{{Giveaway}} Celebrate Dry, Family New Year’s with Vancouver Christmas Market!

Vancouver Christmas Market will be hosting a Dry New Year’s Family Celebration on Saturday, December 31, 2016 from 11am-9pm at Jack Poole Plaza. This family-focused, dry event will offer a host a children’s entertainment, live music, food and gift vendors to ring in the New Year as a family. 


This is the perfect event for the young and young at heart to embark on some holiday family fun. Mom and Dad will find it hard to keep up as little ones enjoy the following delightful activities: 
Visit the Photo Hut for a family photo op.

Take a spin on the carousel!


Keep dry and warm up in the heated Alpine Haus.

Listen to live music from Des Larson, Paul Filek, and BANG.

Receive FREE kids glitter tattoos. Choose from fun designs that celebrate the New Year, German-style: A ladybug, a little pig, fireworks, and more! 

Enjoy FREE kids balloon twisting.

Receive a FREE kids caricature: Get a funny artwork souvenir as we head into the New Year.

To view the complete event schedule click here: VCMentertainment

Ticket prices
Single Admission from Adult $8 Children 0-6, Free

Admission is subject to event capacity. 

For ticket bookings and further details, visit: vancouverchristmasmarket.com

Please note that Vancouver Christmas Market is not an official viewing area for the 2016 New Year’s Eve fireworks. For detailed information about viewing zones, please visit: nyevan.com

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Personalized greetings for the kiddos from Santa! #PortableNorthPole {{Promo Code}}

The most magical time of the year is here, and for many families worldwide, the Christmas holiday wouldn’t be complete without personalized video messages from Santa to the kids and kids-at-heart by Portable North Pole (PNP). 

The No 1 mobile Santa app is considered a cherished, modern tradition with more than 125 million videos viewed worldwide. PNP lets you create and send adorable videos and calls online or with the free mobile app. New this year – a special Reaction Recorder (mobile app only) that lets you capture the moment of joy and surprise when Santa Claus reveals whether your child is on his “naughty” or “nice” list – creating a cherished keepsake for parents.  

It only takes a few minutes to craft a magical video from Santa that your child, friends and family members will remember forever. Simply visit the PortableNorthPole.com web site or download the mobile app for iOS and Android. Create a video by entering details such as name, age and the gift your loved one is hoping for, and upload favorite pictures.  


The end result is a richly visual, cinematic video where the iconic Santa Claus himself addresses your child, friends and family members directly from his fairy-tale home in the North Pole. In addition to the Reaction Recorder, the mobile app also offers fun extras for littles, including holiday games to play, like shaking ornaments off a tree, and having Santa’s elves repeat what you say back to you in their endearing voices.  



PNP offers free videos for everyone, with the option to upgrade to a premium package, including the Video Pass (PLACEHOLDER ADD WEB PRICE) or Magic Pass (PLACEHOLDER ADD WEB PRICE). Both packages provide enchanting premium video storylines to choose from, with each offering five or more minutes of footage featuring several adorable experiences to watch, such as visiting with the elves as they work on your Big Book or see them in busy with the reindeer on Christmas Eve, as well as the Reaction Recorder (mobile app only). They also let you create an unlimited number of premium videos, and come with a special “Santa’s Coming” video to watch on Christmas Eve and birthday messages. The Magic Pass also includes 20 wonderful holiday messages from Santa that kids can listen to on the phone, and
four story time videos read by Santa himself, that are made available each week leading up to
Christmas.  


To help spread a little extra cheer to those who may need it the most, PNP donates five percent
of all online sales proceeds to more than 40 children’s hospitals around the world. More than $300,000 has been donated on behalf of PNP’s fans since 2012.  

PNP can be enjoyed in 180 countries and in six different languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.  

For more information, please visit Portable North Pole at https://www.portablenorthpole.com.


