Who’s ready for a bit of holiday magic in downtown Vancouver? For the first time ever, the seawall in Coal Harbour is set to light up for a month-long celebration, complete with light installations, performing artists and musicians, and an illuminated walk from Canada Place to Cardero Park. Best of all? It’s all free to attend!

From December 1st to 30th, visitors can take part in a variety of holiday-themed activations taking place on Friday and Saturday evenings (5 to 10 pm). This includes a specialty bar with alcoholic and hot beverages, a live music stage with over 150 musicians scheduled to perform, and nightly fire performances at Canada Place Park.

“The Vancouver Convention Centre and Coal Harbour are jewels in the city. We are so proud to showcase its breathtaking beauty at Liven UP,” says Craig Lehto, General Manager of Vancouver Convention Centre.

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Presented by the Vancouver Hotel Destination Association, StayVancouverHotels, and multiple partners, the celebration will also feature diverse cultural storytellers at Komagata Maru Memorial, live opera at Cardero Park, and walks and talks exploring some of the city’s lesser-known history.

Visitors can also keep an eye out for Luna the Whale, Davie the Grizzly Bear, and other popular light displays located at key points along the seawall.

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Photo via James Deane / Liven Up Coal Harbour

So there you have it, Vancouver! Get ready to come together for a new winter celebration this year.

Liven Up Coal Harbour 

When: December 1st to 30th
Where: Coal Harbour