Grouse Mountain: Peak of Christmas
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 winter 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 and around the gabled lodge buildings. Hop aboard the view-tastic gondola ride to check out the summit illuminations, including a glowing, selfie-ready Light Walk. There's also a frozen pond to skate on and a pair of real-life reindeer to visit with. Plan to wrap-up and spend at least half a day here––it's well-worth it.
Where: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver