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Top Christmas Events for Kids in Vancouver

Published Nov 9, 2019 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

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

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

You can click on each of these events for further details regarding the timing, location, prices etc. on our event page.

Heritage Christmas

Stroll through the streets of the Village to see wreaths, cedar swags and vintage-themed displays will. At the bandstand, visitors can create their own magical holiday show with lights that change colours to sound. 

Special entertainment is scheduled throughout the season including theatre performances, community choirs, street characters and musicians. Many family-favourite activities are back including a craft for children, baking in the Farmhouse and, of course, visits with Father Christmas

Event Dates : Nov 23 - Jan 3 (times vary)

Event By : Burnaby Village Museum

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Bright Nights Christmas Train

Visit the Stanley Park for Christmas as they celebrate 20 years of Bright Nights!

During the holiday season, the Bright Nights Christmas Train and Stanley Park Train Plaza sparkle with three million twinkling lights.Buy tickets to ride the Bright Nights Train and experience the lights, breathtaking displays, and live performers along the train route. Or view the displays at the Train Plaza by donation ($5.00 suggested).Your donations and a portion of ticket sales go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund.

Event Dates : Nov 28 - Jan 1 (closed Dec 25)

Event By : Stanley Park

The Peak of Christmas

Gently falling, sparkling flakes. Twinkling lights. Whipped topping on a warm drink. Frosted branches. A snowy beard on a jolly elf. This year, wrap yourself in the magic of a white Christmas.

Experience the magic of the season on Grouse Mountain with the annual, Peak of Christmas event!

A favourite Vancouver holiday tradition. Santa Claus, reindeer, ice skating, sleigh rides, carollers, holiday movies in The Theatre in the Sky. During the month of December, the spirit of Christmas comes alive with a magical celebration & a multitude of festivities atop Grouse Mountain.

Event Dates : November 22nd - January 5th, daily, 9am-10pm

Event By : Grouse Mountain

Christmas at FlyOver Canada

Fly with Santa and his elves on a magical flight across Canada and on to the North Pole! After meeting some of Santa's elves, Chestnut and Pinecone, you'll join them as they take flight across Canada looking for their fellow elves. You may even get a sneak peek of Santa's Workshop as you soar over the North Pole. 
Christmas experience lasts between 20 - 25 minutes and includes:

  • Winter Wonderland themed pre-show
  • FlyOver Canada, a thrilling 8-minute flight ride experience across Canada
  • An extended, animated final scene over Santa's magical North Pole!

Event Dates : Nov 21 - Jan 5 (Christmas activities) full schedule here.

Event By : FlyOver Canada

Canyon Lights

Celebrate Canyon Lights, re-capture the feeling of wonder and excitement of the holiday season and be amazed by the hundreds of thousands of lights throughout the park. The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon are transformed into a world of festive lights and visual enchantment.

This year the 30-ton Douglas firs of Treetops Adventure receive star treatment. Treetops Adventure is a series of seven suspension bridges attached to eight 250 years old Douglas-firs with viewing platforms, reaching up to 110 feet above the forest floor. These magnificent Douglas firs will be lit above and below the collars, making these trees the eight tallest Christmas trees in the world!

Back by popular demand, go on a Snowy Owl Prowl, decorate gingerbread cookies (by donation)  and sing-along carols with the holiday band.  Two new children’s activities this year include decorating wooden ornaments and make your own holiday badge (by donation) in the Winter Craft Tent.

Event Dates : Nov 22 to Jan 26 (closed Dec 25)

Event By : Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Free Ice Skating at Robson Square

This winter, renew a classic Vancouver tradition and enjoy some old-fashioned fun. Robson Square’s outdoor skating rink is open, so celebrate winter in style with free skating in the heart of downtown Vancouver. It’s a magical place to enjoy the holidays with your friends, family and loved ones.

Event Dates : December 1st- February 28th

Event By : Robson Square

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Festival of Lights at Van Dusen Botanical Garden

Experience VanDusen Festival of Lights, sponsored by Vancouver International Airport and Air France. A magical winter wonderland with over one million lights will decorate 15 acres of VanDusen Botanical Garden. All tickets include a free ride on the Air France Carousel! Stroll with friends and family through interactive themed areas, watch the famous dancing lights show on Livingstone Lake, sing along to your favourite holiday classics at the Festival Stage, listen to stories and take a selfie with Santa, light a candle at the Make-A-Wish candle grotto, warm up with a specialty beverage at our new licensed fireside lounge, savour tasty treats and much more.

Event Dates : November 30th - January 5th, Closed Christmas Day

Event By : VanDusen Botanical Garden

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Karaoke Christmas Lights

Join The Vancouver Trolley Company and sing your favourite holiday carols while visiting two of Vancouver’s most spectacular light displays.

Festively decorated Trolleys equipped with TV’s and karaoke machines for your seasonal singing enjoyment will depart every evening from Canada Place at 6:30pm.

Upon pickup, guests will sing their way past the city lights of downtown before arriving at Bright Nights at Stanley Park.  After being given time to walk through the light display and take in Stanley Park’s holiday magic, the tour will continue along and view local light displays such as the English Bay Christmas Tree, Hycroft Manor and Canuck Place.  The second stop of the evening will be at VanDusen Botanical Garden where guests will disembark once again to enjoy the Festival of Lights. Hop aboard one last time for the return trip to downtown Vancouver and viewing of St. Paul’s Hospital Lights of Hope.

Event Dates : December 1st – December 29th 

Event By : The Vancouver Trolley Company 

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Vancouver Parade of Carol Ships

Decorated in full holiday lights and décor, the Carol Ships are a sight to see! 

The ships will be dressed for this very special occasion with hundreds of colorful lights and decorations - both inside and out. You'll listen to holiday classics as you dine on a feast fit for a seafaring king! Entertainment aboard the Abitibi includes a pianist and caroller leading passengers in song. Join in if you like, or simply sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season unfolding around you as we take part in this annual celebration which promises to be even more popular this year. Reserved seating at linen dressed tables in fully heated salons. Santa Claus will even make an appearance during your Vancouver Carol Ship cruise if you promise to be good! 

Event Dates : December 1st - 23rd

Event By : Vancouver Cruises

Vancouver Santa Claus Parade

Mark your calendar! Santa's early visit to Vancouver is the perfect kick off to the holiday season!

TELUS presents the Santa Claus Parade features 60 marching bands, dance troupes, festive floats and community groups. More than 300,000 spectators will be entertained by this annual holiday kick-off. Produced by the Vancouver Santa Claus Parade Society, the televised parade is the Lower Mainland’s biggest winter event. The December chill in the air is rarely felt at the parade, as it is well-known for its festive, magical and feel-good atmosphere.

The parade will start at West Georgia and Broughton (at 12:00 pm), travel east along West Georgia, turn south on Howe and finish at Howe and Davie.

Event Date : December 1st

Event By : Telus Vancouver Santa Claus Parade

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Winter Holidays At The Roundhouse

Celebrate the holiday season at the Roundhouse, featuring photos with Santa, cookie decorating, and spectacular festive outdoor lighting. Bring the whole family and enjoy hot chocolate while taking in this fun and festive event. All proceeds benefit the Roundhouse and Elsie Roy after-school programming. Event made possible thanks to Concord Pacific. No registration is required.

Event Date : December 7-8

Event By : 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"!

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

Event Dates : see here

Event By : Timberline Ranch

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

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