Spiced apple cider for two, please.
‘Tis the season to overachieve when it comes to the social calendar—fuelled by a few Christmas cocktails, of course. Sure, you’ve got your company Christmas party, family gatherings, Secret Santa shopping, but lest we forget the more romantic of the rounds: the ol’ standby Robson rink date, the outdoor Christmas market x hot cocoa, plus twinkling lights galore.
Grab your lover and make time to enjoy; we’ve already rounded up the best of the festivities for you.
800 Robson Street
Nothing quite rings in Christmas like a wobbly handheld skate at Robson Square. After a few laps (and dogged attempts at a salchow), properly impress your date with a venture north to the Hotel Georgia’s Reflections bar, now in Winter Wonderland theme.
Vancouver Christmas Market, on until Dec. 24
Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Place
Roasted chestnuts, Swiss cheese raclette, and Bavarian beer and salted pretzels: a mere sampling of the multitude of ways indulge your taste buds at this magical market. Once full, take a stroll down Lover’s Lane, a glittering walkway of 10,000 twinkling lights.
Aurora Winter Festival, on until Dec. 30
811 Carrall Street
Coined “Canada’s largest winter festival,” Aurora delivers with its massive sled park, Frozen River skating rink, food gardens, ice sculptures, and an LED dancefloor. Don’t forget to spot the gingerbread hut, then finish the night off with a view atop the 60-feet high Ferris wheel.