Four Kid-Friendly Vancouver Holiday Activities

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With Remembrance Day coming up tomorrow, the holiday season is just around the corner. It’s a magical time of year, especially for children. If you’re wondering what to do with your little one, look no further. We’re sharing four kid-friendly Vancouver holiday activities that the whole family will enjoy.

Kid-Friendly Vancouver Holiday Activities

Bright Nights in Stanley Park

From November 26, 2015 to January 2, 2016 the Stanley Park Plaza is transformed by twinkling holiday lights. And the Bright Nights Train is the jewel in the crown of Vancouver holiday activities. Buy tickets to ride the train and enjoy it all, plus live performers, displays, food and children’s activities. Or make a donation to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, skip the train, and just enjoy a magical evening. Tickets sell quickly so you’ll want to get yours soon. Another option for families is the matinee train ride. You can journey through the forest with holiday music past magical displays. There are no entertainers, but it’s much more affordable, and you can avoid the crowds and late bedtime.

Burnaby Village Museum

Enjoy some Vancouver holiday activities with an old-fashioned twist at Burnaby Village Museum’s Heritage Christmas. From November 21, 2015 to January 1, 2016 the museum is transformed into a holiday wonderland. There’s festive lighting, a menagerie of eco-sculptures, seasonal entertainment and museum displays to enjoy. Children can meet Father Christmas (bring your own camera) and everyone will have fun on the carousel. Admission is free, and carousel rides are $2.55 each, but adults who are accompanying young children can ride for free.

Vancouver Christmas Market

Open daily from 11:00am to 9:00pm from November 21 to December 24, 2015, the Vancouver Christmas Market has become a local favourite over the past few years. Taking over the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza at 650 Hamilton Street it’s a Vancouver take on a German Christmas Market. You’ll find food, unique gifts, and lots of fun for the little ones. Ride the Christmas Carousel, decorate some gingerbread, make an ornament, and meet the mascots. Plus meet Santa Claus on Saturdays and Sundays in December.

VanDusen Botanical Garden Festival of Lights

From December 1 to 31, 2015, VanDusen Botanical Garden becomes a holiday wonderland. With over one million lights, light shows on Livingstone Lake, Vancouver Public Library’s Tales for a Winter’s Night, visits with Santa, food and entertainment, there’s lots of fun for the whole family. Bundle up the little ones and take it all in at your own pace. You can get your tickets at the garden, or buy them in advance and skip the line.

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