A Coastal Christmas Like No Other in Pender Harbour

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You know when you’re watching one of the many holiday movies-of-the-week where the charming hometowns of the protagonist are dressed to the nines in Christmas cheer? Where lights twinkle from every bough, carollers roam, and everyone gathers at a local community hall or cafe for a concert? The ones that make you think: What a magical holiday wonderland they have created for this show… Well, I think I found that real-life place, and you can visit for yourself during Pender Harbour Christmas this year!

Pender Harbour Christmas

John Henry's Resort & Marina

During my mid-autumn visit to this Sunshine Coast community, I got to head out on a boat tour with Mark Brezer from SloCat Tours, who told me that the best way to see this region was by boat. So that’s what we did. We spent a morning out on the water, weaving between harbours, coves, bays, and channels as Mark shared some local history.

Pender Harbour

Pender Harbour

There are over a dozen Christmas activities and events happening this year, not to mention even more opportunity to shop for hand-made gifts from the Sunshine Coast’s talented roster of artists – many of which have studios based in Pender Harbour and will be at John Henry’s Resort & Marina for their Christmas market.

Pender Harbour

Pender Harbour

Key Event Dates

Nov 30, 2018: Tree Lighting at the Hall
Nov 30 – Dec 2; Dec 7-8, 2018: Coast Christmas Market ​at John Henry’s
December 14, 2018: Boat Parade with Pipers
… and a dozen more! View the full event schedule here »

Pender Harbour

If You Go

Learn more about Christmastime in Pender Harbour on ZenSeekers »

BC Ferries leaves from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver to the Sunshine Coast with around 10 sailings daily, plus sailings from Vancouver Island to the northern Sunshine Coast (Powell River), or you can take advantage of the many other transportation services including float planes, passenger ferry service, and more.

Sunshine Coast Tourism can help make plans.

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