December 2, 2017 – January 5, 2018
The annual Dundarave Festival of Lights kicks off with a Christmas tree decorating beach party on November 26th. On the four Saturdays leading up to Christmas, stop by for an afternoon of free concerts to spark your Christmas spirit. The official lighting of the Festival’s Christmas tree forest takes place at dusk. The Christmas trees will remain on display until after the New year.
Dundarave Christmas Fair
December 2 – Noon to Dusk
Enjoy a festive afternoon of free concerts in the Festival’s Longhouse and the Dundarave Nativity Pavilion. The magic happens at dusk with the official lighting of the Festival’s Christmas tree forest. Psst… there are rumours of a visitor from Whoville, rare sightings of the Grinch Who Saved Christmas. Keep an eye out for him in Dundarave.
Dundarave Nativity & Paddle Songs
December 9 – Noon to Dusk
The Dundarave Festival brings you Christmas as you’ve never seen it before, fabulously festive and absolutely free in the Festival Longhouse and Nativity Pavilion. Surrounded by a forest of Christmas trees, the only one like it in coastal British Columbia, you and everyone you love can connect with the bright spirit of the season as we approach the longest night of the year. From the ground breaking music of local songwriters to the ancient songs the ancestors of the Squamish Elders sang on these shores for thousands of generations, the Dundarave Nativity & Paddle Songs brings you a loving Christmas.
December 16th – Noon to Dusk
The World Christmas, unique to the Dundarave Festival of Lights, celebrates the richness of Canada’s cultural diversity. From the Francophone roots of our country, to the heat of Mariachi and foot stomping Celtic chords, the World Christmas brings you the season as you may have never seen it before. Set in our bright forest of Christmas trees, this afternoon of fabulously festive and absolutely free concerts speaks to the true spirit Christmas: a season of mirth, music and joy that leaves no one out in the cold. Watch this space for a taste of what you’ll find.
Christmas Wassail & Bonfire
December 23 – Noon to Dusk
From the first Christmas in West Vancouver to this season of the Dundarave Festival of Lights, bonfires have burned bright on our beaches to ward off the longest nights of the year and gather together our community in a spirit of friendship. These fires have deepened our sense of belonging, celebrating the life of our community as we face the winter together in this place of exceptional beauty. This night, crowned by a bonfire presented as it has for generations by the District of West Vancouver, is the ultimate night in the Festival’s season. We turn our faces together to the sunset, knowing that darkness will not have the last word even as the nights grow longest because loving friendship endures; we stand together at Dundarave Beach to make sure no one is left out and alone in the cold. This is the moment to bring with you everyone you love for a loving Christmas that starts here, deep in a forest of trees shining, festive and bright on Dundarave Beach.
Lantern Making Festival
December 23, 2-4pm
A FREE intergenerational festival for the whole community to enjoy at the West Vancouver Community Centre! Celebrate the holidays by making winter solstice lanterns, decorating gingerbread cookies, listening to live, festive music while you sip a delicious hot beverage! A professional artist will facilitate a lantern making craft table. At 4:30 p.m. we invite everyone to join the walk to the Dundarave Festival of Lights (located next to the Beach House Restaurant). Proudly sponsored by the West Vancouver Community Centres Society.
For more information on the 2017 Dundarave Festival of Lights visit www.dundaravefestival.com
December 2 (Saturday) - January 5 (Friday)
West Vancouver BC