Last updated: November 25 2020
With COVID-19 numbers on the rise and restrictions getting tighter many Christmas events have already been canceled or postponed until December 8 (after the PHO ends). But here are some festive fun things to do that are all set to go.
Note: This list is being updated as information comes available. Always double-check that events are still happening before going. And remember to book in advance, wear a mask, keep your distance.
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
December 8, 2020 – January 1, 2021 (closed December 25), 4 pm to 10 pm
This is my absolute favourite Christmas event to do with kids in Vancouver. The train will be sounding its whistle and taking visitors thought the spectacular light display of Stanley Park. Some things will be different – there will be no plaza lights and Santa won’t be visiting. But it will be a phenomenal light display and most importantly, it will be a safe activity for you and your kids.
Besides this event being an unbelievable twinkling spectacle this is the single largest fundraiser for the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. Ages 3 and up – $10, 2 and under – Free (Must buy tickets in advance.)
VanDusen Botanical Garden Festival of Lights
December 8, 2020 – January 3, 2021, December 25 – closed, 4 pm – 9:30 pm
This is one of the most spectacular light displays I have ever seen. They create the most beautiful winter wonderland and have over one million lights. This year visitors will have the opportunity to experience the magical outdoor garden setting on a new one-way path which has plenty of space for physical distancing. Adults – $14, Seniors/Youth – $10, Child (4-12 years) – $8 Child (under 3) – Free (must reserve a ticket)
Fly like Santa
November 19 2020 – January 3 2020
Experience the magic of Christmas this December as you fly across Canada and up to the North Pole with Santa. Stop by the Flying Whale Waterfront Cafe for Christmas festivities—seasonal snacks, beverages and live music. Pro tip: From Monday to Friday with the purchase of any adult ticket get complimentary admission for one child, a cookie and 50% off a souvenir photo.
Glow Gardens Langley Drive Thru
December 8, 2020 – January 2, 2021, 5 pm – 10 pm
Glow Langley will now be a drive through festive experience. Enjoy the magical light displays from the warmth of your car listening to Christmas music. You can purchase their super fun light up LED Glow cups for $6.99. Keep your eyes peeled for holiday princesses and of course – Santa! $29.99 per car, max 7 people your car pad includes complimentary mini donuts, popcorn and a Glow ornament.
>> Glow Gardens
December 8, 2020 – January 3, 2021 (closed December 25), 2 pm – 9 pm daily
Canyon Lights has made some operational changes to ensure the health and safety of visitors and staff to ensure everyone has a fun festive experience. This has been named one of the most spectacular holiday displays in the world. There is so much to see, including the eight tallest Christmas trees in the world. I am already so excited to do this with my kids. Family of 3 or 4 $115 for an annual pass.
PNE Winter Lights
December 11-12, 17-23, 4 pm to 10 pm
This is a two-kilometre route through a winter wonderland you can enjoy with your family from inside your car. There are nine enchanted lands filled with glowing lights to drive through in your mission to discover Santa. This is an event you don’t want to miss. Admission for carloads of 4 or less: $39, Admission for carloads of 5 or more: $49
Grouse Mountain – The Peak of Christmas
November 21, 2020 – January 3 2020
Visit Vancouver’s North Pole! Walk through glittering lights, ice skate on an 8,000 square foot mountaintop pond surrounded by snow-topped trees, visit real reindeer and feel the joy of the season. Peak of Christmas activities are all complimentary with a Mountain Admission Ticket, Annual Membership, Winter Season Pass, or Lift Ticket.
Burnaby Village Museum Heritage Christmas
|Cancelled Until Further Notice: In response to the recently issued Provincial Health Order, Heritage Christmas at the Burnaby Village Museum is cancelled until further notice. Please check back for updates.|
Experience the old-fashioned magic of Heritage Christmas at the Burnaby Village Museum. Stroll through the 1920’s village and enjoy spectacular lights, vintage-themed displays and historical exhibits. The carousel and gift shop will be closed, but there will be a lot of COVID-friendly festive fun going on. Admission is free. Advance reservations recommended.
Aldor Acres Tree Farm
November 28 – December 23, 9 am – 5 pm (December 4 & 11 open until 8 pm)
For some outdoor family fun visit Aldor Acres Tree Farm. Bring your family for an adventure. Check out the ‘U-Cut’ trees or pick up a live potted or fresh cut tree.
Kera is a full-time mom with three kids. She lives in the suburbs of Vancouver and recently started Kids Cuddles Coffee, a ‘mommy-news’ blog. She loves going on adventures with her kids all over the Lower Mainland. She has a passion for writing and the news. Before becoming a mom she worked at CBC radio and at a local newspaper. Follow her on Instagram @kidscuddlescoffee