Vancouver is gearing up for its most festive holiday season yet, with new spectacular Christmas celebrations and the return of the city’s most cherished holiday traditions. Here are five ways to get you feeling merry and bright this November and December.
Enchant Christmas Light Maze & Market | November 25 - December 31
The world’s largest Christmas light maze is coming to Vancouver! New for 2016, the Enchant Christmas Light Maze & Market, between the Cambie Street Bridge and Olympic Village, will cover 55,000 sq. ft. with towering reindeer and a 64-foot tall tree illuminated with 85,000 LED lights. Inspired by the corn mazes typically found in the outskirts of the Lower Mainland, the Christmas Maze will have guests navigating the brilliant lights to help find Santa’s nine missing reindeer, which have gotten lost in the maze. Enchant also features a market with over 40 local vendors, 12 food trucks, and a licensed area to enjoy holiday drinks. Enchant is open to all ages and runs November 25 until New Year’s Eve, 4-10pm. Tickets go on sale October 5 at 10am.
The 7th Annual Vancouver Christmas Market | November 26 - December 30
The Vancouver Christmas Market returns on November 26 with over 50,000 sq. ft. of German Jubilation. The city’s signature yuletide celebration has recently announced that it will be moving from its original site at Queen Elizabeth Theatre to a new seaside space at Jack Poole Plaza (at the Olympic Cauldron). Among this year’s expanded highlights will be Canada’s first-ever Christmas Pyramid, a 23-foot tall structure adorned with angels representing various aspects of European culture, as well as an enclosed Alpine Haus tent and seating area, designed to accommodate more than 250 people while offering breathtaking views of the North Shore. The Christmas Market is open November 26 to December 30, 11am-9pm.
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park | November 28 - January 1
Take a ride on the Bright Nights Christmas Train through Stanley Park, alongside festive live performances and sparkling displays of over three million twinkling lights. Donations and ticket proceeds go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund.
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park | November 24 - January 8
Capture the feeling of wonder and excitement of the holiday season at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park’s annual Canyon Lights. The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon are transformed into a world of festive lights and visual enchantment. See the world’s tallest living Christmas tree (153 feet tall!), go on a Snowy Owl Prowl, decorate gingerbread cookies and make your own Christmas card (by donation) in the Winter Pavilion, and sing-along with the holiday band. New this year is ‘Fireflies’, an interactive lighting display in the rainforest. Using giant flashlights, guests can magically awaken waves of tiny lights that glimmer and twinkle like fireflies.
The 13th Annual Santa Clause Parade | December 4
Over 300,000 spectators will gather in downtown Vancouver to watch the annual Rogers Santa Clause Parade on December 4. This year’s parade will spread Christmas cheer through the city centre with over 3,500 participants and 65 marching bands, choirs, festive floats, and community groups. The parade kicks off at 1pm and is one of the largest fundraising events for the Great Vancouver Food Bank.