Holiday Events to Enjoy while Home Shopping in Vancouver this December
The holidays are a magical time of year in Vancouver and, as you shop for your new dream home with one of our Team Kerr REALTORS, we hope you take time to enjoy some of the most anticipated holiday events of the year. Here are a selection of our team’s top picks:
Christmas on the Drive 2018
This exciting annual event is sure to bring Christmas cheer for the entire family, and is proudly produced and funded by the Commercial Drive Business Society.
Date: November 24, 2018
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Where: Grandview Park
Address: 1657 Charles Street, Vancouver
For the 7th year in a row Christmas on the Drive returns to Commercial! Bring your friends and your family to share in the joy and laughter of the Christmas season with free pictures with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides down Commercial Drive, sing along to seasonal live music, or visit the Kids Zone, featuring a caricature artist, balloon-twisting clown, face painter and craft area. Stay for the main event of the evening when the Christmas tree is lit at 5:00pm.
102.7 The Peak’s 2nd Annual Not So Silent Night
102.7 The Peak’s Not So Silent Night – Benefiting Covenant House Vancouver
When:Thursday, December 6, 2018
Where: Commodore Ballroom
Address: 868 Granville St., Vancouver
102.7 The Peak’s Not So Silent Night is only in its second year, but it already has become a local favorite way to kick off the holiday season. On December 6th, head down to the Commodore Ballroom and dance the night away to Black Pistol Fire and Hollerado before a DJ takes over to carry this holiday dance party late into the night.
Benefiting Covenant House Vancouver – opening doors for homeless youth
Partial ticket proceeds will benefit Covenant House Vancouver. 102.7 THE PEAK will also be accepting donations at the event for Covenant House Vancouver’s Christmas Backpacks Campaign.
The Vancouver Christmas Market
Vancouver Christmas Market featuring local artisans and festive regional refreshments
When: November 21 – December 24, 2018
Time: 11:30am – 9:30pm every day (except Dec 24: 11am – 6pm)
Where: Jack Poole Plaza
Address: 1075 Canada Pl, Vancouver
From now until Christmas Eve, Jake Poole Plaza hosts the annual Vancouver Christmas Market. This is the city’s ultimate Christmas celebration and after one visit you will soon see why. Complete with delicious food from around the world, stunning Christmas light displays, live seasonal entertainment, and games and activities for the entire family you can’t help but get into the holiday spirit when visiting the Vancouver Christmas Market.
St. Paul’s Hospital’s Lights of Hope
The display is built by volunteers using donated materials, including strings of lights that would measure 10 km if laid end-to-end and almost 200 stars recognizing donors to the campaign.
When: daily beginning November 16, 2018 until January 2019
Time: lights are visible once it gets dark
Where: St. Paul’s Hospital
Address: 1081 Burrard St, Vancouver
It wouldn’t be a proper Canadian Christmas without decoration, and nobody does it better than the St. Paul’s Foundation. For every year since 1998, the organization has dazzled the local community with stunning Christmas light displays in support of caregivers, patients, and their loved ones. The display itself is comprised of over 100,000 individual lights and covers over ten kilometres. Stop by for a quick visit and enjoy Christmas carols, marvelous lights, food trucks on the street, and maybe even a visit from Santa Claus himself!
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Photo credit: Capilano Suspension Bridge
When: November 22, 2018– January 27, 2019 (closed Dec 25)
Time: Holiday activities from 4:00 – 9:00pm; Park is open from 11:00am – 9:00pm daily
Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge
Address: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
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.
Once again the 30-ton Douglas firs of Treetops Adventure will 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.
Bright Nights at Stanley Park
Bright Nights Train – come experience the lights, breathtaking displays, and live performers along the train route.
When: November 29, 2018 to Saturday, January 5, 2019 (closed on December 25 for Christmas)
Time: 10am – 11pm (matinee train ends at 2:45; evening train commences at 3pm)
Where: Stanley Park, Vancouver
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). Tip: to avoid the crowds come visit the lights during the 1st 2 weeks of December.
Partial proceeds from ticket sales go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, which helps burn survivors and their families. $1.4 million has been raised since 1998.
Train ride prices are $6 for everyone on the matinee train; the evening train costs $12 for adults and $9 for seniors and youth aged 13 – 17 years, and $8 for kids 3 – 12 years. Small children aged 2 years & under are free.
Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden
Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden. Photo credit: janheuninck | Flickr
When: December 1st, 2018 – January 6, 2019 (except December 25 when the Garden is closed)
Time: 4:30pm – 9pm
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden
Address: 5251 Oak St, Vancouver (on the north west corner of 37th Ave)
During the month of December, VanDusen Botanical Garden is transformed with hundreds of thousands of lights for the Festival of Lights. Enjoy the magic of the twinkling dancing light show set to music on Livingstone Lake, hear the sounds of carolling , ride the carousel or get your picture taken with Santa (until December 24th).
This is an incredibly popular event, so it is advisable to buy tickets in advance. All admission tickets include 1 FREE ride on the carousel and photos with Santa.
Every realtor in Vancouver can attest to the fact that our city celebrates the holidays in style. There are events and festivities for everyone and, if you find yourself here home shopping with Team Kerr this holiday season, you would be remiss to not take part in the celebration. After all, it won’t be long before you will be calling Vancouver your forever home and contributing to the magic of the season in your own special way.
Although we do our best to provide you with accurate information, all event details are subject to change. Please contact the facility to avoid disappointment.