown
Price: Free admission, $4 skate rentals
Why you should go: After the Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting event, you can walk over to the Robson Square Ice Rink for some quality ice time. If you love Christmasy activities but hate to leave the city, this is perfect for you! It's smack in the middle of downtown so you don't have to drive out of town to have some festive fun. Click here for more information.
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Saturday, December 2
The Black Lodge
Price: $15-20 per person.
Why you should go: This cozy ski lodge inspired restaurant is the perfect place to kick off the first weekend of December! They serve up delicious vegetarian comfort food, so you will be satisfied and somewhat healthy at the same time. Their John Candy dog is to-die-for. This delicious eatery will fill you up and get you in the Christmas spirit!
Dundarave Festival of Lights
Where: Dundarave Park // West Vancouver
Why you should go: Walk through this trail of delicately decorated Christmas trees. Dundarave Park looks incredibly beautiful on a Saturday evening. This Saturday they will kick off their first weekend with a Christmas Fair and free concerts! As a side note, if you get the chance to walk through the park in the evening, definitely do it. When it's quiet, this is a super romantic spot to bring your significant other.
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge
Where: 3735 Capilano Rd // North Vancouver
Price: Adult $42.95, Student $33.95
Why you should go: There's nothing more Christmasy in Vancouver than Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge! The display is open from 11 AM to 9 PM. Since this is the first weekend of December that Canyon Lights will be open, I would definitely suggest visiting the park right at opening or closer to closing! It's going to be super busy. Canyon Lights also donates partial proceeds from ticket sales to the BC Professional Fire Fighter's Burn Fund.
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Sunday, December 3
Christmas Market at Maan Farms
Where: 790 McKenzie Rd // Abbotsford
Why you should go: Well, 1. It's free entry 2. There's wine tasting. Isn't that enough reason? If not, the 3rd Annual Christmas Market at Maan Farms will have over 50 local vendors, a gift wrapping station, tons of authentic indian food, wine tasting and sampling from the main kitchen. You can buy all of your stocking stuffers at this Christmas Market and you can try a ton of food!
Where: 21858 Maxwell Cres // Langley
Price: Varies depending on tree
Why you should go: It's the perfect time to grab your family's Christmas tree! It's not super early, so your tree will last till Christmas and it's still early enough that there will be a great selection of trees at the farm! It's the worst feeling when you wait too long to go grab your Christmas tree and all the best ones are gone. You don't want to end up with a Charlie Brown Christmas tree, do ya? Grab your strongest friend or your whole crew because you'll need a team to chop down your tree and carry it back to your car! Happy tree hunting!
Lights of Hope at St. Paul's Hospital
Where: 1081 Burrard St // Vancouver
Why you should go: This annual light display takes several weeks and a ton of volunteers to put up. St. Paul's Hospital has lit up every year for the past two decades to show support and raise funds for patients at the hospital. This incredible display is built with over 100,000 bulbs and hundreds of sponsored stars. You can make a donation on their website.