Starting tomorrow and running through December 24, Grouse Mountain presents, a Peak of Christmas. Though a bit of a more expensive family activity, $79.95 gets a family of four (two adults and two children) access to access to the Skyride, Holly the Jolly Reindeer show, antler making, sleigh rides, Gingerbread Lane, mountaintop ice-skating, Santa’s Workshop and more festive fun. This year they have centered their festivities around REAL visiting reindeer named Dancer and Vixen. Events include (taken from their website):
Also opening this weekend on Saturday, November 24, though running through Monday, December 24 daily is the Vancouver Christmas Market.
The Vancouver Christmas Market is an authentic outdoor German Christmas village featuring unique holiday shopping, seasonal music and entertainment, kids activities and traditional food and drinks. Kids activities include: carousel ride, Holly and Jolly the gingerbread mascots, decorate a chocolate lollipop or your own gingerbreadman. It takes place in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza.
Cost: $5; $2 kids 7 – 12; free for kids 6 and under
Visit their site at Christmas Market
The holiday season is upon us and this weekend starts a couple holiday fairs for the whole family.
Candytown (November 23 & 24) is a new holiday festival put on by the Yaletown business association. Lights and candy canes will adorn lamp poles and costumed characters will parade down Mainland street transforming the heritage district of Yaletown into a winter wonderland. You’ll also find Mainland Street filled with local artisans, street performers and live music.
Friday, November 23 » 3pm – 9pm
Scotiabank Yaletown Ice Rink 3pm – 9pm
All I Want for Christmas Street Market 3pm – 9pm
Horse-drawn carriage rides 3pm – 9pm
CandyTown Cocktail tour 6pm – 9pm
Saturday, November 24 » 12 noon – 9pm
Scotiabank Yaletown Ice Rink 12 noon – 9pm
Appearance by NHL alumnus Trevor Linden 12 noon – 3pm
All I Want for Christmas Street Market 12 noon – 9pm
Horse-drawn carriage rides 12 noon – 9pm
Visits with Santa (bring your own camera!) 1pm – 5pm
Reindeer barn 1pm – 5pm
CandyTown Cocktail tour 6pm – 9pm
For more information, visit their site at Candytown
Going on right now is the Vancouver Celebrates Diwali Festival (November 3 – 10). Dance performances, music, workshops and food for the whole family are going on in various locations around Vancouver.
Known as the festival of lights, Diwali is a five day festival which starts on Dhanteras, celebrated on thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) of the Hindu calendar month Ashwin and ends on Bhaubeej, celebrated on second lunar day of Shukla paksha (bright fortnight) of the Hindu calendar month Kartik (source: Wikipedia).
Furthest west and really the only kid friendly cafe I had heard of prior to having a baby is Kokopelli Cafe situated on Dunbar Street at 30th Avenue (4593 Dunbar Street).
Their coffee is not the best but in a latte, it’s hardly noticeable, and what they lack In their coffee, they make up for in their delicious scones! This is another very busy cafe that can be hard to find a table around lunch time. They do have a kids menu that includes macaroni and cheese and Cheerios (sometimes the kids menu is better then the adult menu!). The adult menu has a selection of pastries and light sandwiches. I have only ever tried their scones so I can’t comment on the sandwiches.
In the back there is a nice sized play area for kids, though it seems that kids just run around the whole cafe. I wouldn’t take someone who doesn’t have kids there, unless they really like kids!
Kokopelli is open Monday to Friday 7am-5pm and Saturday to Sunday 8am-5pm.
Moving west we hit Kitsilano and a little French bakery called Plaisir Sucre right on Arbutus at 10th Avenue (2668 Arbutus Street). The first thing my girlfriend and I agreed on was that it was very French, the second, that we could eat their croissants every day for breakfast – well lets be honest here, we could have one for lunch too! The owner is very welcoming, there is lots of room for strollers and there is a play area in e back for kids. There is no kids menu since its more of a bakery then a restaurant, but there is plenty a little one could munch on. If they’re lucky, maybe you’ll let them try one of their delicious pain au chocolat!
Plaisir Sucre is open Tuesday to Saturday 8am-6pm and Sunday 8am-5pm. Closed Mondays.