Kids Christmas Events Vancouver

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Published Nov 16, 2016

The best events happening around the Vancouver area. Parades, skating, beautiful lights, Christmas performances, the list goes on!

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Christmas is in the air, at least it’s feeling rather frosty! I just love this time of year though, all the pretty christmas lights starting to make a presence, holiday drinks, and of course the children’s excitement! That’s why I’ve put together a list of some of the most wonderful kids Christmas Events Vancouver has to offer this year…

Kids Christmas Events Vancouver: Best and Brightest!

Heritage Christmas

The favourite illuminated displays of Heritage Christmas from last year are back - the multi-coloured lights on the huge sequoia tree by the carousel, the tree-wraps in the Farmhouse orchard, the lacy white lights on the maple tree near Hill Street, and warm-white lights across the bridge. New this year, create your own magical holiday show with sound-reactive lights at the bandstand. Make a noise then watch the lights transform. Over 400 lights twinkle and change colours in response to sound. Sounds so cool! Enjoy the smells, tastes, and entertainment to top it all off. Oh, and Carousel rides are only $2.50 each.d

November 21st - January 1st, daily from 1pm-9pm, except weekdays from Nov 21-Dec 11 close at 5:30pm
Burnaby Village Museum

Bright Nights at Stanley Park

Do you have a train lover in your family? If so, this event is definitely one event to keep high on your list. This holiday season, with over three-million glistening lights, you can enjoy the festivities in the Plaza at Stanley Park and while riding the Bright Nights Train. Partial proceeds from Bright Nights tickets go directly to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, and while entrance to the Bright Night’s Train Plaza is by donation only, there is a suggested price of $4.

November 26th- Dec 17th: Mon-Thurs 3pm-10pm and Fri-Sun 3pm-11pm
December 18th- Dec 27th: Everyday 10am-11pm (CLOSED Dec 25th)
December 28th- Jan 2nd: Everyday 10am-10pm
Stanley Park

The Peak of Christmas

Experience the magic of the season on Grouse Mountain with the annual, Peak of Christmas event! Highlights of the event include: Santa’s Workshop – meet Santa at his workshop to share those holiday wishes; outdoor Ice Skating – enjoy the crisp mountain air as you glide atop the 8,000 square foot outdoor skating pond; reindeer interpretive sessions – visit a real reindeer and learn reindeer facts from the wildlife rangers!! And mountaintop sleigh rides. The perfect holiday event for the whole family!

November 27th- January 4th, daily, 9am-10pm
Grouse Mountain

Christmas at FlyOver Canada

Join Santa on a magical flight to the North Pole! Enjoy a Christmas themed pre-show, pre-boarding experience, the ride FlyOver Canada, and the new magical flight with Santa to the North Pole!
Christmas decorations, lights, music, food and much, much more will make up our festive Christmas tradition at FlyOver Canada.

November 27th- January 5th, daily, 10am-9pm
FlyOver Canada

Canyon Lights

Capilano Suspension Bridge’s annual holiday tradition Canyon Lights is a must-see holiday event for all ages. You will be dazzled by thousands of magical lights twinkling across the Suspension Bridge, on the Cliffwalk and throughout the park. Highlights include: a scavenger hunt for children, gingerbread cookie decorating, sing-a-long carols with the Christmas band, and the world's tallest living Christmas tree. Proceeds from admission will be donated to the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund.

November 27th- January 3rd, daily, 4pm-9pm
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Christmas at the Cannery: Festival of Trees

See all the beautifully decorated Christmas trees as you tour the cannery, all done by local businesses. This is the 6th Annual Christmas at the Cannery, and definitely a tradition to add to your mix if you haven't already!

November 29th- December 331st every day 10am- 5pm
Steveston Village

Free Ice Skating at Robson Square

In the middle of downtown Vancouver, bring your skates and enjoy some time on the ice for free! Rentals are available for $4 if you don't have a set of your own, and there is a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks. A perfect way to spend an afternoon with your little one.

Starting December 13th is the 12 Days of Christmas, which feature s a musical series by the rink!

December 1st- February 28th every day 9am-9pm, Fridays and Saturdays open until 11pm
Robson Square

Festival of Lights at Van Dusen Botanical Garden

With over 1.4 million sparkling lights, this Festival of Lights is one you will want to see. Holiday events include dancing lights on Livingstone Lake, Svend and Jens (a nightly Scandinavian Christmas gnome performance), candy cane express model train, community choirs, Make-a-Wish candle grotto, photos with Santa, shadow puppet performances, and the Make-a-Wish Room of Joy featuring a Lego parade created by the Vancouver Lego club. Themed areas include the gingerbread wood, lantern alley, mistletoe mischief, and candy cane lane. 

Dec 1 – 17, 24, 26 – 31: 4:30 to 9:00pm ; Open late Dec 18 – 23: 4:30 to 10:00pm ; Closed Dec 25

VanDusen Botanical Garden

Karaoke Christmas Lights

Want to enjoy more than one of the fun light festivities on this list? Well, hop on a festively decorated Trolley fully equipped with a karaoke machine while enjoying your holidays! With three hours of fun featuring the Van Dusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights and Stanley Park’s Bright Nights display, you’re sure to ring in the Christmas season with song and joy! This Trolley tour is family friendly, but by reservation only so be sure to book soon, you can also do private tours to other local light displays.

December 1st – December 31st, 6:30pm- 9:30pm
Depart from Canada Place

Vancouver Parade of Carol Ships

Decorated in full holiday lights and décor, the Carol Ships are a sight to see! With an event showcasing 50 decorated boats, shining brightly with thousands of flickering lights, carrying over 30,000 people during the December festival, you must be one of those who participate in taking in the breathtaking sight. You and your family are welcome to enjoy live music, warm drinks, lively entertainment, face painting, and holiday craft demonstrations alongside a roaring bonfire. The Harvest Project will be graciously accepting donations of non-perishable food items.

December 4th- 23rd, evenings
Vancouver Harbour

Santa Claus Parade & Celebration

Join in on the fun at the Annual Santa Claus Parade followed by a day of festive fun in Downtown New West and then ending with the official tree lighting at Hyack Square. Performers will be positioned at various locations in the Downtown area including Shops at New West, Fraser River Discovery Centre, River Market, Hyack Square and Anvil Centre. It will be a full day of fun for all ages.

Saturday Decebmer 5th at 11am -4pm
Downtown New Westminister

Rogers Santa Claus Parade

Mark your calendar! Santa's early visit to Vancouver is the perfect kick off to the holiday season! The family favourite, Rogers Santa Claus Parade will feature marching bands, dance troupes, festive floats, and community groups. Over 300,000 spectators expected! Parade spectators are encouraged to arrive early for pre-parade fun. The free festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. with two and a half hours of family entertainment at the all-new Coast Capital Savings Christmas Square (in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery). The Christmas Square includes a Food Bank drop off, gingerbread decorating station, face painting, letters to Santa station, and an entertainment stage featuring exciting music and dancing performances. 

Sunday December 6th. Pre-parade fun 10:30-1, parade starts at 1pm
Parade route: Starts
 at West Georgia St & Broughton, travel east along West Georgia, turn south on Howe and finish at Howe & Davie

Heritage Holiday at the Fort

Take a step back in time, and away from the Holiday bustle. Heritage Holiday at the Fort has a traditional Holiday atmosphere wither crafts and children's activities. There will be chestnuts roasting, a cozy fireplace, stories, and more memorable experiences. Regular admission applies.

Saturdays & Sundays from December 19th- January 3rd, 10am-5pm (closed Dec 25, 26, Jan 1)
Fort Langley National Historic Park

Winter Solstice Lantern Festival

The winter solstice marks the longest, darkest night of the year. This dance of sun and earth has inspired celebrations of the human spirit throughout the ages. This Winter Solstice Lantern Festival illuminates the night with a multicultural array of lanterns, fire, singing, dancing, music, and storytelling. A very neat sight to see!

Monday December 21st, 6pm-11pm
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

Timberline Country Christmas

If your family is looking for a relaxing and fun Christmas experience that avoids the crowded malls and long Santa line-ups, "Come out to the country" at Timberline Country Chrismas!

Leave the busy city behind, and enjoy the short trip to a 73 acre horse ranch in Maple Ridge that has been transformed into a Christmas wonderland. Here you will be enchanted by glorious lights, beautiful trees, interactive scenes, lovely music, and delightful activities that remind us of times when Christmas was a lot simpler,and a lot less commercial. It’s all priced so reasonably that you’ll want to return with your friends!

December 2-20, Thursdays 12:30-3pm, Fridays and Sundays 1pm-7pm, and Saturdays 9am-7pm  
Timberline Ranch

I also encourage you to check out the full listing of Kids Christmas events Vancouver a has to offer, there's tons more!

Written by Joelle Blaikie

Trying to make lives easier one parent at a time.

Joelle is the Product Manager at ChatterBlock and is eager to share interesting stories, upcoming events, and fun ideas to do with your kids & family. Passionate about her community, avid traveler, and proud auntie.

Want to get in touch? I'd love to hear from you. Email me at


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