WINTER BREAK 2020 – 2021
Here’s a list of fun activities to enjoy as a family during the winter break from December 18, 2020 – January 3, 2021.
Wear masks and maintain social distancing at all times. Provincial guidelines for gatherings must be observed.
Note: All activities are subject to emerging Covid-19 restrictions. Do check before starting.
See Christmas Lights
See thousands of twinkling lights that adorn the city!
- Illuminating the streets with a breathtaking display of Christmas lights are the Lights of Hope. Until January 4, 2021
- From the famous Public Market to the Granville Island Hotel, lights across the almost 40 acre site make for a beautiful, open air stroll whether you are under the stars, or under an umbrella.
- Downtown Maple Ridge and Memorial Peace park will be illuminated with beautiful holiday light installations that will make the town centre a magical winter destination.
- Take a leisurely 15-minute cruise into an illuminated wonderlandthat brings Christmas dreams to life.
- Be transported through nine enchanted lands filled with glowing lights in your mission to discover Santa, with special characters and festive performers to help you along your way.
- See beautifully decorated trees all lit up for the season from Dundarave Beach eastward to Millennium Park and the Grosvenor Ambleside Galleria.
- Williams Parkhas been transformed into an annual winter wonderland full of twinkling lights and joyful decorations. This drive-thru event is available till December 20th.
For easy fun winter, sports try snowshoeing. This is an excellent way to exercise in winter and a great way to enjoy nature’s beauty. The snowshoeing trails at Mount Seymourwind through scenic lakes, old forests, and will get you back in touch with nature.
Tobogganing is a fun winter activity that’s enjoyed by one and all. Why not head out to enjoy it today?
Find hidden treasures and discover the many geocaches located throughout the region. This family-friendly activity uses a mobile app or a GPS device. This is also a fun way to interact with nature while getting mild exercise and explore new areas.
Winter Walks anyone? The beauty of winter can best be enjoyed by a walk. Whether you take a brisk walk or a relaxed one, what is certain is that you will have a wonderful time enjoying the open air. Pack a picnic and plan to spend an afternoon outside playing games with your loved ones.
The historical Stanley Park is also well known for its unbeatable views. To enjoy hiking along shoreline trails head to Pacific Spirit Regional Park.
Located in the heart of China Town is the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. This is a great place to enjoy tranquil nature and experience a moment of silent Zen.
Support your local restaurants this year by dining-in or ordering a festive take-out dinner this holiday season.
Museums are places of memory. In the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, every specimen in the hundred-year-old collection holds a history: of its own life, the people associated with it, and its evolutionary record stretching back through eons. Showcasing these works celebrates the Beaty Biodiversity Museum’s first ten public years, and is a reminder that the museum is a place of recollection, of creativity, and of dreams. Details
October 1, 2020 – February 20, 2022
Beaty Biodiversity Museum – Vancouver Campus, 2212 Main Mall, Vancouver
Family Beach Fun Fest
6 Pack Beach is inviting families in the same household to come down to the beach! For the month of December, you can enjoy a wide variety of activities. Admission includes 2 hours of playtime and 30 mins of eating time. Details
6 Pack Beach, 115-13180 Mitchell Road, Richmond
Adults $35, Youth & Students $25, Kids 2-14 $20
Goh Ballet – The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker: Beyond the Stage is an original story which will transport audiences through a young dancer’s passage, portraying hope, resilience and strength in pursuit of artistic dreams. Resonating with many who have experienced challenges, hardships and change as a consequence of the global pandemic, this film will stand for human courage, resilience and empowerment as we navigate through these unique times. Details
December 18, 2020 to January 2, 2021
Grouse Mountain offers many incomparable experiences to enjoy in the winter season. Skating, sky rides, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, sliding, ziplining are some of the activities to do. At dusk, experience the magic of the enchanting Light Walk. Details
The Hive Bouldering Gym
Challenge yourself at The Hive Vancouver’s climbing wall! Details
Exploring the Solar System
This program is recommended for families with children ages 8+. Children must be accompanied by adults. Details
December 29 – 30, 2020
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
Tickets are $10 per participant
Keep your child engaged at home with these fun activities.
Come on out to our annual 5k Walk/Run and say goodbye to 2020 alongside your running buddies!! Details
December 28, 2020 – January 3, 2021
Wherever you are in Canada
$10 – $35
Watch The Great Conjunction
Get ready to watch an extraordinary event this holiday season. From December 12 to 28, giant planets Jupiter and Saturn will be in close proximity after centuries. On December 21 Jupiter and Saturn will only be 0.1 degrees apart. This year’s event will be the closest since 1623 and the closest observable since 1226! Don’t miss the Great Conjunction of planets Jupiter and Saturn.
Go Bird Watching
Birding is a fun activity to do in winter. What are the popular winter birds that you can spot? Can you notice any winter adaptation changes in them? Grab a pair of binoculars, download a bird ID app, and try to name all the birds that you can spot. Do a Christmas Bird Count. If you don’t want to venture outside do an unofficial count of the birds that visit your bird feeder.
The official Vancouver Christmas Bird Count has been cancelled.
Online concerts have kept people entertained with the temporary closure of many concert halls. You can enjoy performances from all over Canada and the World!
There are many online theatreperformances you can enjoy online! The National Ballet of Canada’s The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol, and The Twelve Dates of Christmas are some of the performances that can be enjoyed during winter break.
Explore Canada or the World From Home
Explore Canada’s arctic, Winnipeg, National Parks, and many more places from Home. Travel to international or outer space destinations like the international space station, discover Egypt’s Heritage Sites from tombs to monasteries, or take a trip on scenic trains in Europe virtually.