4 Fun and Safe Activities for this Holiday Season that’s Unlike any Other

December 21 , 2020

With covid regulations and winter weather encouraging us to stay in our homes and avoid socializing in person, holiday events this year have been creatively reinvented! Here are the top 4 events we think will pleasantly accompany your plans this year, whether you’re sitting down with a good book, getting festive with your household, or just sippin’ on some sweet eggnog while cocooned in your favorite blanket.

1. Holiday Lights

For those with a car, the Glow Gardens in Langley (open until January 9th) and the PNE Winter Lights (open until January 3rd) in Vancouver are offering drive-through only events, where vehicles can cruise through an illuminated wonderland accompanied by festive performers and Santa Claus himself! At the PNE Winter Lights you will have the opportunity to grab a bite at food trucks and at Glow Gardens you will be handed a sealed goodie bag before you start the journey. If you’d prefer a walk, Granville Island will be decked out in holiday lights until January 3rd.

Image above via #pnewinterlights on Instagram


2. A Zoom Call with Santa Claus

A unique Zoom call attendee joins the Vancouver Public Library on December 24th! Santa Claus will read stories and chat with folks of all ages about favorite holiday memories and traditions. So settle in with that cup of hot cocoa on Christmas Eve and make sure to register for the call here!

Image above via Yukon Santa, Vancouver Public Library


3. Watch The Nutcracker

There are many opportunities this year to catch this holiday classic! The National Ballet of Canada has partnered with Cineplex to allow viewers to rent the performance online. It is available until January 2nd and can be found here. Another option is a virtual community production of The Nutcracker by The Canadian Network for Arts and Learning on December 26th. Tickets are by donation and can be reserved here.

Image above via Google Images


4. An Augmented Reality Gastown Stroll

If you find yourself walking through Gastown, check out Glow Up! Watch as Gastown transforms with AR sprouting maple trees throughout its cobblestone streets. In partnership with Vancouver Mural Festival, you can find three of these AR installations throughout Water Street by using your smartphone to scan the QR code at the location.

Image above via Gastown.org


Are there any holiday activities you’re looking forward to this year? Let us know in the comments below!

We hope these suggestions help you enjoy the outdoors, entertain you, and perhaps even distract you. Yet, whatever your plans may include, we here at Abacus wish you healthy, happy, and safe holidays!


By Rebecca S.


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