What: A charming reminder of what every small-town Canadian used to do at Christmastime, the subterranean space near the Vancouver Art Gallery entrance is transformed into a bustling little ice rink every winter; a perfect family-friendly activity if you have kids you need to tire out before bedtime. If you have your own skates, use of the rink is free (arrive off-peak to avoid the crowds); if not, skates can be rented for $5 (free helmet included). Add hot chocolate from the stand to warm you up and you'll be set for a super-fun downtown activity. There will also be free live entertainment from December 13 to December 24 (6pm to 9pm) this year.
When: December 1, 2022 to February 28, 2023. Hours: 9am to 9pm Sunday to Thursday; 9am to 11pm Friday and Saturday (hours reduced on holidays)
Where: Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
Cost: Free with own skates; skate rentals $5