Feeling wintery and festive, but you want to save your money on buying Christmas gifts? We’ve found some free things to do in Vancouver to get you into the Christmas mood! Vancouver can be expensive, but you don’t always have to spend money to explore the city and have fun!
Vancouver Tree Lighting Celebration
Don’t have plans tonight and want to go to a free party? As one of the top Christmas events in Vancouver, you don’t want to miss this tradition of lighting a huge, 50 ft. tall Christmas tree in downtown Vancouver. The celebration includes live music from the Vancouver Children’s Choir, and special guest appearances by Rick Hansen, the BC Lions, Bro Jake from Rock 101 and Santa Claus himself!
- When? Tonight, November 29th, 5:30 – 7PM
- Where? Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Place (Located at the Vancouver Convention Center)
- Cost? FREE!
For more information, check out the website HERE.
Free Ice Skating at Robson Square
This ice rink located at the busiest part of downtown Vancouver opened during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Outdoor skating is rare in Vancouver so grab your skates and your friends and go do some laps around the rink!
- When? December 1, 2012 – February 28, 2013
Thursday from 9am – 9pm and Fridays & Saturdays from 9am – 11pm.
- Where? 800 Robson Street (across from the Vancouver Art Gallery)
- Cost? Skating is FREE. Bring your own skates or skate rentals are $4.
For more information, please visit the website HERE.
Vancouver Maritime Museum – Free on Thursday Nights!
Interested in learning more about Canadian culture? This event is not really Christmas-y, but Vancouver Maritime Museum is the place of the rich history and traditions of the boating industry of the Pacific Coast. Experience the many artifacts, such as the 1944 Canada’s famous RCMP St. Roch, that contributed to Canada’s economic growth.
- When? Thursday nights, 5pm–8pm
- Where? 1905 Ogden Ave (near Kitsilano)
- Cost? FREE admissions!
To learn more, take a look at the website HERE.