A round of Santa-plause because The Buzzer blog is back with some cool things to do this weekend – all of which are transit-friendly! We take you from Vancouver to Surrey, from New West to Langley – because, Xmas has us feeling extra santa-mental!
Read on, you snow the drill!
Note: Event timings, locations, and prices may be subject to change. Check each event’s website for exact details.
Ride the Reindeer Bus
Transit: Lo and behold, the reindeer bus!
The Reindeer Bus is back for another year to spread holiday cheer! See it? Snap it ? and share it with the hashtag #ReindeerBus. The exterior of a conventional 40-foot bus now riding about town with Christmas lights, giant antlers, and a big red nose! The bus will operate on different routes and is decorated in-house at the Vancouver Transit Centre.
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It's looking a whole lot more like Christmas……..on my books, the festive season begins when bus 9543 gets decked out and starts picking up surprised commuters! 😻 #mytranslink #toysfortots #toys4tots #xmas #christmas #reindeerbus #rudolph #santa #santaclaus #santabus #merrychristmas #tistheseason #december #vancouver #awesome #cool #gorgeous #sweetride #ubc @dailyhivevancouver @globalbc @news1130radio @
Disney on Ice
Location: Pacific National Exhibition, 2901, East Hastings, Vancouver
Transit: Buses 16, 27, 28, 95 B-Line
Catch your favourite Disney characters with shows such as Frozen, Dream Big, and Reach for the Stars, as five daring heroines present Dare to Dream. Watch Moana, Elsa & Anna, Rapunzel and more shape their destiny.
Lights at Lafarge
Location: Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Transit: Millennium Line
Brought to you by the City of Coquitlam, Lights at Lafarge Lake is one of the largest free light displays in Metro Vancouver, and features more than 100,000 twinkling lights. Catch the Millennium Line to Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station!
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Are you a local business who wants an opportunity to connect with thousands of visitors at Coquitlam's Lights at Lafarge? Last call to sponsor a popular lights segment and showcase your business at our kick-off Nov. 24. Contact us today! http://ow.ly/NATS50jyUI8 . . #coquitlam #lightsatlafarge
Christmas in Leigh Square
Location: Leigh Square, 2253 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam
Transit: Bus 169
What best describes the festive spirit? Good food, friends and family, and holiday characters! That’s right! Be prepared to be amazed at this Christmas fair with a variety of vendors, food trucks, kids’ crafts and more!
We love award-winning Marie-Helene Babin’s amazing face painting & hope you will too! Marie will be at #ChristmasinLeigh Square from 12-4pm on Sat Nov 24. Come get your face painted! Check out more of her work at https://t.co/MZ4VGvzrIF
— City of PoCo (@CityofPoCo) November 12, 2018
Black Friday Weekend at Metropolis at Metrotown
Location: Metropolis at Metrotown, 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
Transit: Expo Line, Buses 19, 110, 119, 49, 430, 116, 130, 144, 146, 147
Kickstart your holiday shopping, folks! Re-do your winter wardrobe with sales that start at 8 am on Friday and extended mall hours until 10 pm.
— 604 Now (@604Now) November 20, 2018
Surrey Tree Lighting Festival and Holiday Market
Location: Surrey Civic Plaza and Atrium – 13450 104th Avenue, Surrey
Transit: Expo Line, Buses 335, 371, 373
The City of Surrey is hosting its annual Tree Lighting Festival and Holiday Market with a 60-foot-tall Christmas Tree. You can enjoy mouthwatering foods at the various food trucks, participate in ice-carving demos, and more! Have kids? Don’t worry, because there are loads of activities for them too!
— Surrey Major Events (@surreybcevents) November 17, 2018
Santa at Capilano Mall
Location: 935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Transit: Buses 240, 241
Yule be sorry if you miss this Christmas event! There’s a “Live from the North Pole” concert and gingerbread decorating workshop with good ol’ Mrs Claus that you don’t wanna miss! Have your elf a merry little Christmas, we say! Take the SeaBus to Lonsdale Quay and transfer at the bus loop.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Location: Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Avenue, New Westminster
Transit: Buses 123, 128, 155, 106, 101
A musical play by the Children’s Theatre of Richmond Association, proceeds from which will be donated to the BC Children’s Hospital. Directed by Emma Swords, and choreography by Harry Zhao.
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Introducing #Allana Fifi Zhao Fifi is 13 years old and currently is in Grade 7. She was introduced to rhythmic gymnastics at the age of 6, and has since been training for more than 6 years. She has participated in many competitions and won 3 provincial championships in a row. Her greatest achievement is winning 1st place in the hoop category as well as placing 3rd overall in the 2017 Western Gymnastics Championship. Having previously taken modelling and dancing classes, Fifi has also practiced tap dance, ballet, and recently started to learn Latin dance. She has performed many times at places such as the Michael J. Fox Theatre and River Rock Casino Theatre. In addition, Fifi is very passionate for music. She has completed the RCM Level 10 course for piano and moved on to violin. At school, she plays the saxophone and flute respectively. By performing in The Little Mermaid Jr., Fifi hopes to showcase her dance and musical skills on stage and have a wonderful time working with all the other performers to bring this musical to life.
Location: Milner Village Garden Centre, 6690 216 St, Langley
Transit: Bus 562
This indoor attraction in Langley features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market. You can hop onboard the Glen the glow-comotive, visit the magical castle playground, whisper your wish list to Santa, enjoy delicious treats at the food trucks, and glow in the festive spirit!
Is there a cool Christmas event in your ‘hood? Let us know! We try to be inclusive of all the beautiful cities in our region!
You know the best part about these events? They make for great photos! So, snap away, dear friends and share with us on Instagram using the hashtag #MyTransLink. Make sure you also hit that follow button on Facebook and Twitter so you can stay up-to-date with service information, and to share cool transit stories with us!
Author: Tanushree Pillai