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Holiday Activities
Trudi's Weekly Feature


There is still a week of holidays to enjoy before school and work begins. The New Year is going to bring busy times into our lives. If you can, try to make time to enjoy some of the activities the lower mainland has to offer. There is something for everyone. After being away, I am truly amazed at what opportunities we have around us.

Things to do:

Public Observation Area at YVR – Take a Canada Line train in and explore the remodeled domestic terminal. Grab a bite to eat and sit in the public observation area where you’ll have a fantastic view of planes landing. Kids can explore and watch multiple videos at the kiosks, learn about local history, and peep through binoculars to get an up-close look at aircraft on the tarmac.

Head over to the Sutton Place Hotel between now and December 31st to view their Home for the Holidays Christmas tree gallery & support Canuck Place.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park will run until January 2, 2010.

BC Sports Hall of Fame – Starting January 8th they will have a new “Go Canucks Go” exhibit featuring highlights, photos, Captain’s Corner, and 40 Canuck moments to celebrate the team’s 40th anniversary with the NHL.

Surrey’s Winter Ice Palace – Running until January 3rd at the Cloverdale Arena, the Winter Ice Palace is ice skating with an old fashioned twist.

Burnaby Village Museum – Presenting Christmas Traditions, Past and Present January 1st until January 3rd, 2010 (12:00pm – 5:30pm).

Christmas at Canada Place – Bundle up, grab some hot chocolate, and watch the sails lightshow.

GE Plaza Ice Skating – Skating at Robson Square is open from 12:00pm – 9:00pm daily. During the holidays, they’ll be open Christmas Day (12:00pm – 5:00 pm), Boxing Day (9:00am – 9:00pm), and New Year’s Day (9:00am – 9:00pm).

December 1 - 31, 2009

Park & Tilford's Christmas Festival of Lights.  North Vancouver's favourite holiday tradition, Park & Tilford Garden's Christmas Festival of Lights is back bigger & better than ever for December 2009. Open daily, lights come on at 4:30 pm.

December 11 to 31, 2009

VanDusen Botanical Garden presents The Festival of Lights.  VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights is the best therapy we can think of to combat the winter blahs. It has proven effective in upping the fun quotient for extended families with multiple generations, dating couples as well as friends looking for something to do together. Running December 11th through January 3rd from 4:30 to 9 pm every night (except December 25th when the Garden is closed), Festival of Lights presents a dazzling wonderland illuminated by more than 1.4 million lights displayed over 10 acres of the Garden.

December 19 - 31, 2009

Twelve Days of Christmas. During Twelve Days of Christmas, the Museum features a break from the busy holidays with self-guided crafts for kids and festive decorations. Celebrate the season with learning and sharing at the Vancouver Maritime Museum and help provide safe harbour for those in need. With a non-perishable food bank donation, children under ten receive free admission (maximum of two free children when accompanied by a paid adult). From Saturday, December 19 to Sunday, January 3, the Maritime Museum will be open every day from 10 am to 5pm. Exceptions are Sundays, open from noon to 5pm.

Ongoing to January 31, 2009

Public Ice Skating at Robson Square. Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Robson Square is British Columbia’s home for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Starting Tuesday, November 24, GE Plaza will be open for free public skating from Noon to 9PM every day. Rentals are $3 and include helmets for those 12 and under.

Ongoing until February 28, 2009

Museum of Vancouver presents Ravishing Beasts. Displaying the Museum’s extensive collection of taxidermy for the first time in decades, Ravishing Beasts investigates this provocative and strangely alluring practice. Whether a hoarding of exotic curiosities, a scientific archive, a hunting trophy, or a stuffed pet, taxidermy always exposes longings to capture animals and tell stories about their significance within human lives.

We hope that you are enjoying the holiday season. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year.


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