Vancouver is kid-friendly this winter season with several holiday events to keep the family entertained. From a cozy afternoon with Sugar Plum Tea to ice skating on mountain tops, here are the top five kid-friendly winter activities.
High tea takes on a festive twist at the Urban Tea Merchant. While the grown-ups enjoy a classic tea service, kids can enjoy a children's Sugar Plum Tea which features a 'petite' three-tiered platter with kid-friendly versions of all the classics.
This authentic German outdoor Christmas Market is back with over fifty-five vendors. Kids (and parents) can ride Vancouver's only Christmas carousel, decorate gingerbread cookies, or build their own Herrnhut Star ornament.
The fourth annual CandyTown festival celebrates the season in the heart of Yaletown (one of downtown Vancouver's neighbourhoods). Kids participate in a variety of craftmaking, face painting and balloon twisting at the Starlight Children's Foundation tent. CandyTown 2015 takes place on Saturday, November 21st, on Mainland Street and returns each year.
Three million twinkling lights light up Stanley Park along it's holiday train route. With afternoon and evening trains running, kids and families can jump aboard and take in the festive decor along the fourteen-minute ride. Donations go to the BC Professional Fire Fights Burn Fund.
Santa has opened his workshop to visitors atop Grouse Mountain. Take a sleigh-rde through the forest, ice-skate on the mountaintop pond or learn more about Santa's reindeer at the daily ranger talks.
ROBSON SQUARE OUTDOOR SKATING RINK
The Robson Square Ice Rink, located in downtown Vancouver, is opening on the afternoon of December 1, 2015 and will be open all through the Christmas Holidays, including Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks.