10th Annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade

Rogers Santa Claus Parade


Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm

The Parade is in downtown Vancouver, located just blocks from the Burrard, City Centre, Granville and Waterfront SkyTrain stations.

Parade route:
The Parade starts at Georgia and Broughton, travels east on Georgia to Howe, turns south on Howe, and finishes at Howe and Davie. (1.8 kms)

The Parade has over 300 volunteers. Sign up to volunteer!

The Parade has more than 3,500 participants. This year’s Parade will feature more than 60 marching bands, choirs, festive floats, and community groups. Sign up to participate!

Each year the Parade attracts 300,000 spectators to downtown Vancouver.

Coast Capital Savings Christmas Square:
The festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. with two and a half hours of family entertainment at the Coast Capital Savings Christmas Square in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Christmas Square includes the Food Bank drop-off zone, gingerbread decorating station, face painting, Letters to Santa station, balloon twisting, and an entertainment stage featuring several music and dance performances. (10:30 am-1 pm)

The Parade is one of the largest food and fund raising events for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Since 2004, the Parade has collected $110,000 and more than 67,380 lbs. of food for hungry families in the Lower Mainland. On Parade day, we encourage spectators to bring a monetary or non-perishable food donation for the Food Bank. For each dollar donated, the food Bank can purchase three dollars’ worth of food.

CC:Press release

CandyTown – Yaletown Holiday Festival

CandyTown Yaletown Winter festival 2013
CandyTown Yaletown Winter festival 2013

Saturday November 23 from 12pm – 9pm

The Yaletown Business Improvement Association is proud to announce the 2nd annual free outdoor Christmas festival – Candytown. Last year, an estimated 15,000 people came out to Candytown to kick off the holidays.

Downtown Vancouver’s only free winter festival will transformMainland Street into a winter wonderland. Lights and candy canes will adorn lamp poles and costumed characters will parade down the street. Holiday shoppers are invited to start their seasonal gift buying in Yaletown with local merchants as well as a specialty market carrying unique gifts and holiday treats. You’ll also find Mainland Street filled with local artisans, street performers and live music.

This outdoor Christmas festival is free, open to the public and sure to get people into the Christmas spirit.

Featured Activities:

  • “All I Want for Christmas” Gift Market
  • Free Horse Carriage Rides
  • Live Music
  • Ice Carving Demo
  • Visits with Santa
  • Candy Making
  • Yaletown Rotary Club Xmas Tree Lot
  • CandyTown Cocktail Tour


CC: Yaletowninfo.com

Free Ice Skating Returns to Robson Square

Annual Free Ice Skating Returns to Robson Square Nov 28

Robson Square Free Ice Skating
Robson Square Free Ice Skating

Get ready to tie up those your laces girls and boys it’s Robson Square free ice rink returns.

Skate and helmet rentals, and a concession stand are available on site, skate rentals are $4 or bring your own.

Robson Square Ice Rink Hours & Location
Below Robson Street, between Hornby and Howe
Sunday to Thursday 9:00am-9:00pm,
Friday and Saturday 9:00am to 11:00pm

Ring in the Holidays with Bel Cafe’s Christmas Treats

With nights drawing in and the leaves turning a rich shade of red, Bel Café invites you to warm up in their cozy café and enjoy some festive cheer with a new range of Yuletide-inspired desserts on offer this winter.

 Bel Cafe_Holiday baked treats

Bel Cafe_Holiday baked treats

Be inspired this holiday season with one of Pastry Chef Wayne Kozinko’s special seasonal treats. Add a continental twist to the countdown to Christmas with Chef’s hazelnut linzer cookies with raspberry preserves ($8.50 for a box of 7) and spiced whipped shortbread ($7 for box of 8); beautifully wrapped in boxes tied with silver ribbons for gifting.

Take home a delicious decorative edible tree that looks, and is, good enough to eat; this gorgeously festive red and white candy cane-flavoured creation consists of macarons stacked on decorative white chocolate ($38). Festivities continue with an all-time favourite milk chocolate, hazelnut praline, poached pear Buche de Noel Yule log ($30 to $45) and work has already started on a rich and fruity Christmas cake ($15), which is lovingly created months in advance to give the dried fruit opportunity to soak up the delicious boozy juices of the cake mix.

Stop by to warm up with a seasonal sip of eggnog latte (from $3.80) or opt for the spirited version with rum ($8), classic blueberry tea ($8) or the White Bel ($8) – all made in-house by the Bel Café team and served by their talented baristas. Pick up a box of the festive-themed candy cane macarons ($16 for box of 8) – a perfect hostess gift or Christmas present.

For more information, visit www.belcafe.com. To order, call 604.673.7000 for pick-up. Prices include tax.

6th Annual West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace

One-Stop Holiday Shopping, Festive Cooking, and ‘Pet Santa’ at 6th West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace

West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace  Nov 22 – 24, 2013

Anna Olson Headlines Home for the Holidays Stage

Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada – One of Western Canada’s largest holiday season shows, the West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace returns for its sixth year on November 22, 23, and 24, 2013 at the TRADEX Trade and Exhibition Centre in Abbotsford, B.C. The West Coast Christmas Show brings together unique gifts by artisans and commercial brands, holiday-related food, personal services, and festive seminars and workshops to help attendees prepare for and celebrate the holiday season. Food Network Canada’s Anna Olson will be on the Home for the Holidays Stage to show visitors how to make dishes that will wow your Christmas dinner table.

Anna Olson

Anna Olson

Nearly two hundred businesses will offer one-of-a-kind products. Visitors can identify items made by artisan crafters by looking for the “Select Artisan” signs at the show. Some of the expected popular items and companies this year follow below.

For the wardrobe:

One Leaf Creations Leather Retro Satchel




For the home:

Clayfun Creations



For your table:



  • Tea Sparrow subscription based Tea Box of 4 premium loose leaf teas monthly
  • Trugs Gourmet Foods’ Hidden Garden Foods: Gluten-free cookies with hidden vegetables


For the family:


Would Boards

New for this year, Santa will be available for photos with visitors and their pets. Network for Animals will provide professionally taken photos and 100% of donations will go to back to the organization. Pets (not including snakes or reptiles) may only come in for photos and then must be removed from the venue due to health regulations. For photo hours, please click here. For more information on Network for Animals, visit network4animals.com.

Other returning traditions of the show include the musical Sounds of the Holidays Stage, on which many Fraser Valley schools will participate, and the Festival of Trees, created by local charitable organizations competing for a cash prize. The Fraser Valley G Scale and friends will display their steam-operated model train, and the Fraser Valley Model Club will showcase models made by their members. Children ages 8 and older will be introduced to model making as a hands-on hobby by participating in make and take sessions, making airplanes and cars such as the Hummer, Corvette, and Lamborghini.


Also returning are the popular Dairy Farmers of Canada Cheese Seminars, where visitors sample a variety of cheeses from across Canada. 99 Nursery & Florist will be on site to provide plant & poinsettia baskets and other seasonal home décor items.

Event Details

Tickets are $6 at the door or $5 for adults online. Admission is free for children 16 and under. For tickets and more information, visit westcoastchristmasshow.com.

Friday, November 22, 11am-9pm
Saturday, November 23, 10am – 6pm
Sunday, November 24, 10am – 5pm

TRADEX Address: 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford, BC

CC: Press Release

Christmas Dinners & Events 2013

Christmas menu & events 2013

Christmas in Vancouver: Menu & Events 2013

Santa came early this year and compiled a list of Christmas Menus, Events, Activities and a list of Gift Ideas for the hard to please specially for you. He doesn’t want you to be knocked off the good list because you tried to bribe and blackmail your way to a reservation for a last minute Christmas dinner party.

**Elves Status Report**

The elves are working hard, dispatching and rounding up Christmas events, activities, menus and coming up with an awesome list of gift ideas. For more click the icons below

Christmas Events and Activities in BC 2013
Christmas Menus 2013 in BCHoliday Goodies and Gift Ideas