Christmas is coming! It’s time to get festive mountainside on the North Shore. Get your Christmas calendar filled up with our list of over 25 Christmas events this season!
November 23- January 28
Re-capture the feeling of wonder and excitement of the holiday season and be amazed by the hundreds of thousands of lights throughout the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon are transformed into a world of festive lights and visual enchantment and are home to the tallest Christmas tree in the world!
November 24 – December 24
Winter Gift Gallery
Stop by the Winter Gift Gallery at Seymour Art Gallery in Deep Cove. Buy from local artists and help support the arts in your community. From scarves to paintings, jewellery to pottery, they have your holiday gifts here – along with the perfect card to place on top!
November 24 – December 22
Aunt Leah’s Tree Lot
The elves at Lonsdale Quay Market are excited to be welcoming Aunt Leah’s Tree Lot back to the East Plaza of the Market this holiday season. Get a beautiful Christmas tree while supporting a fantastic cause!
Hours: Friday to Sunday: 10 AM – 8 PM
Monday to Thursday: 1 PM – 8 PM
November 24 – January 7
Peak of Christmas
Wrap yourself in the magic of a white Christmas on Grouse Mountain. Enjoy the natural beauty of Blue Grouse Lake, stroll through the breath-taking Light Walk, and skate on the mountaintop ice skating pond. The Theatre in the Sky is there so you can enjoy Christmas movies on the big screen. Or you can visit Elf Headquarters and join in on Christmas crafts. AND that’s not even it! There’s Santa’s Workshop and reindeer, sleigh rides, the Gingerbread Village, Reindeer Ranger talks, story time, and holiday dining events throughout the season!
December 1 – 31
Holiday Hi-Light Festival
Park & Tilford is set to light up the season with the 28th annual Holiday Hi-Light Festival at Park & Tilford Gardens. This annual event features a majestic festival of lights with over 150,000 on display over 3 acres.
Brickfast with Santa
The West Vancouver Community Centres Society invites everyone to a free pancake breakfast from 9am-12pm! With crafts for the kids and an appearance by Santa for photos, it’s a great event for the whole family to enjoy!
Dundarave Christmas Fair
Enjoy a festive afternoon of free concerts starting from 12pm in the Festival’s Longhouse and the Dundarave Nativity Pavilion. The magic happens at dusk with the official lighting of the Festival’s Christmas tree forest. Psst… there are rumours of a visitor from Whoville, rare sightings of the Grinch Who Saved Christmas.
Santa Claus is coming to town…and stopping into the Market for Breakfast! Join him from 9:30am – 11:30am to visit with St. Nick and enjoy fun Kid’s Crafts as well!
Shipyards Artisan Winter Market
The Shipyards Winter Artisan Market at the Pipe Shop will include 70 local artisans selling clothing, jewellery, home decor, candies, baked goods, preserves and other unique items. Entry and photos with Santa are free!
Shipyards Christmas Festival
The Shipyards Christmas Festival in North Vancouver includes free family-friendly craft activities, Christmas sing-a-long, photos with Santa, artisan market in the Pipe Shop, and free coffee and hot chocolate.
The annual Holiday Artisan Festival featuring over 30 vendors, a selection of youth vendors, live entertainment and a charitable fundraiser. Shop for unique holiday gifts for everyone on your list!
December 2 – 3
Sky Wheel on the Pier
For the first time ever a 6-storey high ferris wheel will be at the Shipyards in Lower Lonsdale thanks to the Lower Lonsdale BIA. Get some of the best views of downtown Vancouver from this dazzling Sky Wheel! Rides are by donation.
December 2 – 3
The Holiday Bazaar at Carson Graham High School features over 125 vendors each day, and food trucks on site. Kids face painting and balloon artistry, live music performances, concession and more! Admission $3. First 100 people each day get in free.
December 2 – January 5
Dundarave Festival of Lights
The annual Dundarave Festival of Lights is a series of fun community-focused Christmas events. This year you can enjoy: Dundarave Christmas Fair, Dundarave Nativity and Paddle Songs, World Christmas, Christmas Wassail & Bonfire, AND a free Lantern Making Festival! The Dundarave Festival of Lights is free to attend.
December 2 – 24
Breakfast with Santa at Grouse Mountain
Now a time-honoured tradition as part of Grouse Mountain’s Peak of Christmas celebration, Breakfast with Santa will be featured in Lupins Café, Altitudes Bistro and the Timber Room. Families can enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, visit with Santa Claus, partake in face painting and enjoy a magic show!
O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy
When catastrophe strikes at James and Jamesy’s Christmas tea party, flooding the world with tea, the friends leap into action, finding innovative and hilarious solutions to keep them afloat. Discover this immersive theatre show at the Kay Meek Centre.
Kid’s Cookie Decorating Workshop
From 1PM to 2PM enjoy this Kid’s Cookie Decorating Workshop with El Dorado Pie and Treats on the Retail level of Lonsdale Quay Market between Perform Art Studios and The Cheshire Cheese. Online registration is required.
Dundarave Nativity and Paddle Songs
The Dundarave Festival brings you Christmas as you’ve never seen it before, fabulously festive and absolutely free in the Festival Longhouse and Nativity Pavilion. Surrounded by a forest of Christmas trees, the only one like it in coastal British Columbia, you and everyone you love can connect with the bright spirit of the season. From the ground-breaking music of local songwriters to the ancient songs the ancestors of the Squamish Elders sang on these shores for thousands of generations.
Carol Ships Shoreside Celebration
Enjoy a warm and festive evening in Deep Cove’s Panorama Park filled with musical entertainment, roving performers, free craft workshops, a blazing bonfire and beautiful lights. Santa himself may even stop by! In support of the Harvest Project and Family Services please bring donations of food or unwrapped gifts.
Fall for Local
Fall for Local is a one-of-kind shop small event that prides itself on curating high quality modern pop-up ft. independent brands. Not only can you shop from 80 brands, but stop our free mini wreath DIY station, wrap your gifts at our free gift-wrapping station, and warm up with fresh free coffee. Admission is $3 online or $5 at the door.
Looking for that perfect option for your business community or neighbourhood holiday party this Year? Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier will take care of planning a memorable holiday party for you and your team, or a relaxing get-together with your neighbours to celebrate the festive season. Tickets are $49 pp and include a three-course family-style meal.
The World Christmas, unique to the Dundarave Festival of Lights, celebrates the richness of Canada’s cultural diversity with a free concert. From the Francophone roots of our country, to the heat of Mariachi and foot stomping Celtic chords, the World Christmas brings you the season as you may have never seen it before.
Holiday Food & Wine Pairing Workshop
Enjoy this holiday Food & Wine Pairing Workshop at 3.30PM with Artisan Wine, Sharky’s Chophouse and Bowen Island Pizza co in the Nest Community Space at Lonsdale Quay Market. Online registration is required.
Santa’s Workshop at Lonsdale Quay Market
Santa will be visiting the Market from 12PM-4PM! Join in on festive Kid’s crafts will be held by the Children’s Ballroom.
Christmas Wassail and Bonfire
Join the District of West Vancouver around their bonfire on Dundarave Beach. Watch the dark roll in with family and friends while sitting warm by the fire.
Lantern Making Festival
Celebrate the holidays by making winter solstice lanterns, decorating gingerbread cookies, listening to live, festive music while you sip a delicious hot beverage and make your lantern! At 4.30pm you take your lantern and join the walk to the Dundarave Festival of Lights. Proudly sponsored by the West Vancouver Community Centres Society.