Vancouver Christmas Adventures – Best of 2019

Vancouver Christmas 2010 may not have the promise of snow but there are lots of festive activities to keep your spirits high!  Vancouverites love to celebrate the holidays in style and there are a wide variety of joyful destinations to explore.  These are my personal favourites.

Van Dusen Gardens Festival of Lights – Christmas 2019

The Festival of Lights is on from December 1 – January 6, 2019.  It is on its 34th season this year, and is a Vancouver Christmas 2018 favourite!  Hours are 4:30pm-9:30pm (except Christmas Day).  Advance ticket purchase is recommended due to the popularity of this event.  Tickets are $18.50 for adults, $14.25 for seniors/youth, and $11 for children.

There’s so much to see and do at this event!  Thousands of twinkling lights, dancing light shows, photos with Santa, live performances, carousel and more.  Dress warmly and bring your camera – you’ll want to take lots of photos!  I highly recommend this event as a great date night.  We had one of our first dates here and it was truly memorable!

There are a few food options available on site including Truffles Café and several on-site food trucks.  Don’t forget the hot chocolate!

Bright Nights at Stanley Park

Bright nights runs from November 27 to January 6, 2019 on Pipeline Road in Stanley Park, right in beautiful downtown Vancouver.  It’s open every day except Christmas Day, with hours from 10:00am to 2:00pm for matinee trains and 3:00pm to 11:00pm for night trains.  This event benefits the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund, with $1.4 million raised since 1998.  This is a definitely a must-do event for Christmas 2018!

This year there are more than 3 million twinkling lights on display!  But, hands down the best part of this event is riding the classic train, a 14-minute experience filled with beautiful displays, holiday lights AND a live performer!  I can’t wait for my grandsons to experience this!  This is a very popular event with families.  We were only able to get tickets between Christmas and New Years so I urge you to act fast if you’re interested.

This is a highly recommended event – don’t miss out!






Heritage Christmas 2019 at Burnaby Village Museum

Located in Burnaby’s Deer Lake Park, the Burnaby Village Museum transforms at Christmas time to a Heritage Christmas Village!  This event runs from November 24 – January 4, 2019, weekdays from 1-5:30 and weekends from 1-9pm until December 14, and then daily from 1-9pm as of December 15, 2018.  This is a free event with lots of old-fashioned fun and spectacular lights.  There’s lots for kids and adults alike to do including Christmas crafts, heritage baking and of course riding the vintage carousel (an extra $2.25 per ride)!  There’s always performers on site including choirs and theatrical groups.  Stroll through the village streets to see wreaths, cedar swags and vintage-themed displays.  Keep your eyes open for folks dressed in period costumes including the blacksmith and Father Christmas!

There’s lots to see and do at this wonderful event.  Follow this link for details of daily activities.

What’s your favourite Christmas event?  Tell me about it in the comments below!

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The best things to do at Christmas in Vancouver! Ideas for your table, party decorations, baking at more at these Christmas events! #decorations #table #gifts #party #food #ideas

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