Seasonal Experiences

Culturally rich and diverse and surrounded by the natural wonders of the mountains and ocean, within the city and across each neighbourhood, the changing of seasons ushers in a world of adventure and unique experiences and events.

Discover what makes this city special, in every season.


Get in the Festive Spirit

Shopping and walking in a winter wonderland is just one of the many festive activities around Vancouver this holiday season. Put on your coat, grab your friends and family, and enjoy some ho-ho-holiday fun!


Vancouver Christmas Market

Vancouver Christmas Market

One of the season’s most anticipated holiday markets, with vendors, food, family friendly activities like the scavenger hunt and even a carousel. Gorge on gourmet goodies and authentic German drinks and sweets while you explore. Runs November 12-December 24, 2022.

Canyon Lights

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Lights with heights! To celebrate the season, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is lit end-to-end and transformed into a glowing magical world of festive splendour. Enjoy festive tunes, take part in the Snowy Owl Prowl scavenger hunt and wander through the “Arc de Lumina” light tunnel. November 19, 2022 – January 22, 2023

Peak of Christmas

Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain

The magic of Christmas on the mountain. Twinkling lights highlight the beauty of the snow-covered trees for Grouse Mountain’s annual Peak of Christmas. Visitors can also glide across the 8,000 square foot mountaintop Ice Skating Pond and meet reindeer. An enchanting experience for the whole family. Open November 26, 2022 – January 3, 2023

Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden

One million lights decorate 15 acres of VanDusen Botanical Garden in a magical display of holiday festivity. Wandering through the glittering garden is considered one of the annual high “lights” of the season in the city. The Festival Lights runs from November 25, 2022- January 2nd, 2023

Home Alone in Concert with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Home Alone in Concert with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents the holiday comedy classic, featuring renowned composer John Williams’ delightful score performed live. A symphony experience that’s heartwarming and hilarious for the whole family. December 14 and 15, 2022 at the Orpheum Theatre.

Me Love Bingo!

Me Love Bingo! Best in Snow

An immersive send-up of the holiday season that’ll leave you in laughing, Me Love Bingo!: Best in Snow brings big fun and a lot of heart to the holiday theatre tradition with storytelling, guest performances and storytelling. December 1, 2022–January 1, 2023 at the BMO Theatre Centre.

Fairmont Festival of Trees

Fairmont Festival of Trees

Decorating the tree is an annual holiday tradition for many, and the Festival of Trees is the ultimate three decoration exhibition in Downtown Vancouver. For 30 years, the halls of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver have been made into a lush forest of beautifully decorated trees. Free and family-friendly, the trees are on display November 23, 2022-January 1, 2023.

Vancouver Aquarium

Holiday Splash at the Aquarium

Season's greetings from under the sea! Get out of the sleigh and under the waves at the Holiday Splash at Vancouver Aquarium, where you can watch Scuba Claus on his daily dive, gaze at the enchanting Jelly Snow Globe surrounded by more than 65,000 incredible animals and experience movie magic as you snuggle up for The Polar Bear Express in 4D. The Holiday Splash is included in regular admission, and runs November 21st 2022 - January 2nd 2023.

Advent Calendar

Very Merry Vancouver

StayVancouverHotels is celebrating the holidays and enchanting tourists with a microsite featuring a modern style advent calendar with 30 days of prizing, Each day from Nov 24 - Dec 23, consumers can enter to win a daily 'window' prize or prizes, plus the grand prize 'door' for a Vancouver Getaway that opens up on Dec 23.




Events & Entertainment

There are cultural experiences and events happening all around Vancouver this season, from outdoor festivals and live sporting events to exclusive exhibitions and seasonal shows–discover what’s on in the city this season.


Lumiere Festival

Lumiere Festival

As the days become darker for winter, the Lumiere Festival dazzles with a display of light sculptures across the different areas of Downtown, shining a light on local artists. This year’s theme is Dream the Future, brightening the city with visions of tomorrow. November 17 - 27, 2022.

Sound of Music

Sound of Music

Enjoy one of the most powerful romantic musicals of all time at the elegant and historic Stanley Theatre in South Granville. The Arts Club presents The Sound of Music November 10- December 24, 2022.

Beyond King Tut

Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience

Travel back in time 3,300 years to the age of the Golden Pharaohs when King Tut ruled in National Geographic’s Beyond King Tut. Journey to Egypt to witness ancient wonders of the world in an immersive cinematic experience. At the Convention Centre November 4, 2022 – January 8, 2023.

Chutzpah! Festival

Chutzpah! Festival

An annual festival of world-renowned dance, music, theatre, and comedy, through a lens of Jewish experiences, The Chutzpah! Festival celebrates Jewish performing arts and cultural richness and diversity across art forms. November 3 - 24, 2022.

Canucks Hockey

Canucks Hockey

Cold weather means even better hockey. Vancouver’s own Canucks are hitting the hometown ice for games all through the season. Grab a seat and some snacks with your friends and family before the puck drops and cheer for our local hockey heroes.



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