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Here’s how you can create magical memories in Vancouver this holiday season

Plan an amazing staycation with the best the city has to offer
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The Vancouver Christmas Market is Vancouver’s most prominent and longest-running Christmas Market.

Looking for fun local activities during the winter?

Whether you’re planning a staycation, planning a day of family fun, looking for some local shopping, or want to experience a new culinary adventure, Vancouver is the perfect place to find holiday activities that you’ll love.

While planning your adventures, be sure to check out these suggestions for some fun ways to enjoy the best Vancouver has to offer.

Beloved signature holiday events are back on

After a hiatus, Vancouver’s signature holiday events are back on! It’s a perfect time to rejoin the holiday fun.

The Vancouver Christmas Market returns to its seaside home at Jack Poole Plaza. Vancouver’s largest and longest-running Christmas Market – and only European Christmas Market – has an expanded six-week schedule starting Nov. 13, 2021.

The Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park is back on track this year for the first time since 2019. The special kids ride chugs through the sparking magically lit forest.

The VanDusen Festival of Lights transforms 15 acres of the botanical gardens into a magical winter wonderland with more than one million lights.

Cross the glowing suspension bridge at Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge. With the canyon and Capilano River illuminated with lights below, journey into the magical rainforest and walk high above the forest floor between the eight tallest Christmas trees in the world.

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Shopping in Gastown. Photo via Destination Vancouver.

Support local shops

Enjoy the fun of in-person Christmas shopping while supporting local vendors and exploring the city’s vibrant neighbourhoods.

Discover fun, food and designer fashion for up to 70% less at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport.

Charlie's Chocolate Factory in Burnaby is the home of the famous chocolate river, flowing with real chocolate. Visit to learn how chocolate is made and shop tasty treats.

The Kids Market Granville Island is perfect for family fun, featuring two levels of retail, an arcade, a four-level play area, bumper cars, virtual reality rides and a children’s only hair salon.

Must-see arts and culture events

Returning for its second year at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, The Festival of Trees Vancouver is a cherished community tradition benefitting BC Children’s Hospital.

Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol reimagines the Christmas classic set in East Tennessee during the 1930s to the music of Dolly Parton.

The third annual Fleurs de Villes Noël, a unique, free floral extravaganza in downtown Vancouver that pairs florists with local retailers and businesses to create over 30 unique pop-up installations.

Unparalleled dining experiences

Hart House restaurant is a lakeside estate that offers guests a unique culinary experience

The Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar is celebrated as Vancouver’s definitive destination for seafood.

Celebrating Our Ocean’s Harvest

Enjoy truly authentic Mexican fare that uses organic, locally sourced ingredients at La Mezcaleria. Don’t forget to sample from its vast tequila and mezcal selection.

In Gastown, visit Steamworks Brewing Company and sip a Jasmine IPA while enjoying the stunning view across to the North Shore Mountains.

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The VanDusen Festival of Lights. Photo via Destination Vancouver.

Nearby nature activities

Mountain and nature-based activities just a short drive away from downtown Vancouver.

Cypress Mountain is Vancouver's mountain playground with 52 downhill winter skiing and riding runs, plus a magic carpet surface lift in our kids camp area.

Grouse Mountain is Vancouver’s most visited year-round attraction located just 15 minutes from downtown. Enjoy panoramic views as you travel to the alpine aboard the iconic Skyride.

Up the road from Capilano Suspension Bridge, the Capilano River Regional Park features a beautiful trail that winds through the canyon, passing streams and stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures offers guided adventures all year round in Whistler and Squamish, including glacier tours and backcountry skiing.

To start planning your perfect Vancouver getaway today, visit www.destinationvancouver.com/love/special-offers/ for special seasonal offers on your hotel stay.