Ongoing Christmas Events

Aurora Winter Festival (until Dec 30), Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge (until Jan 27), Free ice skating at Robson Square (until Feb 28), Glow Christmas Light Display (until Jan 19),  Lights at Lafarge Lake Light Display (until Jan 20), Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain (until Jan 6), Sea of Lights at Vancouver Aquarium (until Jan 6), Vancouver Christmas Market (until Dec 24), Vandusen Gardens Festival of Lights (until Jan 6)

Full List of December Events

A comprehensive list of December events and festivals happening in Vancouver – updated daily. December events highlights include: lots of craft markets, parades, mazes, and lots of opportunity for mulled wine.

Go to a specific week: Dec 1 – 2 | Dec 3 – 9 | Dec 10 – 16 | Dec 17 – 23 | Dec 24- 31 | NYE

Saturday, December 1, 2018

  • Etsy Vancouver Market – This is your one-stop shopping event for one of a kind gift-giving! Shop handmade, discover new local talents, connect with creativity and explore a range of lifestyle offerings
  • Robson Square Ice Rink Opening Day – The outdoor skating rink at Robson Square is opening for the season and through the Christmas holidays. Skating is free with your own skates. Rentals are $4.
  • Perogy Night in Vancouver – Tasty homemade perogies on sale for good prices! Great community event. 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at 154 E. 10th Ave, Vancouver.
  • Eastside Flea Holiday Markets -The BIGGEST Holiday season ever at Eastside Studios!! More vendors than ever before, two food trucks per day, special pop-ups, and the cozy community vibes you know and love!
    Shop local this Holiday season!! Bring your dogs!
  • TOQUE Craft Fair – The event features a curated selection of talented artists, designers and artisans and attracts over 2000 visitors.
  • Santa Shuffle 5k – Short 5k run to keep you in shape during the cold, holiday season. Wear your antlers, santa hat, or anything else. Proceeds go to The Salvation Army.
  • Winter Farmers Market – Weekly farmers market held at Nat Bailey Stadium.
  • Annual Aboriginal Arts & Crafts Fair – Find a vast selection of traditional and contemporary work from various artists and get all your holiday shopping done in one place. Enjoy delicious Indigenous foods including smoked salmon and bannock
  • North Vancouver Christmas Festival – A family-friendly event that includes lots of free activities and a ferris wheel! Also new this year is a Winter Artisan Market in the Pipe Shop.
  • Deck the Halls Fair – 50 outstanding local artisans will come together in the historic Heritage Hall to display their creations. This eclectic show features handcrafted and gourmet food items perfect for that special gift.
  • Art Battle Vancouver – Painters have 20 minutes to take their canvases from blank to beautiful, the audience votes to pick the winner. It’s always new, this is a very inspiring night of creation and community!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

  • Santa Claus Parade – More than 3,500 participants take part in the downtown parade with marching bands, festive floats, and community groups.
  • Etsy Vancouver Market – This is your one-stop shopping event for one of a kind gift-giving! Shop handmade, discover new local talents, connect with creativity and explore a range of lifestyle offerings
  • Eastside Flea Holiday Markets -The BIGGEST Holiday season ever at Eastside Studios!! More vendors than ever before, two food trucks per day, special pop-ups, and the cozy community vibes you know and love!
    Shop local this Holiday season!! Bring your dogs!
  • TOQUE Craft Fair – The event features a curated selection of talented artists, designers and artisans and attracts over 2000 visitors.
  • Annual Aboriginal Arts & Crafts Fair – Find a vast selection of traditional and contemporary work from various artists and get all your holiday shopping done in one place. Enjoy delicious Indigenous foods including smoked salmon and bannock
  • Deck the Halls Fair – 50 outstanding local artisans will come together in the historic Heritage Hall to display their creations. This eclectic show features handcrafted and gourmet food items perfect for that special gift.
  • Kimono & Japanese Gifts Sale + Kimono Party – This is Pac West’s annual Christmas sale. Beautiful kimono, obi, tabi socks, bags, hair accessories, charms, jewelry, pouches, gift items etc. Shopping hours are 11am-6pm. Free admission for shopping.

Monday, December 3, 2018
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Thursday, December 6, 2018

  • Yule Duel – Gastown’s second annual Yule Duel draws together choirs from across Metro Vancouver for a magical, yet highly competitive, night of singing.
  • Talent Time: Christmas Special – Humour, heart and spectacle at this annual show at the Rio Theatre
  • Krampusmarkt – Krampus is coming….. to Strange Fellows Brewing! To light up the dark season, we have 3 days of old world-inspired festivities planned in celebration of our favourite baddie.

Friday, December 7, 2018

  • Vancouver Gem & Mineral Show – Western Canada’s largest Gem show is featuring 100+ of the best gem, mineral and jewellery vendors from across Canada.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

