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Pull out your calendars and get ready to start planning which of these 15 family events you are going to be headed to this season. Listed below are both non-holiday and holiday themed events that would make a fun family day/night outing. I have experienced many of these events with my family and we loved it. Listed from Vancouver – Abbotsford, discover new events near you. Happy holidays.

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Events in Vancouver

  1. Cirque de Soleil | Kurios:

    Now Playing – December 31, 2017: If you have been thinking about seeing Cirque de Soleil: Kurios now is the time. Kurios will not be returning back to Vancouver for sometime as they are headed to tour Japan starting in the New Year. I have heard reviews of it being one of the top Cirque shows seen by many avid Cirque de Soleil fans.

    Related: Escaping Reality at Cirque de Soleil Kurios

  2. Van Dusen Gardens | Festival of Lights 2017

    December 1 – January 7, 2018 • Hours vary depending on date: Over one million lights decorate the gorgeous Van Dusen botanical gardens during their festival of lights. Be sure to share your visit with #VanDusenFOL as well as use your tickets to get a free carousel ride.

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  3. Capilano Suspension Bridge | Canyon Lights

    November 23 – January 28, 2018 • 11AM – 9PM: Walk along Treetops Adventure’s 8 suspension bridges and see lights hanging as high as 150 ft in the air. Also explore the main suspension bridge, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon as they are all decorated in hundreds of thousands of lights. Lots of kids activities are scheduled and participation is by donation.

    Related: Capilano Suspension Bridge | Vlog Review

  4. Sea to Sky Gondola

    Starting November 24, 3017: Views that you just can’t see anywhere else combined with a number of non-holiday and holiday events. See their website for more details these family events; Storytime at the Gondola and Pancakes and Pictures with Santa.

  5. “Wonder” | The Movie

    Now Showing at a Theatre Near You: The perfect feel good movie that shares a message to #ChooseKind. Great for school aged kids – adults, staring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.

  6.  Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park

    November 30 – January 6, 2018 • Times vary depending on date: This year marks Bright Night’s 20th year in Stanley Park. Take a ride on the train and take in the sights of millions of decorated lights within Stanley Park, don’t forget to hop off and enjoy delicious food and drinks.

    Related: Four Reasons to Visit Bright Nights | Blogger Review

  7. Vancouver Christmas Market

    November 22 – December 24, 2017 • 11AM – 9PM daily (closes 6PM on Dec 24): Based off of many German towns tradition of hosting Christkindlmarkts, the Vancouver Christmas Market comes to life. Creating a place to enjoy family, local artisans, festive refreshments and so much more!

  8. Christmas at Fly Over Canada

    November 23 – January 7, 2018 • Times vary depending on date: Join a magical flight with Santa and the elves as you sour across Canada looking for elves and getting a glimpse at Santa’s workshop.

    Related: Fly to the North Pole this Christmas | Blogger Review

    Events in Langley

  9. Glow Christmas

    November 24 – December 30, 2017 • 4PM – 10PM: Hosted in a bright and spacious greenhouse you get the outdoor feels without being outside. With four Christmas-themed gardens inside parents can admire the beauty while your kids run around hunting down Santa’s lost presents. There is also a market, food trucks and drink sampling to enjoy.

  10. A Fort Langley Christmas

    December 22-23, 2017 & December 27-30, 2017 • Tours begin at 11AM: Enjoy a guided tour, hot drinks, a giant outdoor Christmas tree and much more in historic Fort Langley, where BC became BC. Admission is complimentary in celebration of Canada 150.

  11. Magic of Christmas Parade

    December 2, 2017 • Starting at 6PM: Celebrate the start of the Christmas season watching more than 50 groups (from festive floats and marching bands to decorated vehicles and dance groups) all preforming together to share the magic of Christmas.

     

    Events in Maple Ridge

  12. Timberline Country Christmas

    December 2 – 20, 2017 • Times vary depending on date: Get out into the country and enjoy a relaxing time aimed at creating a magical experience for your children. This event while holiday themed does not go overboard with lights and doesn’t have a Santa experience, making for a more traditional celebration with a keep it simple mentality.

    Related: Timberline Country Christmas | Blogger Review

    Events in Abbotsford

  13.  HighStreet Christmas Tree Lighting

    Every Saturday evening leading up to Christmas • Starting at 5PM: This year marks HighStreet’s 5th Annual Christmas tree lighting. Enjoy a festive show with Santa, Elves, Spandy Andy and more, all in front of one of Canada’s largest Christmas trees.

  14. Glenda’s Christmas Cottage Fireside Event

    December 2, 2017 • 4PM-7PM: Glenda’s Christmas Cottage is celebrating their 29th anniversary this year. Join them fireside on Dec 2nd, drink warm spiced apple juice or hot chocolate fireside while viewing thousands of twinkling lights. *This event is outside and weather dependant.

  15. Winter Jubilee | Downtown Abbotsford Christmas Tree Lighting & Market

    December 2, 2017 • 5PM – 9PM: Downtown Abbotsford comes together to create this festive evening event. There is lots to do including their winter market, photos with Santa and festive music and craft beer and wine stations. Fireworks start at 8:30PM.

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