Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Robson Square is the city's de facto town square, ground-zero for celebrations and special events throughout the year. This is especially true during the winter holidays, when Robson Square becomes the place to be for free, all-ages Christmas and New Year's events and activities.
Since its revitalization during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, when the historic Robson Square ice rink re-opened, Robson Square has played host to many of the winter season's most beloved traditions, including free ice skating at Vancouver's only outdoor ice rink.
Getting to Robson Square in Vancouver
Robson Square is located at 800 Robson Street, across from the Vancouver Art Gallery. Underground parking near Robson Square is available, but it's easiest to access by public transit; it's just one block (easy walking distance) from the Canada Line Vancouver City Centre Station and a stop for many buses heading southwest/southeast.
Christmas & New Year's Events at Robson Square in Vancouver 2016
- Free Ice Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink - December 1, 2016 - February 15, 2017
The Robson Square Ice Rink is a free, outdoor ice rink that is sheltered from rain by a glass dome (but is open-ended at either side). The ice rink is open from 9am - 9pm daily, and from 9am - 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission to the ice rink is free, and skate rentals and helmets are available to rent on-site for $4.
- 12 Nights of Christmas - December 13 - 24, 2016
Robson Square hosts a free musical concert every day from December 13 through Christmas Eve (December 24).
- Ice Skating on Christmas Day & New Year's Day - December 25, 2016 & January 1, 2017
Want to get out of the house on Christmas Day? While much of Vancouver shuts down on December 25, Robson Square will be open for ice skating from 12pm - 5pm. (You can also head to the Vancouver Aquarium, which is open 365 days a year.) On New Year's Day, the ice rink is open for its usual hours: 9am - 9pm.
For more free activities in Vancouver over the winter holidays: Free Christmas & Winter Holiday Events & Activities.