December Events in Metro Vancouver


Friday, November 29th, 2013 — 6:29am PST
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Vancouver shines during the holidays and this month’s event list will help you and your family enjoy the best lights, sights, sounds, and activities in communities across the region. The list below will be updated daily so be sure to bookmark it and check back often for ideas.

St Paul's Lights of Hope 2013
Photo credit: qasic on Flickr

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Holiday Activities in Vancouver

Light Displays
VanDusen Festival of Lights, St Paul’s Lights of Hope, Festival of Trees at the Four Seasons, Home For The Holidays A Sutton Tree Pageant, Bright Nights in Stanley Park, 12 Days of Christmas at Leigh Square, Park & Tilford Holiday Hi-Lite Festival, Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge, Park Board Lights at Elm Grove in English Bay, Lost Lagoon, and George Wainborn Park in Yaletown.


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Family Fun
Ice skating at Robson Square, Winter Waterfront District, North Pole BC at Lynn Valley, Heritage Christmast at Burnaby Village Museum, Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre, Heritage Holiday at Fort Langley.

Live Shows/Performances
It’s Snowing on Salt Spring (until December 28), The Santaland Diaries (until December 21), Mary Poppins (until January 5), Christmas Pantomime Red Riding Hood (December 18 to January 4), Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen (December 11-15 & 19-21), Cavalia: Odysseo (until January 2014), Vancouver Theatre Sports Christmas Queen (until December 21), Jack & the Beanstalk: An East Van Panto (December 4-21), Christmas Presence at Pacific Theatre (December 11-21), Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya (starts December 26), Ballet BC’s Nutcracker (December 28-31), Goh Ballet’s Nutcracker (December 14-15 & 20-22).

Multi-Day Events

Events that run for longer than three days in a row are highlighted in green below. The following list of events (mainly submitted by readers) is updated daily so be sure to bookmark this post and check back often.

December Events in Metro Vancouver


Sunday, December 1, 2013
Rogers Santa Claus Parade
Christmas with the Bach Choir
Great Canadian Craft Christmas Edition
West End BIA Shine, Shop, and Dine
Pet Photos with Santa at Willowbrook
Kids Help Phone Homes for the Holidays
Vancouver’s First Kale Drive
Disney on Ice: Rockin’ Ever After
ArtStarts Workshop at River Market
Winter Craft Market at River District
Make-It Vancouver
12 Days of Christmas at Leigh Square
North Pole BC at Lynn Valley
Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre
Vancouver Christmas Market
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Christmas at Urban Digs Farm
Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Monday, December 2, 2013
Pet Photo Night at Capilano Mall
World AIDS Day at the Carnegie Centre
The Stanfields at The Railway Club
12 Days of Christmas at Leigh Square
Vancouver Christmas Market
North Pole BC at Lynn Valley
Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Christmas at Urban Digs Farm
Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Giving Tuesday
International Day of Persons with Disabilities at the Roundhouse
Vintage Collection Pop Up Shop at Shangri-La
12 Days of Christmas at Leigh Square
Vancouver Christmas Market
North Pole BC at Lynn Valley
Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Christmas at Urban Digs Farm
Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Wedding Industry Night Out
Shopping Event at Raspberry Kids Warehouse
Corporations in Our Heads: Theatre for Living
Authors Among Us at Surrey Libraries
Heart of the Corporate Warrior: What Does Yoga Have to do with Business?
Home Alone: Family Holiday Movies at Wesbrook Welcome Centre
12 Days of Christmas at Leigh Square
Vancouver Christmas Market
North Pole BC at Lynn Valley
Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Christmas at Urban Digs Farm
Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Thursday, December 5, 2013
Luncheon – How Vancouver is Creating the Digital City
Vancouver Letter Writing Club
Taste the Holidays at Whole Foods Market
18th Annual Seasonal Celebration at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
In the House Festival Performance Series
Tickets on Sale for the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic
Big Ridge/South Fraser Beer Club Tweetup
12 Days of Christmas at Leigh Square
Vancouver Christmas Market
North Pole BC at Lynn Valley
Opening Reception: Toys ft. Toys by Colin Johnson and Friends
Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Christmas at Urban Digs Farm
Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Friday, December 6, 2013
Sponsored by Miss604: Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre
Candlelight Vigil for Nelson Mandela in Front of Vancouver Art Gallery
Downtown Vancouver Tree Lighting Ceremony
The SFU Choir Presents: Video Games In Concert
Holiday Festival on Ice at Langley Events Centre
A Baroque Christmas Musical Celebration
CKNW Orphan’s Fund Pledge Day
Open House and Food Bank Day
Park and Tilford Hi-Light Festival Family Day
TOQUE 2013: Western Front Annual Fundraiser and Craft Sale
12 Days of Christmas at Leigh Square
Vancouver Christmas Market
North Pole BC at Lynn Valley
Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Christmas at Urban Digs Farm
Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Saturday, December 7, 2013
Heritage Christmas at Stewart Farm
Vancity Good Money Mob
West Coast Express Santa Train
Celebrating Accessibility at the Vancouver Aquarium
Shine, Shop, Dine Trolley Tour in the West End
Holiday Launch Party at La Movida Design Studio
Annual Christmas Festival at Lonsdale Quay
Thornhill Artisan Fair, Maple Ridge
Cookie Decorating and Sugar Plum Fairy Ballet Dancers at Capilano Mall
Winter Crafternoon with Surrey Libraries
Kensington Craft Fair
Weekend Holiday Entertainment at Brentwood
TOQUE 2013: Western Front Annual Fundraiser and Craft Sale
Portobello West Holiday Market
12 Days of Christmas at Leigh Square
Vancouver Christmas Market
North Pole BC at Lynn Valley
Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Christmas at Urban Digs Farm
Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Sunday, December 8, 2013
Central City’s Big Rigs for Kids
Crafty Affaire Market
Let’s Walk to End Bullying
L’Arche Christmas Benefit
10th Annual Faraday Science Show at UBC
Amanda Wood Christmas Concert
Weekend Holiday Entertainment at Brentwood
Thornhill Artisan Fair, Maple Ridge
Sausage Making Class at The Modern Pantry
Portobello West Holiday Market
12 Days of Christmas at Leigh Square
Vancouver Christmas Market
North Pole BC at Lynn Valley
Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Christmas at Urban Digs Farm
Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge


Monday, December 9, 2013
Pet Photo Night at Capilano Mall
12 Days of Christmas at Leigh Square
Vancouver Christmas Market
North Pole BC at Lynn Valley
Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Christmas at Urban Digs Farm
Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
12 Days of Christmas at Leigh Square
Vancouver Christmas Market
North Pole BC at Lynn Valley
Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Christmas at Urban Digs Farm
Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Tasting Plates Burnaby
Pan Pacific Christmas Wish Breakfast
VanDusen Festival of Lights Opens
Elf: Family Holiday Movies at Wesbrook Welcome Centre
12 Days of Christmas at Leigh Square
Vancouver Christmas Market
North Pole BC at Lynn Valley
Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Christmas at Urban Digs Farm
Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Thursday, December 12, 2013
Blackstick CD Release Party at Rhythm City Strut
Olive Oil Tasting at The Modern Pantry
Vancouver Public Space Network Holiday Party
BAH! HUMBUG! 2013 – A Woodward’s Seasonal Tradition
12 Days of Christmas at Leigh Square
VanDusen Festival of Lights
Vancouver Christmas Market
North Pole BC at Lynn Valley
Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Christmas at Urban Digs Farm
Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Friday, December 13, 2013
Sponsored by Miss604: Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre
Opening Reception: Nothing About Us Without Us
Christmas Angel Gala in Support of Beauty Night Society
Park and Tilford Hi-Light Festival Family Day
BAH! HUMBUG! 2013 – A Woodward’s Seasonal Tradition
VanDusen Festival of Lights
Vancouver Christmas Market
North Pole BC at Lynn Valley
Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Christmas at Urban Digs Farm
Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Saturday, December 14, 2013
Evening Carol Sing at Historic Stewart Farm
Walk for Pandora at Kits Beach
Blim Holiday Market
Whitecaps Clearance Sale at BC Place
Merry Fishmas at River District
DIY Daniel: LEGO Build Day at Museum of Vancouver
Shine, Shop, Dine Trolley Tour in the West End
Bach Choir: The Messiah
West Coast Express Santa Train
Jingle Off Caroling Competition at Capilano Mall
Shiny Fuzzy Muddy (SFM) 2013
Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey
18th Annual Holiday Market at the Croatian Cultural Centre
Breakfast with Santa at West End Community Centre
Breakfast with Santa at Kensington Community Centre
Goh Ballet’s Nutcracker
Weekend Holiday Entertainment at Brentwood
4Cats: Winter Family Portrait Night
Got Craft? Holiday Market
Holiday Artisan’s Fair at River Market
Holiday Fun at Wesbrook Village
BAH! HUMBUG! 2013 – A Woodward’s Seasonal Tradition
VanDusen Festival of Lights
Vancouver Christmas Market
North Pole BC at Lynn Valley
Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Christmas at Urban Digs Farm
Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Sunday, December 15, 2013
Goh Ballet’s Nutcracker
Christmas with the Coastal Sound Youth Choir
Vancouver’s Ugliest Christmas Carol Singalong at the Vancouver Christmas Market 11:30am
JRG Annual Charity Fundraiser
Weekend Holiday Entertainment at Brentwood
Got Craft? Holiday Market
Holiday Artisan’s Fair at River Market
VanDusen Festival of Lights
Vancouver Christmas Market
North Pole BC at Lynn Valley
Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Christmas at Urban Digs Farm
Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge


