December is almost here so why not end 2017 with some fun, free events and activities? Every December, Vancouver transforms into a holiday wonderland filled with magical fairy lights, lofty lit up Christmas trees and all around festive vibes.\nThis month is jam-packed with so many things to do and so many events. It's also holiday shopping season and winter break which means you're probably dropping quite a bit of money on gifts or vacations.\nThat's why we’ve compiled an extensive list of free things to do around the city so that you can have fun without spending too much mula and we’ve got you covered for all weeks of the month. So save some money for your Christmas shopping or vacation at these free spots.\nDuring one of the busiest and most happening times of the year, we’re here to help you save time and money (because time = money) with fun festive activities that will keep you bank balance stable. Check out these free events, activities, festivities and more to do in the city during November!\nWhich dates are you looking for?\nFree Things To Do From December 1 to 9\nFree Things To Do From December 10 to 16\nFree Things To Do From December 17 to 23\nFree Things To Do From December 24 to 31\nFor December 1 to 9, click "Next".\nvia @beatapapp\nGo ice skating at Robson Square\nThe cute, festive rink at Robson Square is the classic Vancouver winter activity. The rink opens December 1, 2017 until the end of February 2018.\nvia @koen_verschoor\nVisit one of these 8 Incredible Winter Waterfalls In BC\nWho's up for some free adventure? Experience the beauty of frozen waterfalls in B.C.\nStroll through a Heritage Christmas at the Burnaby Village Museum\nDiscover a 1920s style village decked out for the holidays with cedar boughs, wreaths and big red bows. The official launch, Bright in Burnaby, is on Saturday December 2 but the event runs until January 5, 2018.\nvia @raghrd\nSee the St. Paul’s Hospital Lights of Hope\nThese beautiful fundraiser brings lights to downtown Vancouver every year. Experience 10 km of lights and 100,000 bulbs at St. Paul's Hospital.\nvia @soulfulsonia\nTake festive pics at this crystal light dome.\nGet those obligatory Christmas light Instas at this beautiful light dome. Located outside Nordstrom on Granville Street, this dome will fulfill your Insta dreams.\nParty at Light Up Big White\nHead on over to Big White Ski Resort for it's winter celebration. On December 2nd, Light Up Big White will kick off the winter season on the right foot. There will be a big carnival, fireworks and more!\nvia @asenseofhuber\nVisit the BC National Parks that are free for 2017\n2017 is almost over and so is Canada's 150th birthday... so don't miss your last chance to visit all the National Parks for free.\nAttend Party in the Plaza\nWarm up in the winter cold with some dancing. Jim Deva Plaza will transform into a giant winter dance party hosted by Party4Health and Lumiere for the first time ever on December 8th from 8 pm to 11 pm.\nvia @vancouversantaclausparade\nAttend the Santa Claus Parade\nThe 14th annual Santa Claus Parade is coming back to Vancouver December 3rd at 12pm. Get ready to see the streets of downtown filled with Christmas cheer.\nvia @lumiereyvr\nCheck out Lumiere\nLumière showcases light installations, performances, and artistic expressions. This annual winter event that emphasizes community building will illuminate West End, English Bay and Jim Deva Plaza this December.\nFor December 10 to 16, click "Next".\nGo on a Winter Hike Rave with Party4Health\nLove partying and hiking? Combine your two loves at the Winter Hike Rave, an event thrown by Party4Health, an organization that promotes health and community through partying. The hike rave takes place on December 16 from 6pm to 9pm in Stanley Park (3rd Beach) and is alcohol and drug free.\nvia @lemeadowspantry\nGo to the Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium\nIf you love shopping local, check out the Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium. This farmers market runs every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm and features over 70 vendors.\nvia @spaces_i_meet\nGo snowshoeing\nThere are tons of beautiful snowshoeing trails to choose from across the Lower Mainland. For starters, Dog Mountain is an easy trail with a beautiful payoff.\nvia @mikecranephotography\nSkate at the Olympic Plaza Ice Skating Rink\nWhat better place to experience winter wonderland in B.C. than our very own ski town, Whistler? Skate around the Whistler village for free from mid-December 2017 to March 2018.\nvia @malcolm_goyeau_\n5th Annual Christmas Tree Festival\nFrom November 25 to December 31, you can see the Christmas Trees at the Port Coquitlam Museum And Archives. There's even a Christmas Tree Festival Scavenger Hunt.\nvia @kpgrill\nExplore the Instagrammable walls of Vancouver.\nNeed a break from the holiday instas. The murals of Vancouver will do the trick.\nvia @victoriawalsh1994\nFind out all the free food (click here) and things you can get free (click here) on your birthday\nYour birthday only comes once a year so why not make the most of it (and all the free things you can get?). There are tons of birthday goodies in Vancouver.