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15 Virtual and live things to do around Metro Vancouver this week

**Due to new COVID-19 restrictions many holiday events are on hold until December 7th. Please check regularly with the event organizer for updated information**

Here! We found a few.

Many of your favorite events, concerts and stage productions are returning for the 2020 holiday season, bringing light and joy into the dark days of winter. COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place so you can get out and enjoy some festive fun.

1.VanDusen Festival of Lights


Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak St.
When: Nov. 27-Jan. 3, 4-9:30 p.m. daily with designated entry times every 30 minutes
Info:$8-$14, ticketleader.ca
Reimagined for 2020, visitors will have the opportunity to take in the festival and experience the wonder of the winter season in a magical outdoor garden setting. With themed areas, unique light features and holiday music, our new one-way path will take visitors through a memorable holiday experience. VanDusen Botanical Garden staff have worked closely with Vancouver Coastal Health and the provincial health officer to ensure this event can be experienced safely.

2.Grouse Mountain’s Peak of Christmas


Where: Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver
When: Nov. 20-Jan. 3
Info: grousemountain.com
Celebrate the festive season at Grouse Mountain’s annual Peak of Christmas, where the elves have been hard at work preparing the mountaintop to safely welcome you to Vancouver’s North Pole. Marvel at the light installations that bring radiance to the winter night on the Light Walk, and enjoy a walk or snowshoe among the glittering lights around Blue Grouse Lake. Santa won’t be visiting Grouse Mountain this year, but you can meet two of his real reindeer, Dancer and Vixen. Put on your skates and take a spin around the 8,000-square foot outdoor Skating Pond.

3.Heritage Christmas at the Burnaby Village Museum

Now : Cancelled Until Further Notice

In response to the recently issued Provincial Health Order, Heritage Christmas at the Burnaby Village Museum is cancelled until further notice. Please check back for updates.


Where: 6501 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby
When: Nov. 21-Jan. 1
Info: Free, advance reservations are recommended, 604-297-4565, burnabyvillagemuseum.ca
Experience the old-fashioned magic of Christmas at Heritage Christmas at the Burnaby Village Museum. Stroll through the 1920s village and enjoy spectacular lights, vintage-themed displays and historical exhibits. Stop by the Burnaby Lake General Store, check out the newly renovated Way Sang Yuen Wat Kee & Co. herbalist shop, visit the Jesse Love Farmhouse to experience a historic family home lovingly decorated for the holidays, and more. Please note the Carousel and gift shop are closed. All COVID safety protocols will be in place.

4.Surrey Tree Lighting Festival


When: Until Jan. 3
Info: surrey.ca
Surrey Tree Lighting Festival took place virtually on November 21. The 60-ft Christmas tree and light tunnel will be available for viewing on Surrey Civic Plaza until January 3, 2021. Additional lights have been erected throughout the City in conjunction with the City’s new Light Where You Live campaign.

5.Bright Nights in Stanley Park


Where: Stanley Park Miniature Railway
When: Nov. 26-Jan 1
Info: $10, ages two and under free, ticketleader.ca
The Bright Nights train will once again be sounding its whistle and chugging through the sparkling magically-lit forest of Stanley Park this Christmas. The experience will be a bit different this year — there will be no plaza lights and Santa won’t be visiting. All the decorating efforts will be concentrated on the train ride itself … so all those same memories of riding the train through countless twinkling lights will still be there! Stop and say hi to the firefighter volunteers who will be out in support of the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. They’ll be meeting and greeting from a safe distance and collecting donations on behalf of the Burn Fund. Bright Nights has focused their efforts on making sure the train will be a fun, happy and safe experience for all.

6.Vancouver Tree Lighting


Where: Live on CTV Vancouver News
When: Nov. 27, 6 p.m., the tree will remain lit for the holiday season
Info: amacon.com
Watch the official lighting of the 75-foot Amacon Christmas Tree located at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza. With more than 1150 branches and 100,000+ lights the tree stands as a beacon of light this holiday season and a perfect place to take that holiday selfie through December. Amacon will donate to the Vancouver International Children’s Festival as part of its Light It Up campaign that has raised over $1 million for local charities.

7. White Rock Festival of Lights


Where: White Rock Beach along the waterfront promenade on Marine Drive
When: Nov. 28-Jan. 9, 2021
Info: Free, wrfl.org
Celebrate the holiday season at the White Rock Festival of Lights. The current plan is to position two 30-foot holiday trees at either end of West beach and East beach. At the main park, plans are in the works to place an artificial skating rink to demonstrate how in future years the community can enjoy skating with friends and family. The Magical Meadow, living Christmas trees, and lighting along the fences will add to the spirit of the White Rock Festival of Lights.

