As Remembrance Day draws near, Canadians prepare to pay tribute to all those who have served our country. There will be services commemorating Remembrance Day in North Vancouver and West Vancouver on Wednesday, November 11.

  1. Victoria Park Cenotaph in North Vancouver
    Remembrance Day parade and service at the Victoria Park Cenotaph in North Vancouver at 10:30am.
  2. Cates Park Service 11am
    Remembrance Day water Service offshore Cates Park in North Vancouver at 11am.
  3. West Vancouver Service 10:30am
    Remembrance Day parade and service on Marine Drive at 20th in West Vancouver from 10:30am-12pm.

Remembrance Day Panorama Park

November on the North Shore is also when holiday celebrations kick off! The holidays are often a time when multiple generations come together to celebrate so we thought it would be fun to put together a list of festive activities and events on Vancouver’s North Shore that are perfect for the entire family.

1. Peak of Christmas – November 27 – January 4
For a truly magical holiday experience look no further than The Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain. This mountaintop celebration appeals to both locals and visitors and has something for every one to enjoy. Bring the entire family to Santa’s Workshop and learn more about the reindeer from our reindeer rangers, or take a sleigh-ride through a mystical alpine forest. And be sure to bring skates for a spin around the 8,000 square foot ice-skating pond. Throughout the month there will be different local choirs performing and favourite Christmas movies will be playing in the Theatre in the Sky.


Photo courtesy of Grouse Mountain

2. Canyon Lights – November 27 – January 3
The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Canyon Lights, the annual winter celebration of light at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Take the entire family for a walk through the park for a merry and bright holiday. The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and the canyon walls will be transformed with hundreds of thousands of glittering lights. See the world’s tallest Christmas Tree, search for Snowy Owls, decorate gingerbread cookies and join a sing-along.


Photo courtesy of Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

3. Park & Tilford Hi-Light Festival – November 27 – December 31
On November 27 join the crowd and countdown as the lights for the Park & Tilford Hi-Light Festival are switched on! The 3-acre garden comes to life with the glow of over 150,000 sparkling lights and every night throughout December this charming garden oasis will be open for all to enjoy. Watch for roaming Christmas characters … last year we saw elves riding reindeers! Fridays are family night with face painting, hot chocolate & cookies, and regular appearances by Santa. Entry is by donation, with proceeds supporting the North Vancouver Firefighters Charitable Societies

4. North Vancouver Christmas Festival – December 5
Holiday festivities get underway December 5 with a Christmas Festival in Shipbuilder’s Square at the foot of Lonsdale. The Shipyards will be transformed into a winter wonderland with a light display, live music and food trucks. Grab a free coffee or hot chocolate and enjoy craft activities and gingerbread cookie decorating, followed by the official lighting of the City’s Christmas tree. And inside the Pipe Shop warm up at Christmas markets every weekend throughout December.

5. Light up the Village – Park Royal – November 13
Gather the whole family around the 30’ Christmas tree in the centre of the Village at Park Royal, and countdown to the illumination of more than 100,000 dazzling lights. Enjoy live entertainment and fun with Santa’s elves and there will be cookie decorating hosted by Whole Foods Market, hot cocoa by Village Taphouse, coffee at the Faubourg coffee cart, seasonal teas by David’s Tea, and fresh mini donuts. The countdown takes place at 6:45PM sharp!

Light up at Park Royal

Photo courtesy of Park Royal

6. Dundarave Festival of Lights – November 28 – January 2
A family favourite, the Dundarave Festival of Lights kicks off in true West Vancouver style with a Christmas tree decorating beach party on November 28. The official lighting of the Festival’s Forest of Miracles, happens at dusk. Every Saturday leading up to Christmas enjoy free afternoon concerts and special evening events like the magical Dundarave Nativity and Paddlesongs and the always popular Christmas Wassail and Bonfire Night.

Dundarave Trees

7. Christmas Tree Walk
Grab a hot chocolate and wander through a “forest” of decorated Christmas trees. Bright and festive each tree is uniquely decorated in the holiday spirit by proud North Shore businesses, associations and schools.

  • Lynn Valley Village – Join the mayor, on December 2, as he throws the switch on dozens of brightly decorated Christmas trees and enjoy a live musical performance
  • Shipbuilders Square – On December 5, celebrate the lighting of the City of North Vancouver’s Christmas tree and 20 beautifully decorated corporate trees.
  • Dundarave – On November 29 head to Dundarave for an afternoon of free concerts and the official lighting of the Forest of Miracles. 

