Christmas is finally here, and with it, a day for many to spend at home with their families.
But not everyone. Many people don’t celebrate Christmas, while others are far away from loved ones – and still others just want to get out of the house for the afternoon.
But what can you do in Vancouver on such a widespread holiday? What’s open?
Plenty, says Dianne Chow, author of FabulouslyFrugalinVancouver.com, who’s complied valuable list of exactly what’s open around town on Christmas day. And as a bonus, plenty of it’s free.
Chow says there’s plenty of action downtown, from free skating at Robson Square, to checking out the many Christmas light displays.
“I put together a whole list of Christmas lights that you can go look at… because I’m going to be hanging out downtown. Stuff like the Christmas trees at the Four Seasons, the Gingerbread Lane at the Hyatt, Lights of Hope at St. Paul’s, the big whale at Morton Park.”
Here it is – my list of what to do on Xmas day from inexpensive meals, shopping, dancing & more https://t.co/mx2UtQwRPM
— DianneChow (@FabFrugalVan) December 25, 2015
If you’re looking for a little more action, she says you can hit the slopes on the local mountains, or take in a movie as ski hills and theatres will both be open.
Finding a bite to eat isn’t very hard either. Chinese and sushi restaurants are open, along with Denny’s. Two White Spot locations are also open for lunch, with servers donating their tips for charity.
Chow says there are actually plenty of businesses open in Richmond, including the Aberdeen mall.
Chow says there’s even night life available on Christmas day.
“If you want to go partying, and you’re young…”
Pierre’s Champagne Lounge in Yaletown is having a party Friday night, several Karaoke locations are open in Richmond, or you can go dancing at the River Rock or Grand Villa Casino.
And if you just need to pick up some last minute groceries for your Christmas dinner?
Asian supermarket chain T&T is open… and even sell roast turkeys, just in case you have a kitchen disaster.