If you’ve grown up in Vancouver — or lived here long enough to recognize weather patterns — you’ll know that snow is pretty rare, even in December. Sure, it’s great in some ways: zero shoveling responsibilities or unexpected snowballs hitting your back. Having acknowledged the few cons, can we say that the last few days have been absolutely glorious?! Fat snowflakes are falling from the sky, and all of a sudden it REALLY feels like Christmas.
In honour of all the snow angels being drawn and the snowmen and snowwomen being built, we thought it would be a good time to share some of our favourite December activities. They’ll be sure to get you in the Christmas spirit, if you’re not already there!
Who doesn’t love ice skating? It’s the backdrop of every Christmas movie and holiday party, and it’s FREE at Robson Square if you have your own skates (only $4.00 to rent!). This seasonal activity is good for your heart — so get on the ice while you can.
Stanley Park is gorgeous all year round, but there’s something about the natural beauty of trees and trails that really amplifies the magic of Christmas. If you haven’t experienced the light display, trust us and go. It will make you feel like a kid again.
Bright Nights (running until January 1, 2017) is celebrating its 19th year, and all donations go directly to Burn Fund — so make sure to give to this incredible organization.
I’m going to tell you the only thing you need to know about Christmas at Canada Place: there’s a giant snow globe you can step inside. I’m not kidding. It’s 15 feet tall. There are plenty of other amazing activities happening, but I can’t really top the snow globe. Check out more details on the website linked above and get there when it opens on December 16 (12:00-6:00 p.m. daily)!
We can’t think of a better Christmas tradition than seeing The Nutcracker. The music alone transports us to a place of wonder (thanks, Tchaikovsky)! Grab a friend or your whole family and support the ballet. It’s a short run (December 8-11) so don’t wait to get your tickets. It's too good to miss.
You can experience over one million lights in VanDusen Botanical Garden, as well as a brand new carousel, and the many interactive themed areas that make this the place to be!
Get there before January 2!
And if you’re looking for a way to keep warm, VFS now has hoodies! They're available at our 198 West Hastings Campus — just sayin'.
Enjoy the snow and comment below with your favourite things to in Vancouver this month!
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