Free Holiday Festival Coming to North Van Shipyards in December


The holidays officially arrive in North Vancouver next month with the return of a popular festival to the shipyards.

Spirit of the Season, the kick-off to the city’s annual holiday, takes place on Saturday, December 3 from 3-7 p.m.

At the bottom of Lonsdale, Carrie Cates will be transformed into a festive wonderland filled with live music, traveling performers, ice skating and more.

You can even witness the lighting of the massive 30-foot holiday tree.

The festivities will begin with the arrival of Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and an Aboriginal welcome ceremony and blessing from the Squamish Nation and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. There will then be a performance by the Eagle Song Dancers before Mayor Linda Buchanan lights the beautiful Christmas tree.

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“People always tell me how much they love the shipyards, especially at this time of year when it dresses up in twinkling lights and supports the holiday festivities,” Mayor Linda Buchanan said. “The Shipyards was designed to bring people together. I encourage everyone to go skating, view the Christmas tree, visit our local vendors, grab a hot drink or sit by one of our public fire pits.

“I hope you get in the mood with us at the shipyards. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all. »

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There’s plenty to see and do at this year’s Spirit of the Season festival, including a holiday craft market at The Pipe Shop, musical performances by local bands and photo ops with traveling holiday characters and stilt walkers.

Watch contemporary dance performances by Perform Arts and Method of Modern Movement and ice skating performances by Le Patin Libre. You can also go sliding yourself on the Skate Plaza in the shipyards.

Shipyard district

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And it wouldn’t be a festival without the delicious treats, so be sure to leave room for the variety of food trucks and the free hot chocolate!

Spirit of the Season Festival

When: December 3, 2022
Time: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: The Shipyards – 125 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Cost: Free

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