All year around there’s always something happening in the BC. We invite you to explore the event listings below and discover what your community has to offer. Featured events are sponsored or hosted by the organization listed. Please check the websites to confirm the events details. Check Out Page 31 of the Winter 2016 magazine for a more community events:
Weekdays 9:30am: Shop ‘n Stroll Fitness
Kick start your weekly workout. Fitness Class Just for Mom & Baby. Sponsored by your local Shopping Centre and Free to Attend.
Fridays 10:00am: Zumba Babies
Lougheed Town Centre
This Zumba Babies class is designed for moms and babes. It’s a workout that is fun, upbeat and full of great music and rhythms. With babies comfy in their car seat or stroller, moms dance around and interact with baby all while feeling the Latin rhythms of cumbia, salsa, belly-dancing and more!
Sponsored by your local Shopping Centre and Free to Attend.
Weekdays: Movies For Mommies
Weekly Shows of New Releases. Grab bags and special guests. Stroller friendly, diaper change area.
November 16 to January 5: Festival of Trees Family Days
The Fairmont Empress, Victoria
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Greet Santa as he flies in from the North Pole, help open Santa’s Workshop and grab a hot cup of cocoa. Bring your family and friends down for two full days of Christmas-inspired entertainment, interactive activities and a treat or two! Admission is by donation.
November 18 to November 20 Just Between Friends Sale
Croatian Cultural Centre, Vancouver
Friday 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
A HUGE kids consignment sale event twice a year hosted by a Vancouver, BC mom. Save 50-90% on items you need for your kids. Includes infant, toddler and school-age clothing, maternity clothing, and baby gear. Registration to shop is not required. Cash is preferred, but Debit, MasterCard and Visa are accepted.
November 19 to January 2: Heritage Christmas
Burnaby Village Museum, Burnaby
Nov 23 to Dec 13: 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Dec 14 to Jan 3: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
See the Village illuminated this festive season with spectacular displays of lights that are sure to put you and your family into the holiday spirit! Free admission. Carousel rides are only $2.21 each.
November 24 to January 8: Canyon Lights
Capilano Suspension Bridge, North Vancouver
11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Christmas Day Closed
Holiday Activities begin at 4:00 PM
Come see hundreds of thousands of lights sparkle through out the Capilano rainforest, across the Suspension Bridge, and on Cliffwalk. Continue to be dazzled by checking out the world’s tallest living Christmas tree, Capilano’s 250 year old Douglas-fir standing at 152 feet tall. Festive activities will include a children’s scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating, sing-a-long carols, and glass blowing workshops with Malcolm Macfatden. Tickets: Adult $31.95, Senior $29.95, Student 17+ with ID $25.95, Youth 13-15 $19.95, Child 6-12 $12.00, Under 6 Free, Family Pass $65.
November 25 to January 2: Vancouver Festival of Trees
Four Season Hotel and Pacific Centre Mall, Vancouver
Set in the hallways of the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and Pacific Centre Mall, this event is a must-see tradition in Vancouver. Live entertainment, holiday treats and children’s activities, all in support of the BC Children’s Hospital.
November 25 to January 2: The Peak of Christmas
Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver
9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Join the snow-covered fun and stroll through SOS Children’s Gingerbread Village, meet Santa in his workshop, learn about Santa’s reindeer at Reindeer Ranger Talks, and even visit one of Santa’s reindeers, Prancer! More activities include, mountain sleigh rides, snowy Christmas movie favorites, carolers and arts and crafts. See website for schedule and admission.
November 28 to January 1: Bright Nights- Stanley Park Christmas Train
Stanley Park, Vancouver
Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sunday to Thursday: 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Friday and Saturday: 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM
From December 20 open daily from 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Closed Christmas Day
Board the train and enjoy the ride as Stanley Park sparkles with two million twinkling lights and animated displays. Partial proceeds go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund. Entrance to the plaza is by donation. Admission for the train: Adult $10, Children (3-17) $7, Children under 3 yrs are free, Seniors $7, All Ages Matinee Train $5.50.
December 1 to January 2: Festival of Lights
Van Dusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver
4:30 PM -9:00 PM/10:00PM
Closed Christmas Day
See over a million twinkling lights covering Van Dusen Botanical Garden, a truly magical experience for the whole family. Admission: Adult $18.50, Senior $14.25, Youth (13-18) $14.25, Child (3-12) $11.00, Child (2 and under) Free, Family $40.00.
December 2 to 18: Carol Ships Parade of Lights
Come see more than 50 decorated boats, with over 100,000 lights sparkle on the shores of Vancouver. See website for sailing schedule.
December 3: Magic of Christmas Parade & Country Christmas Celebration
Fraser Highway between 203 and 207 Streets, Langley
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
A magical and festive Santa Clause parade followed by a Country Christmas at the Douglas Recreation Centre. The Mayor of Langley will kick off the tree lighting ceremony, followed by family activities and entertainment.
December 3: Christmas in the Park & Santa Claus Parade
Memorial Peace Park, Maple Ridge
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Children of all ages can enjoy fun and festive activities at Memorial Peace Park, followed by the only nighttime Christmas Parade in North America. Floats will pass dazzling in lights, community carolers will sing, and Santa will be there as well! Be sure to dress warm, bring a lawn chair, and a mug for free hot chocolate.
December 4: Rogers Santa Claus Parade
Downtown Vancouver, Parade Starts at Georgia and Broughton
10:30 AM Coast Capital Savings Christmas Square Festivities Begin
1:00 PM Parade Begins
Lower Mainland’s biggest winter event! Festivities begin at 10:30am at the Coast Capital Savings Christmas Square in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Join the family entertainment including Food Bank drop-off zone, face painting, gingerbread decorating, balloon twisting, Letters to Santa, and music and dance performances. The parade begins at 1:00pm and will feature more than 60 festive floats, marching bands, choirs, community groups and dance troupes.
December 8 to December 23: North Pole BC
10:00am – 6:00pm/7:00PM
North Pole BC is a family Christmas themed event providing a totally unique, interactive and fun experience for children and families alike. Santa, Mrs. Claus, countless Elves and other characters, interactive scenes and activities will enchant visiting families for the 2015 Christmas season.
December 10 & December 11: Family Fuse
Vancouver Art Gallery
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Discover the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Family FUSE Weekend, where you will meet artists, musicians, dancers, performers, and educators for a weekend filled with family fun! Participate in a range of fun activities, performances, and hands-on sessions throughout the Gallery. Admission: Gallery members & children age 12 and under are free. Regular admission applies for adults, students, and seniors.
December 16 to December 30: Christmas at Canada Place
Cruise Ship Terminal, Canada Place
A must attend Vancouver family holiday tradition. Free family activities and festive entertainment including Woodward’s Windows, Holiday mini train, outdoor covered skating rink, Santa’s workshop, and avenue of Christmas trees!
December 17: Longest Night
Richmond Nature Park
1:00 PM -4:00Pm
Celebrate Winter Solstice at the park. Light up the night with lanterns, move to the rhythm of drums, and make fire wishes. Roast marshmallows and sip hot chocolate by a warm fire.
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