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PNP has created a special promo code for all Raincity Parent readers to use to save 20% on your purchase of the Magic Pass! Go to www.portablenorthpole.com and register for an account, then to redeem your 20%, go to  http://bit.ly/2g1F2RT.

20% will automatically be deducted and you will see the price difference right away!

 {{Giveaway}} Vancouver Park Board delivers holiday magic … and a carousel ride … during Festival of Lights.

Grab a cup of hot chocolate and explore beautiful VanDusen Botanical Garden during the 32nd annual Festival of Lights (FOL), Vancouver’s premier and longest running holiday event.


More than 15 acres of the Garden will be decorated with one million lights. The event includes the Dancing Lights show on Livingstone Lake, roving Scandinavian gnomes, music, tasty treats and drinks, Santa, and new this year, a holiday carousel. A ride on the carousel is included in every event admission.

Garden visitors can also experience the romance of Paris right here in Vancouver! Stop by the Eiffel Tower to take a selfie under the dazzling lights and share on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #JardinsDeParis for a chance to win two economy tickets to Paris, courtesy of Air France and YVR.

There is also a photo contest this year. Visitors can use #VanDusenFOL and post event photos on Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win prizes, including a one-year membership to VanDusen Garden.


Share to win!

Tag #VanDusenFOL for your chance to win one of 4 great prizes including:

A 1 year membership to VanDusen Botanical Garden

Afternoon Tea for Two at Truffles Café 

$100 gift certificate to Shaughnessy Restaurant

VanDusen Festival of Lights Toque 
FOL runs nightly between December 1 and January 2 and is closed December 25. More information can be found at vancouver.ca/VanDusenFOL.


Hours:

December 1, 2016 to January 2, 2017 4:30pm – 9:00pm

December 16 to 23 OPEN LATE 4:30pm – 10:00pm

Closed Dec 25

Prices:

Adult: $18.50 (incl. $0.76 GST + $2.50 service charge)

Senior (65 and older): $14.25 (incl. $0.57 GST + $2.25 service charge)

Youth (13 – 18): $14.25 (incl. $0.57 GST + $2.25 service charge)

Child (4 – 12): $11.00 (incl. $0.43 GST + $2 service charge)

Family (2 adults + 2 children 18 and under): $40.00 (incl. $1.71 GST + $4 service charge)

Children under 3: Free


Located at 5251 Oak Street in the heart of Vancouver, getting to VanDusen Botanical Garden is easy.

Make use of sustainable transportation options: walk, bike, or take public transit.

Parking is free – but limited – with electric vehicle charging stations available.

Phone: 604-257-8335


VanDusen Botanical Garden, located in the heart of Vancouver, spans across 55 acres with more than 7,500 unique species and varieties of plants arranged in 50 distinct collections. The Garden is jointly operated by the Vancouver Park Board and Vancouver Botanical Garden Association.  

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A beautiful way to send out your holiday greetings! #Minted

It’s that time of year again to send your holiday greetings to your nearest and dearest!

I love seeing the variety of holiday cheer that come in the mail from our family and friends during the Christmas season. We are always sure to send our best wishes along as well.

I don’t know about you, but we really put some thought into our Christmas cards. Something that reflects our personalities.

We’ve picked our Christmas cards from Minted again this year. 

They have such an awesome assortment of holiday cards available! Photo and non-photo cards, that are customizable to your favourite colours and themes.

We received our cards in under a week and they are gorgeous!


Minted also has stationary, art and decor available. We’ve added a few pieces of our around our home and just recently picked out this beauty for the kid’s room.


Be sure to visit Minted’s website this holiday season to check out their lovely assortment of customizable cards that your family and friends would love to receive!

Some background about Minted and their holiday card selection:

  * Minted is a design marketplace of independent artists from around the globe.

  * All holiday cards are available with matching custom stamps, envelope designs and FREE recipient addressing. Save time and make your holiday card beautiful from the inside out.

