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COVID-Safe Holiday Activities and Events in British Columbia

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CommunityEssentials

COVID-Safe Holiday Activities and Events in British Columbia

Reading Time: 5 minutes

We’ve all had to make peace with the reality that the holidays will be a lot different this year. It can be a tough pill to swallow for those who depend on this time of year to spend meaningful time with family and friends. It’s also Christmas! And Hanukkah! And Kwanzaa! It’s a time to celebrate your friendships and share gifts and enjoy being around people you love. So the fact that there are limits to what we can do and how we can travel kind of sucks. 

But like most negative things in life, there’s a silver lining. When thinking of COVID-safe activities in British Columbia, there are still some fun things you can do both inside and outside your home to put you in the holiday spirit. These events will definitely be a bit different, but that’s OK. We’re going to get through this time as best we can, and if there’s any way to enjoy the holidays while still being safe, we’re all for it. With that in mind, here’s nine ideas to get you started.

9 activities and events you can safely attend in British Columbia

 

1. Grouse Mountain’s Peak of Christmas 

Event details: Outdoor/indoor event where you can meet Santa and his reindeer while you stroll through the majestic Grouse mountain. 

Location: Grouse Mountain  

Event date: Daily from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Admission cost: $32/child (5-16) $52/senior (65+) $59/adult (17-64) $99/family (2 adults, 2 children) 

Buy tickets

This is an ideal family event where you can book breakfast with Santa, skate outdoors, watch drive-thru movies and enjoy the “Light Walk” through Grouse Park. 

 

2. White Rock Festival of Lights 

Event details: Outdoor light show with accompanying cultural events, including Diwali and Hanukkah. 

Location: Marine Drive Waterfront, White Rock, BC 

Event Date: Daily from 4:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. until January 9, 2021.  

Admission cost: Free 

You’ll be in awe at how the waterfront is transformed into a mosaic of light displays representing the many cultural celebrations that happen this time of year. 

 

3. Canyon Lights

Event details: A light show across the suspension bridge, which is elevated over Capilano River. 

Location: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver 

Event Date: Daily from 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. until January 3. 

Admission Cost: $54.95/adult $49.95/senior $41.95/student $29.95/youth $18.95/child $115/family (up to 4 members) 

Buy tickets

This is a Vancouver holiday staple. You’ll quickly understand why this is named as one of the most spectacular light displays in the world.

 

4. Granville Island Festive Lights

Event details: Shopping, restaurants and other activities centred around a nightly light show. 

Location: 1661 Duranleau Street, Vancouver, BC 

Event date: Daily from sunset till 10:00 p.m. Public market open from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. daily. 

Admission cost: Free 

The Granville Light Festival is a great place to commute to with someone from your household. It feels festive but without too much fuss, and the light display is worth the trip. 

 

5. PNE Winter Lights 

Event details: Drive-thru winter lights and performance show. 

Location: 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC 

Event dates: December 11-13, 17-23, 26-27 4:00 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Admission cost: $39/car (4 people or less) $49/car (5 or more people) $25 for late-night entry 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm (2 people/car only) 

Buy tickets

You and your family or friend group can enjoy two kilometres of The Merry, Bright Forest filled with Christmas sounds and glowing lights. 

 

6. Festival of Trees – Vancouver 

Event details: In-person and online annual fundraising event for the Children’s Hospital hosted this year by the Fairmont. 

Location: 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC 

Event Dates: Daily until January 3. 

Admission cost: Donation ($10/month recommended) 

Donate

This is an amazing opportunity to view a memorable display of trees in the Fairmont lobby while raising money for the Children’s Hospital.  

 

7. Build a gingerbread house 

Not only is building a gingerbread house fun, but it’s actually kind of challenging. It really does test your creativity and your patience, trying to put that thing together. But you don’t have to do it alone. Jump on a video call with your friends or family and have a gingerbread house competition. If you win, they have to do your curbside pickups and dropoffs for the holidays. 

 

8. Watch holiday movies 

Family and food really make the holiday special, but the Christmas movies are just as woven into the tradition as anything else. Can you really ever get tired of Home Alone or The Grinch? What about A Christmas Story? These are all classic movies dedicated to this time of year. It cost nothing to stay in your home, turn on the TV and snuggle up under a blanket on your couch. 

