GO ON A BREWERY TOUR
Here’s one for the big kids, including myself. Vancouver Brewery Tours takes you on a three-hour craft beer adventure to taste some of Vancouver’s finest beers at three different breweries. Don’t worry about having a designated driver because you’ll be driven in a 14-seater van to different unique breweries around Vancouver with a behind-the-scenes tour at each. The tour includes 1 beer flight per stop (my fave thing about this tour), VIP access and entrance fees, transport between the breweries and a few other bonuses. If you’re not one to drink on an empty stomach, check out their Craft Beer & Food Tour.
ICE SKATE AT ROBSON SQUARE
Robson Square isn’t only famous for shopping, but also for its skating rink. It’s located in downtown Vancouver (super convenient), where you can enjoy an open-air skating rink built with a dome-like roof and no walls. The dome lights at night making it look extra nice! Skating is free if you have your own skates, but chances are your luggage is packed with more important things. Not to worry, you can borrow mine (jokes), or you can hire skates and helmets at the ice rink.
GET LOST IN THE LIGHTS
Now, you’ve probably been through a hedge maze but have you ever been through a light maze? No? Then check out the world’s largest outdoor light maze at the Enchant Christmas Maze and Market! This is my fave light display in Vancouver with three acres and millions of sparkling lights including a light tunnel! Try find your way out of this one. There’s also lots of food stalls, an ice skating pond, and live entertainment.
Another one of Vancouver’s stunning light displays that you have to see is Canyon Lightsat the Capilano Suspension Bridge (an attraction on its own without the lights). The bridge is 450 ft long and 230 ft high with twinkling lights draped across it. There are also lights along the TreeTop Adventure, Cliffwalk and the rainforest. So if you love a bit of nature like myself or if you need a great backdrop for your insta pics, then you have to come here!
Other places I’d recommend: Annual Trinity Street Light Festival (get amongst the locals), Bright Lights at Stanley Park and Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Gardens