  * Enjoy our FREE concierge address book service. Send us your addresses in any format, from envelopes to lists, and we will build out your Minted Address Book.

  * 2016 holiday card trends: Take it from our community of independent artists— midnight blues, graphic black & white, botanical wreaths, and glittery foil are what’s on-trend for this season. Among this year’s top trends are real foil-pressed holiday cards in gold, silver and rose gold and photo letterpress holiday cards featuring the luxurious look and feel of letterpress paired with unique inks and vibrant colors.

  * Minted is known for its high-quality paper and printing. Minted’s Signature paper is thick and luxurious with a creamy cotton texture, and has been optimized for photo printing. You can also choose 100% recycled paper, Pearlescent paper which adds a subtle shimmer, DoubleThick paper or even TripleThick paper. Minted also offers postcards, ornament cards and 8 unique die-cut shapes. A variety of backer options allow you to add additional photos, text, and customization options to your holiday card.

  * Minted’s assortment of stationery, art, home decor and digital offerings is constantly expanding as Minted grows its artist community and hosts ongoing challenges.

Christmas at FlyOver Canada {{Giveaway}}

Join Santa and his elves on a magical flight across Canada and then onto the North Pole!


FlyOver Canada will transform into a magical winter wonderland this Christmas season. Guests will have fun helping Santa search for his missing elves during an exhilarating flight across Canada and on to the North Pole.
The complete Christmas at FlyOver Canada experience will last between 20 – 25 minutes and include:

  • Christmas themed pre-show.
  • FlyOver Canada, a thrilling 8-minute flight ride experience coast to coast over Canada.
  • An extended, animated final scene over Santa’s magical North Pole.
  • Christmas decorations, holiday music, lights, hot drinks, festive food and more!

In addition, stop by our festive outdoor deck to enjoy holiday performances, Christmas lights, hot drinks and seasonal snacks. For more information regarding performances, please visit our website.

All guests must be at least 102cm (40″) to participate on the ride. All children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult or guardian 14 years of age or older.

Don’t miss this magical Christmas offering at Vancouver’s must-see attraction FlyOver Canada.

Reserve your spot now on-site or online at www.FlyOverCanada.com/Christmas

Christmas at FlyOver Canada

Dates: November 24, 2016 – January 02, 2017

Time(s): Nov 24 – Dec 16: 10AM – 9PM

Dec 17 – Jan 2: 9:30AM- 10PM

*December 24, 2016 9:30AM – 6PM

*Closed December 25, 2016

Rates:

General Admission

Adult $21.95 plus tax

Student / Youth / Senior $18.95 plus tax

Child $14.95 plus tax

FastLane:
Adult $23.95 plus tax

Student / Youth / Senior $20.95 plus tax

Child $16.95 plus tax

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Glittering lights, towering heights and festive nights – Canyon Lights returns on November 24, 2016!

Celebrate Canyon Lights November 24, 2016 to January 8, 2017. 


Re-capture the feeling of wonder and excitement of the holiday season and be amazed by the hundreds of thousands of lights throughout the park. The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon are transformed into a world of festive lights and visual enchantment. See the world’s tallest living Christmas tree (153 feet tall!), go on a Snowy Owl Prowl, decorate gingerbread cookies and make your own Christmas card (by donation) in the Winter Pavilion, and sing-along with the holiday band.

New this year is ‘Fireflies’, an interactive lighting display in the rainforest. Using giant flashlights, guests can magically awaken waves of tiny lights that glimmer and twinkle like fireflies.

Event Info

Canyon Lights is on from November 24, 2016 through to Sunday, January 8, 2017

(Closed Christmas Day – December 25th)

Park Hours
11AM – 9PM

CANYON LIGHTS TICKETS are valid all day with holiday activities beginning at 4:00pm.

Click Here To Buy Tickets

INSIDER’S TIPS

To avoid entrance line-ups, visit the park on weekdays prior to December 16th!

