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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2012

2012 Christmas Events in Greater Vancouver

Celebrate the festive season throughout Vancouver and the Lower Mainland with holiday events and activities from gardens decked out with thousands of strands of Christmas lights and decorations, enchanted train rides through decorated forests, sleigh rides, reindeer, visits with Santa, Christmas Markets, caroling and more! From November to January, enjoy a variety of exciting activities in locations across the Lower Mainland to put visitors in the festive spirit - from the tops of snow covered mountains to local attractions and more!

2012 Christmas Events and Activities in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. VANCOUVER
• CANDYTOWN | November 23 - 24, 2012 | 23rd: 3:00pm - 9:00pm; 24th: 12:00pm - 9:00pm | Yaletown: Mainland Street between Davie and Nelson Streets, Vancouver (map) | Free | Enjoy a family friendly celebration with an ice skating rink, horse-drawn carriage rides, a Christmas street market, a reindeer barn and visits with Trevor Linden and Santa! | Website
• VANCOUVER CHRISTMAS MARKET | November 24 - December 24, 2012 | 11:00am - 9:00pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza: 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver (map) | Free - $5 (one ticket offers reentry for the duration of the market) | Stroll through the European style Christmas Market filled with wooden booths selling crafts, decorations and food while enjoying the festive surroundings and entertainment. | Website
• GINGERBREAD LANE | November 28 - December 27, 2012 | 9:00am - 9:00pm | Hyatt Regency Vancouver: 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, British Columbia (map) | Donation | See over forty gingerbread creations at Gingerbread Lane! See them all and cast a vote for your favorite to win the People's Choice award! | Website
• BRIGHT NIGHTS IN STANLEY PARK | November 29, 2012 - January 1, 2013 (closed December 25th) | Mon-Tues & Thurs: 3:00pm - 10:00pm; Wed: 3:00pm - 10:00pm; Fri: 3:00pm - 11:00pm; Sat & Sun: 11:00am - 11:00pm | Stanley Park Miniature Train: 611 Pipeline Road, Vancouver (map) | Free - $10 [tickets] | Take a train ride through the forest decorated with two million twinkling lights! Ride the train, enjoy displays, listen to holiday classics, sip warm cocoa and feast on fresh popcorn or roasted nuts. | Website
• VANCOUVER TREE LIGHTING CELEBRATION | November 29, 2012 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm | Jack Poole Plaza: 999 Canada Place, Vancouver (map) | Donation | Watch the city's 50 foot Christmas tree light up and enjoy festive performances! | Website
2012 Christmas Events and Activities in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. • ROGERS SANTA CLAUS PARADE | December 2, 2012 | 1:00pm (Coast Capital Savings Square: 10:30am - 1:00pm at the Vancouver Art Gallery) | Parade Route: West Georgia at Broughton Streets to Davie at Howe Streets, Vancouver (map) | Free | Watch as spectacular floats, bands and community groups parade through Vancouver! | Website
• JEWEL BOX OF LIGHTS | December 6, 2012 - January 1, 2013 (closed December 25th) | 4:30pm - 9:00pm | Bloedel Conservatory: Off 33rd Avenue between Cambie and Main Streets, Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver, British Columbia (map) | Free - $7 | Walk through the city's domed indoor tropical garden decorated with thousands of twinkling lights and poinsettias! | Website
• FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS | December 7, 2012 - January 1, 2013 (closed December 25th) | 4:30pm - 9:00pm | VanDusen Botanical Gardens: 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver (map) | Free - $14.25 [tickets] | Visit the VanDusen Botanical Gardens as its transformed into a winter wonderland for the holidays! See two light shows on Livingston Lake, choirs, Santa and his elves (Svend and Jens) and the light displays throughout the garden! | Website
• CHRISTMAS IN KERRISDALE | December 8, 15, 22 & 23, 2012 | 12:00pm - 5:00pm | Kerrisdale Village: West 41st Avenue at West Boulevard, Vancouver (map) | Free | Visit with Santa and his elf, skates, go on a holiday horse and carriage ride through the beautifully decorative village and listen to carolers bringing festive tidings! | Website

NORTH SHORE
• THE PEAK OF CHRISTMAS | November 24, 2012 - December 24, 2012 | 9:00am - 10:00pm | Grouse Mountain: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver (map) | Free - $39.95 | Celebrate Christmas atop Vancouver's highest peak with a variety of activities 2012 Christmas Events and Activities in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. including skating, sleigh rides, entertainment, the SOS Children's Village Gingerbread Village and Santa and his reindeer! | Website
• CANYON LIGHTS | December 1, 2012 - January 5, 2013 (closed December 25th) | 4:00pm - 9:00pm | Capilano Suspension Bridge: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver (map) | Free - $31.95 | Walk through thousands of lights and enjoy gingerbread cookie decorating, music by the Holiday Band and glass ornament blowing. | Website
• DUNDARAVE FESTIVAL OF LIGHT | December 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2012 | 1st/8th/15th: 12:00pm - Dusk; 22nd: 2:00pm - 9:30pm (schedule) | Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver (map) | Free | Enjoy holiday festivities spanning four nights: the Dundarave Christmas Fair (1st), Dundarave Nativity and Paddle Songs (8th), World Christmas (15th) and the Christmas Wassail and Bonfire Night (22nd) | Website

BURNABY
• HERITAGE CHRISTMAS | November 24, 2012 - January 4, 2013 (Closed December 24th & 25th) | November 24 - December 14: 12:00pm - 4:30pm; December 15 - January 4: 12:00pm - 9:00pm | Burnaby Village Museum: 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby (map) | Free | Experience the traditional sights, sounds and tastes of Christmas with festive lights, crafts, displays, carousel rides and visit with Father Christmas. | Website

SURREY
• SURREY TREE LIGHTING FESTIVAL | November 24, 2012 | 12:00pm - 8:00pm | Central City Shopping Centre Plaza: 10153 King George Boulevard, Surrey (map) | Free | See the 2012 Christmas Events and Activities in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. lighting of Surrey's official Christmas Tree and enjoy road hockey, curling, hot chocolate, face painting, crafts and ice carving demonstrations. | Website
• SURREY'S SANTA PARADE OF LIGHTS | December 2, 2012 | 5:00pm | Parade Route: (link), Surrey (map) | Please bring donation of money or food to be collected for local food banks | See the fantastic floats lit up for the holidays as they roll through the city of Surrey followed by Santa Claus himself! | Website
• CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE | December 8, 2012 | 12:00pm - 3:00pm | Historic Stewart Farm: 13723 Crescent Road, Surrey (map) | Donation | Visit the farmhouse which is charmingly decorated for a pioneer Christmas! Take in live music, holiday crafts, baked treats from the woodstove, and hot apple cider and hot chocolate. | Website

LANGLEY
• HERITAGE HOLIDAY AT FORT LANGLEY | December 22 - January 6, 2012 (closed December 25th & 26th, January 1st) | 10:00am - 5:00pm | Fort Langley National Historic Site: 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley (map) | Free - $7.80 | Experience the holiday atmosphere at the festively decorated Fort Langley. | Website

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
• CPR HOLIDAY TRAIN | December 18, 2012 | MAPLE RIDGE [7:45pm]: 22355 River Road, Maple Ridge (map) | PORT MOODY [9:15pm]: 300 Ioco Road, Port Moody (map) | Please bring donation of money or food to be collected for local food banks | See the brightly lit Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train decked out in lights as it stops at communities across North America and enjoy entertainment on the box car stage! | Website






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