Credit: Lindsay Elliott/ Tourism Vancouver
It may be hot outside, but Christmas is only five months away. Here are some of Vancouver’s holiday events and activities that are set to return this winter season.
Capilano Suspension Bridge Canyon Lights
November 22, 2019 – January 26, 2020
Cap Bridge’s annual Canyon Lights will return in late November this year. Hundreds of thousands of lights can be seen throughout the park while you walk across the suspension bridge, along the Cliffwalk, and up in the sky through the Treetops Adventure. The 30-ton Douglas firs connecting the Treetops Adventure will be lit above and below the collars, making them the tallest Christmas trees in the world.
Although the official Peak of Christmas opening day has not yet been announced, their 8,000 square foot mountaintop Ice Skating Pond, their cozy Theatre in the Sky Christmas movie screenings, and their Elf Headquarters are to return this winter. Hot chocolate, Christmas lights, snowshoeing, and skiing can also be enjoyed at Grouse Mountain this winter.
Vancouver Christmas Market
November 20 – December 24, 2019
A beloved Vancouver holiday tradition for both locals and visitors, the market features over 80 huts of authentic German sweets, treats, and treasures. Vancouver Christmas Market can be found at Jack Poole Plaza beside Vancouver Convention Centre West and the Olympic Cauldron.
Aurora Winter Festival
November 22, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Aurora Winter Festival made its Vancouver debut last season, and by popular demand are set to return in 2019. The 2019 event will be four times larger than the previous year and will feature expanded activities and programming in the Mystical World experience, an increased ic skating surface, a longer tube park, and double the number of rides and games. The festival incorporates LED light sculptures with mystical worlds and characters alongside food trucks, a 200-foot tube park, a frozen river skating rink, amusement rides, and market vendors.
Lumiere is an annual event inspired by light and artistic expression. The festival is a series of interactive art installations that can be found at three locations in Vancouver. This year’s Lumiere festival can be spotted at English Bay, Jim Deva Plaza, and šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square, formerly known as the North Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery.