Christmas Day is not just a beloved tradition or a stat holiday, but a time for people to come together to enjoy a host of festive activities. And while many businesses close on Christmas Day, there are still a handful of things to do in the city no matter who you’re celebrating with, or how you’re looking to celebrate. So with that in mind, here are some of the best things to do in and around Vancouver on Christmas Day in 2023.

Winterlust at H Tasting Lounge

This season, you can once again dine in H Tasting Lounge’s enchanting winter-themed glass domes, which boast heated interiors and panoramic views of the city – even on Christmas Day. Up to six guests can indulge in a feast of tableside-flamed rib-eye steak, roasted carrots, sablefish, grilled octopus with Thai curry, and much more.

When: Now until the end of February, 2024
Where: 1601 Bayshore Drive
Cost: $150 minimum food & beverage per dome

Robson Square Ice Rink

The city’s popular Robson Square Ice Rink is open on Christmas Day from 11 am to 5 pm, so get ready to lace up your skates and partake in some classic holiday fun.

When: December 1, 2023 to February 29, 2024
Where: 800 Robson Street
Cost: $5 for skate rentals

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Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain 


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The Peak of Christmas has transformed the top of Grouse Mountain into a winter wonderland, which comes with a mountaintop ice skating pond. While you’re up there, be sure to take advantage of the holiday light walk and even meet Santa at his workshop! Access to the Peak of Christmas is available through a Mountain Admission Ticket, and those who have a season pass to Grouse Mountain can enjoy it all free of charge.

When: Friday, November 24th to December 25th
Where: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Cost: $36-$69, or $119 for a family of four

Go on a classic winter stroll 

While it might make getting around a little (or a lot) more difficult, there’s no denying that our city transforms into a winter wonderland when it snows. If you’re looking to enjoy a nice stroll this season, here are some great options to start with – from mountain climbs to inner-city parks.

Go skiing/snowboarding 

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner, these ski hills around Vancouver offer snow enthusiasts some great rental options, as well as unparalleled views. And all except one are officially open for the season!

Where: See our picks above