Out & About on the North Shore: Pre-Christmas Happenings Dec 21st to 24th!

Christmas-Gifts-Books-295x150Only five more sleeps until Christmas! Whether you’re done holiday shopping and looking for some family holiday outings over the next few days, or you’re in desperate need of a kids camp while you finish shopping, we’ve got you covered! 



Sat, Dec 21 (2-4pm) – Skate with Santa
Location: West Van Rec Centre
Details: Skate with Santa & enjoy Christmas snacks & refreshments, games & fun activities.

Sun, Dec 22 (1:00 & 4:00 pm)  – The Nutcracker
Location: Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale Ave., North Van
Details: The Royal City Youth Ballet will present a performance of this traditional ballet.

Ongoing to Sun, Dec 22 (12 noon – 3pm)  – Christmas at the Market
Location: Lonsdale Quay, 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Van
Details: Lonsdale Quay will host holiday story time, Santa photos and crafts Dec. 21 from noon to 3 p.m.. Funds raised from photos will be donated to Aunt Leah’s Place.

Ongoing to Sun, Dec 22  – A Lynn Valley Christmas
Location: Lynn Valley Village, 1233 – 1277 Lynn Valley Road
Details: A family fun event culminating on Sunday, Dec. 22, 1-8 p.m. Kids activities include face painting, magic and crafts. Entertainment will include Robyn and Ryleigh, Caminando Carollers, Afterglow Quartet, Christmas Carol Sing-Along- with the United Church choir.

Ongoing to Tues, Dec 24 – Grouse Mountain’s Peak of Christmas
Location: Grouse Mountain, 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Van
Details: Santa’s workshop, outdoor ice skating, mountain-top sleigh rides, reindeer tattoos, meet the reindeer, christmas movie favourites in the mountaintop theatre.

Ongoing to Tues, Dec 24th – North Pole BC
Location: Lynn Valley Centre (in the old Zellers space), North Van
Details: Gingerbread bakery, toy workshop, the toy inventor, Mrs. Claus’s Story Time, Northern Lights Light Show, Train Ride.

Ongoing to Tues, Dec 24 – Breakfast with Santa on Grouse
Location: Grouse Mountain, 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Van
Details: Delicious hot and cold buffet, Christmas sing-a-long, face painting, reindeer antler-making, and a visit from Santa.

Ongoing to Sat, Jan 4 (closed Dec 25) – Canyon Lights
Location: Capilano Suspension Bridge, 3735 Capilano Road, North Van
Details: Check out the 250,000 lights decorating Capilano bridge, treetop adventures and Cliffwalk, all while listening to live music, decorating gingerbread cookies and watching glass blowing demonstrations.

Ongoing to Sat, Jan 4  – Dundarave Festival of Lights

Location: Dundarave Beach, 25th Street & Marine Drive, West Van
Details: Free live concerts at Dundarave beach every Saturday night before Christmas from noon until dusk, sponsorship of hundreds of outdoor Christmas trees you can decorate to benefit homelessness charities on the North Shore, and so much more!

Ongoing to Sun, Jan 5 (closed Dec 25) – Stanley Park Xmas Train
Location: Stanley Park, Downtown Vancouver
Details: Ride the miniature train and enjoy Stanley Park sparkle with two million twinkling lights, hot cocoa, popcorn, roasted nuts and more! Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.



  • Donate for Harvest Project – 4967 Chalet Place, North Van
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge – 3735 Capilano Road, North Van
  • 256 East 6th Street, North Van
  • Grouse Mountain – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Van
  • Park & Tilford Gardens – 333 Brooksbank Ave, North Van
  • City Hall, North Van
  • Dundarave, West Van



Sat, Nov 23 – Mon, Dec 23 – Capilano Mall (North Van)

Sat, Nov 23 – Tues, Dec 24 – Park Royal Mall (West Van)
Details: Every child receives a candy cane, ornament & reindeer antlers.

Sat, Nov 23 – Tues, Dec 24 – Lynn Valley Centre (N. Van)
Details: Every child receives a free bag of goodies from Santa’s workshop.



Mon, Dec 23rd & Tues, Dec 24th (9am – 12 noon or 1 pm – 4pm) – Christmas Break Gymnastics Camp
Location: Flicka Gymnastics Club, Harry Jerome Rec Centre, North Van
Details: Morning or afternoon 2-day camps, for kids aged 3.5 – 5.5 and 6-12, $50 total for both days. 

Mon, Dec 23rd (various times) – West Van Rec Centre Kids Camps
Location: West Van Rec Centre
Details: Winter Wonderland Camp (age 3-5), Hands On Holidays Camp (age 5.5-7), Christmas Gym & Swim (age 5.5-12), Rythmic Gymnastics Winter Camp (age 5-7).

Mon, Dec 23rd (various times) – North Van Rec Winter Break Camps
Location: Various North Van Rec Centres
Details: Games, swimming, skating, out-trips and holiday crafts. Grades 1-7. 



Operation Red Nose will drive individuals home in their own cars for free Dec. 20 and 21 from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Call 604-619-0942 for a ride. Donations will be accepted to support youth programs. Volunteers are still needed. 778-288-8996 volunteer@nsorn.org nsorn.org.


If you know of any other holiday happenings around town, please send an email to angela@modernmama.com and we’d be happy to add them!



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