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Top Holiday Things to Do in December

Glow Christmas Light Garden & Market, Langley – November 21 to December 30, 2017

Glow Christmas is Metro Vancouver/Fraser Valley’s newest holiday addition, bringing over 500,000 lights to create the world’s most massive indoor light display at Milner Village Garden Centre in Langley. Tickets are available online here for a discounted price, or at the gate for full price.

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Canyon Lights, North Vancouver – November 23, 2017 to January 28, 2018

Prepared to be amazed by the hundreds of thousands of lights throughout Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in all the attractions: the suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, and the canyon. See the eight tallest Christmas trees in the world – eight magnificent 250-year old Douglas firs sprinkling their lights from well above the forest floor. Partial proceeds of Canyon Lights will go towards to the BC Professional Fire Fighter’s Burn Fund for fire/burn education in schools. Tickets and hours available online on their website here.

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The Peak of Christmas, Grouse Mountain – November 24, 2017 to January 3, 2018

Experience the North Pole right here in Greater Vancouver at Grouse Mountain, through an outdoor skating rink, real reindeer, holiday movies on a big screen, as well as a beautiful light tunnel. Santa Claus will also be in his workshop – drop by and share with him your holiday wishes! Tickets and more information available on their website here: The Peak of Christmas.

Heritage Christmas, Burnaby – November 25, 2017, to January 5, 2018

Join in the festive fun of Heritage Christmas at the Burnaby Village Museum! The festival will open on November 25, but the official launch will be on December 2 from 4pm-9pm with a tree lighting ceremony and light refreshments. Proceeds from all carousel ride tickets on Dec 2 will be donated to the Burnaby Christmas Bureau. Hours may vary, check their website for details. Admission is free, carousel rides at $2.65 each.

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Vancouver Christmas Market, Vancouver – November 26 to December 24, 2017

Stroll through an authentic German-style Christmas market experience at Jack Poole Plaza, with more than 75 artisan huts with handcrafted treats and gifts for all. Enjoy the lively line-up of holiday entertainment on-stage as well. The market will be open daily from 11am to 9pm, and open 11am to 6pm on Christmas Eve. Tickets and more information available on their website here: Vancouver Christmas Market.

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Lights at Lafarge, Coquitlam – November 25, 2017, to January 21, 2018

Join in the magic of Lower Mainland’s largest free outdoor lights display at Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam. Lights at Lafarge will showcase stunning light displays, live entertainment, photos with Santa, craft activities, and a holiday market. Admission is free!

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Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park, Vancouver – November 30, 2017, to January 6, 2018

The Bright Nights Christmas Train celebrates 20 years in Stanley Park this year! View the breathtaking light displays of three million twinkling lights from both the Christmas Train and the Train Plaza. All donations and a portion of ticket sales will go towards the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund.  Tickets available online their website here.

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VanDusen Festival of Lights, Vancouver – December 1, 2017 – January 7, 2018

VanDusen Botanical Garden is transformed into a winter wonderland with over a million lights decorating the garden. Be swept away by the Air France Carousel for a Parisian musical experience, enjoy storytime with Santa, sing along with live entertainers, and create some festive tunes with recycled instruments. Open 4:30pm daily, tickets are available online at their website here.

Holiday Traditions at the Vancouver Aquarium Vancouver – November 24 – January 7, 2018

Visitors will delight in Scuba Claus visits, magical aquatic displays, and special seasonal activities – including a screening of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in their 4-D theatre, the electric eel-powered Christmas tree, new jelly snow globe, and impressive marine debris tree, ending under the mistle-toad.

Christmas in the Village , Fort Langley – December 15 to December 17, 2017

Walk through a special 3-day Christmas farmers’ market in Fort Langley, with the theme of Charles Dickens’ famous “A Christmas Carol”. The 3rd annual holiday market will be at Fort Langley Community Hall, open 10am – 6pm daily over the weekend, featuring Santa Claus and his elves.

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