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Fun holiday activities that won’t break the bank

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The lights start twinkling a little brighter, and there might even be some snow in the forecast. Some people may view the holidays as an expensive time of the year– but it doesn’t have to be. Check out these holiday activities that aren’t just fun – they’re friendly on your wallet, too. And hey, if you see us, say hi!

Vancouver Christmas Market

November 22 – December 24

We’re proud to sponsor the Vancouver Christmas Market, a German-inspired market that boasts 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 activities out there!

Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver

Cost: $5 – $10 entry

Coast Capital Member Day – December 9

We offered 6,000 free tickets to our members and they were fast to redeem them! If you missed out, don’t worry. We’ve got some more perks up our sleeves. Like on December 13, the first 500 people to show their Coast Capital member card at the ticketing kiosk get a free apple cider. And check out the info below on Coast Capital Youth Day.

Coast Capital Youth Day – December 15

On December 15, youth get 2-for-1 tickets so they can bring a friend to the market on us. * Learn more.

Festival of Trees

This annual event helps raise funds for the BC Children’s Hospital. Businesses come together to do their best decorating in hopes of being the crowd favourite. Check out the Festival in Vancouver and Victoria, and make a donation to vote on your favourite tree. And if you’re in Victoria, check out the tree our Bay Centre branch decorated – it’s up until January 3, 2018!

Varying dates, see websites for details.

Cost: Suggested donation of $5.00 to vote

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival

November 25

The Surrey Tree Lighting Festival is a free event. It features live entertainment, lots of food vendors to choose from, and a variety of interactive activities for youth and children. Stop by our tent and get your photo taken with our props!

City Hall Plaza, 13450 104 ave, Surrey

Cost: Free

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival

Abbotsford Winter Jubilee

December 2

This exciting event boasts 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!

Essendene & Montrose Avenues, Downtown Abbotsford

Cost: Free

Concord’s NYE Vancouver

December 31

Join us at Vancouver’s Waterfront for the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration. Food, entertainment, and not one but two fireworks shows? Count us in. And we hear the Coast Capital Savings stage is going to be pretty cool… just sayin’.

999 Canada Place, Vancouver

Check out their website for more info on tickets.

Other Holiday Activities

Lights, lights, lights

Do a little research online in advance and check out neighborhoods near you that go a little over-the-top on the Christmas lights. The brighter, the better!

Get out and explore

Pack your mittens, your toques, and your hot chocolate for a day in the mountains. Rent a pair of snowshoes to explore some of our local terrain, or grab a pair of skates and head to Grouse Mountain or Robson Square.

Get crafty

Christmas ornaments, presents, hostess gifts – there’s lots to be made this time of year. Get together with a friend and get crafty!

Give back

Build memories with friends and family by giving back to people in your community. Spend some time volunteering at an organization that does work you’re passionate about.

 *While supplies last. Ticket must be presented at gate for free entry.