 

9. Bake holiday cookies 

The scent of baked cookies is enough to make your mouth water. We know you have at least one go-to recipe, and if you don’t, this year is as good as any to find one. Of course, baked cookies don’t taste the same without hot chocolate. Have some fun with the hot chocolate, too, and try some different flavours. And don’t be too upset if you finish a batch all by yourself. 

 

Stay safe while having fun over the holidays 

We don’t have to tell you how beautiful B.C. can be this time of year. And trust us, we know you want to get out as much as possible. But we all need to be safe right now, so whatever COVID safety guidelines say you should do to keep safe, please follow them. The events and activities on our list are meant to be COVID-friendly, but use your discretion and do what you’re comfortable with. And if you happen to be commuting, Rocketman has ways to help you make those decisions.  

Try Rocketman’s Crowdedness feature so you can feel more comfortable getting on a bus. Keep your social distance, and remember that you’re required to wear a mask anytime you’re indoors. Clean your phone regularly if you are commuting. You’d be surprised how many surfaces you touch once you leave your home. 

We also want to mention that there are ways to save on your commute. This year has been tough for many people, so if you need to commute but really need to save money, we’ve put together a list of low-income travel passes in British Columbia. Take a look to see if you qualify. 

 

Rocketman keeps you ahead of your commute 

No matter where in B.C. you’re travelling, Rocketman keeps you ahead of your commute. With real-time transit alerts, travel times and our new crowdedness feature, you’ll always be prepared for your daily commute. 

 

Download the Rocketman app to track Bus and Train times in British Columbia

Rocketman transit app for iOS

Rocketman transit app for Android

 Learn more about cities that Rocketman transit app supports in Canada

 

This article offers general information only and is not intended as legal, financial or other professional advice. A professional advisor should be consulted regarding your specific situation. While the information presented is believed to be factual and current, its accuracy is not guaranteed and it should not be regarded as a complete analysis of the subjects discussed. All expressions of opinion reflect the judgment of the author(s) as of the date of publication and are subject to change. No endorsement of any third parties or their advice, opinions, information, products or services is expressly given or implied by Royal Bank of Canada or its affiliates.

 

We’ve all had to make peace with the reality that the holidays will be a lot different this year. It can be a tough pill to swallow for those who depend on this time of year to spend meaningful time with family and friends. It’s also Christmas! And Hanukkah! And Kwanzaa! It’s a time to celebrate your friendships and share gifts and enjoy being around people you love. So the fact that there are limits to what we can do and how we can travel kind of sucks. 

But like most negative things in life, there’s a silver lining. When thinking of COVID-safe activities in British Columbia, there are still some fun things you can do both inside and outside your home to put you in the holiday spirit. These events will definitely be a bit different, but that’s OK. We’re going to get through this time as best we can, and if there’s any way to enjoy the holidays while still being safe, we’re all for it. With that in mind, here’s nine ideas to get you started.

9 activities and events you can safely attend in British Columbia

 

1. Grouse Mountain’s Peak of Christmas 

Event details: Outdoor/indoor event where you can meet Santa and his reindeer while you stroll through the majestic Grouse mountain. 

Location: Grouse Mountain  

Event date: Daily from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Admission cost: $32/child (5-16) $52/senior (65+) $59/adult (17-64) $99/family (2 adults, 2 children) 

Buy tickets

This is an ideal family event where you can book breakfast with Santa, skate outdoors, watch drive-thru movies and enjoy the “Light Walk” through Grouse Park. 

 

2. White Rock Festival of Lights 

Event details: Outdoor light show with accompanying cultural events, including Diwali and Hanukkah. 

Location: Marine Drive Waterfront, White Rock, BC 

Event Date: Daily from 4:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. until January 9, 2021.  

Admission cost: Free 

You’ll be in awe at how the waterfront is transformed into a mosaic of light displays representing the many cultural celebrations that happen this time of year. 

 

3. Canyon Lights

Event details: A light show across the suspension bridge, which is elevated over Capilano River. 

Location: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver 

Event Date: Daily from 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. until January 3. 

Admission Cost: $54.95/adult $49.95/senior $41.95/student $29.95/youth $18.95/child $115/family (up to 4 members) 

Buy tickets

This is a Vancouver holiday staple. You’ll quickly understand why this is named as one of the most spectacular light displays in the world.

 

4. Granville Island Festive Lights

Event details: Shopping, restaurants and other activities centred around a nightly light show. 

