It seems to me every year December gets busier and busier. With holiday baking, shopping and parties it’s hard to find enough time to fit in all the extras. No matter what religion it seems everyone around really gets into the spirit of Christmas and loves to take part in all of the local activities. Here in our house we are picking a few activities to do this year, and will try adding a few more next year when Hazel is a bit older. I wish there was enough time to pack them all in before the end of the month. Here’s a round up of some of the great Christmas activities that are going on in the Vancouver and Lower mainland over the next month.
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park – While you won’t find me going anywhere near this with my fear of heights, the park claims to have the worlds tallest living Christmas tree at 46.4 meters tall! With thousands of sparkling lights, sing a long carols and cookie decorating there is fun for the whole family! Partial proceeds from this event go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund.
Vancouver Christmas Market – One of my favourites, a traditional German inspired market set up in the centre of Vancouver. Having spent a Christmas in Europe this market captures the essence completely. Live music, great vendors and lots and lots of yummy food, there’s plenty for everyone.
Bright Nights at Stanley Park – Another great family event that benefits the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund. Take in the sights of Stanley park and enjoy the hundreds of lights and scenes set up. Entry is by donation and you can purchase tickets to ride the train through the park.
Peak of Christmas – Take the tram to the top of Grouse Mountain and enjoy Christmas as it is in the North Pole. Here you can visit Santa and his reindeer, enjoy an outdoor skating rink or sleigh rides and much, much more!
Polar Express Train – Visit Squamish and ride the Polar Express train. An hour long journey, that includes tasty treats, music and a chance to meet Mr and Mrs Clause!
VanDusen Botanical Gardens – Take in the beauty of the gardens as they are transformed into a winter wonderland. Enjoy over a million lights dancing about the gardens as you stroll around.
Timberline Ranch – Throw on your cowboy boots and head out to Maple Ridge to enjoy a country Christmas. With everything from wagon rides, cookie decorating and ornament making there is lots of hands on fun for the whole family.
What are you and your family getting up to this Christmas season? Are there any Christmas events that I missed that you recommend?