Our Top Picks for Christmas Events Around Vancouver

Posted by Robin Bardon on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 at 4:21pm.

It's officially the Holiday Season again, and with this comes time spent with loved ones, towns decorated in bright lights, eating way more food than necessary and, of course, Christmas festivities! 

It seems each year there are more and more options to choose from, so we thought we would share our top picks to make your life a little easier.

Vancouver Christmas Market (Robin's Top Pick)

When: November 21st - December 24th. Open daily from 11:30am - 9:30pm

Where: Jack Poole Plaza - 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver

Also known as the German Christmas Market, the Vancouver Christmas Market recreates a traditional outdoor German Christmas market on Vancouver's waterfront. With over 80 huts of authentic German delicacies including a variety of sizzling sausages, two mulled wine locations, old world confections, handcrafted gifts and more! Spend your time enjoying live seasonal entertainment performed on the Christmas Pyramid's Flying Stage, riding on the glittering carousel, checking out the floating Santa underneath the Olympic Cauldron, and soaking in the North Shore views from the Winterdeck. And don't think they forgot about all of you instagramers! A 30-foot long tunnel decorated with 10,000 twinkling lights and mistletoe is the perfect place to capture a great shot for your next post. If you think one visit isn't enough, not to worry. Tickets are upgradable to Season Passes. Find out everything you need to know about the Vancouver Christmas Market by clicking here.

Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park (Danielle's Top Pick)

When: November 29th - January 5th (closed on Christmas Day)

Where: 690 Pipeline Road in Stanley Park, Vancouver

Arguable one of the most amazing and affordable Christmas lights in Vancouver! Bright Nights in an annual event that features approximately three million sparking lights. The miniature train is about twelve minutes long and will take you on a breathtaking route through endless lights, festive displays and live performances. After the train, take a visit to Santa's Workshop which is indoors and includes Christmas displays and photo opportunities with Santa Claus. Although admission into Bright Nights is by donation, with part of the proceeds going toward the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund, tickets are required and advised to purchase beforehand. For hours of operation, tickets and more details about the event, click here.

The Polar Express Train Ride (Kaleigh's Top Pick)

When: Every Saturday and Sunday from November 24th to December 16th with 4-5 time slots per day

Where: West Coast Railway Heritage Park - 39645 Government Road, Squamish

As this is Western Canada's only Polar Express event, make sure to add this must-do tradition to the top of your list. Enjoy a one hour train ride while eating cookies, drinking hot chocolate and Christmas carolling. After the train ride, be sure to visit the North Pole inside the West Coast Railway Association's giant Roundhouse. In here you can meet Mr & Mrs Claus, ride the mini train, drive your own train on a massive model train layout and take part in a whole bunch of Christmas-themed activities such as decorating gingerbread cookies. Don't forget to bring your letter to Santa and wear pajamas! For tickets and additional information, click here.

We hope these helped finalize your Christmas plans. Let us know what you decided on and how it was! 

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