Things to Do this Christmas Day in and around Vancouver


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Get ready to have a ton of Christmas fun on December 25 & 26th. If you want to get out of the house and celebrate this special time, here are some ideas of what you can do on Christmas Day & Boxing Day in and around Vancouver.

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See Christmas Lights

  • Be cheered as you stroll Granville Island seeing the twinkling winter lights across the 40 acre site.
  • See Lights of Hope illuminate the streets with a breathtaking display of Christmas lights. Available online
  • Step into a magical winter destination. Downtown Maple Ridge and Memorial Peace park will be illuminated with beautiful holiday light installations.
  • Drive-thru nine enchanted lands filled with glowing lights. Open on December 26.
  • Beautifully decorated trees adorn Dundarave Beach eastward to Millennium Park and the Grosvenor Ambleside Galleria.

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White Winter Fun

There are many winter activities that you can enjoy in and around Vancouver. You can go for snow tubing, downhill skiing & snowboarding, cross country skiing, at Cypress Mountain. Dec 25 | 9am to 4pm

In addition to this, you can also enjoy various activities at Grouse Mountain Resort.

Go snowshoeing at the trails Mount Seymour. The trails wind through scenic lakes, old forests, and will get you back in touch with nature.

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Do a Christmas Day Bird Count

Do a Christmas bird count on Christmas Day! Visit any of the birding areas near Vancouverand see how many birds you can find!

If you don’t want to venture outside do an unofficial count of the birds that visit your bird feeder.

Light Walk

Experience the tranquil beauty of skating on 8,000 square foot mountaintop Ice Skating Pond, surrounded by snow-topped trees at Grouse Mountain Resort. Walk among the fir and spruce around Blue Grouse Lake where stunning light installations bring radiance to the winter night. From a light tunnel to lanterns, marvel at the beauty as snow crunches under foot. Check for weather updates and hours.

Winter Walking

Breathe fresh air and enjoy the beauty of nature by going on a walk along the many trails of Metro Vancouver Regional Parksor Stanley Park.

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Find hidden treasures and discover the many geocaches located throughout the region. This family-friendly activity uses a moile app or a GPS device. This is also a fun way to interact with nature while getting mild exercise and explore new areas.

Festive Afternoon Tea

The Notch8 Private Dining Room has been transformed to take you on a journey into the magic and wonder of the holiday season. As the steam rises from your perfectly steeped cup of tea, indulge in delectable savoury fare, scones, and festive sweets created by an in-house Pastry Shop.

Christmas Day Brunch/Dinner

Enjoy the holiday over brunch or dinner at the Vancouver restaurant of your choice.

Plan a trip to a nearby Provincial Park

Enjoy cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, tobogganing and more at a nearby provincial park. You can also enjoy a relaxing stroll or brisk walking.

Watch The Great Conjunction

The Great Conjunctionof planets Jupiter and Saturn take place from December 12 to 28. Although the planets will not be at their closest approach on Christmas day, they can still be viewed together.

Online Concerts

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!

Online Theatres

There are many online theatreperformances you can enjoy online! The National Ballet of Canada’s The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol are some of the performances that can be enjoyed.

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