15 Perfect Date Night Ideas In Metro Vancouver This Winter

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Date Night Ideas

The holiday season is here and the atmosphere for your next date night practically creates itself. In fact, there’s a reason all the best (or worst, depending on how you see it) hallmark films take place over winter. Because it’s magical, and romantic, and such.

With so much to do around Metro Vancouver, we’ve got you covered for the best date nights in the city this winter.

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Enjoy the beauty of one of Vancouver’s best sites, the Capilano Suspension Bridge. This holiday season will see the entire site dressed up in lights, including eight 250-year-old firs, making them some of the largest Christmas trees in the world.

When: November 22-January 26

Lights At Lafarge

Stroll through this Coquitlam display, where there’s a dazzling light display that laps around the 1.2 km loop of Lafarge Lake. There is also live music and plenty of vendors to help keep you warm with their treats. Get your couple photo with Santa as well.

When: Saturday, November 30-January 19 @ 6-8 pm 

Burnaby Village Museum

Burnaby Village Museum

Photo: City of Burnaby

This little 1920’s village is always a sight worth seeing, but it’s especially pretty during the winter season. Gaze at the festive lights strung across the site and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate together.

When: November 23-January 3, Time Varies

Vancouver Christmas Market

With more than 80 vendors, the annual Vancouver Christmas Market is a great setting for your next date. There is so much good food and dessert to choose from, along with a carousel, live performances and even a walk-in Christmas tree. There may even be some mistletoe.

When: November 20-December 24, 11:30 am-9:30 pm

Steveston’s Winter in the Village

Steveston is always worth a wander, with its gorgeous waterfront views and historic buildings. But during Winter in the Village, you’ll be able to see the area lit up as a winter wonderland.

When: November 21-December 31, Time Varies

Aurora Winter Festival 

Photo: Aurora Winter Festival at the PNE

The Aurora Winter Festival has transformed the PNE into Canada’s largest Winter Festival with over a million lights. Experience the holiday magic with your special someone by taking advantage of their special Friday night Date Night offer: Two admission passes, two Unlimited Ride & Slide Passes, and $10 worth of food/drink vouchers for $60.

When: Open daily excluding December 24 and 25, through January 5, 2020.

VanDusen Festival of Lights

Visit one of Vancouver’s prettiest gardens, but this time decorated in more than 1 million lights. There’s the light show on the lake, visits with Santa and great treats to try out.

When: November 30-January 5, 4-9:30 pm

Enjoy Festive Lights Around Burnaby Neighbourhoods

Avoid the crowds and enjoy some of the lights put up by the city and its community. Burnlake Drive in Burnaby is a great area to see houses get into the Christmas spirit. Or you can check out our guide for what to look for in Burnaby.

Indulge in Some Theatre

The Nutcracker

Photo: Goh Ballet

There’s no better time to see some live theatre than during the holidays. There’s plenty of shows coming up, from the Nutcracker Ballet to Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. There’s also plenty of community shows happening around the city for a smaller budget.

Grab Dessert

There’s something to be said for going on a food date. And with an endless supply of dessert spots in the city, you won’t be lost for options. Try the Beaucoup Bakery or Breka Bakery, among many other choices. 

Wander through Granville Island 

Granville Island isn’t just for tourists. You and your partner can enjoy the scenery, stop into the public market or maybe pop into Granville Island Brewery for a pint – or two.

Go Ice Skating Together

Robson Square Ice Rink Skating

Photo: @marija_bojanic / Instagram

There’s more places around the city to go ice skating than just Robson Square. So get out those skates and glide across the ice hand-in-hand (or crash into each other for fun – whatever floats your boat). Other sites include one at the Aurora Winter Festival or at Grouse Mountain.

Have a Drink at the Revolving Tower

Get a top-drawer view of the city while you enjoy a drink with your date. Head to the Revolving Tower for something a little different, and see the sparkling lights glimmer below.

Visit a Museum or Gallery

Vancouver Art Gallery

Photo: @alessandra604 / Instagram

There’s plenty of exhibits to see around the city, including Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver Art Gallery or the Vancouver Police Museum. There is sure to be plenty of conversation starters that will spark up from the exhibits.

Watch airplanes landing at YVR

There’s something magical about watching airplanes coming and going. Park along Richmond’s Dyke Trail or go to Iona Beach for a glimpse of planes taking off and landing.

But If You’re Still Looking for a Date…

Vancouver has a surprising amount of speed dating events. So ditch Tinder and try meeting people in-person. You’ll learn a lot more from them in that minute, then you will from starting at their curated photos. 

Check out our Christmas events guide for other seasonal things to do this year. Or see our list of best things to do in the rain.

For more events in the city, go to our Events page.

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