The nights are getting dark so early now, but thankfully there are lots of Christmas lights around to make everything brighter! The festive season is in full swing, and we keep updating our Holiday Events Guide listings, so check them out! You can also count birds, watch carol ships sail by, or take a winter hayride around Steveston. Rogers Hometown Hockey is visiting Surrey, so take your sports fans to meet some amazing NHL alumni, or strap on a pair of skates and join in on National Skating Day. Stay dry, stay warm, and enjoy the twinkly magic all around. We’ve highlighted a few events here, but make sure you check out our interactive event listings guide for even more great fun stuff to do. You are bound to find something fantastic to make a memorable weekend with your favourite people!
Thursday, December 7th – Friday, December 8th, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Steveston Community Centre, 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond
Hop on board for this old-time favourite experience around Steveston Village that includes a sing-a-long and viewing of local holiday displays. This event is for All Ages. Trips leave at 30-minute intervals. Cost: $7/per person.
Carol Ships Parade of Lights
Friday, December 8th, 8 pm – 9 pm, Barnet Marine Park, 8059 Texaco Drive, Burnaby
Watch the flotilla of carol ships sail past. This free event is for all ages. Drink concession will be open from 6 pm – 9 pm.
Christmas Bird Count for Kids
Saturday, December 9th, 10 am – 12:30 pm, Stanley Park, Vancouver
The Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids) is a free, fun, family-friendly bird watching event that builds bird identification skills and contributes to important citizen science for bird conservation. The adventure begins with a short indoor session that helps build skills on how to identify birds and practice using binoculars. We then head outdoors, and each participant (and accompanying parents/grandparents/guardians) will be part of a small birding team led by an experienced birder. Each team will do a 45 minute bird survey in Stanley Park, recording the number and species of birds seen. After the survey all teams will meet up again and we’ll tally up all the bird numbers and compare sightings. This free family event is suitable for children ages 5-12 and children must be accompanied by an adult.
Home Depot Kids Workshops: Build a Gingerbread House
Saturday, December 9th, 10 am – 12 pm, various Home Depot locations around Metro Vancouver
The Home Depot offers free workshops for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels. If you are looking for a fun activity to do with the family, weve got a special holiday-themed workshop for kids that will teach them about building. Kids can learn how to build their very own Gingerbread House out of wood. Pre-register – this one always fills up!
Santa & Charlotte Diamond are coming to City Square!
Saturday, December 9th, 11 am – 2:30 pm, City Square Shopping Centre, 555 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
HO HO HO! Santa will be landing at City Square on December 9th, come join us and make some magical family memories with a Charlotte Diamond Concert and Photos with Santa: 11am-12noon: Join Charlotte Diamond and Matt Diamond for a free family Holiday Concert! 12:30pm-2:30pm: Make magical family memories with Santa Photos – family portraits with Santa & Cotton Candy for kids (while quantities last). By donation, families will get a professional photo session with Santa (minimum charitable donation of $5 with all proceeds going to the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation). By donation, drop-in event.
Rogers Hometown Hockey
Saturday, December 9th – Sunday, December 10th, 12 pm – 6 pm, Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Avenue, Surrey
Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour presented by Scotiabank and Dodge is headed to Surrey for a celebration of hockey on December 9 and 10. The weekend will feature broadcast hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone, meet-and-greet opportunities with NHL alumni Kirk McLean and Dave Babych, live local entertainment and engaging activities for the whole family.
National Skating Day – Free Skating
Sunday, December 10th, 11 am – 7 pm, various community centres around Vancouver
The Vancouver Park Board is celebrating National Skating Day with free skating at all our rinks! Enjoy free admission and skate rentals along with hot chocolate and fun treats! Visit the website for skating hours and locations.
A Day for the Birds
Sunday, December 10th, 11 am – 3 pm, Richmond Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Drop-in for a tour of the park’s wildlife garden and learn how to make a bird’s garden habitat with responsible feeding practices. This event is for all ages. Disability access is available.
Jedi Sunday with Academie Duello and Jeff Wolverton
Sunday, December 10th, 2:30 pm, Science World, 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Head to Science World for Jedi Sunday to explore the Science of Swordplay (both classical and Jedi) with Vancouver’s school of swordplay, Academie Duello at 2:20pm on Centre Stage. Then visit the Science Theatre at 4pm to learn how amazing special effects are created in films like Doctor Strange, Thor:Ragnarok and the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, with visual effects artist Jeff Wolverton.
And we wanted to remind you to always call or visit the event website for info before you head out just in case any changes have been made since we posted it. And of course, have fun!
By: Michelle Hughes