Top Holiday Activities in Vancouver

The City of Vancouver's Christmas tree with the exterior of Fairmont Hotel Vancouver in the background.

Top Holiday Activities in Vancouver

It’s time to deck the halls and celebrate the festive season! Vancouver offers a wide range of holiday activities including an open-air Christmas market, stunning light displays, and even a screening of Home Alone with a live orchestra performing the movie’s score. Make your list of top holiday experiences and check it twice, because you won’t want to miss any of the festive fun!

BCCHF Festival of Trees presented by Scotiabank
Nov. 24, 2022 – Jan. 1, 2023
A cherished community tradition for over 30 years, experience the magic of the holidays on display with the more than 30 uniquely decorated trees lining Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s lobby. Each tree has been sponsored and decorated by local businesses and organizations to raise funds for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. A family-friendly activity for all ages, everyone is encouraged to join in the fun by donating $5 to vote for their favourite tree!
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Vancouver Christmas Market
Nov. 12 – Dec. 24, 2022
Experience Vancouver Christmas Market’s European-inspired Christmas village located at Jack Poole Plaza. The outdoor seasonal attraction offers gourmet food, authentic German drinks, family carousel rides, 80+ artisan huts, and much more.
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St. Paul’s Foundation Lights of Hope
Nov. 17, 2022 – Jan. 6, 2023
The 25th annual Lights of Hope is a stunning nightly display of sparkling lights at St. Paul’s Hospital raising funds for the St. Paul’s Foundation. Donations are used to provide warm clothing to patients in need, fund research initiatives, and more. 
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Bright Nights in Stanley Park
Dec. 1, 2022 – Jan. 1, 2023
A family-friendly activity featuring a dazzling tunnel of lights, food vendors, and live entertainment. Admission is by donation with all proceeds benefitting the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund.
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Capilano Canyon Lights  
Nov. 19, 2022 – Jan. 22, 2023
Located in North Vancouver, enjoy the magical light show as you cross the world-famous 450 ft. suspension bridge. A fun-filled activity for the whole family to enjoy. 
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Festival of Lights – VanDusen Botanical Garden
Nov. 25, 2022 – Jan. 2, 2023
An annual tradition, the Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Gardens is a sight to be seen. The grounds are transformed into a winter wonderland with impressive holiday lighting and festive music.
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Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concerts 
Dec. 2 – 18, 2022 
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is offering a range of holiday concerts for traditionalists and non-traditionalist alike. Enjoy a screening of the Christmas movie Home Alone while the VSO performs the film’s score live. Or, if you’re looking for a classical concert experience, take in Maestro Tausk leading Tchaikovsky’s Winter Daydream. The performance will also feature pianist Sergei Babayan’s debut with the VSO playing Mozart.    
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