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Final weekend for these must-go holiday events!

This weekend marks the final weekend of the holidays, and while we’ve already said good bye to Aurora, Canyon Lights and the Christmas Market, there are plenty of holiday lights and festive events that wrap up this weekend. So why not head out for one final hurrah. And for anyone ready to rid their living rooms of their needle dropping evergreen, by-donation tree chipping events also take place this weekend.

Final weekend for these must-go holiday events!

Tree chipping events

January 5 & 6, 2019, around Metro Vancouver

Tree chipping, Vancouver
Photo Credit: UBC Botanical Gardens

Got a Christmas tree at home dropping needles and looking less than chipper?  Well this is the weekend to head to a local tree chipping event. Chipping events not only save trees from the landfill, they also raise money for charity. They are a great way to keep that holiday spirit going even after the tree comes down.

>> Tree chipping events

Holidays at the Space Centre – final weekend

runs daily until Jan 6, 2019, Vancouver

Family events this weekend in Vancouver
Photo credit: HR MacMillan Space Centre
Learn all about the latest Canadian astronaut to enter space: David Saint-Jacques. Find out how David will be living on the space station, how he will eat, where he will sleep, and what experiments he’ll be doing in micro-gravity. Create your own mission patch, just like David did, and make mini astronaut figurines to take home.

Sea of Lights at the Vancouver Aquarium –  final weekend

runs until January 6, 2019

Family events this weekend in Vancouver
Photo credit: Vancouver Aquarium

Scuba Claus may be drying off until next year, but the Sea of Lights, which runs until Sunday, is well worth a visit. This immersive experience features lights, bubbles, movements and sounds that mimic an under water experience.

>> Sea of Lights

Holiday Heights at Bloedel –  final weekend

runs until January 6, 2019

Weekend events in Vancouver for kids and families
Photo credit: Harriet Fancott

Experience a winter wonderland inside the Bloedel Conservatory with 150 free flying tropical birds, magical lights, holiday plant displays, photo ops, a scavenger hunt and much more. Enjoy the evening city views and lit fountains at Queen Elizabeth Park.

Winter Ice Palace –  final weekend

runs until January 6, 2019

Family friendly holiday events vancouver
Photo credit: Cloverdale Arena

The Winter Ice Palace at Cloverdale Arena in Surrey dazzles with lights, decorations, and an old-fashioned pond. Bring your friends and check out the 20th annual Winter Ice Palace.

>> Winter Ice Palace

Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain –  final weekend

Family events this weekend in Vancouver
Photo credit: Grouse Mountain

Santa may be gone but the light walk, the rink and a lot of snow greets visitors to Grouse Mountain! If you’ve had enough of the wet stuff, head up to Grouse early to beat the crowds, and revel in a truly wintry experience.

>> Peak of Christmas

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Gardens –  final weekend

runs until January 6, 2019

Image credit: VanDusen Gardens

This is a great evening adventure with kids. Huge parts of the gardens are lit up  (1 million lights in fact) in a dazzling display.  There are the “dancing lights” on the central pond, a charming carousel, sweet treats, real food, and hot chocolate on offer. Added bonus: fewer crowds than before Christmas.

>> Festival of Lights 

Bright Nights at Stanley Park – final weekend

runs until January 5, 2019

Family events this weekend in Vancouver
Photo credit: BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund

A favourite adventure for Vancouver families, the Christmas train winds through holiday light displays and past live performers on a 14-minute ride. Wander around the train plaza before and after to see all the little Christmas displays and lights. Snacks, hot chocolate and more are available around the train plaza. This fundraiser supports the BC Burn Fund.

>> Bright Nights

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