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Vancouver is known for its temperate winters with plenty to do all over town. Come visit this November and December to participate in these local traditions!


Everyone loves the Vancouver Christmas Market. It’s a fairy tale winter wonderland that opens up every year in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Opening November 22 and ending Dec. 24 on Christmas Eve, this tiny little fair will make your heart swell. Food vendors offer traditional winter foods and drinks designed to warm your belly while you tour a charming tiny village modeled after Bavarian mountain towns. Photo opportunities, a Christmas carousel and even a walk-in Christmas tree will light up your night and fill you with the holiday spirit. If you’re of legal drinking age, be sure to sample the glüwein (mulled wine) to REALLY get into the spirit!
Fun for the whole family. Details here.


Starting December and lasting until January 7, the Van Dusen Festival of Lights is an enchanted trip that’s like walking through a dream. The Van Dusen Botanical Gardens are gorgeous all year round, but for one month of the year it’s transformed by artists who string a variety of lights throughout the park. We make a point of going every year! Don’t miss out.  


A classic Vancouver experience, free ice skating starts in historic Robson Square in the beginning of December! Bring your own skates if you have them, or rent skates for a very reasonable price and relive all of your fantasies of falling in love on the ice in an urban paradise! Located just across the street from the world famous Vancouver Art Gallery, you can complement your skate with a piping hot chocolate on their fantastic patio facing the square.

Coming to Vancouver this winter? Save by staying in Mt. Pleasant, a historic, hip, and colourful neighbourhood just minutes away from downtown. Book a room at the Best Western Plus Uptown Hotel today!