New Vancouver Christmas Website and Giveaway

Comments 109 by Rebecca Bollwitt

When I crossed paths with prominent travel writer John Lee a few weeks ago at Robson Square he told me that his cat was writing reviews for his new website. I stopped in my tracks (although I was already standing still) and I knew I had to find out more about his project.

“Max is a massive Christmas fan, so I gave him the job of writing gift reviews for the site,” says Lee. His business card for the new website features a photo of his cat, Max, and the tag line Feeling Curious. “He’s covered beer, soap and books but he’s hoping to review cat treats as well.”

John Lee is a multi-award winning travel writer, known for his Lonely Planet guidebooks (over 25 of them), and for recently proclaiming Vancouver as the Craft Beer Capital of Canada in the LA Times. Max is an SPCA adoptee from Vancouver’s Catfe who writes his Christmas reviews using mouse ratings.

“I’ve always been a huge Christmas fan and every year I try to hit as many festive happenings around here as I can. But I always seem to miss a few. So I created this online guide to find all the Christmas attractions, shows and events that I want to go to – and to help locals and visitors plan their own festive days out.” lists up-to-the-minute information on more than 75 seasonal events, attractions and shows running throughout the area – giving locals and visitors a one-stop resource for planning their 2017 holiday activities.

Max reviews Christmas tea

“From markets to musicals and from light displays to parades, we’ve created a dedicated page for every event, making it really easy to browse your options and plan some cool Christmas fun,” adds Lee, whose love for the holidays stems from growing up with magical Christmases provided by his hard-working parents.

The site also features prize giveaways for visitors plus Yuletide stories for those craving seasonal light reading – topics include strange festive traditions; the world’s best Christmas songs and movies; and the superiority of non-chocolate advent calendars.

I love that John has taken the initiative, and we’ve partnered to offer up a fun giveaway thanks to FlyOver Canada.

Christmas at FlyOver Canada

When: November 23, 2017 to January 7, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm daily
Where: 201 – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver

Ho, ho, hold on tight! This Christmas season, come down to FlyOver Canada to fly with Santa and his elves on a magical flight across Canada and on to the North Pole. After meeting some of Santa’s elves, Chestnut and Pinecone, you’ll join them as they take flight in search of the rest of the missing elves. You may even get a sneak peek of Santa’s Workshop as you soar over the North Pole. Also part of the Christmas magic is the festive outdoor sightseeing deck. You can to enjoy holiday performances, Christmas lights, hot drinks and seasonal snacks.

Here’s how you can enter to win a pair of tickets:

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We will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, November 30, 2017.

Update The winner is Holly!

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109 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. SonjaFriday, November 24th, 2017 — 11:33am PST

    Nice prize.

  2. AndreaFriday, November 24th, 2017 — 12:07pm PST

    I have always wanted to go to Fly Over Canada!

  3. SeanFriday, November 24th, 2017 — 1:22pm PST

    Always wanted to try that!

  4. SandraFriday, November 24th, 2017 — 1:56pm PST

    a great prize for the holidays

  5. HeatherFriday, November 24th, 2017 — 2:18pm PST

    I LOVE Fky Over Canada and Christmas! I’m such a wimp about rides, but this one is my all time fav for sure!! ☺️

  6. David MagallonFriday, November 24th, 2017 — 2:54pm PST

    Awesome site!

  7. TedFriday, November 24th, 2017 — 4:05pm PST

    Would be fabulous to see. I have never seen it.

  8. StaceyFriday, November 24th, 2017 — 5:08pm PST

    have always wanted to check this out!

  9. EileenFriday, November 24th, 2017 — 6:27pm PST

    I’d love to go!

  10. AmyFriday, November 24th, 2017 — 7:08pm PST

    This sounds super cool!

  11. HollyFriday, November 24th, 2017 — 7:20pm PST

    This is a great site! Thanks Rebecca for telling us about it and John for building it.

