If you’re looking for a taste of the holidays in the Vancouver area, there’s no better place to start than the annual Spirit of the Season Festival, which transforms The Shipyards into a magical winter wonderland every year.

The iconic festival attracts visitors from all over the region with free cocoa, a holiday market at The Pipe Shop, festive ice skating performances, and of course, a 30-foot Christmas tree lighting.

Guests can kick off the season with a full afternoon and eve of ice skating at the plaza, meeting Santa and Mrs. Clause, and enjoying live performances on stage that the whole family will enjoy.

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The free holiday festival will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 2nd at The Shipyards. The festivities will kick off with Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving atop a City fire truck, followed by welcoming ceremonies from Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

The Christmas tree will be lit between 4:15 pm and 4:45 pm at the foot of Lonsdale, led by Mayor Buchanan.

So there you have it, Vancouver. Stay tuned for all the upcoming details as they come!

Spirit of the Season Festival

When: Saturday, December 2nd
Where: The Shipyards
Cost: Free admission