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November 16 - 17, 2013
The Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival is a two day family oriented event that celebrates the return of the eagles to the valley. In December 2010 over 7,000 of the majestic birds were counted in the Harrison River estuary. The Festival works with individual sites to offer a wide variety of activities and adventures from Mission to Harrison Hot Springs. Highlights include, jetboat eagle tours, walking tours, an indoor "Exhibitors Fair", Live Raptors, Vancouver Zoo, expert speakers, land viewing sites, vendors, souvenirs, green businesses and organizations & a variety of delicious meal options. The festivities go rain or shine so dressing for the weather is recommended.

November 22 - 24, 2013
6th annual West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace. Discover hundreds of exhibitors, products, and new holiday gift ideas not found in malls.
Friday November 22, 11am-9pm
Saturday November 23, 10am-6pm
Sunday November 24, 10am-5pm
TRADEX Trade & Exhibition Centre, 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford, BC V2T 6H5
Information and tickets:
Tickets: $6 adults ($5 online), $5 seniors ($4 online), Free for children 16 & under

November 22 to December 24, 2013
4th Annual Vancouver Christmas Market- Vancouver
The Vancouver Christmas Market is back for its 4th year - November 22 to December 24, 2013 - on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza! This German Christmas Village market brings unique holiday shopping experiences, seasonal entertainment & traditional food right to downtown. The festively decorated outdoor Village features rows of illuminated wooden huts & thousands of sparkling Christmas lights. Sounds of bells, trumpeters & the delicious aromas of mulled wine & spicy gingerbread make the Village an unforgettable experience for the whole family. Vendors from Germany & Canada offer traditional handmade arts & crafts, Bavarian & German-style food & drinks. New! Pay your admission once & get free entry for the whole season!  Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza,


November 23, 2013

The Yaletown Business Improvement Association is proud to announce the 2nd annual free outdoor Christmas festival - Candytown. Last year, an estimated 15,000 people came out to Candytown to kick off the holidays. Downtown Vancouver's only free winter festival will transform the heritage district of Mainland Street into a winter wonderland. Lights and candy canes will adorn lamp poles and costumed characters will parade down the street. Holiday shoppers are invited to start their seasonal gift buying in Yaletown with local merchants as well as a specialty market carrying unique gifts and holiday treats. You'll also find Mainland Street filled with local artisans, street performers and live music. This outdoor Christmas festival is free, open to the public and sure to get people into the Christmas spirit. Visit Website

November 23 to January 3, 2014
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum- Burnaby
Enjoy the lights, boughs, red bows and all the other old-fashioned ornaments and decorations throughout the village and farmhouse. The season features traditional entertainment, demonstrations, hands-on activities and exhibits from the early 1900s. Highlights include: Father Christmas, Footlight Theatre, Baking in the Farmhouse, a Christmas scavenger hunt. Musicians, entertainers, demonstrators, storytellers, community choirs and heritage crafts are also scheduled throughout the season. Also, the heritage 1912 carousel delights all who ride (or just watch)!

November 24, 2013
Family Day at PdA! Lantern Making & All Things Small
Gather up the family and tour Place des Arts annual Positively Petite miniature exhibition, . . . still life in Vancouver . . . photography by Marina Crawford and Botticelli Remix.Voyage Allegorique, works in oil on wood by Danaca Ackerson. Then participate in a variety of all-ages, drop-in style workshops that celebrate all things small and create your very own lantern in preparation for our free annual multicultural celebration of light: A Lantern Affair on December 7. The Van Goh Café will be open serving light snacks and beverages. Don’t be intimidated by art, get engaged in it! Admission by donation. Reserve your spot online here or by calling 604.664.1636 before Tuesday, November 12. 1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam | 604.664.1636 |

November 24 - 25, 2013
Agassiz Circle Farm Christmas Tour- Agassiz
Various Locations.  Each farm plans a special experience to celebrate the season including a live nativity, entertainment, food samples, and great shopping opportunities. Check our website for updates. 604-796-2235,

November 30, 2013
Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair- Vancouver
Consistently rated as one of the best shows in the city. This well-attended craft fair focuses on a variety of hand crafted and original works. Innovative crafters welcomed! With over 140 local vendors, the juried craft fair is one of the best in the city featuring handmade crafts ranging from jewelry to woodwork. Admission is $3, children under 12 are free. 604-222-6060,













