Vancouver's Entertainment Season
October to December sees locals and visitors flock to sporting spectacles, theatrical performances, sweet symphonies, amazing attractions and casual concerts. The leaves are changing, the temperatures are cooling and many are enjoying October’s Halloween Haunts, November’s Black Friday shopping deals and December’s delightful dining offers, heaps of holiday happenings and so much more. Experience Vancouver’s Entertainment Season.
Give the Gift of a Dine Out Vancouver Festival Getaway - Book now, stay in January
The 2015 Dine Out Vancouver Festival is on from January 16th until February 1st, but the only way to secure a Dine Out sitting before the new year is by booking one of our Dine and Stay Packages that includes your Dine Out reservation with an overnight stay, and extras. Enjoy your wine, savour your cocktails and take the elevator home. Dine and Stay Packages make a great Christmas gift too. Want the flexibility of choosing a great restaurant to dine at, but still need that overnight stay? Special hotel rates are also available.
> Book your Dine Out Vancouver stay
Entertainment Season Sweepstakes
During Vancouver’s Entertainment Season, enter to win our prize package that includes accommodations at the Granville Island Hotel, theatre tickets to see the wildly hilarious Vancouver Theatresports League and a Granville Island Public Market tour hosted by Vancouver Foodie Tours.
> Enter now
Pre-Book Popular Vancouver Attractions!
Now you can pre-book your Vancouver attractions even before you arrive. From sightseeing tours, to exploring underground mines, to soaring across Canada, to checking out Vancouver's German-style Christmas Market, there's something for everyone. Check out which signature experiences can be reserved and purchased today.
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Vancouver Theatresports League presents "Christmas Queen" - Nov. 19 to Dec. 21
Watch as talented improvisors weave a magical Christmas story like you've never seen before. Each and every night the tale will take a different turn as you, the audience, help to save Christmas. Will the evil villain ruin this magical holiday season for the townsfolk? Will our reluctant hero return to save the day? Will the Christmas Queen awaken the spirit of Christmas in all of us? No matter your age, come down to The Improv Centre to watch your Christmas dreams come to life onstage. Learn more.
> Book a stay during Christmas Queen
Arts Club Theatre presents "A Twisted Christmas Carol" - Nov. 27 to Dec. 27
A hilarious take on the Christmas favourite! Using your suggestions and Dickens's holiday classic, a group of talented, nutty, and inspired actors will improvise their hearts out and create a new comedy every night. You'll never look at Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the rest of the characters in the same way again. Learn more.
> Book a stay during A Twisted Christmas Carol
Vancouver Chamber Choir Christmas Performances - Dec. 12, 19, 21
Enjoy one, or all of these wonderful Christmas performances. Choose from Handel's Messiah " The Christmas Masterpiece", A Dylan Thomas Christmas "A Child's Christmas in Wales", or A Charlie Brown Christmas "Finding the True Meaning." Performances take place at the Orpheum Theatre or at Ryerson United Church. Learn more.
> Book a stay during Vancouver Chamber Choir Christmas performances
Chor Leoni Men's Choir presents All is Calm - Dec. 19 to 21
The Western Front, 1914. Out of the violence comes a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man's Land while singing Stille Nacht, and begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, and peace. In a fully staged theatrical production marking the 100th anniversary of this miraculous event, Chor Leoni and professional actors tell the true story of the Christmas Truce in the words and songs of the men who lived it. Buy tickets.
> Book a stay during Chor Leoni
Winter Harp - Dec. 20
Three beautiful harps combine with flutes, rare medieval instruments, percussion, poetry and song to wrap you snugly in the silken cloak of Christmas. The musicians, in gorgeous medieval attire, perform rare carols and familiar carols which will have your heart singing. Buy tickets.
> Book a stay during Winter Harp
The Children's Hope for the Holidays - Dec. 21
The Children's Hope for the Holidays is hosting its first annual Entertainment Variety Show in Vancouver to raise funds for BC Children's Hospital. With everything from pictures with Mr.& Mrs.Clause, celebrity performances, a special guest appearance by Queen Elsa, and more, guests of all ages will enjoy rediscovering the magic of Christmas this holiday season! Buy tickets.
> Book a stay during The Children's Hope for the Holidays
CHRISTMAS EVENTS IN VANCOUVER THIS SEASON
Vancouver Christmas Market - Nov. 22 to Dec. 24
‘Tis the season to be jolly! The beloved annual Vancouver Christmas Market will be celebrating its 5th anniversary in the heart of downtown at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza this holiday season. With over 50 unique vendors, local and international flavour, beautiful lights and delicious food, guests of all ages will find something to satisfy their yuletide appetites at this year’s Christmas Market. Traditional wooden huts will once again fill the Plaza, each decorated with handmade Herrnhuter stars. The Christmas Market is sure to put visitors, young and old, in the festive spirit of the holiday season. With 14 new vendors, returning and first-time visitors are sure to find something they’ll love. Buy tickets, learn more or ...
> Book a stay during the Vancouver Christmas Market
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum - Nov. 22 to Jan. 2
Bring out the whole family for an old-fashioned Christmas experience at Burnaby Village Museum, which will be decorated with lights and traditional ornaments throughout the holiday season. Kids can meet Father Christmas, tour historical buildings, and enjoy crafts, story time, Christmas baking, carolers and a festive "12 Days of Christmas"-themed scavenger hunt. Admission to the Village is free; guests can complete their visit with a whirl on the old-fashioned carousel for $2.50. Click here for hours of operation. Learn more.