Monday, December 16, 2013
Chocolate Tasting at The Modern Pantry
VanDusen Festival of Lights
Vancouver Christmas Market
North Pole BC at Lynn Valley
Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Christmas at Urban Digs Farm
Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Harlequin Hypnosis Show on Granville Island
VanDusen Festival of Lights
Vancouver Christmas Market
North Pole BC at Lynn Valley
Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Christmas at Urban Digs Farm
Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Family Holiday Movies at Wesbrook Welcome Centre
Christmas Candle Lighting Service
VanDusen Festival of Lights
Vancouver Christmas Market
North Pole BC at Lynn Valley
Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Christmas at Urban Digs Farm
Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Thursday, December 19, 2013
Violet Cameron Fundraiser at Anza Club
VanDusen Festival of Lights
Vancouver Christmas Market
North Pole BC at Lynn Valley
Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Christmas at Urban Digs Farm
Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Friday, December 20, 2013
Sponsored by Miss604: Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre
VSO Tiny Tots: Holiday Hooray!
Happy Non-Denominational Holiday Spectacular
Winter Solstice at West End Community Centre
Goh Ballet’s Nutcracker
Park and Tilford Hi-Light Festival Family Day
VSO A Traditional Christmas
Christmas Candle Lighting Service
VanDusen Festival of Lights
Vancouver Christmas Market
North Pole BC at Lynn Valley
Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Christmas at Urban Digs Farm
Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Saturday, December 21, 2013
Free All Ages Short Films at The Cinematheque All Day
Sing it Fwd at the Vogue Theatre
Coenpalooza at the VIFF Theatre: Barton Fink
Coenpalooza at the VIFF Theatre: The Big Lebowski
Coenpalooza at the VIFF Theatre: Raising Arizona
Explore Christmas Customs from Pioneer Times at the Surrey Museum
Shine, Shop, Dine Trolley Tour in the West End
Final Artisan’s Fair at River Market of 2013
Heritage Holiday at Fort Langley
Weekend Holiday Entertainment at Brentwood
Polar Express at City Centre Library Surrey
Goh Ballet’s Nutcracker
VanDusen Festival of Lights
Vancouver Christmas Market
North Pole BC at Lynn Valley
Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Sunday, December 22, 2013
Royal City Youth Ballet’s Nutcracker
Fashionistas For Philippines – Shop for Hope
Weekend Holiday Entertainment at Brentwood
Last Chance Christmas Fair
Heritage Holiday at Fort Langley
Goh Ballet’s Nutcracker
VanDusen Festival of Lights
Vancouver Christmas Market
North Pole BC at Lynn Valley
Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge


Monday, December 23, 2013
Graze Holiday Feast
Heritage Holiday at Fort Langley
VanDusen Festival of Lights
Vancouver Christmas Market
North Pole BC at Lynn Valley
Christmas at Lougheed Town Centre
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Christmas Eve Gala at Rosewood Hotel Georgia
Heritage Holiday at Fort Langley
VanDusen Festival of Lights
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Wednesday, December 25, 2013
See What’s Open on Christmas Day in Vancouver
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Friday, December 27, 2013
Sponsored by Miss604: Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Saturday, December 28, 2013
Weekend Holiday Entertainment at Brentwood
Ballet BC’s Nutcracker
Heritage Holiday at Fort Langley
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Sunday, December 29, 2013
Stanley Park Secrets Historical Walking Tour
Weekend Holiday Entertainment at Brentwood
Ballet BC’s Nutcracker
Heritage Holiday at Fort Langley
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Monday, December 30, 2013
Ballet BC’s Nutcracker
Heritage Holiday at Fort Langley
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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Patrick Maliha’s Naughty Little New Year’s Eve at The Rio
Coenpalooza at the VIFF Theatre: The Big Lebowski
Ballet BC’s Nutcracker
Heritage Holiday at Fort LangleyVanDusen Festival of Lights
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

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One comment

  1. Hi Rebecca,

    Any chance you can include the West End BIA and Robson Street BA’s Shine, Shop & Dine trolley tour on this list. It’s running for the next three Saturday nights.

    You can find out the full details on our website:
    http://westendbia.com/index.php?area_id=1001&page_id=1124

    We’d be happy to give you a guided tour with our team if you’re interested too! Please let me know.

    Thanks,
    Stephen

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