 December 1 - 24, 2011

Venture into a world of Elves, legends and fantasy and bring back the traditional magic of Christmas! Explore the many interactive, rustic scenes and buildings that make up NORTH POLE BC, nestled in the scenic foothills of North Maple Ridge. Your elf-guided plus free-to-roam adventure will include: Stories and fun with Mrs. Claus ~ A visit to the Toy Inventor ~ Decorate a Gingerbread Man in the Bakery ~ Plus many more NEW scenes & activities for this season! The highlight of your minimum 2 hour stay will be a private family visit with Santa in his cozy cottage. Open daily November 26th through till December 24th. For family or group bookings, corporate Christmas events plus loads of other information, visit our web site. Pre-booking is required for all visits! 1.604.898.9000

December 1 - 31, 2011

The Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain. Bring your family to Santa's Workshop and meet reindeer, or take a sleigh-ride through our mystical alpine forest.  You can also experience the tranquil beauty of skating on our 8,000 square foot mountaintop Ice Skating Pond, surrounded by snow-topped trees.

December 1 - 31, 2011

Bright Nights in Stanley Park. It will be hard to avoid feeling the Christmas spirit amidst the over 1 million twinkling lights that transform the forest, train & Children's Farmyard. Explore the woodland paths leading to enchanting, animated displays & holiday sounds. This event is a fundraiser for the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund. Closed Christmas Day.

December 1, 2011 to February 26, 2012

Public Ice Skating at Robson Square - Vancouver.  Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Robson Square was British Columbia's home for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. This winter, Robson Square Ice Rink will be open for free public skating from Noon to 9 pm every day. Rentals are available.

December 3 - 23, 2011

Carol Ships Parade Of Lights Festival at Harbour Cruises - Vancouver.  Join Vancouver's unique celebration of the Holiday: The Carol Ships Parade of Lights Festival at Harbour Cruises. Harbour Cruises offers the most extensive and festive selection of Carol Ship departures in Vancouver. We are proud to continue our tradition of providing live Christmas carollers to lead you in all the Yuletide favourites. Enjoy professionally prepared holiday menus.

December 5 - 17, 2011

2011 marks the 21st annual Christmas in Williams Park.  Enjoy our scenic drive-thru light display from December 5-15, 6;00-9:00pm.  On December 16 & 17, join us as we walk and celebrate the festive holiday season with entertainment, horse and carriage rides, face painting, pony rides, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus as well as food and hot drinks.  The nights are free, but donations are gratefully accepted.  Free shuttle service is available from the parking areas. Williams Park – located on the corner of 238th and 68th Ave in Langley; 604.533.6090 EXT. 5105

December 9, 2011 to January 2, 2012

VanDusen Botanical Garden presents The Festival of Lights. 5251 Oak Street,

December 19 - 31, 2011

Heritage Holiday at the Fort. Gather with family and friends at Fort Langley – all decked in lights and greenery for the holiday season. Make a Christmas craft, take a site tour and enjoy a warm drink by the fire. Fort Langley National Historic Site (23433 Mavis Avenue) is open daily from 10:00AM – 5:00PM (closed December 25–26 & January 1) Regular admission. Free to Annual Pass Holders

January 1, 2012

Polar Bear Swim 2012 (92nd Annual). The Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Club is one of the largest and oldest Polar Bear Clubs in the world. Its initial swim was in 1920 when a small number of hardy swimmers took the plunge into English Bay on New Year's Day. Led by their founder, Peter Pantages, the swim has grown from around 10 swimmers in that year to the new record of 2,246 official entries set in 2011. Today, the swim takes place at 2:30pm on the first day of each new year. Costumes and the Peter Pantages Memorial 100 yard swim race are the highlights of this event. To be a club member you must register before the swim -- it's free. Registration takes place in front of the English Bay Bathhouse from 12:30pm - 2:30pm each New Year's Day. You may also register by clipping out the coupon in The Province and presenting it at the registration desk the day of the swim. Prizes are drawn from all registrations. 




 February 17, 2012
Go out of this world during this Pro-D Day of the Arts! Kids from Kindergarten to grade 5 can mold and shape aliens from clay, explore space and meet alien life through drama games, play cosmic beats on Japanese Taiko drums, draw & paint a sleek flying machine, build a 3D environmental space station and more. To view the full time-table and class descriptions, visit or pick up a brochure at Place des Arts. Registration may be done by phone at 604.664.1636, online or in person at 1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam.