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Our first two weeks in Vancouver have been quite a shock to the system. Six lane highways and high rise buildings were a distant memory when sat looking out over the ocean in Costa Rica. We are very fortunate to have been asked to house sit in a wonderful three story town house for the Christmas period and have been making the most of the great location to explore the city.

For those of you thinking of planning a Canadian Christmas here is a list of our Vancouver Festive Favourites :

Vancouver Christmas Market

Share a bratwurst and some mulled wine with your loved ones at this traditional German Christmas market, filled with stalls selling crafts and delicious treats you will find everything you need for a perfect Christmas. With something for everyone Snow fairies and life size gingerbread men entertain the children while a traditional German quartet play on the bandstand in the middle of the market. I recommend taking advantage of the VIP pass, simply print out the pass free of charge from the website and enter before 4pm for only $2. Full price $5.

Snow Faries at Vancouver Christmas MarketSnow Fairies at Vancouver Christmas Market

Stanley Park Bright Nights Festival of Lights

From the 14th December every year the Stanley Park in Downtown is filled with Christmas lights and festive scenes to raise money for the British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. With over 200,000 visitors each year the event has been called “the most spectacular lighting display in Canada”. You can jump aboard the park train that takes you on a 15 minute tour off the spectacular displays or visit Santa in his workshop, whatever you choose it is hard not to be filled with Christmas cheer!

 Supper and a Show on Granville Island

Christmas in VancouverChristmas in Vancouver

Granville Island is a peninsula that sits in False Creek at the heart of the city. Often referred to as the Town Square it is home to a living, breathing urban oasis filled with fine waterfront restaurants, theatres, galleries, studios, unique shops, cafes and a spectacular fresh food market. There are a number of theatres on the island that provide a range of theatrical entertainment, we opted to see some daring improvisational comedy but there are also modern interpretations of classic plays, musicals and other contemporary theatrical productions. The range and quality of restaurants is superb, we sat on the balcony of The Sandbar Restaurant and soaked up the view of the city skyline before devouring a delicious meal. Wraped up in the blankets provided it was hard not to catch some of the infectious Canadian Festive Spirit.

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