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We love to immerse ourselves in the holiday spirit – drinking mulled wine, listening to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is you” on repeat, laying out all our Christmas decorations, spending time with family and friends and drafting up our game plan for holiday gift shopping. Even though this season can be a busy one, we wanted to share some of our favorite date night ideas in Vancouver to get you and your sweetheart in the holiday spirit!

Cozy Christmas Markets

Vancouver Christmas Market
Location: Jack Poole Plaza
Date: November 21, 2018 – December 24th, 2018
Price Point: $
What you can find: Over 80 huts stuffed with sweets, treats, and treasures and authentic German delicacies: sizzling sausages, mulled wine, old world confections, and so much more! Yummy! They also have a glittering carousel, a 30-foot tall walk-in Christmas tree boasting 36,000 twinkling lights, live entertainment, a multitude of festive family activities and a new feature, a Lovers’ Lane & Love-Lock Installation! You can purchase your own love lock or bring your own – so romantic!

Aurora Winter Festival
Location: Concord Pacific Place
Date: November 22, 2018 – December 30, 2018
Price Point: $
What you can find: The Aurora Winter Festival inspires the festive spirit through magical winter experiences. Escape into a hidden village by the North Pole filled with beautiful light displays and magical characters, and enjoy the market huts, food gardens, amusement rides, live entertainment, and plenty of other joyful activities. From visiting Santa’s Workshop to lacing up your skates on the Frozen Pond, there is something for you and your sweetheart!

Be Merry & Bright

Glow Christmas
Location: Milner Village Garden Centre, Langley BC
Date: November 2018 – January 2019
Price Point: $$
What you can find: Glow is a crafted and curated Christmas event! Cozy up with your boo and explore four Christmas-themed light gardens, a Christmas market, and food trucks! Take a stroll through their musical light tunnel, where you’ll feel the warmth and wonder of the Christmas season, under the glow of over 500,000 lights.

Bright Nights at Stanley Park
Location: Stanley Park, Vancouver BC
Date: November 29, 2018 – January 5, 2019
Price Point: $
What you can find: Enjoy a night cuddled with your sweetheart as you sip hot chocolate and ride the Stanley Park Train! Then head over and take a picture with Santa! Bonus: they have partnered up with BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund and the Greater Vancouver Food Bank! All proceeds and non-perishable food items will go towards their partnered charities.

VanDusen Festival of Lights
Location: VanDusen Garden, Vancouver BC
Date: December 1, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Price Point: $
What you can find: A holiday carousel, dancing lights paired to classic, disco and soul music, Storytime with Santa, a fireside lounge, Make-A-Wish® – Candle Grotto, and lots of Instagram worthy places to take cute holiday photos!

Lights at Lafarge Lake
Location: Lafarge Lake at Town Centre Park, Coquitlam BC
Date: November 24, 2018 – end of the holiday season
Price Point: Priceless
What you can find: Dazzling light displays encircling the 1.2km Lafarge Lake loop! On opening day, join in for live music, food trucks, plenty of Christmas entertainment, family crafts and more!

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge
Location: Capilano Suspension Bridge, North Vancouver BC
Date: November 22nd, 2018 – January 27th, 2019
Price Point: $$
What you can find: Celebrate Canyon Lights, A Winter Festival November 22, 2018 to January 27, 2019. Re-capture the feeling of wonder and excitement of the holiday season and be amazed by the hundreds of thousands of lights throughout the park. The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon are transformed into a world of festive lights and visual enchantment.

Sprit of Christmas at Sea to Sky Gondola

Location: Sea to Sky Gondola, Squamish BC
Date: December 1st, 2018 – January 6th, 2019
Price Point: $$
What you can find: Discover the magic of Christmas 2,800 feet above sea level, in a forest strewn with fairy lights. Visit Santa at the top of the world and sing carols at the top of your lungs. No mall madness, no bling, just cocoa by the fire and views to fill you with the joy of the season.

Indulge in Christmas Classics

The Nutcracker by Ballet BC
Location: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Date: December 7 – 9th, 2018
Price Point: $$
What you can find: Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet captures the imagination with this uniquely Canadian retelling of the beloved holiday classic, Nutcracker. This heart-warming ballet is full of surprises with sumptuous costumes and an imaginative set design makes this classic sparkle, delighting audiences of all ages with its beauty and splendor.

Christmas Movie Marathon
Location: Anywhere!
Date: Anytime!
Price Point: Priceless
What you can find: Pajamas, cuddles, hot chocolate, mulled wine, gingerbread cookies, Christmas tree decorating and endless Christmas movie classics! Light the fireplace (or light some of your favorite holiday candles), grab your coziest blankets and just enjoy a perfect night in! Find a full list of Christmas classics here!

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