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Winter Bucket List: Best Activities this Holiday Season

12-17-2021

Metro Vancouver is jam-packed with activities during the winter holiday season and we’re here to highlight a few that are definitely worth visiting. From trekking through fresh powder and gliding on an outdoor rink to finding that special something to conquer your sweet tooth, we’ve got you covered. Grab your keys and let the memory making begin.

LET’S GO FOR A DRIVE-THRU.

 

PNE WinterLights: Celebrating its second year, this holiday adventure lets you enjoy all the nine enchanted lands filled with glowing lights, special characters, and festive performers right in the comfort of your MINI. The last day of the exhibit is December 31st.

 

Glow Gardens Langley: Showcasing their “Fairytale Christmas” magical world with an exclusive station (105.5 Glow FM) featuring festive tunes and a bit of yuletide magic as you cruise along is pretty sweet. Glow is open now through January 1, 2022.

 

NOTHING BEATS MAGICAL LIGHT DISPLAYS.
 

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park: It’s not every day that you see a world-famous bridge lit from end to end with a multi-colour changing display. Open for your enjoyment until January 23, 2022.

Vancouver’s Festival of Lights at VanDusen Garden: Bundle up and tour VanDusen Botanical Garden’s winter wonderland from now until January 3, 2022. With more than one million lights decorating 15 acres, this is definitely at the top of our list.
 

Surrey Holiday Lights: This holiday event features live music, light displays, food trucks, and a hot cocoa bar. This event runs until January 2, 2022.

Dundarave Festival of Lights: Featuring a shimmering multitude of outdoor Christmas trees on the West Vancouver waterfront, it is the largest outdoor tree display in the region. Each tree is fully illuminated by local groups, schools, and businesses.
 

Lights at Lafarge: Thousands of tiny lights return to Town Centre Park in Coquitlam this season and will be on until January 31, 2022. Visit early or late during the weekdays for the best views.

 

DID YOU SAY HOLIDAY MARKETS?

There’s quite a few winter markets happening around town, but here are two that bring a gigantic dose of holiday cheer.

 

Chilliwack Country Christmas Village: Get ready to be wowed by the indoor village, outdoor village, and Santa’s Magical Train of Light. Catch all the fun before their last day on December 24th.

 

Vancouver Christmas Market: Downtown Vancouver’s holiday tradition is back this year with a scavenger hunt, Lover’s Lane, Holiday Life Carousel, Walk-In Christmas tree, Eats, and much more. Check out their website for Date Night and student specials. This market is open until December 24th.

 

WE’VE GOT OUTDOOR RINKS, 2 TO BE EXACT!

Enjoy skating outdoors with absolutely no fear of the rain. Both venues that we’re highlighting here are covered and admission is free!

 

Shipyard Commons Skate Plaza: BC’s largest outdoor skating rink is open 12 pm - 7 pm daily and you can skate for free when you bring your own skates.

 

Robson Square Ice Rink: Skating is also free at this rink and a Skate Rental and Café recently opened for service. There’s also live music happening until December 24th. This rink is open from December to February.

 

TREKKING THROUGH FRESH POWDER.

Try something different this holiday season. Instead of shredding powder, try slowing down to take in the sights and smells of the beautifully decorated forest. 

 

Lights to the Lodge: Enjoy a safe and easy one-kilometre snowshoe trek to the historic Hollyburn Lodge along a self-guided trail lit with thousands of lights atop Cypress Mountain. 

 

Let your MINI App help you with trip planning. Pre-set your destinations and you’ll be all ready to go! Remember to tag us in your adventures. We would love to see what our MINI family has discovered.

If you haven’t yet switched to winter tires, we can help you get your MINI winterized. Book an appointment online, give us a call at 604-232-7880 or send us an email at [email protected]. Take advantage of our Service & Parts specials happening now until December 31st

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