Christmas at Canada Place Virtual Celebration

Join us online as we celebrate Christmas at Canada Place virtually on December 17, 2020.
Please note that the in-person event has been cancelled. Read more here.

About the virtual event

Celebrate Christmas at Canada Place, virtually, on December 17, 2020. This family-friendly online event will feature a photo tour of the historic Woodward’s Windows and Avenue of Christmas Trees, delicious holiday recipes, a special holiday-themed Sails of Light display, IllumiNATION, and more!

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for a sneak peak of what else is in store and for a chance to win a local prize package.

*This event is online-only. The in-person event has been cancelled this year.

Watch Vancouver’s Jill Barber perform at Canada Place

IllumiNATION — A virtual celebration of lights across Canada

Thursday, December 17, 2020 to Thursday, January 7, 2021.

Let yourself be dazzled by IllumiNATION! This virtual show takes you on a magical cross-Canada journey that will amaze audiences of all ages.

Join us wherever you are as we discover talented Canadians sharing their light upon this special holiday season.

In the company of Gregory Charles, admire numerous artistic performances as we travel to Ottawa, Montréal, Toronto, Halifax, Moncton, Calgary, Vancouver, Yellowknife and Old Crow, Yukon. Let’s discover the most beautiful lights in Canada!

The virtual show will premiere right here on Thursday, December 17, at 5:00 p.m. PST


Woodward’s Windows

For over 25 years, the historic Woodward’s Windows have been delighting visitors at Canada Place during the holiday season.

The Woodward’s Windows are a treasured part of Vancouver’s history.

Originally displayed in the Woodward’s department store in downtown Vancouver, the windows feature classic holiday scenes with animated characters and elaborate décor. Handcrafted in the 1960s, the displays include Santa’s Workshop, The Candlestick Factory and The Lamplighter.

Following the closure of the Woodward’s department store, Canada Place purchased the displays in 1993. We have continued to incorporate the displays into our Christmas event each year, offering a nostalgic experience for those who remember seeing them displayed in the store and excitement for those seeing them for the first time.

The Woodward’s Windows will not be on display at Canada Place this year. However, we hope you enjoy these photos and the story behind each window display as part of this year’s virtual Christmas at Canada Place celebration.

A Chrismoose Story

In 2017, a 15-foot moose from the North Pole arrived at Canada Place to illuminate the night sky. He joined a spectacular light display on the North Point at Canada Place, which includes over 10,000 high-efficiency LED light bulbs.

Chrismoose captures the spirit of the season each year as part of Christmas at Canada Place. Here’s a look at this magical moose lighting up the winter sky in past years.

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Bring the magic of the holidays to ‘light’ with your very own Chrismoose colouring sheet.

Holiday recipes and crafts

Whip up something tasty in the kitchen this holiday season with these delicious recipes.

Mandarin Orange Tea Cookies

Cranberry Mulled Wine

Cranberry Sauce recipe

Add some festive flair to your holiday decorations with a beautiful DIY west coast wreath.

Delivering everything you need for the holidays

Did you know that most holiday decorations, including trees, lights and ornaments come through the Port of Vancouver in the summer?

Learn more interesting facts about holiday goods that come through the port:

Avenue of Christmas Trees tour

The Christmas tree is one of the most iconic symbols of the holiday season. In previous years, visitors to Canada Place strolled along the outdoor promenade while enjoying the beautifully decorated and individually sponsored trees with their loved ones. This year, we are bringing the Avenue of Christmas Trees to you.

Light Your Heart contest

We want to light up your holiday season with a local prize package, including a $500 gift card to Pan Pacific Vancouver, $100 gift card to Cactus Club Café, $50 gift card to DeDutch and a FlyOver Canada gift ticket comprised of two adult tickets and two child tickets valued at $100.

Enter by commenting on our Facebook or Instagram contest post: What brings you light and warms your heart upon the holiday season?

View Contest Rules Regulations [PDF]