We’ve made it to the final week of 2023, Vancouver! It’s time to hone in on goals you’d like to make for the new year, and enjoy the tail end of the holiday season. Here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this long weekend (December 29-January 1st).

Steel Panther 


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Steel Panther is an American glam metal band consisting of lead singer Michael Starr, Ralph Saenz, Satchel, and Stix Zadinia. Originally formed as “Metal Skool” and “Metal Shop,” the group is known for their energetic live shows and revival of 80s metal. So get ready for a memorable performance to kick off the weekend on Friday, December 29th.

When: Friday, December 29th
Where: Commodore Ballroom
Cost: $65.75+

Vancouver Giants

For the hockey lovers out there, the Vancouver Giants are playing multiple home games at the Arena Bowl at the Langley Events Centre this week against the Royals and Oil Kings. Tickets start at just over $20 a pop, and you can view the full list of home games scheduled for this season here.

When: Wednesday, December 27th and Friday, December 29th
Where: 7888 200 Street Langley
Cost: $23.70+

The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show

Equal parts music and comedy, drag icons Jinkx and Ben DeLa Creme are taking their Holiday Show to Vancouver at the end of the month, complete with fabulous costumes, quick-witted comedy, and brand-new songs. So get ready to kick off the new year with tons of laughs.

When: Saturday, December 30th
Where: The Orpheum
Cost: $149.95 for two-day GA, $249.95 for VIP

Tinseltown Vancouver

A Christmas speakeasy called Tinseltown has officially popped up at Le Soleil Hotel complete with Santa’s elves, tinsel, holiday decor, warm winter drinks, festive tunes, and a customized Christmas cocktail menu, which also includes non-alcoholic treats.

When: Now until December 30th
Where: 567 Hornby Street
Cost: $15 per person

Glow Langley 


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Canada’s largest Christmas celebration is back in Langley with over one million twinkling lights. This year, Glow Langley’s theme is “Carnival Christmas,” which means the (mostly) outdoor festival is bringing some exciting new features to the table.

For starters, the holiday festival will feature new and improved heated and covered spaces, allowing guests to enjoy the festivities no matter the weather. Also new this year are carnival-themed lights, a new craft corner in a “tent of makers,” and free carnival-themed mini-games!

When: Now until December 30th
Where: 6690 216 Street, Langley
Cost: $15-$70

Miracle at Old Yale Brewing 

In addition to Miracle in Gastown, Old Yale Brewing has also transformed its Abbotsford and Chilliwack breweries into magical Christmasy cabins, adorned with holiday decor and special cocktail features. At both locations, guests can expect a slew of holiday-themed events, from trivia to brunch with Santa.

When: Now until December 31st
Where: 404-44550 South Sumas Road, Chilliwack and 33738 Laurel Street, Abbotsford

Annual Polar Bear Swim

Originating in 1920, the Vancouver Polar Bear Swim was started by local Vancouverite Peter Pantages and nine other swimmers who decided to brave the chilly waters of English Bay. The polar plunge has since become a popular way to ring in the New Year, so get ready to take the plunge this Monday, January 1st.

When: Monday, January 1st, 2024
Where: English Bay

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

The Capilano Suspension Bridge has transformed into an illuminated winter wonderland, and there’s still time to check it out this holiday season. From multi-colour displays, a sparkling rainforest below, and a transformed Cliffwalk – there’s plenty to explore here!

When: Friday, November 17th to Sunday, January 21st
Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Cost: $49.95 to $66.95 per adult

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

Go on a classic winter stroll 

A wintertime stroll is a great way to clear your head and get some fresh air ahead of the new year, and link up with loved ones you maybe haven’t seen for a while. So be it in snow, rain, or shine (or a combination of the three), here are some scenic walks to go on.

Where: See our picks above

So there you have it, Vancouver. Happy New Year!