Christmas is a fun time to explore your area, and, of course, there are a lot of holiday-centric activities going on. But with the kids off of school and time away from work, rediscover what to do in BC. Head to that museum you’ve been meaning to visit for years or attend an event specifically designed for enjoying the festive season. Here are seven things to do in BC to fill your Christmas break calendar.
If you’re searching for what to do in BC that includes holiday-specific fun, head to Glow Langley, which is a joyful, drive-through experience. You can stay safe and warm in your car as you view magical landscapes and large-scale light gardens. Play holiday music or tune your radio to a particular station designed for listening as you drive through the lights.
Steveson Heritage Fishing Village
Some things have been done the same way for ages, therefore evoking a sense of nostalgia. That’s exactly what a visit to Steveson Heritage Fishing Village brings to mind. When searching for things to see in BC, this historic village in Richmond is buzzing with activity, and — of course — you can sample fresh seafood while you’re in town.
Royal BC Museum
The Royal BC Museum is a staple in Victoria, so visit if you haven’t been already. There are rotating exhibits (a current one focuses on Orcas), and Father Christmas plans to be there on December 21st. While you are at the museum, learn the history of BC and the indigenous people that inhabited the land.
Penticton Farmers’ Market
Whether you want fresh fruits and veggies or simply want to mingle with locals, head to the Penticton Farmers’ Market any time of year. This large-scale market features 43 local farmers, has 46 artisans and makers, and hosts an average of 2500 shoppers each market day. There are also several holiday-centric activities throughout December, so be sure to check this one of our things to see in BC out.
Whistler Sliding Centre
If you love the winter Olympics and faithfully cheer on the bobsledders, fulfill the dream you never knew you had by becoming a bobsled rider — no experience required! The Whistler Sliding Centre gives you firsthand experience of the thrill of sledding. You can make a weekend out of visiting Whistler for all of their winter-centric things to do in BC.
Monte Creek or Chaberton Estate Wineries
What do to in BC for wine lovers? Head to a winery, of course! Sipping wine while chatting with friends or your significant other can be so relaxing, and the tasting room at Monte Creek Winery is the place to go. The terrace has lovely views of the grounds, and you can also grab a bite to eat at The Terrace Restaurant (it’s only open seasonally, so check their calendar!). Chaberton Estate Winery is another hotspot for tasting wine or visiting their on-site restaurant, the Bacchus Bistro, for a bite to eat.
BC Wildlife Park
Animal lovers of all ages will enjoy heading to the BC Wildlife Park, a non-profit that helps rehabilitate injured wildlife. Over 200 animals are on-site, including cougars, arctic wolves, bears, elk, and bobcats. While you are there, be sure to see the Kermode bear, which is the only one in human captivity in the world. The park also features a mini train to ride and other activities to do while you are on site.