Peak of Christmas, Grouse Mountain

What: Arguably the closest you can get to the North Pole without straying too far from the city, Grouse transforms into a magical, snow-covered wonderland at this time of year. And even if you're not skiing or snowboarding, there's more than enough to do among the icicle-draped trees as well as inside the gabled lodge buildings. Hop aboard the gondola and check out the illuminations (including a glowing Light Walk); take a sleigh ride; peruse the tasty-looking gingerbread creations; visit the real-life reindeer; catch Christmas movies in the theatre and drop by Santa's workshop––complete with the big man himself. There's also an outdoor skating pond plus a chance to have breakfast with Santa (book ahead for his). Plan to wrap-up and spend at least half a day here––it's well-worth it.

When: November 22, 2019 to January 5, 2020

Where: Grouse Mountain, Nancy Green Way, North Vancouver

Cost: adult (17-64) $59; senior (65+) $52; child (5-16) $32; tots (4 and under) free. Family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) are also available for $159.

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