With just days to go before the jolly old elf takes to the skies aboard his shiny sleigh it can be easy to let that grinchy feeling sneak in. With the unexpected dumps of snow in our neck of the woods and the anxiety levels and tempers of last minute shoppers taking over you can easily be put in a rotten mood anytime you venture outside of the house.
Just this morning I witnessed blatant rudeness at our local Tim Hortons over soup and I think we all just need to take a breath and remember it’s the holidays and a time to be happy and grateful not rude and obnoxious. Of course if that’s your demeanor year round may Santa leave you a giant lump of coal and a strongly worded note to check yourself before you wreck yourself.
If you’re with me and need a good dose of Christmas cheer to keep the negativity of the world away then here are some of our favorite places to go, most continue into the new year so even if you need and pick me up after the big day these are great places to find your smile and enjoy some family time.
- Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge – One of my favorite place to visit year round but especially beautiful when the Christmas lights are up. On until January 8,2017.
- The Peak of Christmas a top Grouse Mountain– There’s something magical about the being high above the city skating on an outdoor ice rink and taking a sleigh ride through the fresh powdery snow. On until January 2,2017.
- Christmas at FlyOver Canada -The Christmas event at FlyOver Canada is hands down the best time of year to visit in my opinion. The ride is spectacular anytime but there’s something super special about flying over the North Pole to see the elves bustling about in preparation for Christmas Eve. On until January 2,2017. You never know you may have a chance to teach an elf to dab.
- Festival of Trees – Grab a hot beverage and wander through the Four Seasons Hotel or Pacific Centre to see the beautifully decorated trees in the BC Children’s Hospital Festival of Trees. On until January 2,2017.
- Lights at LaFarge Lake – This is quite possibly the greatest hidden gem in the Tri-Cities. A spectacular and free light display on LaFarge Lake is the perfect place to disconnect from the world and reconnect with loved ones as you walk the perimeter of the lake. I bet you’ll discover something new every time you go around. On until January 22,2017.
- Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum -Is always an amazing place to visit to travel back in time and appreciate the simpler things. This light displays at this time of year are gorgeous and with the snow on the ground it’s an even more magical place. On until January 2,2017.
- Winter Ice Palace at Cloverdale Arena – The Cloverdale Arena is transformed into a winter wonderland for family to enjoy a skate on an “outdoor pond”. It’s easy to imagine that you’re outside and at $4.50 per person it’s a budget friendly family activity. On until January 2,2017.
- Vandusen Botanical Gardens Festival of Lights– The beauty of Vandusen Gardens all lit up for the holidays is not easily put into words but with over a million lights and a new carousel it is definitely the place to get in a festive mood. On until January 2,2017.
- Vancouver Christmas Market– In its new home at Jack Poole Plaza the bigger and better Christmas market will transport you to a world of German tradition. It’s a great place to stroll through and enjoy the sites, sounds and smells the season. Also a great place to add on to your FlyOver Canada visit. On until December 31, 2016.
- Bright Nights in Stanley Park– One of my favorite Christmas traditions is wandering through the festive and brightly lit park while sipping a hot chocolate and waiting for our train ride. Donations and partial ticket sales from the event go to the Fire Fighters Burn Fund and it is consistently well done and worth the time and every penny. Get your tickets before heading down because they do sell out! On until January 1,2017.