Can you hear those sleigh bells jingling? From real live reindeer to ice carving, to Christmas karaoke, Vancouver has something under the tree for everyone this year. Here’s what’s happening this holiday season:

Christmas at FlyOver Canada | November 22 - January 6, 2018
FlyOver Canada will transform into a magical winter wonderland this Christmas season. Fly with Santa and his elves on a magical flight across Canada and on to the North Pole! After meeting some of Santa's elves, Chestnut and Pinecone, you'll join them as they take flight across Canada looking for their fellow elves. You may even get a sneak peek of Santa's Workshop as you soar over the North Pole. For tickets and more information, visit www.flyovercanada.com.

2018 Vancouver Christmas Market | November 21 - December 24
The Vancouver Christmas Market returns to Jack Poole Plaza, November 21– December 24, 2018, with extended hours from 11:30am to 9:30pm. The city’s signature yuletide celebration amplifies and expands its festive offerings with more than 80 huts stuffed with sweets, treats, and treasures. Wander the market’s winding alleys and discover authentic German delicacies: sizzling sausages, two warming Glühwein (mulled wine) locations, old world confections, handcrafted gifts, and so much more! Share food and drink in the cozy Alpine Lounge, or delight in the Winterdeck, featuring stunning views of the North Shore. Venture down Lovers Lane – an Instagram-worthy 30-foot long tunnel adorned with 10,000 twinkling lights and mistletoe, or enjoy live seasonal entertainment performed on the Christmas Pyramid’s Flying Stage. Be dazzled by a floating Santa underneath the Olympic Cauldron, a shimmering 30-foot tall Walk-in Christmas tree, a glittering carousel, and a multitude of festive family activities. Visit www.vancouverchristmasmarket.com for more information. 

Aurora Winter Festival | November 23 - December 30
The Aurora Winter Festival inspires the festive spirit through magical winter experiences. Escape into a hidden village by the North Pole filled with captivating light displays and magical characters, and enjoy the market huts, food gardens, amusement rides, live entertainment, and plenty of other exciting activities. From visiting Santa’s Workshop to lacing up your skates on the Frozen River, there is something for every age at the Aurora Winter Festival. The festival takes place at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place and runs from November 23rd to December 30th 2018. For tickets and more info www.aurorawinterfestival.com/vancouver.

Grouse Mountain Peak of Christmas | November 23 - January 6, 2019
See how magical elves have transformed Grouse Mountain into Vancouver's North Pole where you can have breakfast with Santa, visit his workshop or vote for your favourite creation in the Gingerbread Village. Access to the Peak of Christmas is included with your Annual Local's Pass, Y2Play or Winter Season Pass as well as regular Mountain Admission tickets. Visit www.grousemountain.com for more information. 

Vancouver Foodie Tours' Classic Christmas Market Tour | December 1 - 30, 2018
Due to popular demand, Vancouver Foodie Tours will host their Christmas Classics Market Tour for the entire month of December 2018! Gather with friends and family on Granville Island for a cozy Winter morning of festive flavours, adorable artisan shops, and magical holiday atmosphere! The 2-hour holiday event includes: a festive breakfast of seasonal food and drink; The Winter flavours of the Public Market – festive cheeses, holiday meats, gingerbread donuts, among others; a guided stroll through Granville Island’s best-decorated shops; insider tips on unique gift ideas and “how to holiday shop” at the Market; and exclusive discounts for Granville Island, and more!  Holiday highlights from the Christmas Classics Market Tour include Edible Canada's Mascarpone French Toast and skipping the line to indulge in 20+ seasonal holiday items. Head over to the website for more info and pricing. 

Telus' Vancouver Santa Claus Parade | December 2, 2018
Mark your calendars! The first Sunday in December is the official date of the TELUS presents the Vancouver Santa Claus Parade. The parade is the largest Christmas parade celebrated in Western Canada. In the spirit of giving, the free, family-fun event is also one of the largest food and fundraising events for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society and the CKNW Orphans' Fund. It's the perfect kick-off to the holiday season! At 12:00pm, the parade will begin at West Georgia Street and Broughton, travel east along West Georgia, turn south on Howe and finish at Howe and Davie. This year's Vancouver Santa Claus Parade will feature marching bands, dance troupes, festive floats and community groups, which entertain over 300,000 spectators. Grab breakfast with Santa at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (9:00 am - 10:30 am) before heading over to the Christmas Square for some pre-Parade fun on the North Side of the Vancouver Art Gallery. 

Goh Ballet presents The Nutcracker | December 21, 2018 - December 23, 2018
Experience the journey of Clara and her beloved Nutcracker as they battle the evil Mouse King and his army of mischievous mice. The captivating scenery will become larger than life as sparkling snowflakes and a glittering Christmas tree fill the stage. Each year, Goh Ballet's The Nutcracker features internationally celebrated Principal Dancers from top ballet companies that seldom visit Vancouver. They will take to centre stage with our company of dancers showcasing choreography by Emmy Award-winning and world-renowned choreographer Anna-Marie Holmes. The performances are presented to live orchestral accompaniment performed by members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. Grab tickets at www.gohnutcracker.com.

Heritage Christmas at the Burnaby Village Museum | November 24, 2018 - January 4, 2019
Your holiday experience begins the moment you arrive! Festive lighting and decorations greet you at the entrance of the Village and give you a glimpse of the spectacular display of history and lights awaiting inside. There’s lots to see and do including heritage-themed decorations of wreaths with red bows, cedar swags and old-fashioned Christmas decorations in the window displays; a fun menagerie of seasonally decorated Eco-sculptures and the challenge of a Twelve Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt. Soak up the seasonal entertainment including musicians, street entertainers, actors, carollers, & special guests. Bring a camera to capture a special moment with Father Christmas as he visits with children of all ages. Be sure your visit includes a ride on our vintage Carousel and a seasonal treat from the Ice Cream Parlour! Visit www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca for details.  

The Cultch's East Van Panto: Wizard of Oz | November 28, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Poor Dorothy! Flung from her Port Coquitlam townhouse by an earthquake that had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH Tornado Resource Extraction Inc.’s suburban fracking, she finds herself in the magical Land of Oz. Pursued by the dastardly Wicked Witch of the West Side, Dorothy joins her friends Non-Binary-Tin-Person, Cowardly BC Lion, and somewhat spaced-out Scarecrow on a journey to the Emerald City, aka Olympic Village, in search of heart, brains, and courage. East Van Panto returns for a sixth year, welcoming celebrated playwright Marcus Youssef to the creative team. Director Stephen Drover (East Van Panto: Hansel & Gretel) returns, along with Panto favourites Veda Hille, Dawn Petten, Raugi Yu, and Andrew McNee. Featuring Elbow Room Café: The Musical’s Christine Quintana! To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit the Cultch's website.

Vancouver Theatre Sports' Merry Kiss-mass | November 21 - December 24, 2018
Vancouver Theater Sports Channel presents Merry Kiss-mas - an Improvised Parody romantic comedy that celebrates all the inane clichés and funny awkward moments you'd expect to see in any popular TV holiday-themed special or films like Love Actually. The improvised 'plot' and characters are driven by suggestions from the audience. This show is about celebrating those amazing movies we love to watch at Christmas whether we admit it or not – you know the ones - the super cheese-y, super fun, super formulaic warm-hearted shows. We all know there's a happy ending, what happens before that is where the fun and surprises are found. Give yourself the gift of laughter this season and join us – it's way better than receiving a lump of coal. Visit the website for details