8.Christmas at Williams Park


Where: 238 Street and 68 Avenue, Langley
When: Nov. 28-Dec. 20, 5-9 p.m.
Info: facebook.com
On any given day, Williams Park is a gorgeous natural oasis of forests, creeks, and trails, but at Christmastime, it becomes something truly magical. For close to three decades, Christmas in Williams Park has welcomed the holiday season to the Township of Langley by transforming the park into a winter wonderland full of lights, decorations, and cut-outs. This year’s event will be drive-thru only, and visitors are required to stay in their vehicles.

9. Steveston Festival of Trees


Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, 12148 Fourth Ave., Richmond
When: Dec. 1-24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Info: $11.90/$10.20, youth under 17 are free. Admission by donation on Dec. 6, 13 & 20. 604-664-9009, gulfofgeorgiacannery.org
Explore a forest of festive trees decorated by local merchants and organizations. COVID health and safety protocols are in place to help ensure a safe visit.

10.Canyon Lights


Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park  3735 Capilano Rd., North Vancouver
When: Dec. 1-Jan. 3, 2021, 2-9 p.m. daily (closed Dec. 25)
Info: Pre-opening special — a family pass for two adults and two children (up to age 16) will be offered for $115. The family pass rate increases to $125 in December. Book in advance for specific date and time, capbridge.com 
One of Metro Vancouver’s favourite holiday events returns with COVID safety measures in place. Cross the glowing suspension bridge, with the canyon and Capilano River illuminated with lights below, journey into the magical rainforest and walk high above the forest floor between the eight tallest Christmas trees in the world on Treetops Adventure. The mesmerizing Arc de Lumina light tunnel returns on Cliffwalk for that perfect Instagram moment. Kids of all ages can explore the park in search of lit snowy owls in a scavenger hunt with weekly prizes to be won.

11. Winter in the Village


Where: Steveston Village, Richmond
When: Dec. 1-31
Info: visitrichmondbc.com
Looking for something to do that is outside and socially distanced? Winter in the Village is a collection of events and activities happening around Steveston Village in Richmond. Grab a hot drink or a bite to eat at one of the many coffee shops and restaurants, and take a free Light Up the Village self-guided tour of the light displays. Vote for you favourite decorated shop window, take in the Festival of Trees at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, or browse the exhibits at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site.

12. Granville Island Festive Lights


Where: Granville Island
When: Until Jan. 3, 4-10 p.m.
Info: Free admission, free parking, granvilleisland.com
Stroll Granville Island’s holiday light display. From the famous public market to the Granville Island Hotel, lights across the almost 40-acre site make for a beautiful open-air stroll whether you are under the stars, or under an umbrella. Join us before or after at one of the great restaurants or bars on Granville Island, or come early for unique local shopping.

13. Glow Gardens: Drive Through Light Journey


Where:  Milner Village Garden Centre, 6690 216th St., Langley (Please note: The Glow event at the GVZoo has been cancelled. All guests who purchased tickets will receive a full refund automatically)
When: Nov. 26-Jan. 2, 5-10 p.m.
Info:$29.99 per vehicle, tickets must be purchased in advance, glowgardens.com
The Glow Elves have created a brand new, COVID-friendly experience. This drive-through journey will take you through dazzling landscapes created by nearly a million lights. Take a leisurely 15-minute cruise into an illuminated wonderland that brings Christmas dreams to life. .

14. St. Paul’s Lights of Hope: Hope at Home


Where: A virtual celebration from St. Paul’s Hospital
When: Until Jan. 4, 2021
Info: lightsofhope.helpstpauls.com
A beloved Vancouver holiday tradition, Lights of Hope enables St. Paul’s Foundation to meet the greatest needs of patients and residents at Providence Health Care (Providence) hospitals and long-term care homes. The display will be lit nightly until January 4, 2021, with a livestream available at lightsofhope.com throughout the season.

15. PNE WinterLights: A Magical Journey to Santa


Where: PNE Fairgrounds
When: Dec. 11-13 and Dec. 17-23, 4-10 p.m.
Info: $39 for carloads of four or less/$40 for carloads of five or more. Must purchase in advance for a specific time slot, ticketleader.ca
This new holiday celebration allows families to enjoy a magical journey with Santa from the safety of their vehicle. PNE WinterLights is a holiday experience filled with dazzling lights, special characters, live performers, seasonal food offerings, a Merry & Bright Forest along with nine special ‘lands’ filled with larger-than-life characters and holiday magic along the way.