holiday crafts, stories & activities

It’s time for some holiday stories, crafts, and other fun activities! There are so many festive things happening in Metro Vancouver this year. You can sing carols, make an ornament for your tree or build a gingerbread house. We’ve listed everything below by city first, then by date, so it’s easy to find exactly what you are looking for.

hollyWe’ll be updating this list as new events come up, so check back again soon and look for this bough of holly to denote new entries. And please let us know if you think we’ve missed anything!

Abbotsford | Burnaby | Chilliwack | Coquitlam | Delta | Langley | Maple Ridge | Mission | New Westminster | North Vancouver | Pitt Meadows | Port Coquitlam | Port Moody | Richmond | Surrey | Vancouver | West Vancouver | White Rock

holiday crafts 2017

Abbotsford

Decorate Christmas Cookies and Crafts with Mrs. Claus
Saturday, November 4th, 10 am – 4 pm, Glenda’s Christmas Cottage, 4557 Mt Lehman Road, Abbotsford
Bring your children to come decorate Christmas cookies and do crafts with Mrs. Claus. Come enjoy free popcorn and hot chocolate at our bonfire. Bring your camera as Santa will be here as well! (This event is free!) All proceeds go to Matthew’s House Children’s Hospice.

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas
Tuesday, December 12th, 6:30 pm – 8 pm, Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford
Join us for family-friendly festive cheer. Sing Christmas Carols with the Chilliwack Harmony Chorus. Enjoy a special storytime and fun activities.

Burnaby

Christmas Bird Count for Kids
Sunday, December 3rd, 9 am – 12 pm, Burnaby Lake Regional Park, 4519 Piper Avenue, Burnaby
Learn basic birding skills. Use binoculars and a field guide to identify and report findings during this winter bird count. Enjoy the Open House afterward. Ages 8 – 14.

Christmas Open House
Sunday, December 3rd, 11 am – 2 pm, Burnaby Lake Regional Park, 4519 Piper Avenue, Burnaby
Drop into the Nature House to enjoy crafts and complimentary refreshments, or join a guided nature walk.

Winter Storytime for Toddlers at Tommy Douglas
Tuesday, December 5th, 10 am – 10:45 am & 11:15 am – 12 pm, Tommy Douglas Library, 7311 Kingsway, Burnaby
Join us for a special winter-themed Storytime! Singing, bouncing, clapping, and reading – perfect for busy toddlers! The first 15 minutes is a time to settle in, look at books with your child, play, and meet other families. No registration is required but space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. Siblings welcome. Age 1 & 2 years.

Winter Storytime for 3 to 5 Year Olds at Tommy Douglas
Thursday, December 7th, 10:30 am – 11:15 am, Tommy Douglas Library, 7311 Kingsway, Burnaby
Join us for a special winter-themed Storytime! Stories, songs, and fingerplays – perfect for kids who love stories and might even sit still for them! The first 15 minutes is a time to settle in, look at books with your child, play, and meet other families. No registration is required but space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. Siblings welcome. Age 3 – 5 years.

Welcome Wonderful Winter
Saturday, December 9th, 11 am – 12 pm, Bob Prittie Metrotown Library, 6100 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
Join us for a special winter-themed storytime and craft. No registration is required. Come early – space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. All ages.

Christmas Carols Sing-Along at Tommy Douglas
Monday, December 18th, 7 pm – 8 pm, Tommy Douglas Library, 7311 Kingsway, Burnaby
Get a little holiday cheer and join us for a sing-along of favourite Christmas carols. Songs will be led by a librarian, and accompanied on keyboard. Printed lyrics will be available, as well as Christmas cookies donated by Vancity. The more people who can sing along, the merrier! Drop in, no registration. All ages, all voices, everyone is welcome!

Christmas Carols Sing-Along at McGill
Tuesday, December 19th, 7 pm – 8 pm, McGill Library, 4595 Albert St, Burnaby
Get a little holiday cheer and join us for a sing-along of favourite Christmas carols. Songs will be led by a librarian, and accompanied on keyboard. Printed lyrics will be available, as well as Christmas cookies donated by Vancity. Drop in, no registration. All ages, all voices, everyone is welcome!

Winter Family Storytime at Tommy Douglas
Thursday, December 21st, 10:30 am – 11:15 am, Tommy Douglas Library, 7311 Kingsway, Burnaby
All ages welcome! Join us for a special winter themed Storytime! Stories, songs, and fingerplays – perfect for kids who love stories and might even sit still for them! The first 15 minutes is a time to settle in, look at books with your child, play, and meet other families. No registration is required but space is limited. Caregivers must attend with children. Siblings welcome.

Winter Makerspace: Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
Wednesday, December 27th, 2 pm – 3:30 pm, Tommy Douglas Library, 7311 Kingsway, Burnaby
Brrr! It’s cold outside! Keep warm indoors and make your very own paper snowman figure and cards. No mittens needed! Free, Drop-In program. Please arrive before 2:30. All kids under 10 need to bring an adult who will participate

Chilliwack

Crafternoon – Book Art Christmas Ornaments
Tuesday, December 5th, 3 pm – 4:30 pm, Chilliwack Library, 45860 First Avenue, Chilliwack
It’s time to decorate the Library Christmas Tree! We’re crafting ornaments from repurposed books and making enough to decorate our tree and yours. Make a few ‘bookish’ ornaments for the Library tree and a few to take home for a literary Christmas! Everyone is invited for a festive afternoon of hot apple cider while local harpist Heather Murray entertains with Christmas music.

Christmas Cheer with the Chilliwack Harmony Chorus
Friday, December 8th, 3 pm – 4 pm, Sardis Library, 5819 Tyson Road, Chilliwack
Join members of the Chilliwack Harmony Chorus as they celebrate the season-barbershop style! Adults and seniors are invited for holiday refreshments and an enjoyable hour of Christmas music.

Green Screen Christmas Pictures
Sunday, December 10th – Thursday, December 21st, Chilliwack Library, 45860 First Avenue, Chilliwack
Take your free Christmas themed picture at the Library adding a great Holiday effect with our Green Screen! Wear matching sweaters, dress up as Santa or just take a nice family photo for your card. We’ll let you pick your background and email you your awesome holiday photo!

Christmas Special
Tuesday, December 12th, 10:30 am – 11 am, Chilliwack Library, 45860 First Avenue, Chilliwack
Join our regular storytime crowd for some holly, jolly fun! Introduce kids to the love of books and language with Storytime! Children and caregivers will enjoy interactive stories, songs, rhymes, and more. Storytime prepares children to learn to read.

Christmas Storytime
Wednesday, December 13th, 10:30 am – 11 am, Yarrow Library, 4670 Community Street, Chilliwack
Families with young children are invited to a special Christmas storytime. Come enjoy festive stories and songs. Registration required.

Yarrow Library Christmas Open House
Tuesday, December 19th, 10:30 am – 7:30 pm, Yarrow Library, 4670 Community Street, Chilliwack
All ages are welcome to join staff for some Christmas cheer. Bring a friend and enjoy some hot apple cider, festive treats, and music throughout the day.

Christmas Craft Meet-up
Tuesday, December 19th, 3 pm – 4 pm, Yarrow Library, 4670 Community Street, Chilliwack
Visit the library after school and make like an elf! We’re making spectacular Christmas Crafts, perfect for your Christmas tree or gift giving.

Coquitlam

Christmas Carol Sing-along
Sunday, December 3rd, 1 pm – 4 pm, Minnekhada Regional Park, 4455 Oliver Rd, Coquitlam
An afternoon of festive fun including sing-alongs in front of a yule log and a visit from Santa.

Gingerbread House Making
Saturday, November 25th, 1 pm – 3 pm, Coquitlam Heritage Society, 1116 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Create your very own mini gingerbread house that will light up when displayed on your mantle. All part of our lead-up to the Brighten Up event! Registration required. Ages 5 and up. Sign-up for the 1pm or 2pm start time. While the craft is facilitated by our leaders, parents/guardians are required to remain on the property throughout the workshop. By Donation. Registration Required.

PJ Storytime
Wednesday, December 13th, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Coquitlam Heritage Society, 1116 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Nestle into Mackin House’s cozy Parlour next to the fireplace to enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, and a story read by the Coquitlam Public Library. Registration required. By Donation. Registration Required.

Delta

It’s a Green Screen Christmas! – Tsawwassen
Friday, December 1st, Tsawwassen Library, 1321A 56th Street, Delta
Want to try out some technology to up your Christmas card game? Drop by and use our Green Screen for some festive fun.

Santa Claus is coming to town – South Delta
Saturday, December 3rd, 9 am – 12 pm, South Delta Recreation Centre, 1720 56 Street, Delta
Enjoy this holiday event for the whole family, including breakfast and photos with Santa, festive crafts, photo booths, skating, and fun activities.

Christmas Storytime and Santa at the Library – George Mackie
Tuesday, December 5th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am, George Mackie Library, 8440 112th Street, Delta
Introduce children to the love of books and language with a festive Christmas Storytime! Children and caregivers will enjoy interactive stories, songs, rhymes, and more. Storytime prepares children to learn to read. Don’t forget to bring your camera as Storytime will be followed by a visit from Santa Claus!

Christmas Storytime and Santa at the Library – Ladner
Wednesday, December 6th 10:30 am – 11:30 am, Ladner Pioneer Library, 4683 51st Street, Delta
Introduce children to the love of books and language with a festive Christmas Storytime! Children and caregivers will enjoy interactive stories, songs, rhymes, and more. Storytime prepares children to learn to read. Don’t forget to bring your camera as Storytime will be followed by a visit from Santa Claus!

Christmas Storytime and Santa at the Library – Tsawwassen
Friday, December 8th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am, Tsawwassen Library, 1321A 56th Street, Delta
Introduce children to the love of books and language with a festive Christmas Storytime! Children and caregivers will enjoy interactive stories, songs, rhymes, and more. Storytime prepares children to learn to read. Don’t forget to bring your camera as Storytime will be followed by a visit from Santa Claus!

Holiday Concert – Tsawwassen
Sunday, December 10th, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Tsawwassen Library, 1321A 56th Street, Delta
The Nakajima Music Studio is on tour! Get into the holiday spirit with musical performances by piano and trumpet students of Karen Nakajima. Listen to performers, ranging in age and level, share their festive cheer.

Holiday Concert – Ladner
Sunday, December 10th, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm, Ladner Pioneer Library, 4683 51st Street, Delta
The Nakajima Music Studio is on tour! Get into the holiday spirit with musical performances by piano and trumpet students of Karen Nakajima. Listen to performers, ranging in age and level, share their festive cheer.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town – North Delta
Saturday, December 10th, 9 am – 12 pm, North Delta Recreation Centre, 11415 84 Avenue, Delta
Enjoy this holiday event for the whole family, including breakfast and photos with Santa, festive crafts, photo booths, skating, and Creative Critters activities.

Christmas Puppet Show – Wake Up Santa – George Mackie
Tuesday, December 12th, 10:30 am – 11 am, George Mackie Library, 8440 112th Street, Delta
Santa falls into a deep sleep the day of Christmas Eve and no one can wake him. Who will wake Santa?Find out what happens in this puppet show for the whole family. Everyone welcome.

Christmas Puppet Show – Wake Up Santa – Ladner
Wednesday, December 13th, 10:30 am – 11 am, Ladner Pioneer Library, 4683 51st Street, Delta
Santa falls into a deep sleep the day of Christmas Eve and no one can wake him. Who will wake Santa? Find out what happens in this puppet show for the whole family. Everyone welcome!

Christmas Puppet Show – Wake Up Santa – Tsawwassen
Friday, December 15th, 10:30 am – 11 am, Tsawwassen Library, 1321A 56th Street, Delta
Santa falls into a deep sleep the day of Christmas Eve and no one can wake him. Who will wake Santa?Find out what happens in this puppet show for the whole family. Everyone welcome.

Langley

Pioneer Christmas 
Saturday, December 2nd, 10 am-Noon & 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Langley Centennial Museum, 9135 King Street, Fort Langley, Cost: $10 for a family of four; additional persons $2
Explore Langley Centennial Museum’s decorated galleries as a family while enjoying a variety of pioneer and traditional crafts.  Along with a visit from jolly old Saint Nicholas, there will be activities throughout the museum to keep little hands busy.  This annual family event is always a hit and is sure to get you into the spirit of the holidays.

Christmas Storytime
Tuesday, December 5th, 10:30 am – 11 am, Muriel Arnason Library, 130 – 20338 65 Avenue, Langley
Introduce kids to the love of books and language with storytime! Children and caregivers will enjoy interactive Christmas stories, songs, rhymes, and more. Storytime prepares children to learn to read

Thumb and Hand Print Christmas Cards
Tuesday, December 5th, 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm, Fort Langley Library, 9167 Glover Road, Langley
Come to the library to make a handmade card for someone special at Christmas. Enjoy listening to some Christmas stories. Contact the library to register for the program. Suitable for preschool and primary students. Supplies are provided.

Cocoa Nights at the Library
Wednesday, December 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th, 6 pm – 7:30 pm, Fort Langley Library, 9167 Glover Road, Langley
Come out of the cold, browse our collection and enjoy a warm cup of cocoa and a slice of short bread.

Christmas Pajama Storytime
Wednesday, December 6th, 7 pm – 7:30 pm, Muriel Arnason Library, 130-20338 65 Avenue, Langley
Tuck into a story! Children and caregivers will be entertained with Christmas stories, songs, rhymes, and more. Kids are encouraged to wear their pyjamas and bring their favourite stuffie. Storytime prepares children to learn to read.

A Holly Jolly Storytime
Saturday, December 9th, 11 am – 11:45 am, Aldergrove library, 26770 29 Avenue, Langley
“Tis the season to be jolly so jingle all the way down to the Aldergrove Library. Master Puppeteer and Storyteller – Elspeth Bowers will keep you laughing all the way with seasonal stories, songs, and a puppet show! For all ages.

Christmas Cheer
Tuesday, December 12th, 2:30 pm – 4 pm, Muriel Arnason Library, 130-20338 65 Avenue, Langley
Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while you listen to seasonal music from the library’s collection. Staff can take your photo in front of a green screen seasonal background of your choice. We will email you your souvenir Christmas photo.

Christmas Crafts and More!
Friday, December 15th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Murrayville Library, 100-22071 48th Avenue, Langley
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Come to the library and make some Christmas presents for family and friends. Also planned are a story and game. Registration is required. For ages 5 and up.

Santa & Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town
Saturday, December 16th, 11 am – 12:30 pm, City of Langley Library, 20399 Douglas Crescent, Langley
Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to the library to read stories and sing Christmas songs. Bring your camera to take pictures of your family with Santa & Mrs. Claus. Everyone is welcome.

Maple Ridge

Coming soon!

Mission

Gingerbread House Decorating
Saturday, December 2nd, 2:30 pm – 4 pm, Mission Library, 33247 Second Avenue, Mission
Make and decorate your own gingerbread house to take home. Please register beginning November 5. For ages 12-18.

Snowflakes and Sleighbells! Puppet Show
Tuesday, December 5th, 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm, Mission Library, 33247 Second Avenue, Mission
‘Tis the season to sing songs, enjoy some holiday stories and a puppet show because Christmas is coming!

New Westminster

Coming soon!

North Vancouver

Lantern Making
Sunday, November 19th & 26th, 1 pm – 3 pm, Karen Magnussen Community Recreation Centre, 2300 Kirkstone Rd, North Vancouver, Cost: $2.10
Kick off the Holiday Season by joining us to make lanterns for the December 1st Lantern Parade. Lanterns take approximately 20 minutes to make. Please pre-register.

Christmas Crafternoon
Saturday, December 16th, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, North Vancouver City Library, 120 W. 14th, North Vancouver
Join us for a fun and creative festive Christmas-themed upcycling workshop! It’s free and open to all ages. We’re bringing in local upcycler extraordinaire Denise Corcoran to share fun projects made using repurposed materials.

Pitt Meadows

Coming soon!

Port Coquitlam

Christmas Tea
Thursday, December 7th, 2 pm – 3 pm, Terry Fox Library, 2470 Mary Hill Road, Port Coquitlam
Spread some holiday cheer! Sing along to Christmas carols with musical accompaniment by the Cutie Circle, drink tea and get into the Christmas spirit. Everyone is welcome.

Christmas Movie Matinee
Saturday, December 9th, 2 pm – 3:30 pm, Terry Fox Library, 2470 Mary Hill Road, Port Coquitlam
Come to the library for our special Christmas movie matinee! We will be showing Elf!

Holly Jolly Pyjama Time & Puppet Show
Thursday, December 14th, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Terry Fox Library, 2470 Mary Hill Road, Port Coquitlam
‘Tis the season to be jolly, so wear your pyjamas and jingle all the way down to the Terry Fox Library. Master Puppeteer and Storyteller – Elspeth Bowers will keep you laughing all the way with seasonal stories, songs, and a puppet show!

Port Moody

Celebrate the Season
Tuesday, December 19th, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Port Moody Library, 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
Enjoy a special storytime with carols, holiday stories, hot chocolate, and our special guests, Pigeon and Santa!  Non-perishable donations for local food banks will be accepted. Free fun for all ages in the Inlet Theatre.  Seating is first come, first serve.

Richmond

Coming soon!

Surrey

Christmas Open House
Saturday, December 9th, 11 am – 3 pm, Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Road, Surrey
Start a family tradition this year with a visit to our annual holiday gathering. Sing along with classic carols played on our piano, indulge in sweet Victorian treats baked in the woodstove, and craft old-time Christmas décor for your tree.

Heritage Evening Carol Sing
Saturday, December 9th, 6 pm – 8:30 pm, Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Road, Surrey
Sing your heart out during a festive evening of carols, treats, and merriment after hours in the charmingly decorated Stewart Hall.

Vancouver

Family Gingerbread House Magic
Saturday, November 25th, 10 am – 12 pm, Coal Harbour Community Centre, 480 Broughton Street, Vancouver
Holiday music and a festive atmosphere will get you in the winter spirit! Fee includes all supplies and decoration for one gingerbread house. Please pre-register by Nov 15. Parent participation is required.

Christmas Bird Count for Kids
Saturday, December 9th, 10 am – 12:30 pm, Stanley Park, Vancouver
Calling all young birders! Join other youth and experts for this annual bird survey. After a quick introduction to bird identification, we shall split into groups and head into the forest for a 1-hour bird counting adventure then regroup to share our findings. Remember to pack a lunch!

Celebrating Solstice
Sunday, December 16th, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Stanley Park, Vancouver
The chestnuts are roasting and holly has been hung. But where do these traditions originate? Explore the history and customs of mid-winter festivals on this two-hour walk. See the plants that have played pivotal roles in the traditions and decorations that we associate with the holiday season and hear stories from different cultural traditions surrounding the shortest day of the year.

Let’s Sing for the Holidays
Wednesday, December 20th, 11 am – 11:30 am, Renfrew Branch Library, 2969 22nd Avenue, Vancouver
Sing favourite storytime songs and holiday songs too. All ages welcome!

West Vancouver

Holiday Puppet Show | Ages 3+
Friday, December 16th, 10:30 am – 11 am & 4 pm – 4:30 pm, West Vancouver Memorial Library, 1950 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
The family will love our merry, festive half-hour puppet show to get you into the holiday spirit.

White Rock

Friends of the White Rock Library Christmas Open House
Saturday, December 8th, 1:30 pm – 4 pm, White Rock Library, 15342 Buena Vista Avenue, White Rock
Join the Friends of the Library for a Christmas open house with music by Gary Cyr and members of the South Surrey/White Rock Ukulele Circle. The music starts at 2 pm. Come early for refreshments and to enter for door prizes.

Christmas Craft Fun
Wednesday, December 13th, 3 pm – 4:30 pm, White Rock Library, 15342 Buena Vista Avenue, White Rock
Visit the library after school and make like an elf! We are making spectacular Christmas Crafts, perfect for your Christmas tree or gift giving.

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By: Michelle Hughes

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