Strollers are not permitted on the attractions. Babies should be carried below railing level or in a purpose-designed child-carrying device.

Don’t forget to bring your camera. You can take your family holiday photo in our new Winter Pavilion.

GIVE BACK WITH CANYON LIGHTS

Canyon Lights will donate partial proceeds to the BC Professional Fire Fighter’s Burn Fund for fire/burn education in schools.

LEARN MORE

Your Admission also allows us to continue hosting the Twelve Nights of Christmas for local charities including:

North Shore Disability Resource Centre

Covenant House

North Shore Neighbourhood House

Canuck Place

Easter Seals

Ronald McDonald House

BC Professional Burns Fund

Family Services of the North Shore

Harvest Project

Special Olympics BC

Lions Gate Hospital Foundation

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Lower Mainland

Kids Up Front


3735 Capilano Road

North Vancouver, BC

Canada V7R 4J1

Phone: 604.985.7474

Fax: 604.985.7479

info@capbridge.com


Christmas Festivities in Abbotsford: Passport to Christmas

For anyone looking for the sweetest holiday treasures, Tourism Abbotsford invites everyone to participate in the Passport to Christmas program. 


From November 1st to December 22nd, Lower Mainland residents are invited to visit 10 local businesses, specializing in the unique and memorable, where everyone can ‘shop, stamp, and win’! 
The Passport to Christmas partner list includes:  

Tanglebank Gardens & Brambles Bistro

Onnink’s Blueberry Farm

Glenda’s Christmas Cottage

Singletree Winery

Maan Farms

Lepp Farm Market

Nature’s Pickins Market

Homestead Nurseryland & Florist

West Coast Christmas Show 

Abbotsford Visitor Centre

To play, participants are asked to pick up a passport at any of the stops, visit as many as possible, answer a trivia question, get the passport stamped, and then to drop it back off at any of the businesses. Plus, a bonus stamp is rewarded if a picture is posted on Instagram (or on Twitter at the West Coast Christmas show),. Official hashtag is #PassporttoChristmas. In order to win, at least six stamps must be earned. 


On December 23rd, two names will be drawn and awarded prizes. Prize #1 is the Ultimate Abbotsford Getaway, which includes chauffeured transportation around town, wine tasting at Singletree Winery, spa treatment, dinner for two at the new S+L Kitchen & Bar, and an overnight stay at Brookside Inn, one of Canada’s Top 10 Small Hotels. Prize #2 is a long-table dinner for 12 at Brambles Bistro.
It’s hard to visit all the stops in one day, which is why Abbotsford hotels are offering a 20% discount off their best available rate. Visitors simply need to quote Passport to Christmas upon booking. Hotels include:

Sandman Suites Hotel

Sandman Abbotsford Airport Hotel

Best Western Bakerview

Best Western Plus

Quality Hotel and Conference Centre

Super 8
Travelodge

Coast Abbotsford Hotel

To add to the merriment, Abbotsford has two Christmas tree lightings and festivals on November 19th at High Street and November 25th in downtown Abbotsford. From 3-9pm, the Historic Downtown’s Winter Jubilee has an artisan night market, talented musicians, street carollers, fun eats, and a few more surprises in store. High Street has Santa Clause, dancing elves, and promises a magical snowfall. 
Passport to Christmas accommodates all budgets and has something for everyone. To learn more, visit www.passporttochristmas.ca.


About Tourism Abbotsford

Tourism Abbotsford represents over 300 marketing partners, leads the delivery of Visitor Services, and has operated the Fraser Valley Tradex & Exhibition Centre (Tradex) since 2003. Tourism Abbotsford’s commitment to best practices has resulted in being recognized as a BC Tourism Industry Award recipient in Community Sport Tourism, in addition to earning a BC DMO Professional Excellence Award. To learn more, visit www.tourismabbotsford.ca and search #exploreabbotsford on social media channels.