Vancouver Holiday Events

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us, and you know what that means–a sleigh-full of festivities across the city to celebrate the season. From wandering through a winter wonderland catching twinkling lights on mountaintops and across the city  to fun-filled family activities and cozy craft fairs where you can hunt for the perfect present while munching on fresh baked gingerbread cookies and sipping mulled wine. However you choose to celebrate the season, there's lots to make even a grinch feel merry! 


The Nutcracker by Ballet BC

The Nutcracker presented Ballet BC
December 7 - 10

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet is back with their magical performance of the timeless holiday classic The Nutcracker at the Centre for the Performing Arts.


Fleurs de Villes NOEL

Fleurs de Villes NOËL
December 8 - 17

This enchanting floral trail presented by Porsche Cars Canada showcases 40 unique pop-ups by top local florists, transforming the city into a blooming wonderland!

The Nutcracker by Goh Ballet

The Nutcracker by Goh Ballet
December 14 - 17

A globally acclaimed production of the Nutcracker featuring live music by the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, glittering costumes, hand-painted sets, with homegrown talent alongside principal artists from international ballet companies.

Winter Solstice Lantern Festival

Winter Solstice Lantern Festival
November 24 - December 21

Walk from the dark of winter and through the Labyrinth of Light, or take a workshop to create your own lantern as part of the 30th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival, presented by the Secret Lantern Society.

Carol Ships Dinner Cruise

Carol Ships Dinner Cruise
December 1 - 23

Set sail with the holiday spirit on a dinner and carol ship cruise. Sing along to live carol performances with karaoke-style fun, and dance to DJ-hosted beats while dining at sea.

PNE Winter Fair

PNE Winter Fair
December 8 - 23

Lights, food, live performances, shopping, skating, and ice bumper cars–there's fun for everyone in the family at the PNE Winter Fair.

Vancouver Christmas Market

Vancouver Christmas Market
November 12 - December 24

Sip on mulled wine or beer and sample sweet and savoury delights as you pick up unique gifts of the more than 90 artisan huts at the Vancouver Christmas Market.


Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain

The Peak of Christmas
November 24 - December 25

Twinkling lights, the calm patter of the snow and the joy of witnessing real reindeer is at Vancouver’s North Pole on Grouse Mountain, with snowshoeing, sleigh rides and an outdoor ice rink.

Soar with Santa at FlyOver Canada

Soar with Santa at FlyOver Vancouver
November 16 - January 2

Could that be the North Pole? This holiday season, Soar with Santa across Canada and the North Pole in an original cinematic experience with FlyOver Canada.


Liven UP Coal Harbour

Liven UP Coal Harbour
December 1 - 30

Enjoy key lighting displays like Luna the Whale on the seawall walk and catch live performances every Friday and Saturday evening 5-10pm.

Cirque du Soleil

Kooza by Cirque du Solei
Now - December 31

Cirque de Soleil inspires delight and wonder once again with KOOZA, following the adventures of an endearing yet naïve clown looking for his place in the world.

Lights at Lafarge Lake

Lights at Lafarge Lake
November 16 - January

Metro Vancouver’s largest free outdoor winter lights display, Lights at Lafarge in Coquitlam is a dazzling stroll for all ages. Just a hop from Coquitlam Centre, easily accessible by transit.

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum

Heritage Christmas
November 25 - January 5

Festive lights and traditional decorations adorn Burnaby Village Museum, for some good old fashioned holiday cheer. Amble through the 10 acre venue and enjoy seasonal entertainment and activities.

Festival of Lights at Van Dusen

Festival of Lights
November 24 - January 7

A true winter wonderland awaits you this holiday season at VanDusen Festival of Lights, where 15 acres of a beautiful botanical garden are adorned with over 1 million twinkling lights.

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Canyon Lights
November 17 - January 21

Sway high above the illuminated Capilano River on the world-famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, lit end-to-end in a magical multicolour display in an enchanting winter wonderland.


Looking for more options? Watch for upcoming holiday performances at the Arts Club Theatre and the Improv Centre!