Activities and Attractions
Celebrate your favourite Canadian Christmas memories at Christmas at Canada Place presented by Port Metro Vancouver
Visit Canada Place from December 1 – 31, 2013 to enjoy Christmas in Canada undercover in the Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal. It’s your chance to share your favourite Canadian Christmas memories and make new ones. This is a free, family fun and part of the Winter Waterfront District. We're bringing all these great Canadian holiday activities to the Waterfront:
Skating Rink sponsored by Northwest Territories, generously provided by Park Royal
Many Canadians have memories of skating. Playing hockey on an outdoor rink, figure skating at an arena, those first few tumbles as you learned to skate. Bring back those great memories and enjoy our covered synthetic rink. You can rent skates onsite or bring your own. Skate rentals of $2 per person will go Strathcona Community Centre's Food Security for Children program.
Holiday Train sponsored by Park Royal
All aboard! Jump on-board the miniature holiday train and imagine that you are conductor on a CN train, transporting goods all across Canada. Donations of $2 per person will go Strathcona Community Centre's Food Security for Children and the West Coast Railway Association.
Historic Woodward’s Windows
The Woodward’s Windows are a treasured part of Vancouver’s history. Originally displayed in the popular Woodward’s department store, the windows featured classic holiday scenes with animated characters and elaborate decor. Handcrafted in the 1960s, the displays included The Candlestick Factory, Santa’s Workshop and Teddy Bear’s at Play. Following the closure of the Woodward’s department store, Canada Place purchased the displays in 1993 and has continued to incorporate them into the Christmas at Canada Place experience. The Woodward’s Windows offer nostalgia for those who remember seeing them displayed in the store and excitement for those seeing them for the first time.
Santa and his elves are busy making all the presents and ensuring that they have everything ready for Christmas, but they have left some arts and crafts in their Canadian workshop for you to enjoy. You can make decorations for your tree at home, write a letter to Santa and more!
And of course, Santa will be visiting on the weekends so you can have a chance to read your letter to him in person and take a picture! Now’s the time to give him your wish list before it’s too late.
Try your hand at one of Canada’s most popular winter sports. Nicknamed “Chess on Ice,” visit Christmas at Canada Place to throw a “rock” and see how close you can get to the “house.” Confused? Don’t worry, we’ll teach you!
Christmas at Canada Place is the must-stop for holiday entertainment for the entire family. Featuring popular children’s performers to local school choirs, you won’t be disappointed.
Avenue of Christmas Trees
What is Christmas without the tree? Stroll through the avenue of beautifully decorated trees, sponsored by local organizations:
• Fraser Surrey Docks
• Jardine Lloyd Thompson
• Ken Heit
• Purdy's Chocolate
• Read Jones Christoffersen
• Vangaurd Painting
• West Coast Sightseeing
Fill a Container with Dreams
In the spirit of the season, help us fill a container of dreams for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank by dropping off your food donations at the giant “present” located on the front plaza at the entrance of Christmas at Canada Place.
Winter Waterfront District
Christmas at Canada Place is part of the Winter Waterfront District. The District includes the Christmas at Canada Place experience, Christmas at FlyOver Canada, delightful decorations at Burrard Landing and the Amacon Tree at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
*Although Breakfast with Santa will not be a part of this year's Christmas experience, our partnership and commitment to Strathcona Community Centre continues and there will be a variety of other opportunities on-site to donate.