December is always an action-packed month with tons of events and activities on the go—but it’s not the best time of the year for your bank account.
Check out some of the top free events happening around BC this December.
Christmas Tree Lighting at Robson Square
Watch Vancouver’s largest Christmas tree get LIT! It’s happening on Friday, Dec. 2nd at Robson Square.
Carol Ships Parade of Light in Vancouver
Watch the parade of ships decked out in Christmas lights kicking off on Friday, Dec. 2nd and going on until the 17th.
Go Ice Skating at Robson Square
If you have your own skates go for a festive (and free) outing at the ice rink at Robson Square this month.
Once Upon a Christmas in Steveston
Enjoy Christmas tunes, local artisans and festive decorations at this craft fair being held at the Brittania Shipyard on Sunday, Dec. 3rd.
Christmas in Kerrisdale
Join in on the festivities happening in Kerrisdale this month on Saturdays (Dec. 3, 10, 17 & 23), including live Christmas music, free horse carriage rides and a chance to meet Santa Claus himself.
Lumiere in the West End
The event lights up various parts of the West End with a series of art installations and performances. It’s taking place on Sunday, Dec. 3rd.
New West Christmas Craft Night Market
A night market and craft fair all in one! Check it out on Sunday, Dec. 3rd at River Market in New Westminster.
Watch the Santa Claus Parade Downtown
A classic tradition to get in the holiday spirit—join other spectators downtown on Sunday, Dec. 4th to watch the parade.
Winter’s Dance on Robson Street
On Saturday, Dec. 10th watch a unique Nutcracker performance projected onto multiple screens in the middle of Robson Street. Blenz will be on-site to provide cups of hot chocolate.
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Going Across BC
The CP holiday train will be decked out in festive decorations and making its way across BC from Golden to Port Coquitlam, starting Dec. 13th. Check out when it will be coming to a station near you!
Heritage Christmas Weekends in Surrey
Check out Stewart Farm in Surrey for a reminder of what Christmas is all about. Happening all month until Dec. 18th, there will be a variety of activities including creating festive treats and holiday craft-making.
Winter Lights Display in Coquitlam
Check out more than 100,000 twinkling lights that will illuminate Lafarge Lake this holiday season.
Scope Out Christmas Lights Anywhere
Remember driving around for hours on end looking at cool Christmas light displays in different neighbourhoods? Re-create those special childhood memories!
Marina Light Up in Victoria
Marvel at the many vibrant boats decorated in Christmas lights this month in Victoria.
House of Rose Light Up in Kelowna
Enjoy thousands of lights, dancing elves and more festivities at House of Rose Winery in Kelowna starting Friday, Dec. 16th and going on until the end of the month.
Christmas at Canada Place
Free festivities include the Canada Place Sails of Light, a 15-foot snow globe, an avenue of Christmas trees and more. Check it out Dec. 16th to the 30th.
Santa Day at Whistler Blackcomb
If you dress up like Santa (or Mrs. Claus) on Saturday, Dec. 17th, you can get a lift ticket to ski for free.
Winter Solstice Lantern Festival in Vancouver
The free festival features lantern displays, live music performances and more in various Vancouver neighbourhoods. It’s happening on Wednesday, Dec. 21st.
Light Up the Night in Vancouver For Chanukah
Celebrate the first night of Chanukah by lighting Canada’s tallest Menorah at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Sunday, Dec. 25th.
Chalet Place in North Vancouver
Check out the house completely decked out in lights, happening the entire month of December. This year there will be tens of thousands of lights and all the usual favourites.
Nat Bailey Winter Market
Browse all the Winter market has to offer at Nat Bailey Stadium this month.
Holiday Hi-Light Festival in North Vancouver
Happening all month long, check out this festival of lights with over 150,000 lights on display over 3 acres.