November 22, 2017: CrispMedia / Vancouver Mom CEO Christine Pilkington (and mom of three) was on CTV Morning Live talking about some of our favourite family friendly holiday activities.
Six family friendly holiday activities
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Lafarge Winter Lights Display
November 25, 2017 – Jan 21, 2018
Free lights display in the Lower Mainland, with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights illuminating Lafarge Lake at Town Centre Park in Coquitlam
Special event: Opening event this Saturday, Nov 25, 2:30-5:30 pm at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (beside Lafarge Lake) with Roving performers, free hot chocolate & cookie, photo with Santa, crafts, holiday market, choir, photo booth.
The light display goes on at 5:20 pm!
Spirit of Christmas at the Sea to Sky Gondola
November 24 – December 31
Christmas Forest walk on the Sea to Sky Gondola Spirit Trail, storytime (Tuesdays and Thursdays), sing along (Weds in December) plus fun activities like tubing and snow shoeing and fondue.
Special event: Pancakes and pictures with Santa (Dec 1-3): Visit the Summit Lodge for pancakes from the Eatery, followed by photos with Santa. The kids can also write postcards to Santa & create magical reindeer treats.
Festival of Lights at Van Dusen Gardens
December 1 – January 7
Huge parts of Van Dusen Gardens will be lit up (1 million lights in fact) for the Festival of Lights. There are the “dancing lights” on the central pond, a carousel, sweet treats, real food, and hot chocolate on offer, as well as a lovely Santa in his living room.
Bright Nights at Stanley Park
November 30-January 6
A Christmas classic! The Stanley Park Christmas train winds through holiday light displays and past live performers on a 14-minute ride.Wander around the train plaza to see all the little Christmas displays and lights. There’s snacks, hot chocolate, and more Buy your tickets online, or drop by in the morning to get same-day tickets. Parking is free, but fills up fast. There are matinee trains for $6 per person.
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
November 23 – January 28
Walk across the suspension bridge all lit up with twinkling lights, adventure along the tree top bridges and cliff walk and see the world’s tallest Christmas tree.
Kids activities: There’s also snowy owl prowl, cookie decorating, decorating wooden ornaments, make your own holiday badge in the winter craft tent
NB: You can’t take strollers on the bridge or the Cliff Walk, so best be prepared with a carrier.
November 24 to January 7
New Event! This new glittering display takes place in at the Milner Garden Centre in Langley with 103,000 square feet of lights including four Christmas-themed light gardens and a musical light tunnel. Kids can help Santa locate his lost presents scattered throughout the light gardens
Special features: Christmas market, food vendors, real drinks and food trucks.
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).