Looking for low-cost or free Christmas events in Metro Vancouver?
Below you’ll find lots of low-cost, by donation, or free Christmas events & attractions across Metro Vancouver listed by city so you will know what to travel for and what is close to home.
We’ve got you covered for Aldergrove, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Fort Langley, Langley, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Squamish, Surrey, Tsawwassen, Vancouver, West Vancouver and White Rock. We wish you and your families a magic Christmas together!
Aldergrove’s Annual Christmas Light Parade and After Party
When & Where: Dec 9th at 6:00 pm, Downtown Aldergrove
Details: Enjoy the parade, crafts, entertainment, refreshments, carol singing and lighting of Aldergrove’s Official Christmas tree. Rain or Shine, free.
Ugly Christmas Sweater Toonie Skate
When & Where: Dec 23 from 12:30 – 3:00 pm, Bill Copeland Sports Centre
Details: Crafts, games, holiday cheer and a visit with Santa and his friends. $2.00 per person, skates and helmet included. All ages.
Bright in Burnaby
When & Where: Dec 2 from 4:00 – 9:00 pm, Burnaby Village Museum
Details: Tree Lighting Ceremony & light refreshments at 6pm. Proceeds from carousel ride tickets purchased between 4-9 pm will be donated to the Burnaby Christmas Bureau.
Edmonds Festival of Lights
When & Where: Nov 25 from 2:30 – 5:30 pm
Details: Tree lighting, Santa visit, hot chocolate, hot dogs, entertainment and activities. Love free Christmas events like this!
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
When & Where: Nov 25-Dec 15 and Dec 16-Jan 5, times vary, consult website for details.
Details: Experience an old-fashioned Christmas. Free Gate Admission. Optional carousel rides are $2.65.
When & Where: Dec 9 from 3:00 – 7:00 pm, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
Details: Celebrating the festive season through arts, entertainment, culture and food. Free admission, all ages.
Winter Lights Display at Lafarge Lake
When & Where: Nov 25 – Jan 21, opening celebration on Nov 25 from 2:30 – 5:30 pm, Lafarge Lake, Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way
Details: For opening celebration, see roving performers, enjoy free hot chocolate & cookie, have photos taken with Santa, listen to choirs caroling and enjoy a photo booth.
Winter Lights Display – Theme Night with Sparky
When & Where: Dec 2 from 6:30-8:30 pm, Lafarge Lake, Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way
Details: Sparky the Firefly and Park Spark mascot lead a parade around the lake. Glow sticks and candy canes will be handed out, while quantities last. Free, all ages.
Winter Lights Display – Scavenger Hunt
When & Where: Dec 3 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Lafarge Lake, Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way
Details: Pick up your scavenger hunt card at the Welcome Tent and return it for a surprise. Free, all ages.
A Lantern Affair: Our Family Day for the Holiday
When & Where: Dec 3 from 1:30 – 3:30 pm, 1120 Brunette Avenue
Details: Free Admission, all-ages. Make your own lanterns, lantern ceremony, live performances, a multi-cultural tea salon, heritage activities at Mackin House and more!
Gingerbread Open House at Springfree Trampoline
When & Where: Dec 16 from 12 noon – 4 pm, 1300 Woolridge Street #7
Details: Bring your family & imagination down to the Coquitlam Springfree store for an afternoon of FREE Holiday Fun. They will be supplying everything you need to decorate your own Gingerbread House! RSVP online – limited spots available – one gingerbread house per family.
Winter Lights Display – Jingle Bells Night
When & Where: Dec. 22 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., Lafarge Lake, Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way
Details: Caroling around Lafarge Lake. 7:30 p.m. community sing-a-long of Jingle Bells. Jingle bells provided, while quantities last. Rain or shine!
A Fort Langley Christmas
When & Where: December 22-23, 27-30, Fort Langley, 23433 Mavis Ave
Details: Free admission. Hear Kwantlen stories, roast chestnuts over the fire, and make ornaments, take a guided tour, daily feature at noon, baking in the outdoor oven, giant outdoor Christmas tree, hot drinks, baked goods, tourtière and cookie decorating. Donations to Langley Food Bank can be dropped at the Visitor’s center.
