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Aurora Winter Festival

What: Back for its second year but in a new, larger location, Vancouver's very own winter wonderland village is crammed with attractions and activities for festive-minded locals and visitors. From fairground rides to ice skating and from a Yuletide market to sparkling illuminations, there's plenty of chestnut-warming action to keep you busy here. Add food gardens, live music and a thrilling tube park, and you'll find something for all the family. Whatever you decide to do, keep your eyes peeled for selfie-loving characters such as Yin the Yeti, Zaos the Ice Elf and Thyra the Ice Queen––and don't miss a visit to the North Pole, home of the Jolly Old Elf himself.

When: November 22 to December 31, 2019 (check ahead for hours and scheduled closure days)

Where: Hastings Park/PNE, 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

Cost: General admission (ages 13-64) $17.99-$19.99; children (ages 4-12) $12.99-$14.99; seniors (65+) $12.99-$14.99; family tickets $49.99-$59.99. PLUS: weekday after-8pm tickets for adults $12.99