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. They're even open on Christmas Day (11am to 5pm) if you need to work off that bulging turkey tummy. There will also be free live entertainment every evening at the rink from December 13 to 24. Keep in mind that masks are required here this year.
When: From December 2, 2021 (9am-9pm Sunday-Thursday; 9am-11pm Friday & Saturday; reduced hours on holidays)
Where: Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
Cost: Free with your own skates; skate rentals also available for $5