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What to do in Vancouver on Christmas Day

Merry Christmas, and happy holidays everyone! Celebrate with friends, family, and these seven events happening in Vancouver on December 25 as recommended by Daily Hives, Daniel Chai. Holidays at Vancouver Aquarium, Christmas at Canada Place, and more.

Marine debris tree/Vancouver Aquarium

What: Scuba Claus will be visiting the Vancouver Aquarium daily until December 24 to don his flippers and dive with the colourful cold-water creatures in the Strait of Georgia habitat.

Returning holiday favourites at the Aquarium also include the electric-eel-powered Christmas tree (with feedings daily at 11:30 am), the tot-friendly kelp maze, and the picture-perfect jelly snow globe. Check out the “mistle-toad” near the Frogs Forever Gallery, and after wandering the galleries with cocoa in hand, it’s time for a journey to the North Pole in the Vancouver Aquarium’s 4-D theatre, where The Polar Express 4D Experience plays daily. 

Visitors can also pose for a photo with Scuba Claus between 10 am and 3:30 pm until December 24 (cost: $23).

When: Now until January 5, 2020 Time: 10 am to 5 pm Where: Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver Admission: Adults: $38| Senior/Student: $30 | Child (4-12): $21 | Child (0-4): $0  – Tickets available online

What: Visitors can take a spin on Grouse Mountain’s 8,000-sq-ft outdoor ice skating pond or zip down the multi-lane snow sliding zone. You can also take a sleigh ride through the mountain’s Winter Wonderland, meet magic reindeer, watch family Christmas movies, and write a letter to Santa. At Santa’s Workshop, believers young and old can share their special Christmas wishes and take a photo. Photos are pay by donation to BC Children’s Hospital.

Access to the Peak of Christmas is included with your Annual Local’s Pass, Y2Play or Winter Season Pass, as well as regular Alpine Experience tickets.

When: Now until January 5, 2020. Open on Christmas Day Time: 9 am to 10 pm (Closed at 5 pm on Christmas Day) Where: Grouse Mountain – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver Admission: Peak of Christmas activities are complimentary with Mountain Admission Ticket, Annual Membership, Winter Season Pass, or Lift Ticket. Tickets online. Discounted rates are also available for BC residents

What: City Centre Community Centre hosts a Christmas Day screening of Enchanted. Light refreshments will also be available to enjoy.

When: December 25, 2019 Time: 1 pm Where: City Centre Community Centre — 5900 Minoru Boulevard, Richmond Admission: Free

What: Steveston’s Town Square Park (located beside the Steveston Museum) features an interactive light display every evening for the rest of the year. Sponsored by Tourism Richmond.

When: Now until Monday, December 31, 2019 Time: 3 to 9 pm Where: Steveston Town Square Park – 3791 Moncton Street, Richmond Admission: Free

What: Free Christmas attractions presented by the Port of Vancouver will be taking over the Canadian Trail, along the west promenade of Canada Place from December 6, 2019, to January 1, 2020, from 8 am to 11 pm daily. This year’s festivities include a historic peek into the past with Woodward’s Windows displays, the festive Avenue of Trees, and the iconic white sails of Canada Place being illuminated with bright colours and designs throughout the holidays. And make sure to stop by Canada’s North light display including “Chrismoose,” a massive 15-foot tall moose light sculpture. Snap a photo to commemorate a fun time at Christmas at Canada Place.

When: Now until January 1, 2020  Time:  8 am to 11 pm Daily Where: The Canadian Trail, West Promenade – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver Admission: Free

What: Lights at Lafarge Lake is one of the largest free light displays in Metro Vancouver and features more than 100,000 twinkling lights. The outdoor display wraps its way entirely around the lake, leading visitors on a 1.2-km loop through 10 themed zones. The display is located just steps from SkyTrain’s Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station, and the lights will remain on from dusk each night until 11 pm.

When: Now until January 19, 2019 Time: Dusk to 11 pm daily (until midnight on New Year’s Eve) Where: Town Centre Park – 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam Admission: Free

What: Vallea Lumina is a 45-minute adventure that follows two hikers seeking “a mystical valley where stardust falls from the sky.” The interactive experience gives hikers the chance to play, touch, and engage with Vallea Lumina’s ever-changing environment, and is presented by Montreal-based entertainment studio, Moment Factory and Whistler’s “The Adventure Group.”

There will also be a free shuttle going to and from Cougar Mountain, as well as non-alcoholic refreshments and snacks available for purchase on-site.

When: Now until April 2020 Time: Shows begin at sundown Where: Cougar Mountain, free shuttles from Whistler Village Tickets: Online, $29.99 per adult; $24.99 per child

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