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The most wonderful time of year has finally arrived as Grouse Mountain’s annual Peak of Christmas festivities kick off this Saturday, November 23 followed by the highly-anticipated return of Santa Claus to Vancouver’s North Pole on Saturday, November 30.

After stepping aboard the Red Skyride, guests will soar 3,700 metres above the city as they are transported to a snowy and sparkling winter wonderland at the Peak of Vancouver. As an ideal fun-filled way to embrace the holiday spirit, families are invited to celebrate the magic of snow atop Grouse Mountain during a variety of snow-themed activities in the Peak Chalet.

At Santa’s Workshop, the beloved big man has been busy making his list (and checking it twice!) as he eagerly awaits believers young and old to share their special Christmas wishes and take a photo. Also making his annual appearance is Santa’s right-hand reindeer, Prancer who will be making his home next to our candy cane-striped North Pole and is excited to welcome daily visitors as he gears up for his round-the-world tour on Christmas Eve.

As the Peak of Christmas hub, the Peak Chalet will feature Grouse Mountain’s second-annual Gingerbread Village in support of the British Columbia SOS Children’s Village, a renowned charity that provides long-term care for children in need. Guests are encouraged to vote for their favourite Gingerbread Village creation to select a grand prize winner while contributing much-needed funds to this very deserving charity.

For those seeking an outdoor holiday experience unlike any other, nothing says ‘Christmas’ like a glide around Grouse Mountain’s 8,000 square foot outdoor ice skating pond surrounded by trees adorned with glimmering lights, a magical sleigh ride through the forest or Sunday afternoon fireside carols in the chalet courtesy of the VOC Sweet Gospel Choir.

Once again this season, the Peak of Christmas will support the Karen Magnussen Foundation’s skater development program by hosting a series of complimentary skate lessons culminating in the highly-anticipated annual Ice Show on Saturday, December 21st featuring captivating performances from some of BC’s finest skaters. As in past years, proceeds from skate rentals will be donated to the Karen Magnussen Foundation and have contributed thousands of dollars to support British Columbia’s young and talented competitive skaters.

“The holiday spirit is alive and well at Grouse Mountain and we are thrilled to invite guests to celebrate the season at the Peak of Christmas,” said Grouse Mountain general manager Michael Cameron. “From magical outdoor activities such as ice skating and sleigh rides to a visit with Santa Claus and a tour of our Gingerbread Village, we know our visitors enjoy the Christmas season as much as we do and we are pleased to share these moments while also giving back to very worthwhile members of our community.”

Since no holiday experience is complete without a meal alongside friends and family, guests are encouraged to place a reservation for the Breakfast With Santa program which runs from Saturday, December 14 through Tuesday, December 24.

With the 87th winter season well underway at Grouse Mountain, guests are reminded that all festive Peak of Christmas activities are complimentary with a season’s pass, a Skyride admission ticket or at a special family rate of $79.95.

For more information and a detailed daily schedule for all Peak of Christmas activities, please click here.