\nCamp out one of these free campsites\nExperience the Canadian wilderness this winter. There are several free campsites located throughout B.C.\nvia @chloefulton7\nSee the Carol Ships Parade of Lights light up the Vancouver waters\nGet ready to see the Vancouver waters lit up by Christmas Carol ships. The Carol Ships Parade of Lights features ships decorated with Christmas lights that sail through Vancouver. It costs money to go on these boat cruises but it is free to watch the light show from shore.\nvia @mke_explorer\nSee the Canadian Holiday Train in BC\nWant to see the Polar Express? The Canadian Holiday Train will be stopping in British Columbia in various towns from December 11 and ending it's B.C. run at Coquitlam on December 17.\nFor December 17 to 23, click "Next".\nvia @wendylady\nExperience the light of lanterns at the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival\nSee the darkest night of the year illuminated by lanterns. The annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival takes place on December 23, 2017 in four different neighbourhoods.\nvia @thetrufflehouseandcafe\nSee the Dundarave Festival of Lights\nChristmas trees beside a beach isn't a sight you see every day. The Dundarave Festival of Lights will feature free concerts every Saturday from December 2 to December 23, which will be the bonfire night.\nvia @vanmarkets\nHastings Park Winter Farmers Market\nShop local at this farmers market that is home to over 30 different farms and producers. The Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market is located at the PNE Fairgrounds between the Forum and Agrodome.\nvia @luke.ratzlaff\nLearn more about Vancouver with a walking tour with The Tour Guys\nCan't go on a vacation this winter? Why not play tourist in your own city and maybe discover some hidden spots?\nvia @vanartgallery\nVisit the Vancouver Art Gallery on Tuesday for entrance by donation\nEvery Tuesday, the VAG opens it's doors for entrance by donation. Experience one of the artistic sides of Vancouver.\nvia @olakrol_\nWarm up in a natural hot spring.\nWhat better way to beat the winter cold than to warm up in a free and beautiful undeveloped hot spring? There are several natural hot springs located throughout the province.\nvia @joehvn\nGo on a winter hike\nThe beautiful outdoors is calling you. Experience winter wonderland firsthand in the winter hikes of B.C.\nvia @barnoneclub\nDance the night away at these clubs with no cover\nWant to save money on cover? Check out these clubs for free entry (cut off time or day is different from club to club).\nExperience Christmas in Kerrisdale\nEvery year this cute Vancouver neighbourhood on the West Side celebrates the holidays with tons of cute, free festivities. Enjoy free ice skating, musical performances and more.\nvia @ylee_collingwood\nTrinity Street Christmas Light Festival\nWatch this local neighbourhood, Trinity St (2400 and 2900 blocks), transform into homes extravagantly decked out for the holidays. You can wander along the street to see all the unique displays. Just keep in mind that there isn't street parking and be respectful of this residential neighbourhood.\nFor December 24 to 31, click "Next".\nvia @illuminty\nWalk through the Lights at Lafarge Lake\nStroll on a beautifully lit lakeside trail in Coquitlam. The 100,000 lights will be up from November 26 to January 21, 2018.\nvia @eva.kristensen\nExperience Bright Nights in Stanley Park\n3 million sparkling lights await you at Stanley Park this holiday season. Entrance is by donation and benefits the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund. There's even a Christmas train you can ride (for an extra cost).\nvia @jennchanphotography\nSee the Vancouver Christmas Tree\nGet in the Christmas spirit and see the 76 feet tall Vancouver Christmas Tree. Located right in Robson Square, the tree will bring some festive vibes to the city's core.\nvia @citybrandon\nSlide down Cleveland Park hill on a sled\nIf we get a white Christmas, why not make the most of the snow and go for some playful fun tobogganing?\nvia @alisaworaprangkul\nWatch the annual NYE fireworks in Downtown Vancouver.\nEnd 2017 and start 2018 with a bang (literally). Watch the free fireworks display in English Bay on December 31.\nvia @jofficial.will\nConquer these epic food challenges to get your food for free\nChallenge accepted. Bring your A-game to these insane food challenges and you might just get a free meal out of it.\nvia @itkasan_images\nVisit this insane castle in Victoria\nThis castle has been featured in several Hollywood movies. Explore the set of Deadpool, X-Men and more.\nvia @patrick_conaty\nGo for a Polar Bear swim\nWhy not end the year with a cool adventure? Do as the polar bears do and swim in some icy winter waters.\nvia @miraecampbell\nWalk across a snow-covered BC suspension bridge\nSuspension bridges are already so beautiful, but when they are covered in snow they become even more of a sight to behold. This suspension bridge in Whistler can become super snowy in the winter time.\nvia @sarah__jessica\nBring your dog on a dog friendly trail\nTake your pup on a hike where he or she can roam freely. Check out this list of dog friendly trails around Vancouver.