The holiday season is really hopping, and there are loads of family holiday events in Vancouver. This weekend, there are two parties for the littlest of festive folks at Circus Play Cafe and at Main St’s Chorus and Clouds. Craft fair fans won’t want to miss the Make it! market at the PNE, and in New West, it’s the annual Santa Claus parade. Fort Langley’s annual holiday fest takes place this weekend with Santa, music, crafts and more, and it’s the final weekend to board the Polar Express in Squamish. Grab a ticket if there are any left! Of course there are tons of ongoing Christmas events too. Check it out and have a holly jolly weekend!
Family friendly events in Vancouver this weekend
Christmas in the Village
December 14-16, 2018, Fort Langley
This 4th annual fest features Santa and his elves, live Christmas music and singing, twinkly lights, 50 vendors with everything from holiday baking, spices and craft beer and wine to to custom jewelry, natural local sheepskin slippers, woollens for babies and adults.
Pajama Christmas Dinner Party
December 15, 2018, Vancouver
Bring the little ones to a Pajama Christmas dinner party at Circus Play Cafe. Includes a light buffet dinner, as well as Christmas crafting, tree decorating, and holiday stories, free play and door prizes.
Make it! Craft Fair
December 12-16, 2018, Vancouver
This is the final big craft fair of the season, and it’s a biggie. The Make It! market at the PNE has it all – clothing, accessories, art, home decor, gourmet goodies, baby and kid items and other unique treasures. Plus, food trucks and a beer garden to get you in the festive spirit.
Chorus and Clouds Holly Jolly Party
December 15, 2018, Vancouver
Geared to the 0-5 set, this holiday party is open to the whole family. There will be music and singalongs, stories, ornament decorating and more!
VSO in Concert: Home Alone
December 14, 15, 2018
Mix high and low culture at the VSO by watching this classic, kid-friendly holiday favourite to a backdrop of composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to as the movie plays, by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
New Westminster Santa Parade
December 16, 2018, Vancouver
Picture fabulous floats and entertainment along historic Columbia Street. Kids can also come into Anvil Centre between 10:00 am – 1:00 pm to write and send their letters to Santa with Canada Post’s holiday helpers. Arrive early for a good spot, bundle up and … prepare for rain!
The Polar Express
December 15, 16, 2018, Squamish
Can you hear the bell? If you still believe, this is your last chance to board the Polar Express. This is the final weekend for the magical festive train ride to the ‘North Pole.’ Enjoy cookies, hot chocolate and carolling. Meet Santa and Mrs Claus, ride the mini train, drive their own train on a massive model train layout, and take part in other Christmas-themed activities such as decorating gingerbread cookies.
Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).