18 of the Best Christmas Attractions of 2016


1. Enchantment Christmas Light Maze & Market
Nov 25 2016 - Dec 31 2016

Enchant is the world's largest Christmas Light Maze, made up of over 55,000 sq. ft. of brilliantly illuminated sculptures arranged to create the perfect atmosphere for an evening adventure. Along with the maze, Enchant features a market with over 40 local vendors, 12 food trucks and a licensed eating area where guests can enjoy their favourite holiday drink. Eat, drink, explore and shop - experience the wonder of Enchant this winter.


2. Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Nov 19 2016 - Jan 2 2017

Join us this Heritage Christmas for some old-fashioned fun and spectacular light displays. Special entertainment is scheduled throughout the season including theatre performances, community choirs, street characters and musicians. Many family favourite activities are back including a craft for children, baking in the Farmhouse and, of course, visits with Father Christmas.

3. Capilano Canyon Lights
Nov 24 2016 - Jan 8 2017
The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon are transformed into a world of festive lights and visual enchantment.  Decorate gingerbread cookies and make your own Christmas card (by donation) in the Winter Pavilion, and sing-along with the holiday band. 
Nov 25 2016 - Jan 2 2017

The Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain is your passport to Christmas fun. Bring your family to meet the big man himself and visit with some of his reindeer. See how Santa's elves have transformed Grouse Mountain into Vancouver's North Pole complete with Santa's Workshop, a Gingerbread Village, special craft station, Elfie Selfie station...and much more!  

Nov 26 2016 - Dec 31 2016

A new seaside site. More merry, more bright!
Inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New, join Vancouver Christmas Market on the Coal Harbour coastline as German holiday heritage comes to life at Jack Poole Plaza, November 26 - December 31.

Nov 26 2016 - Dec 18 2016 (*added one more weekend!)  

Come ride the Polar Express to visit Santa at the North Pole. Get your picture taken with the Hobo ! Ride the Mini-Rail ! See the new G Scale Train Set ! Lots of fun for the whole family. (almost sold out) 

7. Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Nov 28 2016 - Jan 1 2017

During the holiday season, the Bright Nights Christmas Train and Stanley Park Train Plaza sparkle with three million twinkling lights. Buy tickets to ride the Bright Nights Train and experience the lights, breathtaking displays, and live performers along the train route. Or view the displays at the Train Plaza by donation ($4.00 suggested). Your donations and a portion of ticket sales go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund.  

Dec 3 - Dec 18 2016

For two whole weeks, the Wesbrook Welcome Centre will be full of hundreds of yuletide balloons. This unique holiday feature lifts off on Saturday, December 3rd, the same day as the Craft Market at Wesbrook Community Centre. On opening day, there'll be Santa photos, carolers, balloon twister, and more. A new tradition is in the air. And it's all free. "Pop" on by!

Dec 3 2016 - Dec 20 2016

Leave the busy city behind, and enjoy the short trip to a 73 acre horse ranch in Maple Ridge that has been transformed into a Christmas wonderland.  Here you will be enchanted by glorious lights, beautiful trees, interactive scenes, lovely music, and delightful activities that remind us of times when Christmas was a lot simpler . . . and a lot less commercial.  It's all priced so reasonably that you'll want to return with your friends!

10. Holiday Heights at Bloedel Conservatory
Dec 9 2016 - Jan 2 2017

Experience a winter wonderland inside the Bloedel Conservatory with magical lights, festive music, a holiday scavenger hunt, and much more. This year's event will take you to new heights with Vancouver's only holiday ferris wheel!

December 4 2016 

The Parade has more than 3,500 participants. This year's Parade will feature more than 50 marching bands, choirs, festive floats, and community groups. Each year the Parade attracts 300,000 spectators to downtown Vancouver.

12. Skate at Robson Square Ice Rink
Dec 1 2016 - Feb 14 2017

This winter, renew a classic Vancouver tradition and enjoy some old-fashioned fun. Robson Square's outdoor skating rink is open, so celebrate winter in style with skating in the heart of downtown Vancouver. It's a magical place to enjoy the holidays with your friends, family and loved ones.

13. Skate at Winter Ice Palace
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 2 2016
Join us for the 19th Annual Winter Ice Palace! Experience a winter wonderland at Cloverdale Arena and enjoy this seasonal event with your friends and family.

14. List of Parades!   

December 3 2016:
Maple Ridge

Santa Parade
New Westminster 

Dec 10 2016 - Dec 11 2016 
The Children's Museum of Skagit County is creating a Winter Wonderland
at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, WA on December 10th & 11th! There will be activities for children, families, teens and adults - indoor and outdoor fun for everyone!

Looking for the perfect gift or Christmas decor for your house be sure to check out some wonderful Christmas Craft Fairs! Also having a school craft fair? Add it here to join this list.

Dec 1 2016 - Jan 1 2016 
Discover winter's most lovable side at the Sea to Sky Gondola this holiday season. 

18. Tons of family fun Christmas and New Year's Activities, see below in the events area or visit the web site regularly for updates!

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