Vancouver's Entertainment Season

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October to December sees locals and visitors flock to sporting spectacles, theatrical performances, sweet symphonies, amazing attractions and casual concerts. The leaves are falling, the temperatures are chilling and many are starting their holiday shopping. T’is the season for retail therapy, culinary delights, holiday adventures and so much more. Experience Vancouver’s Entertainment Season now.


  • Entertainment Season Attraction Special: Save 10% - 20% on Vancouver's Attractions!

    Until December 31, make a hotel reservation (for a stay anytime in 2013), and receive 10% off your choice of 10 signature attractions, 15% off if you choose two attractions, and 20% for three. The more you book, the more you save!

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    An Enchanting Classic Comes to the Arts Club

    Watch Mary Poppins fly over the rooftops of London, and feel like a kid again! Remember, anything can happen if you let it. This family musical features the unforgettable songs from the popular Disney film-"A Spoonful of Sugar," "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"-plus some catchy new ones. Practically perfect in every way, the tale of everyone's favourite magical nanny will sweep you off your feet. Find out more about the Arts Club 2013/14 season.

    > Book a stay during Vancouver's Entertainment Season.

  • The Nutcracker

    Ballet BC Presents Alberta Ballet's The Nutcracker at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Dec 28 - 31

    Alberta Ballet’s sugar-plum version of the traditional holiday classic The Nutcracker returns with riveting storytelling that invites everyone to share in the rich and festive holiday spirit. Choreographed by Edmund Stripe, with spectacular sets and costumes by Emmy Award-winning designer Zack Brown, The Nutcracker takes place in the opulent grandeur of 19th century Imperial Russia. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during Vancouver's Entertainment Season.

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    Vancouver Christmas Market Until Dec 24

    In the tradition of the open-air German Christmas Markets, Vancouverites and visitors can Stroll through the festively decorated outdoor Christmas village of handmade gifts and tempting treats. The sounds of bells, trumpeters and carolers, and thousands of Christmas lights will delight you while you sip mulled wine and enjoy spicy gingerbread. Find out more.

    > Book a stay during Vancouver's Entertainment Season

  • Peak of Christmas - Grouse Mountain

    The Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain Until Dec 24

    There is no better place to enjoy a white Christmas in Vancouver than on snow-covered Grouse Mountain, 3,700 feet above the city’s twinkling lights. During the holiday season, Grouse comes alive with a multitude of festivities. Visitors can enjoy sleigh rides through the forest, pay a visit to Santa and his live reindeer, listen to carols in the chalet, tour a gingerbread village and skate on the outdoor ice rink (skate rentals available). This year’s event also features a new, fun-filled snowman theme, where little ones can take pictures at a snowman photo board, participate in snowman-themed crafts and get a snowman tattoo. Afterwards, warm up in Altitudes Bistro with a cup of hot chocolate and a hearty meal, or watch a Christmas film at Theatre in the Sky. Click here to view daily activity listings. The Grouse Mountain tram costs $39.95 ($13.95 for kids) to lift you to the top of the mountain where all the holiday fun is included. Find out more.

    > Book a stay during Vancouver's Entertainment Season

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    Burnaby Village Museum Heritage Christmas Until Jan 3

    The Village is illuminated for the festive season with spectacular displays of lights that are sure to put visitors into the holiday spirit! Discover all the shimmering areas throughout the site; marvel at the gigantic multi-coloured Christmas Tree, wonder at the Eco-sculptures with their holiday lights; and activate the new sound-sensitive lights where you create the sounds and the lights dance before you. Take in daily entertainment and holiday traditions. Learn more.

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  • Luminescence

    Luminescence at the Vancouver Aquarium Until Jan 22

    Get into the holiday spirit by exploring this celebration of aquatic light. Gaze at a display of 100-plus origami jellyfish, marvel at an electric eel-powered holiday tree and learn how sea creatures create and reflect light. Take a virtual tour through the depths of the ocean with a deep-dive installation, and don’t miss the exhilarating 4-D film Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas. Afterwards, continue the journey to a winter wonderland in Canada's Arctic Gallery and meet Scuba Claus. Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for students, youth and seniors, and $14 for children (ages 4 to 12). Learn more.

