‘Tis the season for holiday events! One of the best ways to embrace the holiday spirit is to go outdoors and enjoy sparkling lights, festive foods, and time with family. Check out 5 must-see festive experiences ongoing this season.
Vancouver Christmas Market, Vancouver
This German inspired Christmas market kicked off with a bang in November! Featuring more than 80 huts of authentic German sweets, treats, and treasures, this festive market in Downtown Vancouver is a beloved holiday tradition for locals and visitors.
With something for everyone, Vancouver Christmas Market hosts a variety of unique attractions across its festival grounds. From scavenger hunts to carousels and a walk-in Christmas tree, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
There is an abundant amount of food and entertainment options including the Alpine Lounge, live performances at the Flying Stage and over 80 local artisan stalls to explore. Foodies can sample Glühwein (mulled wine), a selection of German and Austrian beers, and a variety of sweet and savoury epicurean delights. Guests can also shop for authentic gifts or stocking stuffers for loved ones or take a walk down Lovers’ lane, a walkway of 20,000 twinkling lights.
This is more than just a market, it is an all-encompassing holiday experience enjoyed by everyone.
Glow is the largest indoor holiday celebration in Edmonton and Saskatoon! This indoor festival features over 100,000 ft² of family fun while strolling through millions of twinkling lights across festive gardens.
Glow has different holiday paths to explore and a large market of over 60 vendors. On top of this, you can enjoy exciting interactive, live shows on the main stage daily. Hungry? You will have plenty of delicious food trucks and festive drinks to choose from. You can cap off the adventure with a visit to the man himself—Santa Claus!
Country Bright is a whimsical walking tour through tens of thousands of jolly lights featuring life-size snow globes, large displays, tunnels and familiar holiday characters! Discover the charm of a winter country festival and listen to classic holiday tunes all while walking with friends and family. This experience features a charming country setting with 19th-century barns and natural scenery brought to life through lights and sound under a winter nighttime sky. The walk is about an hour long, so bring some hot cocoa and enjoy the holiday experience!
Enjoy the drive-thru experience through Winter Magic’s illuminating holiday lights. Winter Magic in Kansas City is a world of wonder with hundreds of thousands of spectacular lights and displays. This event allows guests to venture down a bright tunnel in their cars and witness lights moving to synchronized holiday music. You pay per vehicle, so you can pack everyone in and come experience the magic. For an added bonus, Winter Magic is also the official fundraiser for Children's Mercy Hospital, providing children with lifesaving care.
Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta is hosting Magic of Lights, a drive-through light show experience! Partnering with Canadian Tire, Magic of Lights provides guests with an opportunity to celebrate the holidays together from the comfort of their own vehicle. The dazzling event features over 1 million lights and digital animations full of holiday scenes and characters. Spanning across 2.5 kilometres, the drive takes approximately 30 minutes with shinning light displays at every turn.