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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Ladies, it’s time for you to get those cameras out and men, it’s time for you to buck up and stop complaining about how many photos you’re going to have to pose for because after all, this is just about every Instagram girl and guy’s dream. Not only does the Christmas season call for getting together with loved ones and spreading the holiday spirit, but it also calls for endless photos of everything Christmas. But who am I kidding… as much as your significant other (or yourself) might complain about how many Christmas events/crafts/movies/films you or he/she might have planned for the winter holidays, we ALL love Christmas. Here are the top 6 events to attend this holiday season with your boyfriend or girlfriend (aka an excuse to take endless amount of selfies… we’re all to blame so don’t feel bad).
* Note: Please check each website for holiday hours.
1. The Vancouver Christmas Market
The 5th annual Vancouver Christmas Market provides you with an authentic German holiday experience as you walk through the colourfully decorated German village in The Queen Elizabeth Plaza. Experience traditional food and beverages, choose from a selection of original German gifts, enjoy family filled entertainment and take a ride on downtown Vancouver’s only Christmas Carousel! Das Schnitzelhaus anyone?
Where: The Queen Elizabeth Plaza, 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
When: November 22 – December 24 11am – 9pm
Price: Adult (13 – 59 years) – $7
Youth (7-12 years) – $3
Kids (0- years) – FREE
Seniors (60+) – $6
*For every paid admission you will receive a free unlimited entry season’s pass.
2. Bright Nights at Stanley Park
Back for its 17th year, the Bright Nights train and Plaza at Stanley Park is decorated with 3 million twinkling lights. Become a part of this holiday tradition and enjoy the dazzling light display along with Christmas music, roasted chestnuts, and much more! Partial proceeds from the sale of Bright Nights tickets will be donated to the BC Professional Fire Fighter’s Burn Fund.
Where: Stanley Park
When: November 27 – January 4
November 27 – Decemeber 18: 10am – 2:45pm (matinee train – Friday to Sunday only) and 3pm – 10pm (night train)
December 19 – 24, 26: 10am – 2:45 pm (matinee train) and 3pm- 11pm (night train)
December 27 – January 4: 10am – 2:45 pm (matinee train) and 3pm – 11pm (night train)
Price: Admission – By donation, suggested minimum of $4
Matinee Train (All ages) – $6
Adult – $11
Youth and Seniors – $8
Small Child (2 and under) – FREE
3. Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain
The Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain has something for everyone! On top of the snowy white mountain are a number of festivities: meet Santa and his reindeer, take a sleigh-ride through the alpine forest, go for a skate on the ice skating pond, enjoy classic Christmas movies in the Theatre in the Sky or listen to various Vancouver choirs sing Christmas carols! The ultimate photo op.
Where: Grouse Mountain
When: November 28 – December 24
Price: Adult (19-64 years) – $41.95
Youth (13-18 years) – $23.95
Child (5-12 years) – 13.95
Senior (65+) $37.95
Tot (4 & under) – FREE
Family (2 adults, 2 youth/children) – $109.95
4. Festival of Lights at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens
Over 1 million lights decorate the VanDusen Gardens for the Festival of Lights. Walk through themed areas, enjoy the Dancing Lights on Livingstone Lake or take a visit with Santa! Who doesn’t love an endless a supply of Christmas lights? Or even better…an endless supply of photos of Christmas lights?!
Where: Van Dusen Botanical Gardens
When: December 10 – January 4
December 10 – 18: 4:30pm – 9pm
December 19 – 23: 4:30pm – 10pm
December 24 – January 4: 4:30pm – 9pm
Price: Adult (19-64 years) – $15
Youth (13-18 years) – $11
Child (3-12 years) – $8
Senior (65+) – $11
Child (3 years and under) – FREE
* Check the VanDusen Botanical Garden website for group rates and VanDusen member rates.
5. Robson Square Skating
Robson Square skating rink is a huge hit every holiday season! Not a skater? Enjoy the festivities by getting snuggled up on one of the benches surrounding the perimeter with a warm cup of hot chocolate (and the camera of course). Complete with live music, this is an affordable and fun way to share the holiday spirit with your loved one.
Where: Robson Square
When: November 15 – February 28
Sunday to Thursday: 9am – 9pm
Friday and Saturday: 9am – 11pm
Price: FREE for those who have skates.
Rentals are available for $4.
6. Canyon Lights at the Capilano Suspension Bridge
The Festival of Lights at the Capilano Suspension Bridge is home to the largest living Christmas tree! Walk through their rainforest and across their suspension bridge decorated with hundreds of thousands of lights. You can also decorate your own gingerbread cookie and sing-along to Christmas carols with the holiday band. Partial proceeds from the sale of Canyon Lights admission tickets will be donated to the BC Professional Fire Fighter’s Burn Fund.
Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge
When: November 29 – January 3
11am – 9pm
Price: Adult (17 – 64 years) – $32.95
Youth (13-16 years) – $21.95
Child (6-12 years) – $12
Student (17+ with ID) – $27.95
Senior (65+) – $30.95
* For every paid admission, B.C. residents will receive an unlimited admission pass for one year to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, including Canyon Lights.
So here you have it – 6 coupley events to attend this winter! I encourage all of you to get into the holiday spirit and check some of it out. In a relationship or not, we all want some kind of excuse to blow up our instagram accounts…and there’s no better excuse than Christmas!