Top winter activities this holiday season

There's certainly not a shortage of things to do this winter in downtown vancouver!

The holidays are the perfect time to go to parties, festivals, and parades with your friends and family. Although it’s always nice to curl up indoors with a cup of hot chocolate, there are many Christmas events happening in downtown Vancouver that you don’t want to miss!

1. FlyOver Canada Christmas

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FlyOver Canada Christmas lets you fly like Santa all across the world, ending at the North Pole. The seats and theatre give you a 4D experience with flying, snow, scents, and more. FlyOver Canada is located on 999 Canada Place and offers themed rides throughout the year.

2. Gingerbread Lane at the Hyatt Regency Hotel


The buildings on Gingerbread Lane are edible and made by bakeries, schools, and restaurants. Admission is free; however, they accept donations which go towards the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The displays are found in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 655 Burrard Street.

3. Vancouver Tree Lighting Celebration

Located on 750 Hornby Street, the Vancouver Tree Lighting Celebration offers hot chocolate, music, cookies, and a chance to write and see Santa. Each year there are four trees, each one bigger than the rest, that are filled with light-up ornaments. This event also has free admission.

4. Vancouver Santa Claus Parade


Telus annually presents the Vancouver Santa Claus Parade on December 1. There are marching bands, dances, floats, and more. Admission is free, but donations and non-perishable food items are encouraged to bring for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. The parade begins at Broughton Street and ends at Davie Street.

5. Vancouver christmas market

The Vancouver Christmas Market, found at 1055 Canada Place, presents German sweets and treats, a visit with Santa, a carousel, and a lovers’ lane and love lock installation. The market opens on November 20, 11:30am.

This article was written by Rebecca Wong, a junior summer intern. More of Rebecca’s articles will be featured in the upcoming months.