When & Where: Dec 2 from 10-12:00pm or 1:30-3:30pm, Langley Centennial Museum
Details: Gingerbread cookie decorating, crafts, jolly old St. Nick, surprise gift for each child and mail letters to Santa! Family of 4 costs $10, pre-registration required.
Magic of Christmas
When & Where: Dec 2 from 4:00 – 7:30pm, McBurney Plaza and Fraser Highway
Details: Entertainment and crafts, a parade and Santa, and tree lighting and caroling.
Caroling in McBurney Plaza
When & Where: Dec 1, 9, 15 & 23 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, McBurney Plaza, 20518 Fraser Highway
Details: Sing-along with carolers while enjoying free hot chocolate in the plaza.
Christmas in the Park and Parade Event
When & Where: Dec 2, 2017 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm, 11900-22498 Haney Place
Details: Santa Claus Parade & Christmas in the Park. Santa visit, crafts, decorated trees to see, cookies, popcorn & hot chocolate (bring your own mug). Mail Santa letters here!
When & Where: December 2 at 11:00 am, Columbia Street, Downtown New Westminster
Breakfast With Santa at Lonsdale Quay
When & Where: Dec 2 from 9:30 – 11:30 am, Lonsdale Quay Food Court
Details: Have you heard the news? Santa will be helping kick-off holiday celebrations at Lonsday Quay Market! He will be there for a visit, and to pose for selfies with the kids. For breakfast, They will be cooking up some adorable mini pancakes by donation, to Aunt Leah’s Place. Kids will also have the chance to decorate their own Christmas Card with glitter, stickers and more! It’s going to be a great start to the holiday season!
North Vancouver Christmas Festival
When & Where: Dec 2 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm, Shipbuilders’ Square, Wallace Mews Road, North Vancouver
Details: Ornament/lantern making, tree lighting, a Ferris wheel, gingerbread decorating, story time tent, face painting, balloon creations, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, Burrard Yacht Club sail by, free warm coffee, tea and hot chocolate and Christmas carols. On stage entertainment includes performances by The Beauty Shop Dolls, Windsor Senior Chamber Choir and Seymour Dance school. All activities are free but donations are welcome. All proceeds will go to local charities.
Park & Tilford Hi-Light Festival
When & Where: Dec 1 – 31 (Dec 1st opening night 6:30 – 10:00 pm; Family Friday Nights Dec 8, 15, 22 open 5:00 – 9:00 pm; regular hours are 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm daily) Park & Tilford Gardens, 333 Brooksbank Ave, North Vancouver
Details: Majestic festival of lights with over 150,000 lights on display over 3 acres. On opening night, enjoy hot chocolate, live entertainment and a Light Up countdown, entry by donation. Enjoy family entertainment on Family Friday Nights
Kids Holiday Sugar Cookie Decorating
When & Where: Dec 9 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm, El Dorado Pie & Treat at Lonsdale Quay Market
Details: Kid’s will love the opportunity to decorate their own holiday sugar cookie with glitter, sprinkles and icing at El Dorado Pie and Treat’s cookie decorating workshop! Join them for all the festive fun on the Retail level at Lonsdale Quay Market, next to Perform Art Studios.
Carol Ships Shoreside Celebration
When & Where: Dec 9 from 7:30 – 9:00 pm, Panorama Park, Deep Cove
Details: Visit the shores of beautiful Deep Cove this holiday season where the community will be gathering in Panorama Park to watch the Carol Ships sail by. Enjoy a warm and festive evening filled with musical entertainment, roving performers, free craft workshops, a blazing bonfire and beautiful lights. Santa himself may even stop by! In support of the Harvest Project and Family Services, please bring donations of food or unwrapped gifts if you’re able to.
Perform Art Studios Holiday Dance Performance
When & Where: Dec 16 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Retail Level Bridge, Lonsdale Quay Market
Details: Get in the holiday spirit with a bit of dancing! Perform Art Studios will be performing an exciting dance show to a festive medley of music!
Santa’s Workshop at the Market
When & Where: Dec 17 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm
Details: Santa’s Workshop is coming to the Market! Santa will be visiting and posing for selfies with kids and parents alike on the Retail Level, next to the children’s ballroom, from 12:00pm-4:00pm. Kid’s will also have the opportunity to make a fun snowman craft or a festive candy cane reindeer!
Heritage Tree Festival
When & Where: Nov 25 – Dec 31 at locations across Port Coquitlam
Details: Vote for your favourite tree and support PoCo Heritage, trees will be on display at local businesses, see website for details.
Lighting of Leigh Square
When & Where: Nov 25 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm, 2248 McAllister Ave, Port Coquitlam
Details: Annual lighting event with entertainment, carols, crafts, photos with Santa and more. Free admission.
CP Holiday Train
When & Where: Dec 17 at 6:00 pm – Port Coquitlam West Coast Express Station, 2125 Kingsway Ave
Details: Watch the Holiday Train roll in and listen to Alan Doyle and The Beautiful Band. Please bring a donation for the SHARE food and toy drive.
Skate with Santa
When & Where: Dec 17 from 1:15 – 3:45 pm, 2150 Wilson Ave (PoCo Rec Complex)
Details: Regular admission applies.
Christmas Eve Day skate
When & Where: Dec 24 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm and 12:45 – 2:00 pm, 2150 Wilson Ave, PoCo Rec Complex
Details: Regular admission applies.
Squamish Santa Claus Parade
When & Where: Dec 1 at 7:00 pm, Cleveland Avenue, Downtown Squamish
Details: Annual Santa Claus parade can be viewed on Cleveland Avenue from 7:00 pm onward.
Surrey Santa Parade of Lights
When & Where: Dec 3 at 5:00 pm, Cloverdale Town Centre, Surrey
Details: Charitable donations will be collected for Surrey Food Bank and the Surrey Christmas Bureau. See website for parade route.
Winter Fest 2017
When & Where: Dec 16 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 15105 105 Ave (Guildford Recreation Centre)
Details: Free event aimed at ages 6 to 12, but everyone is welcome to enjoy cookie decorating, holiday crafts, games, treats, sports challenges, a photo station and more. Love free Christmas events like this!
Winter Ice Palace
When & Where: Dec 22 – Jan 7 at various times (see website for details), 6090 – 176 Street (Cloverdale Arena)
Details: Experience a winter wonderland at Cloverdale Arena and enjoy this fun, seasonal event with your friends and family.
Mini Mills Club Event: Holiday Magic
When & Where: Nov 28 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Promo Court, Tsawwassen Mills, 5000 Canoe Pass Way
Details: Celebrate the magic of this holiday season with their beautiful and dazzling holiday décor. Double up the fun & joy with gingerbread cookie decorating, festive crafts & games! Simply join the Tsawwassen Mills free Mini Mills club at the event on Tuesday, November 28th or at Guest Services. Membership includes exclusive offers for kids.
Christmas at Canada Place
When & Where: Nov 23 to Dec 31, 2017, Downtown Vancouver
Details: Experience the nostalgic tradition of the Woodward’s Windows, magical holiday light display, the Sails of Light, and the festive Avenue of Christmas Trees.
CandyTown – A Yaletown Holiday Festival
When & Where: Nov 25 from 12:00 noon – 7:00 pm, 1152 Mainland Street
Details: This 2nd annual free winter festival will transform Mainland Street into a winter wonderland. Lights and candy canes will adorn lamp poles and costumed characters will parade down the street. Holiday shoppers are invited to start their seasonal gift buying in Yaletown with local merchants as well as a specialty “All I Want For Christmas” market carrying unique gifts and holiday treats. You’ll also find Mainland Street filled with local artisans, street performers and live music. Enjoy free carriage rides (in front of 1200 Pacific Blvd), visit with Santa and the Ice Queen, ice carving demonstrations, and candy making! This outdoor Christmas festival is free, open to the public and sure to get people into the Christmas spirit!
Santa Claus Parade
When & Where: Dec 3 at 12:00 noon (start), Downtown Vancouver
Details: Parade route begins in the West End and moves toward downtown on West Georgia Street, then turns down Howe Street at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Family entertainment at Christmas Square prior to the parade. Donations are being collected for the food bank.
Christmas in Kerrisdale
When & Where: Dec 2, 9, 16, 23 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm in Kerrisdale Village
Details: Horse and Carriage rides, strolling brass brands, Santa visits and Christmas quartets
Free Ice Skating at Robson Square
When & Where: Dec 1 to end of February, 800 Robson Street, Downtown Vancouver
Details: Lace up for skating family fun from December 1 to the end of February. Free admission, bring your own skates or pay to rent.
When & Where: Dec 7 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm, on Water Street in Gastown
Details: Watch dozens of choirs carol for a cause. Enjoy sing-offs and Christmas music in the open air & donate to support great causes.
Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting
When & Where: Dec 1 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, 750 Hornby Street, Downtown Vancouver
Details: This free family-friendly event features live entertainment and music from Side One, free cookies and hot chocolate, local food trucks and fun activities for kids! Come experience holiday magic at its best! Complete your night with a visit with Santa, or stop by the Canada Post station to write a letter to the Big Man himself! Come experience this festive Vancouver tradition!
24th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival
When & Where: Dec 21, various times & locations.
Details: Come celebrate this free community event with a glowing constellation of lanterns shining in various Vancouver neighbourhoods (including Granville Island, Yaletown, False Creek & Chinatown). Wherever you wind up, you will feel connected to your community and to the universal spirit of celebration! This festival features fire performances, a procession, Labyrinth of Light, indoor activities and lantern displays. Free family event, with some ticketed venues. Suggested donation of $5/person gratefully accepted.
Free Pancake Breakfast with Santa!
When & Where: Dec 2 from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon, West Vancouver Community Centre Atrium
Details: Everyone is invited to a free pancake breakfast! Santa will stop by for photos and they’ll have crafts for the kids.
Dundarave Christmas Fair
When & Where: Dec 2 from 12:00 noon to dusk, Dundarave Park
Details: Take in free concerts in the Festival of Light’s longhouse and the Dundarave Nativity Pavilion and watch the Christmas tree lighting
Dundarave Nativity & Paddle Songs
When & Where: Dec 9 from 12:00 noon to dusk, Dundarave Park
Details: Enjoy paddle songs and Christmas carols from Festival of Light’s longhouse and the Dundarave Nativity Pavilion.
Christmas Wassail & Bonfire Night
When & Where: Dec 23, from 12:00 noon to dusk, Dundarave Park
Details: Come to a beach bonfire celebrating Christmas as part of the Dundarave Festival of Lights.
Community Lantern-Making Festival
When & Where: Dec 23 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, West Vancouver Community Centre
Details: Celebrate the holidays with your friendly community by making winter solstice lanterns together, decorating gingerbread cookies, and listening to live festive music while you sip on a delicious hot drink. A professional artist will be facilitating a lantern making craft table. At 4:30 pm everyone is invited to join the walk to the Dundarave Festival of Lights (located right by the Beach House Restaurant). This festival is inter-generational, for friends, families, children to seniors and all across the board. Love free Christmas events like this!
Christmas on the Peninsula
When & Where: Nov 25 from 8:30 am – 6:15 pm, various White Rock locations.
Details: Enjoy carolers, Christmas movies, Christmas crafts, a Christmas parade, and Christmas tree lighting.
Friends of the White Rock Library Christmas Open House
When & Where: Dec 9 from 1:30 – 4:00 PM, White Rock Library, 15342 Buena Vista Ave.
Details: Music with Gary Cyr and members of the South Surrey/White Rock Ukulele Circle. Refreshments & door prizes.
Holiday Break Skates (Santa Skate)
When & Where: Dec 23 from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 14600 North Bluff Road (Centennial Arena)
Details: Family Stick & Puck (5 – 12 years) 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Youth must wear helmet with full face shield. Family Skate 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Admission for all ages: $3.75 or Family Rate: $22.50 (includes admissions, skate and helmet rentals for up to five family members).
Holiday Break Skates (Christmas Eve Skate)
When & Where: Dec 24 from 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 14600 North Bluff Road (Centennial Arena)
Details: Visit Santa on the ice and listen to classic Christmas tunes. Family Stick & Puck (5 – 12 years) 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Youth must wear helmet with full face shield. Family Skate 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Admission for all ages: $3.75 or Family Rate: $22.50 (includes admissions, skate and helmet rentals for up to five family members).
If you know of any other free or low-cost Christmas events across the Lower Mainland, please leave details in the comments below!