Every December, the winter arrives as frigid air wraps itself around anyone who steps outside. The trees have lost their glorious leaves, and the seasonal spirit lights and warms the town.
In the UBC neighbourhoods, the time has come to gather with friends and family, enjoy the seasonal events and open your holiday spirit!
There are two events taking place in the UBC community in December to help you get into the holiday season, including the Winter Festival and a family movie night.
Winter Festival—Dec. 16, 10–1 p.m.
Indulge the holiday season by dropping in at the Old Barn community centre to take pictures with Santa, craft ornaments to take home with you, and make yourself a nice hot chocolate which you can enjoy in your own mug. Donations are welcomed for the Vancouver food bank.
Family movie night— Dec. 16, 6–8 p.m.
Warm up after Winter Festival at the Old Barn community centre by watching “Lyle, Lyle Crocodile.” Seating will be provided, but everyone is welcome to bring pillows and blankets. Admission is $2 per person. For those who are wondering, yes, there will be popcorn, snacks and drinks on sale (cash) to munch on during the movie. A reminder that parents must accompany their children. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. but the movie will start at 6.
And for families looking for options off-campus, explore the following events in and around Vancouver:
Capilano Canyon Lights
Ready, set, glow! Jump-start the festive season, bundle up the family and prepare to be amazed. Canyon Lights returns to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and runs until Sunday, January 22. It’s closed December 25.
Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain
A magical story awaits you and your family at The Peak of Christmas. You can meet Santa in his workshop, see the reindeers Dancer and Vixen, experience the enchanting Light Walk, glide across the Mountaintop Skating Pond, and more. All activities are included with a Mountain Admission Ticket, Annual Pass, Winter Season Pass or Lift Ticket.
Burnaby Village Museum
Experience a Heritage Christmas at the Burnaby Village Museum. The museum’s 4-hectare site will welcome the season with traditional decorations and seasonal entertainment.
ELINA HAILAIJIAO IS A STUDENT AT UNIVERSITY HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL