Activities and Attractions
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Come down to Canada Place from December 8 – 30, 2012
to experience the 25th annual Christmas at Canada Place
. Along our outdoor promenade and throughout the city, Canada Place is bringing you and your family the best in Christmas cheer this holiday season – all in support of Strathcona Community Centre's Food Security for Children Program
The Christmas Trail: Classic Christmas Activities, Open 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. daily*/**
At Canada Place you’ll find the magical Christmas Trail including several of the Woodward’s Windows, an avenue of decorated Christmas Trees featuring generous community partners, The Christmas Workshop, Sails of Light, beautiful decor and more.
The Christmas Workshop, Open 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily
The Christmas Workshop is a beautifully decorated outdoor tent featuring three different festive craft activities by Create A Craft Events, Christmas inspired storytelling by Pangaea Arts, face painting by Marie-Helene Babin, SantaGram - a life sized photo wall where you can get your picture with Santa, complimentary hot chocolate, and more.
1:00 - 6:00 p.m. Donations graciously accepted
1:00 - 6:00 p.m. Christmas crafts with Create a Craft, complimentary hot chocolate and SantaGram
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Facepainting by Marie-Helene Babin
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Storytelling by STORIES on WHEELS
3:45 - 4:15 p.m. Storytelling by STORIES on WHEELS
4:45 - 5:15 p.m. Storytelling by STORIES on WHEELS
5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Storytelling by STORIES on WHEELS
Entertainers in Santa's Workshop
||Create a Craft Events was founded in 2009 by Sarah Laverock and Kelly Lietzmann. Create A Craft Events is an established event company that specializes in organizing, setting up and facilitating crafts for children at your event, whatever it may be. Create a Craft Events will take care of staging, decorations and supplies. Create a Craft Events has coordinated events big and small, ranging from 50 kids up to 600 kids. Some of the events Create a Crafts have been at are: Park Royal Shopping Center, The Cranberry Festival in Fort Langley, Musicfest Vancouver and Morgans Crossing to name a few. At Create A Craft Craft Events we strive to make sure the kids have fun, and walk away with a craft that they will be proud to display.
||Marie-Helene Babin is a professional face painter and body painter with nearly 15 years experience. Whether it is for a special event, festival or a birthday party, she creates intricate designs to illuminate your child’s face and bring fantasy to the day! She currently lives and works in Vancouver as a face painter, makeup artist and visual artist."
||STORIES on WHEELS is an original street theatre storytelling act for the whole family, featuring holiday-themed stories. Tales are brought to life by a high-energy comic performer, using beautifully illustrated picture cards displayed in a magnificent miniature wooden stage attached to the back of a unique bicycle. Inspired by a traditional Japanese travelling street show popular in the 1920s through 1950s, Kamishibai (literally paper theatre) combines the best of oral storytelling and narrative painting. Some of the holiday tales include a version of A Visit from St. Nicholasfeaturing original Kamishibai-style drawings, and a wintery Japanese New Years tale called Hats for the Jizos. You’ve never been told a story this way, before!
Woodward’s Windows, Open 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. daily
For years the Woodward’s Windows traditional charm has captured the memories and imagination of Vancouverites. In 2012, the Windows will be spread throughout the community for all to enjoy. Visit the ten festive displays at:
Canada Place along The Christmas Trail (Five windows)
Bentall One, Three, Four and Five (Four windows)
Woodward’s Food Floor by Nesters Market, Gastown (One window)
Woodward's Window descriptions coming soon!
Breakfast with Santa - December 15 and 16, 2012*
Guests enjoy this ticketed event including a delicious buffet breakfast, visits with Santa, a family entertainment stage, and many more activities. See this year's full breakfast menu and entertainment/activities line-up!.
*(Both dates are SOLD OUT).
Support local kids in need and enter to win a trip for two to Hawaii valued over $8,000 from Air Canada and Miramar At Waikiki. There are many ways to participate along The Christmas Trail and at each of the Woodward's Windows locations*:
- Download our Christmas at Canada Place mobile app, check-in all Woodward's Windows
- Complete a paper Woodward's Windows quiz form and enter to win. Available at each window location*
- Take your picture with Santa at SantaGram. Post it to Instagram, Facebook or Twiteer and mention '@CanadaPlace' to earn one entry.
- Mention your favourite Christmas tree on Twitter or Facebook
*One winner selected from all entry methods. One entry per free entry method per person.
Christmas Sails of Light - Dawn to dusk daily
On our spectacular 90 foot sails - a festive display of stunning colour, vivid design and holiday spirit.
Christmas at Canada Place raises proceeds for the Strathcona Community Centre's Food Security for Children, an essential program that helps to feed children on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Canada Place collects donations onsite to help raise funds and awareness for our longstanding partner.