19 Things to Eat, See and Do in December Across Canada

Vancouver - YVR

Culture

Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival
This inaugural edition of the country’s largest Lunar New Year celebration lights the way through Hastings Park with 35 giant lanterns. Look out for the nearly 60-metre-long dragon, white pagoda and Kylin beast, plus illuminating cultural performances (plate spinning, contortion and folk dance among them) inside the Pacific National Exhibition Fairgrounds.

Shopping

Dilly Dally Toys & Delights
When the storybooks and crafts beget serious browsing, the art station is guaranteed to keep little hands busy. New moms are sure to love locally made Glitter & Spice silicone teething accessories.

Granville Island Toy Company
This supersized Main Street location is a go-to for quality puzzles, educational toys and games. Check out the adjacent Playmobil Store to shop the brand’s entire line (including retired sets).

Knotty Toys
Ray Pummell and his dad Jim began handcrafting heirloom-worthy wood toys in the 1970s. Shop their Buzz Woodcrafts line alongside a wide assortment of dollhouses, instruments and more inside this Granville Island Kids Market boutique.

Shopping

Parq Vancouver
The LEED Gold-certified hospitality mega-complex brings five restaurants, three bars, two hotels (JW Marriott and the Douglas) and Vancouver’s only downtown casino to the edge of Yaletown and Gastown. Take a twirl in the city’s largest hotel ballroom, go for a stroll amid the 200 local pines on the 30,000-square-foot rooftop park, have a spa day or try your luck at the tables, all without leaving Parq.