  12. LindaFriday, November 24th, 2017 — 7:39pm PST

    Would love to go

  13. ChristinaFriday, November 24th, 2017 — 8:12pm PST

    Would love to go. Never been. Looks like a lot of fun.

  14. LorFriday, November 24th, 2017 — 8:26pm PST

    fun stuff!

  15. JamillaFriday, November 24th, 2017 — 8:26pm PST

    That would be fun!

  16. Vera GibsonFriday, November 24th, 2017 — 8:47pm PST

    Would love to win this (sounds like a perfect Oma/granddaughter date), and will definitely check out John’s site!!

  17. Marissa PrestonFriday, November 24th, 2017 — 8:49pm PST

    Sounds like fun 🙂

  18. Darlene PadleskyFriday, November 24th, 2017 — 8:56pm PST

    Would be so much fun!

  19. Deanna LeeFriday, November 24th, 2017 — 9:19pm PST

    I would love to go!

  20. Usha TkachykFriday, November 24th, 2017 — 9:27pm PST

    I would love to go to this, sounds like a great Christmas experience!

  21. mary-anneFriday, November 24th, 2017 — 9:42pm PST

    I would love to win and fly over canada

  22. KamFriday, November 24th, 2017 — 9:47pm PST

    Love that the Max the cat does the reviews!

  23. BevFriday, November 24th, 2017 — 9:49pm PST

    This sounds like a fun date night with my hubby! Thanks for this chance!

  24. ChantalFriday, November 24th, 2017 — 10:25pm PST

    This will be our first year going (free tix or not!)

  25. Mike GismondiFriday, November 24th, 2017 — 10:44pm PST

    My kids love flyover canada, so I’m sure they would like this too

  26. Angela GriffinFriday, November 24th, 2017 — 10:45pm PST

    Me please!

  27. Tracy ChamberlandFriday, November 24th, 2017 — 10:49pm PST

    Something fun to add to the Christmas Holidays ❄️?

  28. Sunshine HFriday, November 24th, 2017 — 11:00pm PST

    Would love to take DD to this one day!

  29. GCFriday, November 24th, 2017 — 11:03pm PST


  30. RachelFriday, November 24th, 2017 — 11:06pm PST

    This sounds so cool! I’ve always wanted to try Flyover Canada!!

  31. SamanthaFriday, November 24th, 2017 — 11:26pm PST

    Christmas reviews bu cats, you have me sold.

  32. LMSaturday, November 25th, 2017 — 12:53am PST

    Sounds like a fun time. Thanks for the opportunity.

  33. Lindsey McDowellSaturday, November 25th, 2017 — 1:19am PST

    Never been! I’d love to check it out.

  34. ShelleySaturday, November 25th, 2017 — 2:49am PST

    Christmas is my favorite holiday! This would be magical! ?

  35. Steph ☺️Saturday, November 25th, 2017 — 5:00am PST

    That would be fun!

  36. SelinaSaturday, November 25th, 2017 — 5:34am PST

    Met my husband in Christmas. Would be great to Flyover Canada to celebrate our anniversary ^_^

  37. Jeff GriersonSaturday, November 25th, 2017 — 7:01am PST

    Super Neato!!

  38. ShalaneSaturday, November 25th, 2017 — 7:05am PST

    Wow! That would be awesome!

  39. CheyenneSaturday, November 25th, 2017 — 8:01am PST

    What a great website -thanks for all the tips!

  40. Jeannie LamSaturday, November 25th, 2017 — 9:58am PST

    How fun that would be!

  41. Jessica R.Saturday, November 25th, 2017 — 11:09am PST

    This would be amazing to go to! Thank you

  42. Michelle DunnSaturday, November 25th, 2017 — 11:42am PST

    This would be such a fun family activity!

  43. Peggy LoevenmarkSaturday, November 25th, 2017 — 1:11pm PST

    What a fabulous way to see Canada!

  44. Peggy LoevenmarkSaturday, November 25th, 2017 — 1:13pm PST

    I would appreciate winning this contest!

