Santa Claus is Coming to the North Shore (Out & About – Christmas Edition Part 1)


Can hardly believe the holiday season is upon us! Here is our round-up of North Shore holiday activities from November 22nd – 30th, including shopping events, family holiday activities, Santa welcome parties & photos with Santa. Stay tuned for Part 2 featuring December events!



Tues, Nov 19 to Sat, Dec 24 – Winter Gift Gallery
Location: Seymour Art Gallery, 4360 Gallant Ave, North Van
Details: Browse gifts by local artisans, including scarves, paintings, jewelry and cuddly toys.

Sat, Nov 23 (10:00 am to 3;00 pm) – Vancouver Waldorf School Christmas Fair
Location: Waldorf School, 2725 St. Christophers Rd, N. Van
Details: Celebrate with creative activities for children, delicious organic food & baking, puppet shows, live music, and a Marketplace offering natural toys and handcrafted gifts for all ages.



Fri, Nov 22 (5:70 – 7:30 pm) – Light Up the Village
Location: The Village at Park Royal South
Details: Free hot chocolate, live holiday music, tree lighting ceremony (lights go on at 7pm sharp!)

Sat, Nov 23 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.

Fri, Nov 22 – 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 ($2 cash).



Sat, Nov 23rd (10:30 am) – Park Royal Mall, West Vancouver
Details: Santa will make his grand entrance in Santa’s Arrival parade at 10:30 am, accompanied by Vanleena Dance Academy. First 100 children to sit on Santa’s knee at 11:00 am receive a beautiful Rogers’ Chocolate advent calendar.

Sat, Nov 23rd (11am-3pm) – Capilano Mall, North Vancouver
Details: Welcome santa back to his Candy Wonderland with face painting, balloon twisting, cookie decorating, and lots of treats! Suger plum fairies will be dancing segments from the Nutcracker and handing out treats, and Santa’s snow princess will visit from 12 – 3pm to take photos of all the little ones.

Sat, Nov 23rd (10:45 am – 12:15pm) – Lynn Valley Centre
Details: Come to enjoy the marching band, RNB dancers, mascot parade, Purple Pirate Looking for Santa, free balloon artistry & goodie bags!



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.



Ongoing – Bikes for Tykes Program (FS of the N. Shore)
Location: Obsession Bikes, 94 Lonsdale Avenue, North Van
Details: Obsession Bikes needs previously owned bikes to restore to “like new” condition and deliver to children on the North Shore for Christmas. For more info email James Wilson at or Janet Sanderson at


If you know of any other holiday happenings around town, please send an email to and we’d be happy to add it!


Happy Pre-Holidays Mamas!

– Angela

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