Get out and enjoy the holiday spirit!

It’s my favourite time of year for exploring the city at night. Light shows can be found everywhere you go and there are delicious goodies to sample in every direction.

I’d love a few snowflakes over the next week or two, but the skies look clear and nights cool in the long-range forecast. If you’re really excited for some snow like I am, Grouse Mountain is hosting a winter wonderland full of fun.

Grouse Mountain Peak of Christmas runs from now until January 7th. Join Santa and his reindeer (yep, real live reindeer) at the peak of the mountain for crafts, skating, sleigh rides, a sliding zone and strolls through the Gingerbread Village.

Tickets and more information: $44.95 adult, $15.95 child. Family pass special $89.95.

If you’re stumped for stocking stuffers then I suggest hitting the Christkindlmarkts, a German themed celebration of local artisans and food makers.

The Vancouver Christmas Market runs from now until December 24th at Jack Poole Plaza. Take a stroll through the European village filled with Christmas lights, Gluhwein (mulled wine), beers and yummy treats. Stop by the stage for holiday entertainment before grabbing those last-minute gifts from any of the 75 village shops.

Tickets and more information: $8 adults, $4 youth, free for 4 yrs and under.

Stanley Park offers free admission to the park, but why not hop on the train & check out the more than 3 million lights twinkling throughout the park.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park runs from now until January 6th. The lights are breathtaking and a sight to be seen, plus street performers entertain you along the way. Partial proceeds go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund in support of burn survivors and their families.

Tickets and more information: Free admission to park, train tickets $12 adult and $8 child. Matinee trains $6 all ages.
More lights can be found at the botanical gardens.

VanDusen Festival of Lights runs now until January 7th. Stroll the gardens at night to enjoy the beautiful trees and shrubs all lit up in whimsical fashion.

Tickets and more information: $18.50 adult, $11 child. Under 3 free.

If you live closer to Burnaby, don’t worry there’s lots to do there too!

Heritage Christmas at the Burnaby Heritage Museum runs now until January 5th. This one is especially fun for the history buffs. The village is wrapped in lights and performances run daily, including magic shows and carollers.

Tickets and more information: Free admission, carousel rides $2.60 each

I do hope you enjoy the holidays and find the Christmas spirit wherever you may be.

Merry Christmas!