Although this fall has been abnormal to say the least, there is no denying that this city is one of the best places in the country to enjoy the colder months. If you are looking to spend a special evening with that special someone, we have some amazing romantic dates in Vancouver that are sure to put a smile on your face this season. From light shows and winter wonders to embracing our local art scene, the options are endless. Here’s what we have in mind.
These are 10 of the best ideas for a big romantic date in Vancouver this season.
Canyon Lights 2021
First up, we’ve got an absolutely iconic option that’s essentially a must-see romantic date in Vancouver. Canyon Lights takes over the Capilano Suspension Bridge this holiday season, offering stunning lights and views along with delicious drinks and treats to keep you warm during your visit.
When: Starts November 20
Or: 3735 Capilano Road
Tickets: $ 54.95
VanDusen Festival of Lights
For something a little less popular, but still worth it, check out the VanDusen Festival of Lights. The already stunning garden is transformed for the holidays, with over a million lights twinkling across a variety of facilities. Pair it with a clear evening, and it’s the perfect way to feel the love on the outside.
When: Starts November 26
Or: 5251 Oak Street
Tickets: On sale Monday, November 1
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Did you miss Imagine Van Gogh while in town? Fear not, because we honestly think it could be cooler. Coming from the same people, Imagine Picasso gives the iconic artist the same treatment, but with a fun twist – an origami-like design that adds an extra dimension to the stunning projections.
When: Until January 28, 2022
Or: 1055 Place du Canada
Tickets: $ 34.99
Vancouver Art Gallery
Speaking of art, the Vancouver Art Gallery can be romantic any time of the year, but especially during the cooler months. Not only is the building itself stunning, but there are currently plenty of temporary exhibits there, which is no shortage of talking points when you visit.
When: Open all month of November
Or: 750 Hornby Street
Vancouver Christmas Market
Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without at least one option for those looking to dive into the Christmas spirit. And honestly, there’s no better place to do it than the Vancouver Christmas Market, which combines shopping, shows, and food and drink deals for visitors. Drink mulled wine, buy a cute decoration for someone special and be merry!
When: Until December 24
Or: Jack Poole Square
Tickets: $ 12.99 +
Christmas Summit at Grouse Mountain
Speaking of vacation options, the Peak of Christmas is perfect for those looking for an outdoor activity. From ice skating on top of the mountains to illuminated walks, Grouse Mountain turns into a true winter wonderland this season.
When: November 25 to January 3
Or: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Cost: $ 61 for the GA
Robson Square Ice Rink
Want to keep things a little more local? Well, hopefully the Robson Square Ice Rink will reopen in December! This free access space is a great place to pair them with someone special and works perfectly with our next recommendation…
When: Opening scheduled for December
Or: 800 Robson Street
Try a new restaurant
Whether it’s a stop before the main event or the main event itself, a good restaurant meal is always a good option for those looking to add a little romance to the day. We think new is sexy, especially when it’s delicious, so we recommend checking out our roundup of the best places to open recently in the city. Our favorite ? Vancouver’s newest place for delicious pancakes – Ca Marche.
Or: Click on the link above for our choices
Head to the terrace of reflections
Although more popular in the summer, Reflections at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia is also worth a visit in the winter. This wonderful open-air patio is the perfect place to relax in style, and the seasonal food and drinks only add to the ambience.
When: Open all winter
Or: 801 West Georgia Street
Enjoy some live entertainment
If we had to pick one place in Vancouver that just screams romance, it would be the Orpheum. Fortunately, this iconic theater hosts a variety of events, from live movie concerts offered by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra to big name concerts. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong in a space like this!
When: Shows all winter
Or: 601 Smith Street
Watch a movie
While we all love independent theaters in Vancouver, we have to admit that if we go alone with romance, the Cinematheque reigns supreme. This theater’s emphasis on international and arthouse films means you’re often in for a visual (and mental) treat, which will keep the conversation smoother than any Marvel movie. Sorry guys, we’re nerds like that.
When: Shows all winter
Or: 1131 Howe Street
Ok lovebirds, we hope this list has given you some great options for romantic dates in Vancouver this season. Winter might be a cold time of year, but your heart doesn’t have to be up to it!