Vancouver Events in January

Image Courtesy of Dine Out Vancouver / Tourism Vancouver

January 2016 is a month full of annual favourites and new, fun activities. Get ready for Dine Out Vancouver, the PuSh Festival, and more!

Ongoing through January 2 
Bright Nights at Stanley Park
What: Stanley Park's Bright Nights is an annual Vancouver holiday tradition where over a million twinkly lights transform the forest around the famous Miniature Train into a winter wonderland.
Where: Stanley Park Miniature Train, Stanley Park, Vancouver
Cost: $6 - $12

Ongoing through January 3
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge
What: Every year, the Capilano Suspension Bridge transforms into a celebration of light for the holidays, with live music, kids activities, and more.
Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge, 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
Cost: $31.95 for adults; $12 - $19.95 for kids

Ongoing through January 4
Grouse Mountain's The Peak of Christmas
What: Grouse Mountain celebrates the holidays with a month of family fun: live entertainment, real reindeer, breakfasts with Santa, outdoor ice skating, and more.
Where: Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver
Cost: See site for details

Friday, January 1
New Year's Day in Vancouver

Friday, January 1
Annual Polar Bear Swim
What: The annual Polar Bear Swim Club—and anyone who wants to join them—take a cold plunge into English Bay every New Year’s Day since 1920. Highlights include a 100-yard swim race and lots of costumes.

Register or just watch at the English Bay Boathouse; registration is 12:30pm – 2:30pm.
Where: English Bay Boathouse, English Bay Beach, Downtown Vancouver
Cost: Free

Friday, January 15 - Sunday, January 31
Dine Out Vancouver Festival
What: Vancouver's annual restaurant event from Tourism Vancouver has 200 participating restaurants offering discount menus for $18, $28 and $38, plus street food promotions and lots of special foodie events and tours.

Where: Various locations throughout Vancouver; see site for details
Cost: Set menus of $18, $28 and $38 per person; additional cost for special events

Saturday, January 16 - Sunday, February 14
Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival
What: Dozens of Vancouver chocolate makers and artisans come together for this festival that brings 60+ new and unusual hot chocolate flavours to Vancouver.
Where: Various locations throughout Vancouver; see site for details
Cost: Various; see site for details

Saturday, January 16 - Sunday, January 24
Street Food City
What: Part of the Dine Out Festival, this event brings together a wide variety of popular Vancouver Street Food carts in one location: the Vancouver Art Gallery's North Plaza.
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza, Downtown Vancouver
Cost: Free

Tuesday, January 19 – Sunday, February 7
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
What: One of Vancouver’s signature festivals, the PuSh Festival is 20 days of groundbreaking work in the live performing arts: theatre, dance, music and other, hybrid forms of performance.
Where: Various sites around Vancouver; see site for details
Cost: Various; see site for details

Thursday, January 28
Taste BC
What: Liberty Wine Merchant's annual fundraiser for BC Children’s Hospital brings together over 70 of BC's best wineries, breweries and distilleries for an evening of drink and food.

Also included: live music, door prizes, and a silent auction.
Where: Pan Pacific Hotel, Vancouver
Cost: $49.99; tickets available at Liberty Wine Merchant locations

Saturday, January 23 - Saturday, January 31
WinterPRIDE 2015
What: Whistler's annual winter Pride event, promoted by Gay Whistler, includes parties, dances, tours, "apres ski" events, comedy shows, and--of course--skiing and snowboarding.
Where: Whistler, B.C.
Cost: Various; see site for details

Ongoing through February 28
Free Ice Skating in Robson Square
What: The free Robson Square Ice Rink opens for the winter season, offering free ice skating outdoors in the heart of downtown Vancouver.
Where: Robson Square, downtown Vancouver
Cost: Free; skate rentals $4

Saturdays through April 23
Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium
What: Enjoy shopping local throughout the winter at the Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium.

Includes food trucks, live music, and more.
Where: Nat Bailey Stadium, 4601 Ontario St., Vancouver
Cost: Free