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Santa Fly-In - Nanaimo

Harbour Air Seaplane Terminal
Nanaimo, British Columbia
V9R 5B8
Websitehttp://www.dnbia.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-754-8141

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Santa Claus has made his list, checked it twice and has decided that the children of Nanaimo have been oh, so nice! Now, Santa has decided to make a special visit, all the way from the North Pole to Nanaimo. On Saturday, November 30th at the harbourfront in downtown, children from all over will come to welcome Santa and his entourage of singing dancing Elves, who will be arriving in Nanaimo aboard a Harbour Air sea plane. Santa's arrival in Nanaimo is to officially open his namesake workshop in downtown Nanaimo and to star in the Lion's Club Santa Parade at 5pm. The DNBIA invites children and families to kick off the holiday this season and celebrate Santa's official arrival in Downtown Nanaimo!

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Whistler Bizarre Bazaar - Whistler

Whistler Conference Centre
Whistler, British Columbia
V0N 1B4
Websitehttp://www.artswhistler.com/event-calendar/
Toll-free
Phone604-935-8410

Daily from November 29, 2014 to November 30, 2014

Whistler's Original Artisan Market has built a reputation of presenting unique, quality, handmade art & crafts for Whistler residents & visitors looking for one-of-a-kind treasures. Featuring hundreds of artisans at a time, vendors travel from from all over BC to sell their handmade goods & original artwork. The 24th annual holiday craft fair will feature paper goods, food, housewares, ceramics, bath products, jewelry, craft kits, accessories, clothing, knits, artwork, Christmas decorations & so much more! Bizarre Bazaar is juried from hundreds of applications to purposefully feature an array of original & handmade goods in a wide variety of media. Entrance by donation.

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Whistler Film Festival - Whistler

Whistler
Whistler, British Columbia
V0N 1B4
Websitehttp://www.whistler.com/wff/
Toll-free
Phone800-944-7853

Daily from December 3, 2014 to December 7, 2014

The Whistler Film Festival features innovative and original films from around the world and opportunities to connect with the people who made them.

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19th Annual Winterfest - Prince Rupert

Downtown Prince Rupert
Prince Rupert, British Columbia
V8J 1A2
Websitehttp://www.prspecialevents.com/Page9.html
Toll-free
Phone250-624-9118

Daily from December 5, 2014 to December 6, 2014

This annual event kicks off with the Lighting of the Christmas Trees at the Court House on Friday evening.

Local choirs & musicians sing carols while everyone munches on cookies & candy canes, washed down with hot chocolate, all supplied free by local sponsors.

Saturday's a special day for the children, starting with a traditional pancake breakfast with Santa & followed by the downtown Santa Parade.

Saturday evening's Sailpast sees festively decorated commercial & pleasure boats parading their vessels up & down the harbour playing Christmas music.

Hot chocolate, apple cider & cookies are free in keeping with the spirit of the season.

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Carol Ships Parade Of Lights Festival at Harbour Cruises - Vancouver

Vancouver Harbour
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 3Z6
Websitehttp://www.boatcruises.com
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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17th Annual Penticton Santa Claus Parade & Christmas Light Up - Penticton

Noth On Main St At White Ave
Penticton, British Columbia
V9A 2K9
Websitehttp://www.downtownpenticton.org
Toll-free
Phone

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Parade starts at 4:30pm North on Main Street at White Avenue to Front Street

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Barkerville's Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas - Barkerville

Various Locations
Barkerville, British Columbia
V0K 1B0
Websitehttp://www.barkerville.ca/special_events.htm
Toll-free
Phone888-994-3332

Daily from December 6, 2014 to December 8, 2014

Don't miss Barkerville's Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas, featuring decorated displays, delicious home baking in the Wendle House, carol singing at St Saviour's Church and a variety of other festive activities.

Stay overnight in one of our popular B&Bs and discover what it was like to spend the holidays in Barkerville during times gone by.

Come savour this exciting yuletide treat!

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Wildlights Festival at the BC Wildlife Park - Kamloops

9077 Dallas Dr
Kamloops, British Columbia
V2C 6V1
Websitehttp://www.bczoo.org
Toll-free
Phone250-573-3242

Daily from December 12, 2014 to January 4, 2015

17th Annual Wildlights Celebration. The tradition continues!

Come out for this classic family event. Your whole family will enjoy an eye-popping showcase of 380 shimmering, rope-light sculptures and over 600,000 twinkling lights, alongside wagon rides, a Wildlife Miniature Train, a Giant Maze and a spectacular nightly Laser Light Show.

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Heritage Holiday at the Fort - Fort Langley

23433 Mavis Ave
Fort Langley, British Columbia
V1M 2R5
Websitehttp://www.pc.gc.ca/fortlangley
Toll-free
Phone604-513-4777

Daily from December 19, 2014 to January 3, 2015

Make memories with family or out-of-town guests in the traditional holiday atmosphere of the Fort! At 11 am, start with a guided introduction of the site where British Columbia was born, then at 1 pm warm up with some heritage hot chocolate at the Heritage Hot Chocolate Program and decorate a cookie. At 3 pm roast chestnuts on an open fire while swapping stories with our costumed guides.

Note: closed Dec. 25, 26, and Jan 1.

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New Year's Eve Celebrations - Whistler

Whistler Village
Whistler, British Columbia
V0N 1B4
Websitehttp://www.whistler.com/christmas
Toll-free
Phone800-944-7853

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Say goodbye to the old and welcome the new at this alcohol-free evening of family entertainment and celebration in Whistler Village. Wristbands are required for entry, and will grant you access to a range of venues offering indoor and outdoor entertainment for the young and old.

Keep it cozy and head to one of several indoor parties for a Youth Dance or New Year's Eve Kids' Countdown or go out and enjoy the snow and twinkling lights with ice skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Top it all off with a special Fire & Ice Show and a dazzling midnight fireworks display. No need to drive - take advantage of the free extended Whistler Transit Service on New Year's Eve from 6:00 pm until 4:00 am.

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