  45. TanyaSaturday, November 25th, 2017 — 1:46pm PST

    Love Max the Cat – what a great idea for a website!

  46. Janice MSaturday, November 25th, 2017 — 3:04pm PST

    What a great prize!

  47. janSaturday, November 25th, 2017 — 4:48pm PST

    wonderful – haven’t been here yet

  48. MarieSaturday, November 25th, 2017 — 5:11pm PST

    Thanks for sharing MyVancouverchristmas website. We’ll be sure to follow Max during the Holidays!
    Keep up the good work Miss604!

  49. Melissa HoffmannSaturday, November 25th, 2017 — 5:27pm PST

    I’d love to do this with my parents during the holidays!

  50. DonSaturday, November 25th, 2017 — 6:05pm PST

    A great Christmas attraction

  51. Kerry HillSaturday, November 25th, 2017 — 6:20pm PST

    Thanks for all the great contests you post. Have never been but sounds like fun

  52. JazzySaturday, November 25th, 2017 — 6:52pm PST

    I haven’t been to FlyOver Canada in a long time!

  53. RobSaturday, November 25th, 2017 — 7:24pm PST

    Great Xmas prize.

  54. RickSaturday, November 25th, 2017 — 9:17pm PST

    I enjoyed Fly Over Canada with my wife a couple of years ago. Would be a great reason to visit the city again.

  55. Iris NSaturday, November 25th, 2017 — 9:23pm PST

    I have always wanted to go to Fly Over Canada.

  56. wenSaturday, November 25th, 2017 — 11:29pm PST

    Haha it was really interesting to hear that John’s cat is writing reviews.

  57. GordSaturday, November 25th, 2017 — 11:50pm PST

    I would love to go! 🙂

  58. KSunday, November 26th, 2017 — 9:56am PST

    Definitely need to get out to this one. I’ve heard so much about Fly Over Canada – why not in a sleigh! And at a cat’s suggestion no less! Thanks again for another great idea for the holidays!

  59. Grace LauSunday, November 26th, 2017 — 10:25am PST

    Would love to go!

  60. SuzanneSunday, November 26th, 2017 — 11:42am PST

    Fly over Canada is on my list of Christmas events to try and visit this year!

  61. FayeSunday, November 26th, 2017 — 12:40pm PST

    Fun way to kick off the season! would love this!

  62. Karm DialSunday, November 26th, 2017 — 12:58pm PST

    Would love to go

  63. DavidSunday, November 26th, 2017 — 4:10pm PST

    Kidlet would love this.

  64. Greg L.Sunday, November 26th, 2017 — 4:31pm PST


  65. SaraSunday, November 26th, 2017 — 5:23pm PST

    Sounds like fun! Would love to go! 🙂

  66. KellySunday, November 26th, 2017 — 6:56pm PST


  67. CandaceSunday, November 26th, 2017 — 7:30pm PST

    Chestnut & Pinecone! How cute are those elven names.

  68. mariaSunday, November 26th, 2017 — 7:54pm PST

    This sounds like a lot of fun!

  69. LorenaSunday, November 26th, 2017 — 9:39pm PST

    Flyover Canada is already really enchanting…and Xmas theme would be even more enchanting!

  70. GlendaSunday, November 26th, 2017 — 10:41pm PST

    the ideal mini getaway!

  71. MaryanneSunday, November 26th, 2017 — 10:55pm PST

    Love this!

  72. Amy GarlandSunday, November 26th, 2017 — 11:43pm PST

    Fly over Canada looks so fun!

  73. WhitneyMonday, November 27th, 2017 — 12:25am PST

    I haven’t been to flyover yet but would love to.

  74. Josh LiuMonday, November 27th, 2017 — 4:57am PST


  75. ariel cMonday, November 27th, 2017 — 9:40am PST

    sounds like fun!

