5 Festive Activities to Do in Vancouver

Looking for something fun and festive to do in Vancouver this holiday season? From bustling Christmas markets to cozy twinkly lights, we’ve compiled a list of festive events and activities around the city that are perfect for visitors and locals alike. Happy holidays! 


PNE Winter Fair

December 14, 2022 — December 23, 2022

Now until December 23rd, you can see the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) transform into an immersive holiday experience! Perfect for a family outing or date night, this festive event includes a Christmas concert series, large indoor skating rink, winter market, tasty food and beverages, and a sparkling walk-through winter lights display. 

[source: PNE]


A Christmas Cocktail Story

Reservations Available on Select Nights Until December 23, 2022

If you are seeking an adults-only holiday activity, look no further than A Christmas Cocktail Story at Dalina’s on Main Street! This festive pop-up event will throw it back to the 50’s with retro food, drinks and decor. Tickets include modern interpretations of classic cocktails as well as a sampler plate of iconic festive finger food. 

[source: Daily Hive Vancouver]


VanDusen Festival of Lights

November 25, 2022 — January 2, 2023 

A festive staple in Vancouver, the VanDusen Festival of Lights is a must-visit this holiday season. Featuring more than a million lights strung across 15 acres of the VanDusen botanical garden, experience this enchanting winter garden with tasty treats and holiday music along the way!

[source: VanDusen Botanical Garden/Facebook]


Canyon Lights

November 19, 2022 – January 22, 2023

Every year, the world-famous Capilano Suspension Bridge is lit end-to-end with a multi-colour light display. Wander across the iconic suspended bridge wrapped in beautiful Christmas lights, journey into a glowing rainforest on Treetops Adventure, and wind your way through the Arc de Lumina light tunnel on the Cliffwalk. Complimented by live music, enjoy a cozy holiday drink and treats at the Trading Post Gift Store.

[source: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park]


Vancouver Christmas Market

November 12, 2022 — December 24, 2022

Another Vancouver Christmas season staple, the Vancouver Christmas Market is a must-visit! Centrally located at Jack Poole Plaza, the German-inspired market is perfect for a holiday date night. Open nightly until Christmas Eve, the market features multiple vendors, food trucks, and mulled wine for the ideal festive evening. 

[source: Vancouver Christmas Market]

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