  • Ugly Christmas Sweater Dash – 5K run in Port Moody to celebrate the ugly sweater. $45 for registration gets you a free toque and bottomless hot chocolate! Wear your ugliest sweater.
  • Eastside Flea Holiday Markets -The BIGGEST Holiday season ever at Eastside Studios!! More vendors than ever before, two food trucks per day, special pop-ups, and the cozy community vibes you know and love!
    Shop local this Holiday season!! Bring your dogs!
  • Winter Farmers Market – Weekly farmers market held at Nat Bailey Stadium.
  • Woodwards Market – A community event that brings incredible goods made from artisans, crafters and original or vintage goods.
  • Shiny Fuzzy Muddy – An intimate, artisan craft sale with vendors that offer high quality design, craftmanship and material sensibility. (No holiday music being played!)
  • Got Craft? Holiday Craft Fair – A curated boutique event created to showcase local favourite handmade designers.
  • Fall for Local Holiday Market – One of the best two-day shop small event and come shop from over 80 independent brands.
  • Wierdos Holiday Market – A hand-curated selection of vibrant vendors slinging witchy wares, anatomical curiosities, rogue taxidermy, collectibles, jewelry, textiles, one of a kind art, and much more. There will also be tarot card readings, great food, Music, Hot chocolate and some libations – obviously.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

  • Eastside Flea Holiday Markets -The BIGGEST Holiday season ever at Eastside Studios!! More vendors than ever before, two food trucks per day, special pop-ups, and the cozy community vibes you know and love!
    Shop local this Holiday season!! Bring your dogs!
  • Shiny Fuzzy Muddy – An intimate, artisan craft sale with vendors that offer high quality design, craftmanship and material sensibility. (No holiday music being played!)
  • Got Craft? Holiday Craft Fair – A curated boutique event created to showcase local favourite handmade designers.
  • Fall for Local Holiday Market – One of the best two-day shop small event and come shop from over 80 independent brands.
  • Wierdos Holiday Market – A hand-curated selection of vibrant vendors slinging witchy wares, anatomical curiosities, rogue taxidermy, collectibles, jewelry, textiles, one of a kind art, and much more. There will also be tarot card readings, great food, Music, Hot chocolate and some libations – obviously.

Monday, December 10, 2018
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

  • Puzzled Pint – Crack the location puzzle, bring friends and meander to the designated location, solve fun puzzles at your leisure while enjoying brews and bites at a different pub on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.
  • Movies in the Morgue – Tuesday can be a little slow for all of us. What makes Tuesday better, though? Movies! And what can make movies even better? Watching them in the morgue, of course! Movie: The Italian Job
  • 14th Annual Storytelling Championship Finals – The grande finale of a year-long live storytelling competition. Ten of Vancouver’s best writers and performers tell original stories and compete for the title of 2018 Story Slam Champion.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

  • Make IT! Craft Fair – Shop for one-of-a-kind handmade items from over 265 artisans, designers & crafters at the PNE Forum.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

  • Make IT! Craft Fair – Shop for one-of-a-kind handmade items from over 265 artisans, designers & crafters at the PNE Forum.
  • Vancouver Burlesque Co. Presents: Student Showcase – Come see all the hard work and dedication put into the last few months of the VBC by our amazing students and teachers. Experience some stage debuts from fresh-faces, a plethora of group numbers and plus routines some of your favourite instructors…
  • The Vegan Night Market – Shop, chill, eat, drink, make memories in our photo booth, network and giveback at The Vegan Night Market-Holiday Edition.

Friday, December 14, 2018

  • Make IT! Craft Fair – Shop for one-of-a-kind handmade items from over 265 artisans, designers & crafters at the PNE Forum.
  • Maker Market Holiday Edition – We are featuring some of Vancouver’s finest small-batch and handmade goods — a perfect opportunity to shop local this holiday season.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

    • Eastside Flea Holiday Markets -The BIGGEST Holiday season ever at Eastside Studios!! More vendors than ever before, two food trucks per day, special pop-ups, and the cozy community vibes you know and love!
      Shop local this Holiday season!! Bring your dogs!
    • Winter Farmers Market – Weekly farmers market held at Nat Bailey Stadium.
    • Make IT! Craft Fair – Shop for one-of-a-kind handmade items from over 265 artisans, designers & crafters at the PNE Forum.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

  • Eastside Flea Holiday Markets -The BIGGEST Holiday season ever at Eastside Studios!! More vendors than ever before, two food trucks per day, special pop-ups, and the cozy community vibes you know and love!
    Shop local this Holiday season!! Bring your dogs!
  • Make IT! Craft Fair – Shop for one-of-a-kind handmade items from over 265 artisans, designers & crafters at the PNE Forum.
  • Story Party Vancouver | True Dating Stories – At Story Party you will hear true dating stories that will make you feel better because it could be worse.

Monday, December 17, 2018

  • Woo Hoo! Simpsons Trivia – 50 cromulent questions from seasons 1-9, three classic Simpsons episodes, and the most fun you’ll have on a monday night!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Friday, December 21, 2018

  • Winter Solstice Lantern Festival – Celebrate this warm and festive community event with a glowing constellation of lanterns shining in Vancouver neighbourhoods. 6-10pm. Yaletown, Granville Island, Strathcona, Chinatown.
  • The Sound of Music Sing-a-Long – This is your chance to sing-a-long to the most iconic films of all time – complete with lyrics on the screen, the bouncing ball, prop bags, a costume contest and so much more

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Sunday, December 23, 2018
Monday, December 24, 2018
Tuesday, December 25, 2018

  • Christmas Day

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

  • Boxing Day

Thursday, December 27, 2018

  • The Sound of Music Sing-a-Long – This is your chance to sing-a-long to the most iconic films of all time – complete with lyrics on the screen, the bouncing ball, prop bags, a costume contest and so much more

Friday, December 28, 2018

  • Contact Music Festival – Huge EDM concert at BC Place with Skrillex, the Chainsmokers, Galantis, Alison Wonderland, and more.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Monday, December 31, 2018