While this fall has been anomalous, to say the least, there’s no denying that this city is one of the best spots in the country to embrace the colder months. If you’re looking to have a special night with that special someone, we’ve got some amazing romantic dates in Vancouver that are sure to put a smile on your face this season. From light shows and winter wonderlands to embracing our local arts scene, there’s no shortage of options. Here’s what we have in mind.
These are 10 of the best ideas for great romantic dates in Vancouver this season.
First up, we’ve got an absolutely iconic option that is basically a romantic date must in Vancouver. Canyon Lights are once again taking over the Capilano Suspension Bridge this holiday season, offering stunning lights and views alongside some delicious drinks and treats to keep you warm during your visit.
When: Starts November 20th
Where: 3735 Capilano Road
For something a little less popular, but no less worthwhile, check of the VanDusen Festival of Lights. The already gorgeous garden is transformed for the holidays, with over 1 million twinkling lights across a variety of installations. Pair it with a clear evening, and this is the perfect way to feel the love outside.
When: Starts November 26th
Where: 5251 Oak Street
Tickets: Onsale Monday, November 1st
Did you miss out on Imagine Van Gogh while it was in the city? Fear not, because we honestly think this might be cooler. Coming from the same folks, Imagine Picasso gives the iconic artist the same treatment, but with a fun twist- an origami-like design that adds an extra dimension to the stunning projections.
When: On until January 28th, 2022
Where: 1055 Canada Place
Speaking of the arts, the Vancouver Art Gallery can be romantic any time of year, but especially during the colder months. Not only is the building itself beautiful, but there are multiple temporary exhibitions in there right now, giving you no shortage of conversation topics during your visit.
When: Open throughout November
Where: 750 Hornby Street
Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without at least one option for those looking to dive into the Christmas spirit. And honestly, there’s no better place to do it than at the Vancouver Christmas Market, which combines shopping, live entertainment, and food and drink offerings for visitors. Have some mulled wine, buy a cute ornament for that special someone, and be merry!
When: On until December 24th
Where: Jack Poole Plaza
Speaking of holiday options, the Peak of Christmas is perfect for those looking for an outdoorsy activity. From mountaintop ice skating to illuminated walks, Grouse Mountain is transforming into a veritable winter wonderland this season.
When: November 25th to January 3rd
Where: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Cost: $61 for GA
Want to keep things a little more local? Well, with any luck the Robson Square Ice Skating Rink will be reopening this December! This free-to-access space is a great spot to lace ’em up with that special someone, and works perfectly with our next recommendation…
When: Slated to open in December
Where: 800 Robson Street
Whether it’s a stop before the main event or the main event itself, a nice meal out is always a good option for those looking to add a little romance to the day. We think new is sexy, especially when it’s delicious, so we’re recommending you check out our roundup of the best spots to recently open in the city. Our top pick? Vancouver’s newest spot for delicious crepes- Ca Marche.
Where: Click the link above for our picks
Although it’s more popular in the summer, Reflections at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia is easily worth a visit in the winter as well. This stunning open-air terrace is the perfect place to kick your feet up in style, and the seasonal food and drink offerings only add to the ambience.
When: Open throughout the winter
Where: 801 West Georgia Street
If we had to pick one venue in Vancouver that just screams romance, it would have to be the Orpheum. Luckily, this iconic theatre hosts a variety of events, ranging from live movie concerts courtesy of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra to big name concerts. Whatever you pick, you can’t go wrong in a space like this!
When: Showtimes throughout the winter
Where: 601 Smithe Street
While we love all of Vancouver’s independent theatres, we have to admit that if we’re going off romance alone, The Cinematheque reigns supreme. This theatre’s focus on international and art house films means that you’re often in for a visual (and mental) treat, that will keep the conversation flowing more than any Marvel movie ever could. Sorry folks, we’re highbrow like that.
When: Showtimes throughout the winter
Where: 1131 Howe Street
Ok lovebirds, we hope this list has given you some great options for romantic dates in Vancouver this season. Winter might be a chilly time of year, but your heart doesn’t have to match!