Vancouver comes alive during the holiday season

Despite what it might be doing outside, Vancouver comes alive during the month of December and the holiday season it brings.  Whether it is the annual Santa Claus Parade or perhaps the Vancouver Men’s Chorus, we’ve got all kinds of ideas for you and yours during this festive season.

Vancouve rcomes alive during the holidays


Santa vs Grinch

Ms. & Mr. Gay Vancouver XXX host Santa vs Grinch on Commercial Drive and in the Davie Village.  A fundraiser for A Loving Spoonful December 12th & 13th.

Women’s Winter Faire

This popular annual Women’s Winter Faire is not your typical crafts fair. Features products for sale, made by many of BC’s gifted women artisans. December 19th and 20th.


Rogers Santa Claus Parade

Now in its sixth year, the Rogers Santa Claus parade is a great way to kick off the season!  The parade starts at 1pm on December 6th winding its way down Georgia and Howe Streets beginning at 1pm.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park

Get in the spirit of the holidays by taking a train ride aboard the Stanley Park Minature Railway with two million twinkling lights. Daily (except Christmas Day) from 3pm – 10pm until January 2nd, 2010.

VanDusen Festival of Lights

Another annual twinkle-fest, explore the botanical gardens as they are transformed for the holidays.  Daily from 4:30pm to 9pm (except Christmas Day) until January 3rd, 2010.

Canyon Lights

Another winter celebration of lights throughout the Capilano Suspension Bridge park.  Maybe even learn how to make a glass icicle ornament as well!  5pm – 9pm daily, December 4th through January 2nd, 2010 (except Christmas Day).

The Peak of Christmas

The spirit of Christmas comes alive with a magical celebration and a multitude of festivities and activities on top of Grouse Mountain.  Until December 24th.


Vancouver Men’s Chorus: Making Spirits Bright

Brash and brassy, the Vancouver Men’s Chorus fires up its 29th concert season with Making Spirits Bright—the Flame edition!  December 10, 12, 13, and 14 at 8pm and a December 13th matinée at 3pm.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Traditional Christmas

The VSO travels the Lower Mainland spreading its annual cheer with its holiday concerts complete with carols, heart-warming music traditionally associated with Christmas, and plenty of audience sing-alongs.

Chor Leoni Men’s Choir: Yuletide Fires

Step inside, away from the rain or snow, and gather around the warmth of Chor Leoni’s Yuletide Fires for a West Coast-inspired programme of seasonal beauty.  December 19th.

Vancouver Chamber Choir: A Dylan Thomas Christmas

Christmas carols and songs, highlighted by readings from A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas.

On Stage

It’s A Wonderful Life

The Arts Club brings back its annual holiday favourite to the Granville Island Stage until January 2nd.  Who hasn’t shed a tear or two as Clarence gets his wings!  Now through January 2, 2010.

The Nutcracker

The Goh Ballet brings this perennial holiday treat to The Centre for the Performing Arts December 17th through 20th featuring principal dancers from the National Ballet of Canada.

White Christmas: The Musical

New this year is another holiday classic from the Arts Club.  A throwback to a simpler time, this movie favourite gets a delightfully corny stage makeover.  Until December 27th.


Renaissance Christian Church Christmas Carols by Candlelight

The Nativity Story, Christmas carols and contemporary Christmas music are some of the highlights of this evening.  December 20th.

Christmas Eve Candle Light Service

Christ Alive Community Church invites you to join them on Christmas Eve, to worship and fellowship amongst GLBTQ and other community members.  December 24th.


Christmas at Canada Place

Now in its 22nd year, the highlight here is the light show on the iconic sails.  December 6th through 31st.

Got Craft?

Bringing a modern twist on the conventional craft fair, Got Craft? is a great place for holiday gift buying.  December 6th.

Did we miss your favourite holiday tradition in Vancouver?

Tell us about it and we’ll be sure to feature it here!

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