Both visitors and locals alike would agree that Vancouver is visually picture postcard perfect, especially when it boasts mountains and an ocean nearby for a handy backdrop, but this world class cosmopolitan city in the Pacific Northwest is absolutely captivating when she’s all glammed up for the holidays. Everywhere you look in downtown Vancouver swags of ribbons, clusters of ornaments and plenty of lights all a-twinkle festoon buildings, walkways and even light stands throughout the heart of Vancouver. In fact, it’s the spectacular display of lights in the outdoor spaces that captures your attention: you can’t help but take notice and say “Wow!” Here are a few Instagram-worthy venues to take advantage of this holiday season that are worth the time and effort to investigate, and the best part? They’re practically all within walking distance of the Auberge Hotel:
Light Dome Installation: at the corner of Georgia & Granville Sts. Walk into this dazzling sphere of light with your special someone, head for the center and look up to see a sprig of mistletoe: it’s time to pucker up!
Vancouver Christmas Market: Just down the block from The Auberge at Jack Poole Plaza, this market boasts a European-styled holiday market place now in it’s 7th year with plenty of Christmas gifts, food, entertainment, a visit with Santa and even a carousel. Concierge tip: go at night when when it’s all lit up!
George Wainborn Park: Probably Vancouver’s best kept secret, this park located in False Creek has the most stunning live Christmas tree in all of the downtown area. At night, when this tree is lit up, it acts as an ethereal beacon of light that’s clearly visible from afar.
LumiereYVR Luna The Killer Whale: Go on a spectacularly scenic 25 minute walk through the Coal Harbour walkway to reach English Bay at the foot of Denman St. Adjacent to the world famous Amazing Laughter grouping of laughing men statues, Luna is an artistic sculpture of light which truly illuminates the West End and will be on display during the winter months.