Need ideas for a Christmas Holiday getaway in BC?
Here are 10 getaways to places to go that offer Christmas-Winter Break activities and specials!!
1. Christmas in Victoria
Scenic Vancouver Island is a favourite tourist destination for travellers from all over the globe. Victoria, the alive and vibrant capital of BC is no different. One of the most beautiful sites in all of Victoria is the Butchart Gardens, and winter is certainly the best season to visit. During December the gardens come alive with the “Magic of Christmas.” The grounds are lit up with mesmerizing “Twelve Days of Christmas” displays. There are carollers and a brass band playing throughout the season.
If you’re in town for Christmas and don’t have family to spend Christmas dinner with, the Butchart Gardens have you covered. There is a festive Christmas tea, followed by a full turkey Christmas dinner. You get all the comforts of home, while being surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscaped gardens you’ve ever laid eyes on. It’s a great way to spend your holiday season.
Magnolia Hotel & Spa –Victoria
Available until January 1st, enjoy a quiet Christmas in Victoria. Enjoy the magic of Christmas with its historic cities, bright light and cheerful decorations. Relax at the Magnolia, an elegant accommodation feature continental breakfast for two, hot chocolate and Baileys as a night cap and $25.00 per night to spend on hotel services such as dining, spa services, or refreshments.
2. Long beach “Look of Love” – Tofino
Enjoy the holiday festivities with a romantic get- away. A two night trip at the exclusive, beach front room at the Long Beach Resort in Tofino. Enjoy a 3-course fine dining meal with incredible views of Cox bay beach with complimenting sparking BC wine. A relaxing sea wench massage candle and use of beautiful facilities including the hot tub and sauna to perfect the fabulous package.
Tofino, one of the furthest western towns in all of Canada, is a year-round tourist destination. Even residents of Vancouver Island come to the coastal town to take in its beautiful beaches and ancient rainforest. The Tofino Botanical Gardens are a major stop for tourists, as they take in the gardens, art installations, and beautiful ponds. During December the Tofino Winterlights festival takes over the gardens, as magical exhibits with twinkling lights turn this already beautiful location into a holiday wonderland. After walking through the grounds, visitors can enjoy a hot drink at the homey cafe, and on the weekends live music is on display for all to enjoy.
The Winterlights festival also has a number of special events for young families that children will remember for a lifetime. These include weekly story times, puppet shows, and photos with Santa. A trip to Tofino is a great idea any time of year, but the Winterlights festival is a must see if you’re going in the winter season.
3. Winter Escape 2 nights
Executive Suite Hotel & Resorts – Squamish: Wake up in picture perfect Squamish. Start your day with a complimentary delicious breakfast. Then explore the mountains and surroundings of wonderful Squamish. The hotel & resort is moments from trail access for adventuring on bike or by feet. Be sure to relax in the pool or hot-tub and then enjoy spa services form the comfort of your room!
4. Christmas & NYE in Whistler
Splurge this season and enjoy the incredible comfort of the Fairmont Hotel and Spa in Whistler Village. Bring the whole family and enjoy ring in the new year at the family fun celebration in Whistler village. There will be entertainment and a range of venues with indoor and outdoor entertainment for everyone! At the midnight countdown hear to the Youth Dance or NYE Kids Countdown, or if you want to be in the snow, go enjoy the lights with ice skating!
5. Grouse Mountain Peak of Christmas & NYE Snowshoe Fondue
Grouse Mountain, located in North Vancouver, is a beautiful ski hill and especially popular due to its oceanic climate, which keeps the weather mild for skiers and snowboarders. North Vancouver has a number of beautiful hiking and skiing areas, but Grouse Mountain is one of the most exquisite.
The Peak of Christmas festival is an absolute must visit, particularly for families. The staff at the mountain turn it into Vancouver’s version of the North Pole. Some of the many activities children of all ages can enjoy include a dazzling light walk with radiant installations, a gingerbread village, and the opportunity to meet a real live reindeer. For those families that want the magic and wonder of the North Pole in one of the most beautiful, vibrant cities in North America, the Peak of Christmas festival is a perfect match.
And on New year, say bye to the old and hello to the new with a group of loved one on a hour guided snowshoe tour (with rental prices included), sky-ride access and then the best part: a delicious, warm cheese and chocolate fondue at Altitudes Bistro! Spend the night relaxing with wine afterwards at the North Vancouver Hotel!
6. Big White Light Up and Winter Warm Up
The Big White ski resort, located in Kelowna, is one of the Okanagan Valley’s highlights, boasting the highest summit in the Okanagan Highland. It has a number of trails from beginner to extreme, and has western Canada’s largest night skiing area. During the holiday season, they host the Big White Light Up, a stunning event which makes the beautiful ski resort appear almost magical. The event has a gigantic laser show that is made to look like the Northern Lights, as lights dance throughout the Village located at the base of the hill. The night ends with a fireworks display and carollers inviting visitors to join them in festive song.
The holiday atmosphere at Big White doesn’t end with the Light Up though. It continues all throughout December with movies displayed on big screens, a craft market displaying crafts from local artisans, and a number of wine tastings. If you’re planning on spending a winter holiday in the Okanagan the Big White resort is the place to be.
7. Sandman hotel Ski & Stay + NYE – Revelstoke
Rent a room at the Sandman hotel for a great rate! Comes with comfortable accommodation, lift ticket and free shuttle to the mountain. Arrive December 31 to enjoy the Revelstoke Extravaganza! For a low price, you will be shuttled to 3 incredible, unique parties at the base of the mountain!
8. Snow & Go
South Thompson Inn and Conference Centre:
Have an incredible time in the snow with the whole family this Christmas at Harper Mountain before heading back to the hotel to enjoy a cozy fire. The Inn is nestled along the South Thompson River near the BC wildlife park! Package includes two tickets to the mountain tube park so the kids can enjoy!
9. Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa:
Ring in 2018 at Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa! Enjoy quality time with your loved ones, and relax in the beautiful hot springs. To welcome 2018, dress to impress and enjoy the Copper Room Festive Dinner and gala! Two nights’, wine and turn-down service, champagne and cocktails at the gala plus brunch!
10. Poets Cove – 7 for 5
Christmas at Pender Island means a secluded, exclusive stay at Poet Cove Resort and Spa! Beautiful west coast resort allows you to relax and enjoy the uniqueness of Pender Island. 7 for 5 packages means you stay for 7 but only pay for 5! Enjoy 20 % off any spa treatment, 10% off all land and water rentals and 10% all classes and tours!
11. Enjoy Vancouver!
VanDusen Botanical Garden Festival of Lights
The VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver is a beautiful visit any time of the year, with over 7500 plant species spread across 55 acres. In December the garden becomes especially magical, as the Festival of Lights takes over the grounds. Livingstone Lake, part of the VanDusen garden is lit up by dancing, musical lights, and large portions of the rest of the garden are lit up beautifully to celebrate the holiday season. This is a perfect getaway for families as they have storytimes with Santa, a puppet show, and a mesmerizing lighted carousel. The grounds also have a festival stage where you can listen to performers, or even try your own hand at singing a few tunes in the holiday singing contest.