Visit Vancouver in Winter – So Much To Do!

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Lizzie Lau

This city is lovely all year long so families planning to visit Vancouver in winter shouldn’t worry about finding fun things to do. Instead, you should worry about not being here long enough to do it all! Here are 5 fun winter events in Vancouver:

Updated Dec 12, 2021

  1. VanDusen Festival of Lights
  2. Holiday Heights at Bloedel Conservatory
  3. Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain
  4. Lights at LaFarge
  5. Lights by the Lake: A Sasquatch-Themed Winter Light Festival

VanDusen Festival of Lights

Nov 26th – Jan 3rd. For the 35th year, a big section of the garden is decorated with over a million lights.  Make sure you watch all three of the light shows choreographed to Christmas music, it is breathtaking. Get tickets:

Vancouver in Winter - VanDusen Festival of Lights
Vancouver in Winter - VanDusen Festival of Lights
Vancouver in Winter - VanDusen Festival of Lights

Holiday Heights at Bloedel Conservatory

This event is cancelled for winter 2021. The winter wonderland inside the Bloedel Conservatory is one of the most affordable indoor holiday events in the city.  With 150 free flying tropical birds, magical lights, holiday plant displays, festive music, photo ops, a scavenger hunt and much more.           View this post on Instagram                  

Location: 4600 Cambie Street, Vancouver (The main entrance is off 33rd Avenue between Cambie and Main)
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Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain

November 22 – January 5

Visit Vancouver’s North Pole where you can meet Santa and his reindeer, go ice skating on the 8,000 square foot mountaintop Ice Skating Pond, enjoy Christmas movies at Theatre in the Sky, stroll through the light tunnel, and do crafts at Elf Headquarters.

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One more sleep until Christmas magic begins | Peak of Christmas Nov. 23 – Jan. 6 | #makingspiritsbright #peakofchristmas #grousemountain

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Location: Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver
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Lights at Lafarge

Nov 30th – Jan 31st

Visitors to Metro Vancouver’s largest, free outdoor lights display at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park can expect hundreds of thousands of lights wrapping their way around the lake. Some of the displays: a winter lights entry gate, 90-foot caterpillar, woodland garden, outdoor dining table illuminated by a chandelier, fantasy forest with an elfin tree house, lighted woodland creatures, illuminated maple leafs, salmon, floating lotus flowers and giant-sized mushrooms, beehive and flowers.

Photos provided by City of Coquitlam.

Check their website for events happening here all season. 

Lights by the Lake: A Sasquatch-Themed Winter Light Festival

This has been delayed due to weather. Harrison Hot Springs will be overflowing with Christmas cheer again. Unlike other light festivals that are illustrated with classic Christmas scenes, Lights by the Lake is a Sasquatch-themed winter light festival, sharing Harrison’s favourite ways to spend time outdoors. Custom-built displays include Sasquatch enjoying a campfire, hiking, biking, paddling, skiing, fishing, camping, and wind-surfing. New this year is the addition of an outdoor synthetic ice-skating rink.

Date: November 23, 2019 to January 12, 2020
Time: Seven days a week from dusk until 11:00 pm
Location: Harrison Lakefront
Cost: Free
Visitors can bring their own skates or rent a pair from the local concession.

Check back for updates on more fun and festive things to do when you visit Vancouver in Winter!

Visit Vancouver in Winter - So Much To Do!

17 thoughts on “Visit Vancouver in Winter – So Much To Do!”

  1. I love this winter Vancouver reading. Winter is my favourite season, I really enjoy this great reading. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful post.

  2. Those lights are soooo eye catching! My son will love to see these wonderful lights. I hope we can be here next winter.

  3. I’d love to go visit Vancouver one of these days. Visiting at Christmas time seems super magical too. Thank you for sharing all the hot spots worth checking out.

  4. These are some amazing photos. This looks like so much fun. I know my family would love it there. We love lights like this.

  5. Wow didn’t know winter is more fun in Vancouver. The Photos are cute and amazing.I don’t know if I can visit Vancouver in winter but I will make it any time of the year as soon as possible.Heard a lot of Canada and I’m very much excited to visit Canada and its beautiful tourist spots.Let me know where are the places they are never to be missed while my tour.

  6. Hi, Lizzie
    I read your blog. Excellent write up. You know your writing has magic. Well, which of the five fun events of the winter in Vancouver is more fun?

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