Vancouver's best family friendly Christmas events for 2016

It's always a great idea to plan a fun family outing at Christmas time. Luckily for all of us here in Vancouver there are so many fabulous things to do and experience over the 2016 holiday season. Here's our list to get the family Fa-la-la-la-ing the whole season through!

Vancouver Christmas Market

1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3

One of Vancouver's most popular holiday events (and one of our personal favourites), the Vancouver Christmas Market brings authentic German traditions to the city. Visit the outdoor market from November 26 to December 31 to get into the holiday spirit and enjoy a wide range of festive fun for the entire family! Experience traditional food and beverages (glühwein is a must for the adults!) and do a little gift shopping as you enjoy live music under the stars. Kids will enjoy riding the beautiful carousel and decorating their own gingerbread cookie at the Kids Centre.

Stanley Park

610 Pipeline Rd, Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4

Enjoy a cozy train ride together and witness the beauty that is three million sparkling Christmas lights illuminating the entirety of Stanley Park. The Bright Nights Christmas Train is a local favourite in Vancouver, especially for those with children. The lights and displays are completely breathtaking. After you've toured through the park aboard the Christmas train and seen all of the glorious sights, end your night in the plaza listening to Christmas carols while sipping a cup of hot cocoa and delighting in tasty treats.

VanDusen Botanical Garden

5251 Oak St, Vancouver, BC V6M 4H1

Over one million sparkling lights will light up VanDusen Botanical Garden during the month of December. The Festival of Lights transforms the garden into a dazzling winter wonderland. Take a stroll through the gardens and admire the light displays while you enjoy decadent holiday treats, watch the fun Dancing Lights show on Livingstone Lake (shows start every 30 minutes) and have your photo taken with Santa.

Goh Ballet Academy

2345 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3C9

The Nutcracker has been a much-loved holiday tradition for years. From December 15 to 20, the Goh Ballet Academy will transform the stage at The Centre in Vancouver into a winter wonderland, taking audiences on a magical holiday journey. This ballet is sure to enchant audiences of all ages with its vibrant costumes, whimsical musical score and Christmas-themed setting. Tickets start at $28.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4J1

Visit the world's tallest living Christmas tree (153 feet!) at one of Vancouver's most popular tourist destinations, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Celebrate the return of Canyon Lights – the annual holiday spectacle is now in its 11th season this year. The suspension bridge, along with the parks' surrounding areas, will be transformed with hundreds and thousands of lights. Kids will enjoy going on a snowy owl prowl, decorating gingerbread cookies and making their own Christmas cards at the Winter Pavilion.

Grouse Mountain-The Peak Of Vancouver

6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4K9

Breakfast with Santa, part of Grouse Mountain's Peak of Christmas celebration, is a much-anticipated yearly tradition. Families can join Santa Clause atop the beautiful Grouse Mountain for a scrumptious buffet breakfast. Take photos with Santa, enjoy fun face painting, watch Christmas movies, head out on a magic snowshoe tour and skate on the frozen mountaintop ice rink.

Timberline Ranch

101-22351 144 Ave, Maple Ridge, BC V4R 2P8

Have an old fashioned Christmas on a beautiful 73-acre horse ranch. If you’re looking for something a little mellower and less hustle and bustle, an adventure at Timberline's Country Christmas may be for you. This event is all about the kids and there are plenty of activities to get them in the holiday spirit: wagon rides, a fun barn maze, petting zoo and opportunities to create their own Christmas ornaments and decorate festive Christmas cookies.

Mother's Day is a time to show your mom just how much you appreciate her, and to let her know how special and wonderful she is. A box of chocolates and flowers are always appreciated, but a surprise activity or an out-of-the-ordinary outing will always be remembered and treasured. We've come up with some ideas that are guaranteed to make Mom very happy this Mother's Day.
There’s so much to do and so little time during the holidays. With all the hustle and bustle, the festive season seems to fly by so quickly. That's why it's extra important to remember to make time for that special someone – even if that means setting aside just one evening to spend together. Check out these holiday date ideas in Vancouver and create memories you’ll cherish forever.[Photo courtesy of Grouse  Mountain]
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