Things to do in Vancouver over the holidays

Things to Do — By Natasha John on December 26, 2010 at 8:45 pm

The chaos of Christmas Day is now over and it’s time to get in a little R&R before New Year’s Eve brings on its wild festivities. You have a couple of days to roam around the city, drive up to Whistler, or explore the North Shore Mountains. If you’ve got this week off from work and the kids are at home, here are a few ideas to keep you busy:

Each winter, around the world, skating rinks are set up in the hub of many places to attract eager future-winter-Olympic-figure-skating-dreamers. Vancouver isn’t a city to miss out on fun, so an ice rink has been set up in Robson Square (located by the Vancouver Art Gallery ) for ice enthusiasts to enjoy.

Robson Square ice rink.

Just because the mountains are covered in snow, doesn’t mean that you can’t go zip-lining. If skiing, snowshoeing or tubing aren’t your thing, Grouse Mountain also has five zip-lines set up to fulfill your need for speed.  For a slightly more intimate experience, who doesn’t like strapping on some snowshoes and finishing up the hike with fondue? Snowshoe and fondue is where it’s at.

Should time be quite liberally spread over your week, whiz up to Whistler and take on Blackhomb and Whistler mountains for some skiing and Whistler Village constitutionals. While you’re enjoying all that Whistler has to offer, treat yourself to dinner at Araxi and think of it as a belated Christmas present to your taste buds. They’ll thank you, one way or another.

VanDusen Botanical Garden still has the Festival of Lights running until January 2, 2011 and is an enchanting way to spend some time after the sun sets. The hours are from 4:30pm until 9pm and family pricing is offered. If you would like to order your tickets over the phone, call 604.684.2787.

VanDusen's lit like a Christmas tree

Capilano Suspension Bridge is a favorite place to visit any time of the year, but when it’s lit up with Christmas lights that twinkle ever so bright, it’s that much more magical. Like Vandusen’s display, this too runs until January 2, 2011 and the lights display (complete with gingerbread decorating!) runs from 5pm until 9pm.

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