December on Vancouver’s North Shore is full of magic and fun! Let your heart sing as you take in the splendor of Christmas celebrations and get it pumping with some awesome outdoor activities.

GET ACTIVE!

Go Skiing & Snowboarding
Thanks to an early snowfall, and the supreme efforts of snowmaking crews, the local ski resorts are open for business!  Both Cypress Mountain (9am – 4pm) and Grouse Mountain (9am – 10pm) are open daily with many runs completely covered and groomed, while Mount Seymour currently has their terrain park and learning area open on weekends.Despite the chilly temperatures in the city, the hills are reporting balmy inversions and all three mountains anticipate being fully open by mid-December. For a quick and easy daily update on snow conditions, cast your eyes north to the mountains, or for a more reliable update, check with each of the local mountain websites for the latest conditions and schedules of what runs and parks are open.

cypress mountain via facebook

Cypress Mountain photo sourced via Facebook

Go Snowshoeing
With the forecast calling for fresh snowfall on the North Shore Mountains, it’s time to strap on the snowshoes and start exploring! Great for all ages, snowshoeing is one of the easiest ways to enjoy a winter wonderland. Just about everyone can do it … in fact, if you can walk, you can snowshoe. It’s great exercise and snowshoes are affordable to rent if you don’t have your own.  Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour all have extensive snowshoe trails. Enjoy a trek around stunning lakes, through towering trees and with spectacular views.

Winter Kayak Tours
Explore Deep Cove in the crystal clear, calm waters of winter on one of Deep Cove Kayaks Winter Tours! On select weekends from November through to March, weather depending, small groups of paddlers will head out, with a guide, to see the snowy mountains of Indian Arm. Paddlers will learn about local history and the rich marine environment, and hopefully you will spot harbour seals, eagles, sea stars and other wildlife. Visit Deep Cove Kayak’s website for more information.

CELEBRATE THE SEASON

Last month’s blog post talked about all the amazing holiday events taking place on the North Shore, but believe it or not, there’s more … and they’re awesome!

Shipyards Christmas

Photo courtesy of City of North Vancouver

City of North Vancouver Christmas Festival
Head to Shipbuilder’s Square on Saturday, December 5 for the City of North Vancouver’s Christmas Festival. Visit with Santa (6:45 – 8pm), decorate gingerbread cookies, and make ornaments and lanterns while enjoying free hot chocolate and coffee. At 6pm don’t miss the illumination of the massive Christmas tree under the yellow crane, and be sure to watch the carol ships as they sail past the pier between 7:30 and 8pm. Festivities get underway at 5pm.

Canyon Lights
Now in it’s 10th year, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park’s Canyon Lights has become one of North Shore’s most treasured Christmas traditions. Each year, the event gets bigger and brighter and this year is no exception. Visitors will enjoy all of the amazing illuminations that the park has become known for and new for 2015 is a voice activated interactive light display in the rainforest, and the Capilano River and the canyon walls will be illuminated with huge lights.

Peak of Christmas Light Tunnel

Photo courtesy of Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain’s Peak of Christmas
The Peak of Christmas is in full swing atop Grouse Mountain and in addition to the much-loved activities like visiting with Santa and the reindeer, skating on the 8,000 square-foot outdoor skating rink, listening to local Christmas choirs visitors are loving the new magical Light Walk around Blue Grouse Lake. As you wander through the forest, discover the light tunnels, lanterns and stunning light installations set against the mountain backdrop. The Peak of Christmas activities are all complimentary with your Grouse Mountain Alpine Experience ticket.

Mrs. Claus’s Kitchen – Musical
GTI Theatrical Productions Society is thrilled to announce return of Mrs. Claus’s Kitchen to Presentation House Theatre in North Vancouver from December 2nd – 20th!
“Set on the cusp of the 1960s, when modern Christmas really came of age, the show takes the audience on a tuneful ride – with a lively variety of original songs – filled with charm and laughter, and provides a fresh look at the hustle, bustle and real worth of a family holiday.  A delight for all ages, Mrs. Claus’s Kitchen gives the audience a chance to “taste the magic” by getting “hands-on” in the kitchen of the world’s most famous workshop!” Suitable for families with children aged 5 and up.

For more amazing holiday activities on Vancouver’s North Shore, please check out November’s blog post and be sure to visit our website for more ideas about things to do on Vancouvers’ North Shore in the winter.

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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

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