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11 Christmas Markets And Events To Hit Up In Vancouver This Holiday Season

Your ultimate guide to a magical holiday season in Vancouver.
11 Christmas Markets And Events To Hit Up In Vancouver This Holiday Season

'Tis the season for all things merry and bright. Cities and towns across Canada are lighting up with Christmas magic, but if there's anywhere that does it the biggest for the holidays, it's Vancouver. If you're ready to get into the holiday spirit, this list of 11 Christmas events in Vancouver is the perfect place to start.

Vancouver's mild winter weather makes it easy to stay out for hours and explore all the outdoor light displays in the city. However, if staying warm and cozy is more your thing, there are plenty of indoor holiday events to enjoy too.

Every season is beautiful in Vancouver, but nothing compares to the picturesque views of twinkling lights and Christmas decor. Everyone's into the festive spirit if we're lucky, the city might even get a dusting of snow a few days in December this year.

From special markets and breathtaking light tunnels to skating and outdoor fun, Vancouver's array of holiday events has a little something for everyone. Here's the only guide you need to experience the best Christmas festivities that Vancity has to offer.

Christmas Glow Vancouver 

Price: Regular price $19.99 per person

When: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 - Saturday,Jan. 5, 2020

Address: Harbour Event Centre, 760 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: Wander through this iconic indoor festival with over one million twinkling lights! You won't want to miss the Christmas Lights Garden, a magical holiday trail of giant light displays and twinkling masterpieces.

VanDusen Festival of Lights

Price: Starting at $19 per person

When: November 30, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Address: 5251 Oak St., Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: Explore an enchanting botanical garden decorated in millions of lights. Cozy up by the fire pits and take a ride on the charming carousel.

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Price: Adult $53.95, Student $39.95

When: November 22, 2019 - January 26, 2020

Address: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: See Vancouver's famous suspension bridge transformed into a twinkling wonderland. Take in the sweeping views of holiday lights from high above the ground.

The Christmas Store at Potters Nursery

Price: Free

When: Now until December 24, 2019

Address: 19158 48 Ave., Surrey, BC

Why You Need To Go: Take a day trip to western Canada's largest Christmas store, a 28,000-square-foot wonderland filled with all things festive.

Aurora Winter Festival

Price: Tickets from $17.99 for an Early Start Pass

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

Address: Hastings Park, 2901 E. Hastings St., Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: This annual holiday festival at the PNE fairgrounds is the ultimate place for North Pole-inspired fun. This year's festival promises to be four times bigger and more festive than ever.

Vancouver Christmas Market 

Price: Adult $12.99 online, $15 at the gate

When: November 20, 2019 - December 24, 2019

Address: Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: This massive market is a Vancouver holiday tradition, filled with over 80 huts of authentic German sweets, treats, and gifts. Enjoy holiday cocktails and bites at the festive holiday bar, WunderBAR.

Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park

Price: $8.40 - $12.60

When: November 28, 2019 - January 1, 2020

Address: Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: The enchanting Bright Nights Christmas Train and Stanley Park Train Plaza sparkles with over three million lights during the holiday season. Ride the train, watch performances and see the park's bright displays of Christmas wonder.

CandyTown Winter Festival

Price: Free

When: Saturday, November 30, 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Address: Yaletown - Mainland, Hamilton and parts of Davie St., Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: See Yaletown transformed into a holiday village, sip festive cocktails and shop for specialty presents in the outdoor winter market.

Lights at Lafarge

Price: Free

When: Starting on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Address: Lafarge Lake, Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC

Why You Need To Go: This 1.2 km lakeside trail is completely covered in holiday lights. It's the perfect destination for a romantic Christmas stroll.

Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain

Price: Day Pass, $59 per person

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

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

Why You Need To Go: Vancouver's majestic Grouse Mountain becomes a magical holiday village each year. Skating, light displays, sleigh rides and cozy Christmas movies are just some of the special things this event has to offer.

Dundarave Festival of Lights 

Price: Free

When: November 30, 2019 - December 21, 2019

Address: Dundarave Park, West Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: This unique Christmas festival kicks off with a tree decorating party on the beach, followed by free concerts and the lighting of the breathtaking Christmas tree forest, called the Forest of Miracles.

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