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Ways to Celebrate Christmas in Vancouver

By Viator, May 2018

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With lights, trees, and decorations, Canada’s largest West Coast city is a wonderful place to celebrate the holidays. From sleigh rides and Santa Claus visits to excursions into British Columbia’s snow-covered landscapes, here are just a few ways to ensure your Christmas in Vancouver is a merry one. 

See the City Illuminated
From late November to early January, Vancouver shows off its holiday spirit with dazzling lights displays at locations such as Stanley Park, where more than 3 million twinkling bulbs are hung as part of the Christmas Bright Nights program. Vancouver’s VanDusen Botanical Gardens also hosts the Christmastime Festival of Lights, an annual holiday show. 

Take Part in Christmas Festivities
Located 15 minutes from Downtown Vancouver, the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver hosts a number of holiday festivities of its own, with Christmas trees and themed activities (cookie decorating, Christmas-carol singing, card making, and more), as well the Canyon Lights display. Nearby Grouse Mountain, a skiing and snowboarding hub, celebrates the season with the Peak of Christmas festival, which features ice skating, live music, sledding, Santa meet-and-greets, and sleigh rides. 

Venture Out into a Snowy Winter Wonderland
While you’re more likely to experience rain than snow in Vancouver, you don’t have to travel far to find a winter wonderland. Inhale the crisp winter air as you snowshoe through the pristine winter landscape while admiring views of forests and ice-capped mountains. 

Hunt the Northern Lights
Gift yourself the ultimate Christmas treat with a wintertime Northern Lights tour. On a multi-day escape departing from Vancouver, travel north to the snow-covered wilderness of the Yukon, where you’ll go wildlife viewing by day and scan the skies in search of the Aurora Borealis by night. 

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Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain from Vancouver, Vancouver, null
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Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain from Vancouver

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

On this 5-hour luxury sightseeing tour, you are able to experience the best that Vancouver has to offer by exploring the natural beauty of the Pacific North ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $164.99
Private Tour to Capilano Bridge and Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, Half-day Tours
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Private Tour to Capilano Bridge and Grouse Mountain

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

On this private, five-hour sightseeing tour you can immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Pacific Northcoast. Inhale the fresh mountain air on a visit ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $256.83
4-Day Northern Lights Tour in Whitehorse from Vancouver, Vancouver, Private Sightseeing Tours
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4-Day Northern Lights Tour in Whitehorse from Vancouver

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Experience the wild beauty of the Yukon and the glow of the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) on this 4-day tour to Whitehorse from Vancouver, with round-trip ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $1,751.08
Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours, Vancouver, Multi-day Tours
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Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Discover Vancouver's world-renowned Stanley Park on this 1-hour sightseeing tour. Step aboard an old-fashioned horse-drawn vehicle and travel in comfort ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $32.69
Vancouver Sightseeing Bus Tour (4 hrs), Vancouver, Horse Carriage Rides
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Vancouver Sightseeing Bus Tour (4 hrs)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

See Vancouver in 4 hours with live commentary ! Only the best and most interesting sights in Vancouver: get on our sightseeing bus,  and an experienced ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $36.58
Snowshoe Through Vancouver's Winter Wonderland, Vancouver, Half-day Tours
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Snowshoe Through Vancouver's Winter Wonderland

Escape the rainy city weather and step into a winter wonderland just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Our guided snowshoe tours offer an exciting way to ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 4 to 5 hrs

From USD $71.60
The Great Squamish Day Trip from Vancouver, Vancouver, Ski & Snow
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The Great Squamish Day Trip from Vancouver

On this day trip you have the option of visiting inside the tunnels of a gold and copper mine, The Britannia Mine Museum. Then your guide will take you on a ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: Flexible

From USD $110.00
Vancouver Snowshoeing Tour, Vancouver, Half-day Tours
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Vancouver Snowshoeing Tour

Join your guide as you are driven to the beautiful North Shore of Vancouver, where you will go snowshoeing on intermediate trails through the forest to one or ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $163.43
Vancouver Holiday Dinner and Carols Cruise, Vancouver, Day Trips
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Vancouver Holiday Dinner and Carols Cruise

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Experience a unique Vancouver tradition this holiday season! The Carol Ships Parade of Lights Festival occurs each December, when the Vancouver harbor comes ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: Flexible

From USD $69.17

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