vancouver in december

Vancouver turns into a magical city this time of year. All of the major downtown streets are strung with twinkle lights and there are even more people bustling around downtown than usual. We have a very vibrant, busy downtown here, owing to the fact that many thousands of people live on the downtown peninsula, a condition not very common in North American cities. All of those downtown residents mean busy streets 24/7. It makes our little city feel like a much bigger one, if you ask me.

I'm looking forward to doing some holiday shopping in Gastown (seen above in the drizzle last night) and having dinner in a couple of my favourite restaurants this month. Jeff will be finished his exams this week and I'll have all of my craft fairs behind me and online orders shipped in time for Christmas. There are a few exciting pop up shops that I want to check out, and some places that I always stop by this time of the year, like Old Faithful.

I'm excited to bake some cookies, finish unpacking, and head away on Christmas vacation to see most of my family. What's on your holiday to do list? Do you have any travel plans?


  1. It looks beautiful there! Tomorrow we're celebrating Christmas with my family because my sister and brother-in-law are moving to Ontario and won't be here to celebrate on Christmas Day. I'm making black bottom cupcakes to take over to my parents house for desert :)

  2. Wish I was there, that would be a painting!

  3. After summer, December is my next favourite time of year in Vancouver for all the reasons you mentioned. And Old Faithful is my absolute favourite shop in the city. I want to live in that store! We'll be staying put in Vancouver during the holidays like we typically do.

  4. What a beautifully festive photo!
    I love the smell of baked goods filling my home this time of year and look forward to spending time with my wonderful niece and nephew! :)

    All the best,
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  5. this looks perfect. can't wait to visit

  6. ElleSee: Early Christmas! I have to look up these black bottom cupcakes...sounds intriguing!

    Maggie: It is a pretty city!

    Alice: I'm always back for New Year's, but have only had one Christmas here. I was depressed, being away from my family. My favourite thing in Old Faithful is Jean-Pierre, the Frenchie. He is so cute!!!

    Mary: mmmm, baked goods

    Maria: It will be fun! But come in the summer! Winter can be a total drag here, we're just getting lucky these days!

  7. I think I mentioned in a comment before that I was fortunate enough to spend a month in Vancouver a few years back. I stayed downtown in a residential hotel, and visited Gastown several times. Such a cool area!
    I LOVE Vancouver, and can't wait for the chance to go back.


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