There’s always plenty to do during December. Holiday parties, lunches, and get-togethers fill our calendars, festive lights beckon us outdoors, and there’s a happy cheer in the air that gets people smiling. To keep the momentum going, be sure to visit the below celebrations during this merry month.

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village: Go back in time and celebrate the holiday like our ancestors did, with heritage baking and sing-alongs.

Christmas in the Village of Fort Langley: Another heritage-themed celebration happens at Fort Langley every year. Crafts for kids, blacksmithing demonstrations, and chestnuts over an open fire are just a few of the highlights.

Glow Gardens: A winter oasis has been created at Milner Village Garden Centre in Langley. Interactive light displays, a Christmas market, and Santa are all waiting for you. Be sure to tell him what’s on your wish list.

21st Annual Winter Ice Palace: Head over to Cloverdale Ice Arena for a seasonal skate in a winter wonderland. Fun for the whole family, date night, or friends.

Gingerbread Village: Your mouth will water at downtown Surrey’s charming Gingerbread Village, featuring Surrey-inspired creations. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite house!

Timberline Country Christmas: In the heart of Maple Ridge, you’ll step back in time on a 73-acre horse ranch. Discover how the holidays used to be celebrated with wagon rides, a hay maze, and activities for the whole family.

Lights at Lafarge Lake: Walk the 1.2 km pathway around Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam and absorb the artful display of Christmas lights twinkling through the trees.

Aurora Winter Festival: The biggest winter festival Vancouver has ever seen takes place from November 23rd to December 30th. The hidden village features an ice rink, a tube park, food trucks, a Christmas market, and lots more.

Polar Express: A little farther out of town, you’ll find the Polar Express in Squamish. It’s well worth the drive to experience this magical journey into a favourite children’s story.

With all these events keeping you busy, it’s a wonder if you get any holiday shopping done.

Image: City of Coquitlam