School will be over for Christmas break very soon. I’m excited to not have to worry about packing lunches each night for a couple of weeks, having slow mornings and breakfasts and I am really looking forward to doing some fun things as a family.
I’ve done a little research about where I want to take the kids so I decided to share some of the fun things that I found to do this holiday season in Vancouver and it’s surrounding areas.
1. Grouse Mountain – Peak of Christmas
Literally at the top is Grouse Mountain’s Peak of Christmas. Every year during the holidays, Grouse Mountain magically transforms into the North Pole. After an exciting gondola ride to get to the top, you can visit Santa at his workshop, meet his reindeer, ice skate, vote on incredible gingerbread houses and so much more. It’s fun for the whole family until December 24 when Santa has to leave to get ready to deliver presents to all the little children.
2. Story time with Mrs. Claus at Art Knapp
Last year we all had a wonderful time at Art Knapp for Story time with Mrs. Claus and we can’t wait to go again this year. The kids really enjoyed decoration their own Christmas cookie, listening to a story read by Mrs Claus and getting a train and carousel ride. It’s definitely a must do activity with the kids during the holidays and it’s running until December 24.
3. Bright Nights at Stanley Park
This holiday season, we are beginning a new tradition with the kid with a family visit at Bright Nights in Stanley Park. I used to love this experience as an adult and I know my children will as well. The lights are amazing the train ride is so fun and memorable. I know it will be a highlight for our family this year. Bright Nights is on until January 4, 2015.
4. Shipyards Christmas Market
When I was looking for holiday activities in other parts of the city, I cam across the Shipyards Christmas Market which happens every weekend in North Vancouver until December 23. There is live music, a lights display, local artisans and food trucks. Sounds like it could make for a fun family night out as well as help with finding unique gifts for the people on your shopping list.
5. Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
The list rounds out with Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum. You will love bringing your family here! It’s beautifully decorated, has puppet shows, music concerts, entertainment and an indoor carousel! It will be open for everyone to enjoy until January 2, 2014
Those are a few of the local events we are looking forward to doing this holiday season. What is your favourite activity to do or event to attend during Christmas?