Visit Vancouver in Winter – So Much To Do!

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!

VanDusen Festival of Lights

For the 34th 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.

Vancouver in Winter - VanDusen Festival of Lights

Vancouver in Winter - VanDusen Festival of Lights

Vancouver in Winter - VanDusen Festival of Lights

Location: VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak St, Vancouver
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GLOW Christmas in Langley

The largest indoor Christmas festival in Greater Vancouver awaits. There’s something for every age here, and since Vancouver in winter = unpredictable weather, it’s great to have a place to go that is cozy and dry.  Located inside an enormous greenhouse, Glow has about doubled in size since last year.  The theme this year is Glow Around The World, and kids get a passport to fill with stamps in the countries represented.  Vivi’s favorite things at Glow Christmas were the LED swings and the bouncy pit of inflated unicorns and reindeer.

Location: Milner Village Garden Centre, 6690 216th Street, Langley
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Holiday Heights at Bloedel Conservatory

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.

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 23, 2018 – January 6, 2019

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.

Location: Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver
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Lights at Lafarge

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. 

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


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