  76. MorganMonday, November 27th, 2017 — 9:46am PST


  77. adamMonday, November 27th, 2017 — 9:47am PST

    yes please

  78. KirstenMonday, November 27th, 2017 — 10:14am PST

    Someone who loves Christmas in Vancouver as much as I do, what fun!

  79. KateMonday, November 27th, 2017 — 12:40pm PST

    Good luck to all participants 🙂

  80. Jason BMonday, November 27th, 2017 — 2:06pm PST

    Festive prize

  81. OJMonday, November 27th, 2017 — 2:45pm PST

    It’s been on my list of things to do for a while!

  82. NicoleMonday, November 27th, 2017 — 2:47pm PST


  83. AlexMonday, November 27th, 2017 — 2:56pm PST

    Cool prize

  84. Carl DillonMonday, November 27th, 2017 — 3:23pm PST

    Sure know how I would use this prize

  85. ChristianMonday, November 27th, 2017 — 4:29pm PST

    Ho, Ho, Ho. Merry Christmas.

  86. AliceMonday, November 27th, 2017 — 5:45pm PST

    I have seen other FlyOver Canada presentations and would love to see Christmas at FlyOver Canada!

  87. Jessica PrasadMonday, November 27th, 2017 — 11:48pm PST

    I would love ? to get into the Christmas ??? spirit with Fly Over Canada ??

  88. Cheuk LauMonday, November 27th, 2017 — 11:50pm PST

    Love to see this

  89. GurpTuesday, November 28th, 2017 — 1:53am PST

    I love Flyover Canada. It’s the one place I take all my out of town visitors to!

  90. LaelTuesday, November 28th, 2017 — 3:31am PST

    I’ve never been to Fly Over Canada but I’ve heard it’s really good. I’d love to go with my family.

  91. tracey jac obsTuesday, November 28th, 2017 — 7:56am PST

    love to take my family

  92. Nick MoudakisTuesday, November 28th, 2017 — 7:56am PST

    My daughter would love this first time experience to Canada place and fly over Canada! !

  93. GregTuesday, November 28th, 2017 — 8:25am PST

    Sounds like a great time!

  94. Cheryl GreenTuesday, November 28th, 2017 — 9:16am PST

    Wow…this is great. My daughter is nearing the age of not believing…maybe this will let us hang on a little longer! Thank you!

  95. MingTuesday, November 28th, 2017 — 9:19am PST

    It’d be so magical to win this

  96. SandraTuesday, November 28th, 2017 — 11:29am PST

    A lovely way to celebrate during the holidays

  97. RinoTuesday, November 28th, 2017 — 12:17pm PST

    I’d love to go

  98. TaniaTuesday, November 28th, 2017 — 12:18pm PST

    Fly over Canada looks so fun!

  99. MoniqueTuesday, November 28th, 2017 — 3:37pm PST

    so much fun!

  100. JenTuesday, November 28th, 2017 — 5:20pm PST

    going to go one way or another! great prize

  101. SavTuesday, November 28th, 2017 — 9:55pm PST

    Girls want to have fun!

  102. Deb PWednesday, November 29th, 2017 — 7:04am PST

    I would love to share this experience with my son as I know he would really love it. Happy Holidays.

  103. DeborahWednesday, November 29th, 2017 — 8:02am PST

    so much fun at Fly Over Canada

  104. ArleneWednesday, November 29th, 2017 — 10:42am PST

    Would love to see and get in the Christmas Sprit. Thank you

  105. leanneWednesday, November 29th, 2017 — 8:26pm PST

    It would be fun to take my kids to this.

  106. leanneWednesday, November 29th, 2017 — 8:26pm PST

  107. ShawnThursday, November 30th, 2017 — 10:36am PST

    Love this combo of Christmas & Fly Over Canada!

  108. KatThursday, November 30th, 2017 — 10:20pm PST

    Ho. Ho. Ho. This will be a very merry flyover!

  109. Jennifer SmidtTuesday, December 5th, 2017 — 12:31pm PST

    Would love this!

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