Who’s counting down? There’s plenty of time to visit Santa, pick up a tree and visit some sparkling light displays. PS: Book the kids into the Kidtropolis Nerf Night and give yourself three solo hours for holiday shopping or organizing.
Family holiday & weekend events in Metro Vancouver, Dec 13-15 2019
Nerf Night Out
Friday December 13 2019 Richmond
Drop your kids off at Kidtropolis for three hours while you enjoy dinner, some holiday shopping or nothing at all. Nerf games include all the gear and are hosted by a facilitator. Evening also includes pizza, juice and popcorn.
Santa Claus Parade New Westminster *Free*
December 15 2019 New Westminster
Floats and entertainment along historic Columbia Street! Kids can also come into Anvil Centre between 10 am – 1 pm and write and send their letters to Santa with Canada Post’s holiday helpers. Arrive early for a good spot and bundle up.
Santa’s Workshop at McArthur Glen *Free*
December 14 & 15 2019 Vancouver
Visit Santa’s workshop for a letter-writing station and free photos with the man himself, enjoy the glittering holiday decorations – including the dazzling 52-foot Christmas tree and a giant bauble walkway – for the perfect Instagram shot.
Holiday light displays! *Free*
Twinkly lights are here to brighten our dark evenings as the holidays approach. Vancouver has everything from jaw-dropping big ticket spectacles, free lake displays, community events and free local glittering neighbourhood walks.
Shiny Fuzzy Muddy Farewell
December 14 & 15, 2019 Vancouver
Sadness. This is the final year for this Main St mainstay, which features a lovely collection of curated fine craft, art + design at Heritage Hall in the heart of the hip and local craft scene.
Here are some of the best, most authentic, and most awesomely warm and friendly St. Nick’s this side of the Cascades. We’re talking elves, professional photos, pet days, and more.
December 11-15 2019, Vancouver
Join the homemade revolution! The Make it! market at the PNE boasts 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. Sold!
>> Make it!
Skate with Santa
December 15, 2019 Coquitlam
Take a spin with the man in red! Also take pictures in Santa’s sleigh. Enjoy on-ice activities, colouring, plus free hot chocolate (while supplies last).
December 13-15, Vancouver
Arts Umbrella Dance Company presents this classic holiday performance reinvented with a twist. Families and kids of all ages can enjoy this modern and engaging retelling of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Mixed Nuts is more than just a ballet with a variety of dance styles from hip-hop, to ballroom, to the classic grand pas-de-deux.
>> Mixed Nuts
Food bank donation night at the MOV
Friday December 13, 20 & 27 2019, Vancouver
Museum of Vancouver is hosting a Food Drive in support of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Bring in 2 of the top 10 most needed items to MOV on the above evenings and receive complimentary admission to the Museum.
Christmas at the Britannia Mine Museum
Saturday Dec 14 2019 Squamish
Cozy up on a train ride through the underground to get a sneaky peek of Santa and his elves. Warm up with a mug of hot cocoa and get into the festive spirit while testing your skills in the Machine Shop at a special Pop-Up Winter Toolbox session.
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