Vancouver in the wintertime is a gorgeous place. There is so much to see and do during the holiday season. Between the festive events and mild weather, Christmas in Vancity is truly special. With the holiday spirit in the air, now is the perfect time to go on a date. Grab someone you love and try these 11 holiday date ideas in Vancouver. 

From festive markets to dazzling light shows, Vancouver has so many magical destinations to spend an afternoon or evening with your love.

For the ultimate holiday experience, we suggest going to every single one of these magical places around Vancouver. These date ideas are sure to impress your S/O, as they're some of the most romantic activities the city has to offer.

The holidays are about spending time with the ones you love most, so why not show them how much you care by treating them to a magical date night this holiday season. 

We already did all the hard work for you. Now all you have to do is pick a spot, set a date and hit the town!

Vancouver Christmas Market

Price: Adult $15, Seniors $13, Youth Age 7-12 $9, Children Age 0-6, FREE*

When: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - Tuesday, December 24, 2019 

Address: Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, B.C.

Why You Need To Go: Every year, the Vancouver Christmas Market is a must-do activity in the holiday season. Grab the one you love and browse around over 40 amazing vendors while you eat and drink some of the best food from around Vancouver. You will feel like you’re in the middle of Europe during this epic holiday event. Plus, the walk-in Christmas tree is totally romantic. 


Robson Square Ice Skating 

Price: Free

When: Sunday, December 1, 2019 - Saturday, February 29, 2020

Address: 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, B.C. 

Why You Need To Go: Hold hands with your boo while you skate around a dreamy rink filled with Christmas trees and lights. This rink feels like something out of a Hallmark Christmas movie and it is the perfect place for a date night. 


Peak of Christmas 

Price: $50

When: Friday, November 22, 2019 - Sunday, January 5, 2019

Address: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, B.C.

Why You Need To Go: The Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain is the perfect place to go on a date because there is so much to see and do. From epic light displays, a skating rink, and sleigh rides, you can experience everything the holiday season has to offer all in one place. 


Go Sledding 

Price: $15

Address: Mount Seymour, Vancouver, B.C.

Why You Need To Go: Mount Seymour has an awesome tube and tobogganing park. It’s the perfect excuse to hold onto your date nice and tight while you share a thrill. 


Glow Vancouver 

Price: $19.99

When: Thursday, November 21, 2019, to Saturday, January 5, 2020

Address: Harbour Event Centre, 760 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver, B.C.

Why You Need To Go: Over one million twinkling lights are on show at this enchanting interactive light display. There are tons of places to get the perfect lovey-dovey photo. There are even adorable cocktails sold in light bulbs!


Festival of Lights 

Price: $19

When: Saturday, November 30 - Sunday, January 5, 2020

Address: VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak St, Vancouver, B.C.

Why You Need To Go: Every year, this light show dazzles Vancouver. With over one million lights, the skies will literally be illuminated. You and your love can marvel at the massive trees while holding hands in this winter wonderland. Did someone say goals?


Lights of Lafarge 

Price: Free

When: Saturday, November 30, 2019 - Sunday, January 19, 2020

Address: Lafarge Lake, Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, B.C. 

Why You Need To Go: This free light show in Metro Vancouver is the perfect date idea especially if you’re on a budget. It has everything all the big holiday light shows have but for free. This 1.2 km path is lit with thousands of Christmas lights so grab a hot beverage and stroll along the Coquitlam trail. 


Holiday Flea Market 

Price: $3

When: Multiple dates

Address: 550 Malking Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. 

Why You Need To Go: Christmas is the time for giving. Why not hit up a flea market with your honey and get all that Christmas shopping out of the way. Doing it together is always way more fun and you can treat yourselves to something nice too!


Christmas Train in Stanley Park 

Price: $5

When: Thursday, November 28, 2019 - Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Address: Stanley Park, 690 Pipeline Road, Vancouver, B.C.

Why You Need To Go: During the holiday season, the train in Staley Park will take you on a tour through three million Christmas lights. Stanley Park is iconic especially in the wintertime, making it the perfect time to experience it with someone you love. 


Canyon Lights 

Price: $53.95

When: Friday, November 22, 2019 - Sunday, January 26, 2020

Address: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver, B.C.

Why You Need To Go: North Vancouver is home to possibly one of the coolest light displays ever. The suspension bridges, Treetop Adventure, and Cliffwalk will be transformed into a festival light display like no other. Even the 30-foot Douglas firs will be covered head to toe in lights. Hold hands with your date as you walk 110 feet above the forest floor. 


Aurora Winter Festival 

Price: $18.99

When: Friday, November 22, 2019 - Sunday, January 5, 2020

Address: Hastings Park, 2901 E. Hastings St., Vancouver, B.C.

Why You Need To Go: The PNE we all know and love will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Known as Canada's large winter festival, this place has everything for you and your date. From ice skating and tube parks to light displays and amusement rides, this winter festival is the perfect place to hit up, especially on a first date. With so much to do, there won't be any awkward silences. 


Don't worry, we will let you take all the credit for these amazing date ideas! Enjoy.

*This article has been updated.


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