Location: 1661 Duranleau Street, Vancouver, BC 

Event date: Daily from sunset till 10:00 p.m. Public market open from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. daily. 

Admission cost: Free 

The Granville Light Festival is a great place to commute to with someone from your household. It feels festive but without too much fuss, and the light display is worth the trip. 

 

5. PNE Winter Lights 

Event details: Drive-thru winter lights and performance show. 

Location: 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC 

Event dates: December 11-13, 17-23, 26-27 4:00 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Admission cost: $39/car (4 people or less) $49/car (5 or more people) $25 for late-night entry 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm (2 people/car only) 

Buy tickets

You and your family or friend group can enjoy two kilometres of The Merry, Bright Forest filled with Christmas sounds and glowing lights. 

 

6. Festival of Trees – Vancouver 

Event details: In-person and online annual fundraising event for the Children’s Hospital hosted this year by the Fairmont. 

Location: 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC 

Event Dates: Daily until January 3. 

Admission cost: Donation ($10/month recommended) 

Donate

This is an amazing opportunity to view a memorable display of trees in the Fairmont lobby while raising money for the Children’s Hospital.  

 

7. Build a gingerbread house 

Not only is building a gingerbread house fun, but it’s actually kind of challenging. It really does test your creativity and your patience, trying to put that thing together. But you don’t have to do it alone. Jump on a video call with your friends or family and have a gingerbread house competition. If you win, they have to do your curbside pickups and dropoffs for the holidays. 

 

8. Watch holiday movies 

Family and food really make the holiday special, but the Christmas movies are just as woven into the tradition as anything else. Can you really ever get tired of Home Alone or The Grinch? What about A Christmas Story? These are all classic movies dedicated to this time of year. It cost nothing to stay in your home, turn on the TV and snuggle up under a blanket on your couch. 

 

9. Bake holiday cookies 

The scent of baked cookies is enough to make your mouth water. We know you have at least one go-to recipe, and if you don’t, this year is as good as any to find one. Of course, baked cookies don’t taste the same without hot chocolate. Have some fun with the hot chocolate, too, and try some different flavours. And don’t be too upset if you finish a batch all by yourself. 

 

Stay safe while having fun over the holidays 

We don’t have to tell you how beautiful B.C. can be this time of year. And trust us, we know you want to get out as much as possible. But we all need to be safe right now, so whatever COVID safety guidelines say you should do to keep safe, please follow them. The events and activities on our list are meant to be COVID-friendly, but use your discretion and do what you’re comfortable with. And if you happen to be commuting, Rocketman has ways to help you make those decisions.  

Try Rocketman’s Crowdedness feature so you can feel more comfortable getting on a bus. Keep your social distance, and remember that you’re required to wear a mask anytime you’re indoors. Clean your phone regularly if you are commuting. You’d be surprised how many surfaces you touch once you leave your home. 

We also want to mention that there are ways to save on your commute. This year has been tough for many people, so if you need to commute but really need to save money, we’ve put together a list of low-income travel passes in British Columbia. Take a look to see if you qualify. 

 

Rocketman keeps you ahead of your commute 

No matter where in B.C. you’re travelling, Rocketman keeps you ahead of your commute. With real-time transit alerts, travel times and our new crowdedness feature, you’ll always be prepared for your daily commute. 

 

Download the Rocketman app to track Bus and Train times in British Columbia

Rocketman transit app for iOS

Rocketman transit app for Android

 Learn more about cities that Rocketman transit app supports in Canada

 

This article offers general information only and is not intended as legal, financial or other professional advice. A professional advisor should be consulted regarding your specific situation. While the information presented is believed to be factual and current, its accuracy is not guaranteed and it should not be regarded as a complete analysis of the subjects discussed. All expressions of opinion reflect the judgment of the author(s) as of the date of publication and are subject to change. No endorsement of any third parties or their advice, opinions, information, products or services is expressly given or implied by Royal Bank of Canada or its affiliates.

 

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This article offers general information only and is not intended as legal, financial or other professional advice. A professional advisor should be consulted regarding your specific situation. While the information presented is believed to be factual and current, its accuracy is not guaranteed and it should not be regarded as a complete analysis of the subjects discussed. All expressions of opinion reflect the judgment of the author(s) as of the date of publication and are subject to change. No endorsement of any third parties or their advice, opinions, information, products or services is expressly given or implied by Royal Bank of Canada or its affiliates.

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