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12 Days of Christmas: Vancouver Adventure Edition!

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The holiday season is approaching, so get out those advent calendars and start planning your holiday adventures! There are a lot of amazing holiday-themed activities in and around Vancouver, and we’ve chosen 12 to feature here for “The 12 Days of Christmas” Vancouver Adventure Edition! Get ready and sing along…

On the 1st day of Christmas my true love gave to me… 

A date to the Capilano Canyon Lights

Capilano Suspension Bridge lights up for the holiday season from November 22, 2018, to January 27, 2019. One of the best date spots in the city, take your true love or your BFF for some special holiday instagrammable moments. Drop by the Discover Canada Tours office to get discounted tickets before you go.

On the 2nd day of Christmas my true love gave to me… 

Mulled wine at the Vancouver Christmas Market

The Vancouver Christmas Market, open every day until Christmas Eve, features all kinds of delicious holiday goodies, European-style handmade goods, “adult” beverages, and more!  Pro-tip: get a fast pass to skip the lines and only pay once for the whole season!

On the 3rd day of Christmas my true love gave to me… 

A Christmas trip to Victoria

Travel to Victoria with Discover Canada Tours during the month of December and get entry to the Christmas lights and celebration at the famous Butchart Gardens included with your trip. There are only a couple of Christmas departure dates and they’re filling up fast so book your spot today!

Butchart Gardens lit up for Christmas!

On the 4th day of Christmas my true love gave to me… 

The best view at the Santa Claus Parade

Santa Claus will be rolling through Vancouver with a hugely popular parade on Sunday December 2nd to get the Christmas season started right! Dress warm and go early to get a good spot. The parade starts on Broughton, goes along West Georgia Street, turns up Howe and then finishes at Davie Street.

On the 5th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

A Christmaaaaas Rooockiieeeessss Toooouuuurrr!!!

Among our most special and exciting tours of the year, we have two Christmas tours going to the Rockies: a 4-day Christmas Adventure tour featuring Christmas dinner with your tour group, and a 5-day Christmas Classic tour featuring a Christmas sleigh ride through a winter wonderland and two nights in the famous Rockies town of Banff.

Christmas Sleigh Ride in the Rockies | Photo courtesy of Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka

On the 6th day of Christmas my true love gave to me… 

A walk through Stanley Park’s Bright Nights

Vancouver’s largest and world-famous park is a beautiful place when it’s all lit up for Christmas. Festivities centre around the Stanley Park Miniature Train area and entrance is by donation, supporting a great cause, the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. Open every day except Christmas Day until January 6th, 2019.

On the 7th day of Christmas my true love gave to me… 

Ice skating at Robson Square

Enjoy a Canadian tradition and ice skate your way to true Christmas love at Robson Square in the middle of downtown Vancouver. There are skates available for rent but if you bring your own it’s completely free!

On the 8th day of Christmas my true love gave to me… 

A ski trip from Vancouver to SilverStar

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a good ski & snowboard trip in the mix. This winter we’re featuring a trip to SilverStar Mountain Resort near Vernon BC taking place just after New Year’s. Surprise your true love with a weekend getaway to this winter wonderland to start off 2019!

Winter Wonderland at SilverStar | Photo courtesy of SilverStar Mountain Resort

On the 9th day of Christmas my true love gave to me… 

VanDusen Garden Festival of Lights

One of this writer’s personal favourite Christmas spots, VanDusen Botanical Gardens puts on an epic Christmas show, with the garden lit up with all kinds of creative illumination arrangements, live music, delicious hot drinks, a carousel, and a Christmas light show timed to music. Open Dec. 1st – Jan. 6th, don’t miss this one.

On the 10th day of Christmas my true love gave to me… 

A Santa-themed Flyover Canada

Experience what Santa’s life is like on Christmas Eve and join ‘Ol Saint Nick and his team of reindeer for an adventure across Canada and to the North Pole. Flyover Canada puts on a special Christmas-themed show running from mid-November until early January. Drop by the Discover Canada Tours office to get discounted tickets before you go.

On the 11th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

A Christmas Hockey Game

Joining friends or family for a hockey game is a long-standing holiday tradition. The Vancouver Canucks are a great team to watch, their home rink at Rogers Arena is easily accessed from the Skytrain, and they always put on a good show. Discover Canada Tours often gets access to discounted tickets, so come into our office in advance and we’ll do our best to hook you up!

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

A Journey to the Peak of Christmas

Grouse Mountain above Vancouver offers the perfect way to round off your Christmas celebrations. Travel up the gondola and experience all the festivities including sleigh rides, winter activities like ice skating, and one of the best Vancouver night views. Pop into the Discover Canada Tours office to get discounted tickets before you go!

 

Hope to see you on a Christmas adventure soon! Happy Holidays!