8. Carol Ships
On December 5 be sure to head to Shipbuilders Square to catch the much-loved Carol Ship procession sail by. The holiday themed boats sail past from approximately 7:30 – 8:30pm, and there will be a shoreside celebration to keep everyone entertained while they wait! And on December 19 there will be a celebration at Panorama Park in anticipation of the Deep Cove sail past from approximately 8:15 – 8:45pm

9. Shopping
Get a jumpstart on your Christmas shopping and explore the many shopping districts of Vancouver’s North Shore. From the newly expanded and modernized, Park Royal Shopping Centre and the excitement of the Market at Lonsdale Quay, to the charming villages of Edgemont, Dundarave and Deep Cove, the North Shore is a shopping Mecca. Make a weekend of it and explore our unique mix of shops, boutiques and galleries.

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02nov(nov 2)10:00 am13jan(jan 13)5:00 pmLooking at Persepolis: The Camera in Iran, 1850 – 1930 Exhibition

11novAll Day01janHoliday Events at Park Royal

13novAll Day23decWinter Gift Gallery

16novAll Day16decGreat Gifts - Handmade Gifts and Art

17nov(nov 17)10:00 am10mar(mar 10)5:00 pmKevin Schmidt: Reckless

22nov(nov 22)4:00 pm27jan(jan 27)9:00 pmCanyon Lights

23novAll Day06janPeak of Christmas

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30nov(nov 30)5:00 pm31dec(dec 31)9:00 pmHi-Light Festival

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07dec5:00 pm07jan9:00 pmHi-Light Festival

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08dec5:00 pm08jan9:00 pmHi-Light Festival

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09dec5:00 pm09jan9:00 pmHi-Light Festival

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11dec5:00 pm11jan9:00 pmHi-Light Festival

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12dec5:00 pm12jan9:00 pmHi-Light Festival

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13dec5:00 pm13jan9:00 pmHi-Light Festival

14decAll Day27janPeak of Christmas

14dec5:00 pm14jan9:00 pmHi-Light Festival

15decAll Day16Christmas in Lower Lonsdale

15decAll DayDundarave Festival of Lights

15decAll Day28Breakfast with Santa - Grouse Mountain

15decAll Day28janPeak of Christmas

15dec1:00 pm2:30 pmHoliday Wreath Making Workshop

15dec3:30 pm4:30 pmHoliday Food and Wine Pairing Seminar

15dec5:00 pm15jan9:00 pmHi-Light Festival

15dec7:30 pm9:00 pmCarol Ships Shoreside Celebration

16decAll Day17Christmas in Lower Lonsdale

16decAll Day29janPeak of Christmas

16dec11:00 am1:00 pmKids Hot Chocolate & Fun Bun Decorating Workshop

16dec5:00 pm16jan9:00 pmHi-Light Festival

17decAll Day23Holiday Music at the Market

17decAll Day30janPeak of Christmas

17dec5:00 pm17jan9:00 pmHi-Light Festival

18decAll Day31janPeak of Christmas

18dec5:00 pm18jan9:00 pmHi-Light Festival

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19dec5:00 pm19jan9:00 pmHi-Light Festival

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20dec5:00 pm20jan9:00 pmHi-Light Festival

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21dec5:00 pm21jan9:00 pmHi-Light Festival

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22decAll Day23Christmas in Lower Lonsdale

22decAll DayDundarave Festival of Lights

22dec(dec 22)10:00 am23(dec 23)2:00 pmSpot Santa

22dec5:00 pm22jan9:00 pmHi-Light Festival

23decAll Day05febPeak of Christmas

23dec5:00 pm23jan9:00 pmHi-Light Festival

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24dec5:00 pm24jan9:00 pmHi-Light Festival

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26dec5:00 pm26jan9:00 pmHi-Light Festival

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27dec5:00 pm27jan9:00 pmHi-Light Festival

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28dec5:00 pm28jan9:00 pmHi-Light Festival

29decAll Day11febPeak of Christmas

29dec5:00 pm29jan9:00 pmHi-Light Festival

30decAll Day12febPeak of Christmas

30dec5:00 pm30jan9:00 pmHi-Light Festival

31decAll DayNew Year's Eve Gala

31dec5:00 pm31jan9:00 pmHi-Light Festival

31dec5:00 pm9:00 pmFamily New Year's Eve @ Grouse Mountain

31dec5:30 pm8:00 pmNYE Family First Night