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The Spirit of Christmas Tour - Vancouver

305 Water St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 1B9
Toll-free
Phone877-451-1777

Daily from December 11, 2014 to January 4, 2015

Experience the multi-cultural holiday cheer of Vancouver with a festive tour though the city's most impressive Christmas sights. Begin in charming Gastown with a hot chocolate treat. Visit the Steam Clock, backlit by Christmas lights.

Continue to Canada Place for the exciting FlyOver Canada experience. Gaze upon the beautiful Christmas tree display in Jack Pool Plaza, at the 2010 Olympic Cauldron. Childhood wonder comes alive at the Bright Nights Christmas Train Plaza in Stanley Park with over 3 million twinkling lights.

Continue along English Bay for a quick tour through Vancouver's holiday decoration hotspots. Top off this winter night with the Van Dusen Gardens Botanical's Festival of Lights. This sparkling tour of Vancouver's finest light displays is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

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Karaoke Christmas Lights Trolley - Vancouver

999 Canada Place Way
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6C 3E1
Toll-free888-451-5581
Phone604-801-5515

Daily from December 10, 2014 to December 30, 2014

Enjoy festively-decorated Trolleys equipped with karaoke machines, for guests' holiday singing enjoyment. Trolleys depart at 6:30 pm from the Canada Place. Upon pickup, guests will sing their way past the city lights of downtown before arriving at Bright Nights at Stanley Park. After being given some time to walk through the light display and take in Stanley Park's holiday magic, the tour will continue through local light displays such as Canuck Place and St. Paul's Hospital on the way to the second stop of the evening, at Van Dusen Botanical Garden's Festival of Lights. A donation to the Burn Fund is included in each ticket. Reservations required.

Note: Closed Christmas Day (Dec.25).

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Van Dusen Gardens Festival of Lights - Vancouver

5251 Oak St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6M 4H1
Toll-free
Phone604-257-8335

Daily from December 10, 2014 to January 4, 2015

VanDusen Botanical Garden is transformed into a holiday wonderland every Christmas during this festival that delights young & old alike with seasonal displays & more than one million twinkling lights wrapped around trees & trellises. Guests can take photos with Santa, watch the Shadow Puppet Theatre & be entertained by the Scandinavian Gnomes, community & featured choirs & The Grinch. Closed December 25.

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Father Christmas at the Royal BC Museum - Victoria

Royal BC Museum
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 9W2
Toll-free
Phone250-356-7226

Weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Sunday from Sunday December 7, 2014 to Tuesday December 23, 2014

Can you imagine a more magical place to visit with Father Christmas than the decorated streets of Old Town? Share holiday wishes and have a photo taken to preserve the historic moment. Free with admission or membership, extra fee for photos.

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Carol Ships Parade Of Lights Festival at Harbour Cruises - Vancouver

Vancouver Harbour
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 3Z6
Toll-free800-663-1500
Phone604-688-7246

Daily from December 5, 2014 to December 23, 2014

This annual Christmas tradition began more than 50 years ago in Coal Harbour with one boat decorated with Christmas lights. Today, more than 50 boats festooned with 100,000-plus twinkling lights can be seen gliding through Vancouver's waterways on peak evenings. The spectacle viewed from shore is free, but the best experience is aboard the carol ships themselves, which carry more than 30,000 guests every season. Tickets for different ships range in price & offerings.

Check our website to see the list of participating ships; be sure to check the sailing schedule online as it changes nightly.

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Christmas at FlyOver Canada - Vancouver

Flyover Canada
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6C 3E1
Toll-free
Phone604-620-8455

Daily from December 5, 2014 to January 4, 2015

Join Santa on a magical flight to the North Pole! Enjoy a Christmas themed pre-show, pre-boarding experience, the ride FlyOver Canada, and the new magical flight with Santa to the North Pole!

Christmas decorations, lights, music, food and much, much more will make up our festive Christmas tradition at FlyOver Canada.

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Celebrate the Holidays at Capilano Mall with Santa and Mrs. Claus - North Vancouver

Capilano Mall 935 Marine Drive
North Vancouver, British Columbia
V7P 1S3
Toll-free
Phone604-980-8561

Daily from December 1, 2014 to December 23, 2014

Santa will be taking photos with Capilano Mall visitors everyday until December 23rd. From Monday to Saturday he will be available from 11:00 am-1:30 pm, 2:30 pm-5:00 pm and 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. On Sundays he will be taking photos from 11:00 am-1:30 pm and 2:30 pm-5:00 pm.

Santa will also be taking photos with your furry family members during Pet Photo Nights on Monday, December 1st and Monday, December 8th from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm.

Mrs. Claus will also be taking part in the holiday fun at Capilano Mall, come and decorate cookies with her on Saturday, December 6th and Saturday, December 13th from 12:00 pm-3:00 pm.

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The Magic of Christmas at the Butchart Gardens - Victoria

The Butchart Gardens
Victoria, British Columbia
V8X 3X4
Toll-free
Phone250-652-4422

Daily from December 1, 2014 to January 6, 2015

All throughout December the Magic of Christmas features fabulous illuminations, holiday wreaths, carolers, brass bands, ice skating and festive dining, making for an exciting and memorable experience. Enjoy the outdoor ice rink lit up with soft twinkling while listening to live, seasonal music. Warm up by the toasty fireplace after a skating session with a hot drink in hand. Kids are invited to get creative and bring a decorated paper snowflake from home to deck out the Coffee Shop; they will receive a cup of hot chocolate as a thank you! Don't miss the annual Twelve Days of Christmas outdoor display throughout The Gardens.

Don't miss this famous event!

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Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park - North Vancouver

3735 Capilano Rd
North Vancouver, British Columbia
V7R 4J1
Toll-free
Phone604-985-7474

Daily from November 29, 2014 to January 3, 2015

Canyon Lights, has a tall order this year - laying claim to the home of the world's tallest living Christmas tree! Standing 46.4 m (152 ft) tall, this Douglas-fir will be adorned in thousands of sparkling lights.

Though other communities claim to have the tallest living Christmas tree, Capilano's 250 year old Douglas-fir rises above the competition.

Park guests will be dazzled by the thousands of lights glittering throughout the rainforest, across the Suspension Bridge & on CLIFFWALK. A children's scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating, sing-a-long carols with the holiday band are all back by public demand and new this year create your own Christmas card and enjoy holiday treats in the Winter Pavilion.

Free shuttle service available from Canada Place.

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Christmas at Lonsdale Quay Market - North Vancouver

123 Carrie Cates Court
North Vancouver, British Columbia
V7M 3K7
Toll-free
Phone604-985-6261

Daily from November 28, 2014 to December 24, 2014

Lonsdale Quay Market is gearing up for a busy and spirited Christmas, filled with exciting activities, live festive music, kids crafts, and of course, visits from the big man with the beard-Santa Claus.

This year at the Market, you can enjoy live performances, pick-up your perfect Christmas Tree at Aunt Leah's Tree Lot, and finish all your shopping in one trip while enjoying extended holiday shopping hours.

Make the most of it and celebrate with us this holiday season!

Visit our website for more detailed information.

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