> Book a stay during Heritage Christmas
Bright Nights in Stanley Park - Nov. 27 to Jan. 4
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 by donation, but tickets are required to ride the train ($11 for adults, and $8 for children and seniors); children 2 and under ride free. Click here for hours of operation. Learn more.
> Book a stay during Bright Nights
Holidays at the Vancouver Aquarium - Nov. 27 to Jan. 4
Get into the holiday spirit at the newly expanded Vancouver Aquarium. Guests can marvel at an electric eel-powered holiday tree, visit with Scuba Claus and soak up the extraordinary 4-D film adventure The Polar Express. Admission is $29 for adults; $20 for students, youth and seniors; and $15 for children (children 3 and under are free). Learn more.
> Book a stay during Holidays at the Vancouver Aquarium
Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain - Nov. 28 to 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, including sleigh rides through the forest, visits from Santa and his live reindeer, carols in the chalet, a gingerbread village and ice skating on the outdoor rink (rentals available). After a day in the snow, 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. The Grouse Mountain Skyride tram costs $41.95 for adults, $37.95 for seniors, $23.95 for youth and $13.95 for children; children 4 and under are free. Special family rates available. Learn more.
> Book a stay during Peak of Christmas
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park - Nov. 29 to Jan. 3
During Capilano Suspension Bridge Park's popular holiday event, the entire park is lit up with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights. Attendees can wander throughout the park and view the magical light displays across the bridge, high above in Treetops Adventure and along the colour-washed cliff-face of Cliffwalk. Guests can also take part in a children's scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating, sing-along Christmas carols with the holiday band and arts and crafts at the make-your-own Christmas card station in the new Winter Pavilion. And don't forget to pay a visit to the tallest living Christmas tree in the world. Adorned with thousands of twinkling lights, the 250-year-old Douglas fir stands at an impressive height of 152 feet (46.4 metres). Admission is $32.95 for adults, $21.95 for youth and $12 for children (ages 6 to 12); children 5 and under are free. Special family rates available. Learn more.
> Book a stay during Canyon Lights
Carol Ships Parade of Lights - Dec. 5 to 23
This annual Christmas tradition began more than 50 years ago in Coal Harbour with one boat decorated with festive lights. Today, more than 50 boats decked out with 100,000-plus twinklers 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, and be sure to check the sailing schedule online as it changes nightly. Learn more.
> Book a stay during the Carol Ships Parade of Lights
Christmas at FlyOver Canada - Dec. 5 to Jan. 4
Get ready to FlyOver Canada - holiday style. This holiday season, experience a special Christmas-themed pre-show before taking off on an exhilarating flight-ride experience across the nation. Additional highlights include festive displays, live performances of holiday music and tasty treats like hot apple cider, hot chocolate and roasted nuts. Admission is $19.95 for adults; $17.95 for students, youth and seniors; and $14.95 for children. Learn more.
> Book a stay during Christmas at FlyOver Canada
Karaoke Christmas Lights Trolley Tour - Dec. 10 to 30
Grab a mic and sing along aboard the Vancouver Trolley Company's Karaoke Christmas Lights Trolley Tour. Outfitted with karaoke machines that blast 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. Guests disembark here for a leisurely stroll through Stanley Park's twinkling plaza before hopping back on the trolley and riding over to VanDusen Botanical Garden for Festival of Lights. Here, guests explore the renowned gardens decorated with more than one million sparkling lights. Tickets are $40 for adults, $35 for students and seniors, and $25 for children. Special family rates available. Learn more.
> Book a stay during the Karaoke Christmas Lights Trolley Tour
Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden - Dec. 10 to Jan. 4
During this festival that delights young and old alike, VanDusen Botanical Garden is transformed into a holiday wonderland boasting seasonal displays and more than one million lights wrapped around trees and trellises. Admission is $15 for adults, $11 for youth and seniors, and $8 for children; children 2 and under receive free admission. Special family rates available. Click here for hours of operation. Learn more.
> Book a stay during Festival of Lights
Christmas at Canada Place - Dec. 13 to 31
Celebrating its 27th year, Christmas at Canada Place has become a quintessential holiday experience. Here, guests can soak up views of the iconic Woodward's window holiday displays (featuring classic holiday scenes and animated characters), wander the avenue of beautifully decorated Christmas trees and enjoy a number of free, family-friendly activities like festive arts and crafts. Learn more.
> Book a stay during Christmas at Canada Place
Coquitlam Light Display
The City of Coquitlam is proud to present the largest free seasonal light display in Metro Vancouver! Now in it’s 4th year, the display takes 5 weeks to construct from from start to finish. Visit the light displays at Coquitlam City Hall, Spirit Square, Lafarge Lake and the Inspiration Garden. In addition to the light display, there will be caroling events through December and on Monday, December 22 at 7pm join in helping to form the largest group signing of Jingle Bells (the first 100 people there will receive free jingle bells)!
SPORTING EVENTS IN VANCOUVER THIS SEASON
Vancouver Canucks NHL Hockey
Vancouver Canucks tickets for regular season games are on sale now! Fans can purchase tickets either online at Canucks.com/Tickets or by calling Ticketmaster at 1.855.523.6800. Tickets are available for individual games as well as ticket packages including Family Packs and Group Tickets. Single Game Suites are also available to rent on a game by game basis for groups ranging in size from 8 to 70 people. Be part of the action and come cheer on the Canucks at Rogers Arena! Learn more.
> Book a stay during the Vancouver Canucks' 2014-15 season
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