Can you feel it in the air? The hint of Jack Frost about to nip at your nose? The magic of those sleigh bells in the distance? With the holiday season fast approaching, we’re excited to stop and smell the poinsettias while taking in the beautiful holiday sights. We all know how stressful, crazy and chaotic the holiday season can be. So, what better way to lighten the mood than playing a little game of… I Spy The Holidays!

We’ve been spying with our little eyes some of Santa’s elves hard at work around the city. As beautiful sights start to pop-up, we’re challenging you to take a minute to pause and enjoy the moment. Snap a photo of a festive discovery that brings you joy and share it using the hashtag #ISpyTheHolidays. Let’s all join in the fun of preparing for the most wondering time of the year!

Here’s a few #ISpyTheHolidays snaps our team has found around Vancouver so far…

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Vancouver Marriott / Pinnacle Hotel / Terminal City Club Tower 

Now time for a little game! Can you guess which holiday happenings each of these photos are from? 

I spy with my little eye…

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Source: 1, 3, 4, 5 – vancitybuzz.com / 2 – balletbc.com / 6 – vancouversun.com / 7 – vancouverchristmasmarket.com / 8 – miss604.com

 

1) The Lights of Hope at St. Paul’s Hospital

The Lights of Hope fundraising initiative for St. Paul hospital launches on November 24th. This annual event raises money for enhanced patient care, urgently needed equipment, world-leading research and teaching initiatives. The display takes over 150 volunteers approximately 6 weeks to build using all donated materials. When completed, the stunning exhibit features over 10 km of lights, 100,000 bulbs and hundreds of sponsored stars. Visit the spectacle in person or donate to the cause at lightsofhope.com.

 

2) The Nutcracker

A holiday classic! The Nutcracker ballet returns to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre starting on December 8th. This incredible performance boasts a beautiful set with over one million dollars worth of decor, costumes, equipment, and lights. The Georgia Straight’s review stated “You’d be hard-pressed to find another Nutcracker with this much Sugar Plum-flavoured eye candy”! So, don’t miss out on this holiday tradition and get your tickets before they’re gone.

 

3) Enchant Vancouver 

The world’s largest Christmas light maze is coming to Vancouver on November 25th! Enchant is a brilliant light display created from over 55,000 sq. ft. of illuminated sculptures. After dusk, the stunning maze creates the perfect atmosphere for an evening adventure. Located near Olympic Village under the Cambie Street Bridge, Enchant also features a market with over 40 local vendors, 12 food trucks and a licensed eating area. Guests can eat, drink, and be merry while relishing in the festive environment. This is a must see on our list! We can’t wait to experience the wonderment of this new event.

 

4) The Santa Claus Parade

The 13th annual Roger’s Santa Clause Parade is taking place on December 4 starting at 12:00pm. This year’s route will take the floats up Georgia Street to Howe Street and end at the Coast Capital Savings Christmas Square. The parade is one of the largest food and fundraising events benefitting The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. To support the cause, spectators are encouraged to bring monetary or non-perishable food donations.

 

5) Tree Lighting at Robson Square

Vancouver’s decade-long tree lighting tradition continues this season at a new location – Robson Square. The official lighting ceremony takes place on December 2nd from 5pm – 7pm. This free public event features a holiday concert, photos with Santa, holiday crafts, free hot chocolate, and food trucks. Not to mention, the lighting of the 50-foot, Rockefeller-style Christmas tree covered with 6,470 illuminated bulbs.

 

6) The Peak of Christmas

The Peak of Christmas returns to North Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain this year starting November 25th! Take the gondola up to the North Pole, have breakfast with Santa, visit his workshop and meet live reindeer. At night, enjoy the breathtaking light installations surrounding Blue Grouse Lake while watching a movie at the Theatre in the Sky. From the slide zone to the skating rink, The Peak of Christmas offers holiday fun for everyone in the family!

 

7) Vancouver Christmas Market 

Opening on November 26th, Vancouver’s most iconic Christmas market has a new location this year – Jack Poole Plaza, the site of the Olympic Cauldron! This authentic German-inspired market features a mix of traditional food and beverage, authentic wood carvings, toys, knitted gifts and many other unique items. Stop for a quick drink after work or enjoy lunch while taking in a wide variety of cultural activities and entertainment. This is the perfect atmosphere for mixing and mingling with friends old and new!

 

8) Lantern Festival 

The 23rd Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival is happening on December 21st throughout various neighbourhoods in Vancouver. Beginning at 6:00pm, the lantern procession will take place in the following neighbourhoods: Yaletown, Granville Island, and Chinatown/Strathcona. This free community event honours cultural traditions by illuminating the darkest night of the year with lanterns, fire, singing, drumming, music and dancing!

 

 

Which holiday sightings are you most excited to see? Follow our festive discoveries on social. We’ll be tweeting/sharing upcoming activities and more #ISpyTheHolidays moments!

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Sage Advice

Want to enjoy one of the upcoming holiday activities we mentioned above? We recommend buying your tickets in advance. In many cases, it’s cheaper and will allow you to skip long lines at onsite ticket booths. Also, be sure to bring cash with you because debit or credit cards aren’t always accepted.

Think one of these events would be a fun holiday celebration for your office? We can help you plan it! Let us worry about the logistics. Simply tell us your budget, what event(s) you’re interested in and our trusted Sage Event Planners will get to work planning your outing. Contact us today at sagesupport@eventsage.com for your free quote.

 

 

Jessica MacLeod

Jessica MacLeod

With a background in brand promotions and experiential marketing, I've had the opportunity to work at a variety of festivals and events throughout Vancouver. I appreciate the passion and energy that goes into planing and executing an unforgettable event and I love sharing stories with the champions behind it all! I am a fourth-year marketing co-op student at KPU and also the new Social Media and Content Coordinator here at Eventsage!

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