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  • Christmas at FlyOver Canada

    Christmas at FlyOver Canada Until Jan 5 (closed December 25)

    Get ready to FlyOver Canada – holiday style. After exploring the Winter Wonderland Christmas Village, guests will enjoy a Christmas-themed pre-show before taking off on an exhilarating flight-ride experience. Additional highlights include ice sculpture carving demonstrations, live performances of holiday music and tasty treats (including hot apple cider, hot chocolate, waffles and crepes). Admission is $19.95 for adults (ages 18 and older), $17.95 for students, youth and seniors, and $14.95 for children (ages 4 to 12). Learn more.

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    Capilano Suspension Bridge - Canyon Lights Until Jan 4

    You'll be amazed by the World's Tallest Living Christmas Tree (new) and dazzled by hundreds of thousands of lights glittering throughout the rainforest, across the Suspension Bridge and on CLIFFWALK, the Park's newest attraction. A children's scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating, sing-a-long carols with the holiday band and glass blowing workshops with Malcolm Macfadyen are all back by popular demand! Find out more.

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  • Carol Ships Parade of Lights

    Carol Ships Parade of Lights Until Dec 23

    This annual Christmas tradition began more than 50 years ago in Coal Harbour with one boat decorated with Christmas lights. Today, more than 50 boats festooned with 100,000-plus twinkling lights can be seen gliding through Vancouver's waterways on peak evenings. The spectacle viewed from shore is free, but the best experience is aboard the carol ships themselves, which carry more than 30,000 guests every season. Tickets for different ships range in price and offerings. Click here to see the list of participating ships; be sure to check the sailing schedule online as it changes nightly. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during Vancouver's Entertainment Season

  • Bright Nights in Stanley Park

    Bright Nights in Stanley Park Until Jan 5 (closed December 25)

    The Stanley Park holiday train has been a Christmas tradition in Vancouver for more than 20 years. The train winds through the forest past three million sparkling lights while the aromas of hot chocolate, fresh popcorn and roasted chestnuts bring back festive childhood memories. Kids can also visit Santa in his "living room" at the train station, and explore stunning holiday displays throughout the plaza. Admission to the plaza is free, but tickets are required to ride the train ($11 for adults, and $7 for children and seniors); children 3 and under ride the train free. Discounted matinee tickets are also available ($6 for adults, children and seniors). Click here for hours of operation. Learn more.

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  • Karaoke Christmas Lights

    Karaoke Christmas Lights Trolley Tour Until Dec 30 (closed December 25)

    Grab a mic and sing your heart out aboard the Vancouver Trolley Company’s Karaoke Christmas Lights Trolley Tour. Outfitted with karaoke machines and a holiday playlist, the trolley departs from Canada Place and winds through the streets of Vancouver to Stanley Park for the Bright Nights light spectacle. Walk through Stanley Park’s twinkling plaza, then hop back on the trolley and ride over to VanDusen Botanical Garden for Festival of Lights. Here, guests explore the renowned gardens decorated with more than one million sparkling lights. Tickets cost $110 for families (two adults and two children), $40 for adults, $35 for students and seniors, and $25 for children. Learn more.

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    Van Dusen Garden Botanical Garden - Festival of Lights Until Jan 4

    Dancing Lights shows, visits with Santa, Community Choirs and a model train are just a few of the sights that will get you in the holiday spirit at Van Dusen's Festival of Lights when you travel through the Gingerbread Wood, Candy Cane Lane and more.

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    Other Holiday Sights, Treats and Traditions:

    » Tickets Tonight - Your "Out of the Box Office Experience" -- Find tickets for festivals, theatre, sports and more.
    » Carol Ships - Parade of Lights
    » Bright Nights and the Christmas Train at Stanley Park
    » St. Paul's Hospital Foundation - Lights of Hope
    » Grouse Mountain Peak of Christmas



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