Who needs a date for the holiday season when you've got your best girls by your side? Take your BFF this winter on a holiday date because you know she's your true love ❤️.
All the Christmas festivities and winter wonderland activities you want and more! Guaranteed good times and a cute Insta pic. Check out one (or all) of these 13 places for a fun, festive time this winter.
1. Lights at Lafarge // Lafarge Lake
A free and beautiful way to experience Christmas lights and snow this winter season. Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam has been transformed into a massive 1.2 kilometre Christmas light display with over 100,000 lights and 10 themed zones. For New Years, the light display will be on until 1 a.m. Dec. 31 to Jan. 1.
Open: Until January 22nd, 2017 // Open daily 4:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
2. Christmas Dome // Nordstrom at Pacific Centre
Cute Instas galore! If you want to save money for your Christmas shopping afterwards, why not check out this free light display? It's even located right outside Pacific Centre so you can make a quick picture stop after your shopping.
3. Winter Spa Resort Day // Check out one of these 9 Incredible Winter Spa Resorts In BC For Under $60
Time for a girl's day or weekend getaway! Spend some time getting your stress massaged away as you chat (or gossip). Soak in some much needed warmth this winter at a hot spring resort and come out glowing.
4. Canyon Lights // Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
This is one of the best places ever to experience the romance and magical lights of Christmas. Every year the entire Capilano Suspension Bridge park transforms into an enchanting winter wonderland of dazzling lights and holiday cheer. The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon are all aglow with festive lights. You can even see the world’s tallest living Christmas tree here! ‘Fireflies’ is the new interactive lighting display this year.
When: November 24, 2016 – January 8, 2017 // Open daily 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., closed Christmas Day
5. Enchant Christmas Light Maze & Market // 1st and Crowe St
6. Go ice skating // Check out one of these 8 magical outdoor rinks
Grab your girls and hold each other up as you skate around a festive ice rink. With all the cute, festive outdoor rinks throughout the Lower Mainland, you can't go wrong.
7. The Peak of Christmas // Grouse Mountain
8. Holiday Heights // Bloedel Conservatory at the Queen Elizabeth Park
9. Ugly Christmas Sweater Party // Commodore Ballroom
Grab your gals and party for a good cause. Show off your Christmas spirit at the biggest Ugly Christmas Sweater Party in Vancouver that supports and benefits the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. You can buy tickets here.
When: Friday, December 23, 2016 // Doors open at 8:00 p.m.
10. Bright Nights Christmas Train // Stanley Park
3 million sparkling lights and a Christmas train – the Bright Nights Christmas Train is a highly festive event complete with a holiday train ride, light tunnels, and more!
When: Monday, November 28, 2016 – Saturday, January 1, 2017 // Open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., closed December 25
11. Snowshoe // Seymour Mountain, Grouse Mountain, Cypress Mountain
Snowshoe through a winter wonderland. Experience the snowy magnificence of winter and get a workout. Plus, think of all the snow pictures that await you! You can rent snowshoes on mountains such as Seymour Mountain, Grouse Mountain, and Cypress Mountain.
12. Festival of Lights // VanDusen Botanical Garden
You're sure to get your fill of Christmas lights here at the VanDusen Botanical Garden with over one million lights. This year there is even a new carousel and all tickets include a free ride.
When: December 1, 2016 – January 2, 2017 // Dec 1 – 15 4:30pm – 9 p.m., Dec 16 – 23 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., closed Christmas Day, Dec 26 – Jan 2 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
13. Vancouver Christmas Market // 1055 Canada Place
Christmas festivities galore! With a merry go round, a Christmas tree, and Christmas lights surrounding you, you really will find that at the Vancouver Christmas Market, Christmas is all around. Here you can cheers to the holiday with mulled wine and enjoy over 40 amazing vendors from Germany, Austria, US, and more.
When: November 26 – December 31 // Open daily: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., closes 6 p.m. Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day