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Budget-friendly things to do this holiday season

It’s easy to get caught up in the season of giving—and getting.  But instead of money, try to spend more time with the ones you love during this holiday season. It’s easier than you think. There are holiday events and activities all across the province that won’t break the bank.

Two things we love are saving money and getting into the holiday spirit—that’s why we’ll be there too.

Metro Vancouver

Vancouver Christmas Market

We’re proud to sponsor the Vancouver Christmas Market, a German-inspired market that features live music, unique vendors and traditional food and drink. Yes, we’re talking mulled wine in Vancouver. Plus, they have the best merry-go-round in town, so there really is something for everyone. It’s one of our favourite holiday events out there.

When: November 21, 2018 – December 24, 2018

Where: Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver

Cost: $5 – $10 entry on regular days.

We’re bringing members and youth exclusive offers and sweet perks. Make sure to follow Coast Capital on Facebook and Instagram to learn how to get in on the fun.


Vancouver Island

Victoria Festival of Trees

Need some holiday inspiration for your tree? Bundle up, head to Bay Centre and go see how others got creative while decorating trees at the Victoria Festival of Trees. You can browse through the holiday displays and donate to vote for your favourite trees. All donations go to the BC Children’s Hospital. Our favourite holiday events are the ones where you get to give back while you’re enjoying the festivities – it’s a win-win.

When: November 14, 2018 – January 2, 2019

Where: Bay Centre, 1150 Douglas St, Victoria

Cost: Suggested donation of $5.00 to vote.

Victoria Royals Student Nights

We’ve partnered with the Victoria Royals for Student Nights, where high school and post-secondary students (aged 13+) who show ID at the box-office will qualify for 25% off tickets. Spend some time being super Canadian this December. Put on your plaid sweater, slip on your toque, grab a coffee and enjoy Canada’s favourite pastime.

When: December 12, 2018 (as well as January 9 & February 6, 2019)

Where: Save on Foods Memorial Centre – 1925 Blanshard St, Victoria

Cost: Free if you’re a student. Other ticket prices vary.


Fraser Valley

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival

This annual fun-filled festival features live entertainment, lots of delicious food vendors, local artisans and crafters.  Get involved in fun interactive activities, take pictures with Santa Clause and hop on the amusement rides. Nothing like a good-old tree lighting festival to bring the community together.

When: November 24, 2018

Where: The Plaza at City Hall– 13450 104th Ave, Surrey

Cost: Free

Abbotsford Winter Jubilee

This is one of the best holiday events in Abbotsford, in our opinion. This free outdoor community event has it all, including great live entertainment, a craft beer garden, a handmade artisan marketplace, food trucks and a holiday photo booth. But we’re most excited for the lighting of the 60′ Christmas tree.

When: December 1, 2018 5pm – 9pm

Where: Essendene & Montrose Avenues, Abbotsford

Cost: Free



Coast Capital Savings Cruz the Blues

This on-mountain scavenger hunt challenges participants of all ages to ski or snowboard Big White’s 38 blue runs over a two-day period to unlock the secret message on their Cruz the Blues Passport. How many runs can you conquer? And as a bonus, whoever participates gets a free t-shirt.

When: Weekends ranging from December 2018 – March 2019. Check the website schedule.

Where: Big White Ski Resort –5315 Big White Rd, Kelowna

Cost: Included in price of daily pass

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