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From the Polar Bear Swim on January 1 to the Festival of Lights in late December, festivals and other exciting events are happening all the time in Vancouver.

Remember that things do change, so be sure to confirm dates and times before making travel plans.

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16th Annual Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park

December 5, 2013 - January 5, 2014 With Christmas just around the corner preparations for the 16th Annual Bright Nights in Stanley Park are well underway. Bright Nights in Stanley Park is an annual tradition for many families in the Lower Mainland and has seen visitors from as far away as England. Santa's elves have been working diligently for the past several months in order to transform St... Visit Website

2013 Gingerbread Lane

  • Thursday, November 28, 2013 - Monday, December 23, 2013 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: All day!
  • Location: Hyatt Regency Vancouver (inside the hotel)
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It's the sweet smell of the holidays in the lobby of the Hyatt Hotel.  Vote for your favourite gingerbread house creation from November 28 - December 27th with proceeds to Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon. The centrepiece is Executive Chef Thomas Heinrich's gigantic gingerbread building that measures 11 feet tall and 16 feet wide. Ingredients include 500 pounds of gingerbread dough, 400 pou... Visit Website

2013 Vancouver Christmas Market

Christmas Market will open its gates again for the fourth year at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza in Downtown Vancouver. Open for 4 weeks through to Christmas Eve, daily from 11 am to 9 pm come and enjoy the magic of a European Christmas in a festive atmosphere guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit. And more great news for our valued visitors - our FREE Season's Pass is back! ... Visit Website

2013 Vancouver Festival of Trees

The 27th annual Festival of Trees Vancouver launches November 20, 2013  and will remain on display until January 2, 2014. Set in the hallways of the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and Pacific Centre Mall, this event is a must-see holiday tradition in Vancouver. For information on how to sponsor your own tree, please review the Festival of Trees Vancouver sponsorship package. For more... Visit Website

A Call for Justice Exhibit Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre

  • Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - Sunday, December 29, 2013 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Time: 11:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Location: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
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Fighting for Japanese Canadian Redress (1977-1988) September 22 – December 29, 2013 (closed December 23-28) A Call for Justice tells a story of human rights and the enduring perseverance of the Japanese Canadian community who suffered so much from 1942-1949. In honour of the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Redress Agreement with the Government of Canada in 1988, the Nikkei Nation... Visit Website

Bill Reid Gallery presents - Sky Blanket exhibition

Sky Blanket features the work of Haida-Kwakwaka'wakw-Irish textile artist, Meghann O'Brien. Meghann explores the emergence of the human spirit face in Raven's Tail textiles, evoking memory and the importance of objects in constructing the past, present, and future. Inspired by her ancestors' works, ideas about gifts from the spirit world and lineage, and the mountainous landscape of sky and sno... Visit Website

Britannia Mine Museum presents Guided Underground Experience

Looking for something to do over the holidays? Britannia Mine Museum is open all through the festive season, except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.   Come for a guided underground experience: take a trip similar to miners in 1914, see demonstrations of actual working drills and equipment, hear the stories of early mining efforts, browse the exhibits and pa... Visit Website

Burnaby Arts Gallery presents Volumes: Works in Paper

Volumes explores sculptural and structural works on (and ‘in’) paper, including installation and large-scale printmaking, painting, ceramics and paper-cut. Featuring works from the permanent collection by Pat Martin Bates, Myra Eadie, Bob Evermon, Margaret May, Teresa Ilene Redden, Douglas Quiring, and others, as well as new works by emerging artists Maggie Boyd, Graham Landin, Nicole... Visit Website

Burnaby Village Museum presents Illuminations at Heritage Christmas

  • Saturday, November 23, 2013 - Friday, January 03, 2014 (Recurring daily)
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Burnaby Village Museum   Stroll through the streets of the Village to enjoy the traditional sights and sounds of Christmases past—wreaths, cedar swags and seasonal displays. Unique and shimming lights display are throughout the Village including the opportunity for you to create your own magical holiday show with sound-reactive lights at the bandstand. Make a noise then watch... Visit Website

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Canyon Lights reaches new heights for 2013 holiday season! Capilano Suspension Bridge Park's popular holiday event, Canyon Lights, has a tall order this year - laying claim to the home of the world's tallest living Christmas tree?! Standing 46.4m (152 feet) tall, this Douglas-fir will be adorned in thousands of sparkling lights. Though other communities claim to have the tallest living Christ... Visit Website

Cavalia's Odysseo

  • Saturday, December 07, 2013 - Sunday, February 02, 2014 (Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Under the Big Top in Olympic Village
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The internationally acclaimed Cavalia pushes the limits of live entertainment with its newest production that is now touring the globe. Cavalia Odysseo is a theatrical experience, an ode to horse and man that marries the equestrian arts, awe inspiring acrobatics and high-tech theatrical effects. Set under a 38-meter tall White Big Top, audiences will be transported around the world as more than 50... Visit Website

Christmas at Canada Place

Christmas at Canada Place is celebrating your favourite Canadian Christmas memories. Visit Canada Place from December 1 – 31st to enjoy skating, the holiday train, the Woodward’s Windows and more, all undercover in the cruise ship terminal. Christmas at Canada Place is free, family fun.   For detailed hours and performance schedules visit:

Christmas at FlyOver Canada 2013

  • Friday, November 29, 2013 - Sunday, January 05, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: FlyOver Canada
  • Time: 10:00AM - 9:00PM
  • Location: FlyOver Canada
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Experience the delights of Christmas at FlyOver Canada! From November 29, 2013 until January 5, 2014 Help Santa Save Christmas at FlyOver Canada this holiday season! Enjoy a Christmas themed pre-show and pre-boarding experience including the Ultimate Flying Ride - FlyOver Canada.   Share in the magic of Christmas at our free outdoor Christmas Plaza featuring: - Live entertainment inc... Visit Website

Culinary Christmas Walking Tour in Cambie Village presented by Off The Eaten Track

  • Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - Sunday, December 22, 2013 (Every Sunday, Wednesday, Friday)
  • Time: Wed & Fri: 5-7pm | Sun: 4-6 pm
  • Location: Benton Brother Fine Cheese
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November 20 - December 22, 2013 Wed & Fri: 5-7pm | Sun: 4-6 pm It’s that time of year again—time to eat, drink, be merry and struggle to find gifts for friends, family, and co-workers. Join Off The Eaten Track for a delicious 2 hour tour of festive Cambie Village where you will be treated to over 6 tasting samples and given the opportunity to shop for some unique and tasty gi... Visit Website

December Donation Drive

From December 2nd - December 20th - Harbour Centre, the Vancouver Lookout, and Landsea Tours will be sponsoring a Donation Drive on behalf of The Kettle Society.  Here is more information and a list of items that would really help support people with mental illness to lead healthier lives.  For more information please visit  

Dundrave Festival of Lights

  • Saturday, November 30, 2013 - Saturday, January 04, 2014
  • Location: Dundarave Beach,
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Fabulous, festive and absolutely free, the Dundarave Festival is your passport to Christmas as you may never have seen it before - the season of light, love and joy that leaves no one out in the cold.  Bring everyone you love and connect with the exuberant, eclectic and wild heart of Christmas at the Dundarave Festival.  Festival Special Events: Dundrave Christmas Fair (Nov 30 @ noo... Visit Website

Emily Carr in Haida Gwaii

Emily Carr in Haida Gwaii, Exhibition July 20, 2013 to March 9, 2014 Emily Carr in Haida Gwaii, designed to complement both the James Hart: The Dance Screen and Charles Edenshaw exhibitions, presents some of the important oil paintings which resulted from Carr's trips to Haida Gwaii. Vancouver Art Gallery 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver BC V6Z 2H7 Info Line: 604.662.4719 Administration: 604.66... Visit Website

Firehall Arts Centre presents Hotel Bethlehem

  • Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - Sunday, December 22, 2013 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Firehall Arts Centre
  • Location: Firehall Arts Centre
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Hotel Bethlehem December 11th - 22nd, 2013 Back just in time for Christmas, Ruby Slippers Theatre's production of Drew McCready's wacky take on what was going on at the inn that infamous silent night. A Firehall Arts Centre presentation.

Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink!

  • Friday, November 15, 2013 - Friday, February 28, 2014
  • Location: Robson Square
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The Robson Square Ice Rink is officially open from now until the end of February 2014. This winter, renew a classic Vancouver tradition and enjoy some old-fashioned fun. Come 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.   November 15, 2013 (at 1pm) to February 28, 201... Visit Website

Gateway Theatre presents The King and I

Crash Music by: Richard Rodgers Book & lyrics by: Oscar Hammerstein II Opulent Bangkok, royal capital of the kingdom of Siam, 1860. Anna, an attractive widow, has been hired by the King to teach English and other Western ideas to his many wives and many more children. Little do they know they're both about to be schooled. Join us for another joyful family classic, with songs you love li... Visit Website

Grouse Mountain presents Breakfast with Santa 2013

  • Saturday, December 14, 2013 - Tuesday, December 24, 2013
  • Location: Grouse Mountain, The Peak of Vancouver
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Treat your family to a magical day at Grouse Mountain Bring the whole family for a special meal at the Peak of Vancouver - featuring a delicious hot and cold buffet, a Christmas sing-a-long, face painting, reindeer antler-making, and of course the jolly man in red himself. Dates & Hours Lupins Seatings: Dec. 14-24, 2013, 9:00am-10:30am. Please arrive between 8:30am-8:45am. Altitudes Se... Visit Website

Grouse Mountain presents Peak of Christmas 2013, Celebrate the Magic of Snow!

  • Saturday, November 23, 2013 - Tuesday, December 24, 2013 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Grouse Mountain, The Peak of Vancouver
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Treat the kids (or the kid in you) to our annual holiday festivities begin November 23. Snow Much Fun with Just One Ticket SOS Children's Gingerbread Village (Nov. 29-Jan 1, 10am-10pm): Stroll through and vote for your favourite sweet creation. 'Picture Yourself' in a Winter Wonderland (9am-10pm): See what you would look like as a snowman. Santa's Workshop (Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7 & 8 - 12... Visit Website

International Tea Day at the Dr. Sun Yat- Sen Classical Chinese Garden

International Tea Day is an annual celebration originally established to bring awareness to the labour and sometimes plight of tea pickers and tea trade workers, and is celebrated in many tea growing countries. To encourage the global mindset with which tea can be appreciated, we want to recognize tea as something that brings people together, and brings our own minds and hearts into an internal s... Visit Website

James Hart - The Dance Screen (The Scream Too), Exhibition

James Hart, Exhibition The Dance Screen (The Scream Too) November 2012 to March 9, 2014 In late 2009, artist James Hart began designing a large-scale sculpture titled The Dance Screen (The Scream Too) and began carving the work in 2010. This ambitious project brings together many of the principal animal figures from traditional Haida stories, especially creatures that depend on salmon for t... Visit Website

Karaoke Christmas Lights - The Ultimate Christmas Tour

TOUR DATES: DECEMBER 11th - DECEMBER 30th. 2013  3 hours of Christmas Family Fun featuring Stanley Park's Bright Nights Display and Van Dusen Botanical Garden's Festival of Lights. Festively decorated Trolleys equipped with karaoke machines for your seasonal singing enjoyment will depart from Canada Place at 6:30pm every evening from December 11th through 30th, 2013 (except for Christmas... Visit Website

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