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City Delights during the Holidays!

Posted on December 14, 2015

What to do in Vancouver this Christmas Holiday

The city during the Holidays can be a magical place and this year there are plenty of activities to choose from.

East Vancouver hosts the Vancouver Winter Festival until December 24 at the PNE Formum everyday 3-11pm. The event features festive decorations, live music, games, fun, food, vendors and more. There are different scheduled events each day, including magic shows, performances from hit Disney movie Frozen, and arts and crafts stations benefiting Variety – The Children’s Charity. Check it out at 2901 East Hastings Street.

The holidays just wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Robson Street! Beautiful window displays, warm drinks and a family ice skate make this the perfect destination. Get your skates on! The Robson Square Ice Rink will be open to everyone of all ages for FREE skating at Robson Square – 800 Robson Street everyday from 9am-9pm.

The Vancouver Christmas Market is becoming a fast Christmas must- do for Vancouverites. Over 50 vendors are featured in the event modeled after a classic German Christmas market. It sells festive gifts from holiday ornaments to handmade toys, and is also known for its wide array of authentic European and West Coast fare – from sausages and glühwein to gluten-free goodies and sweets. Come down to Queen Elizabeth Theatre plaza, the corner of Hamilton and Georgia, daily between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Another annual holiday tradition is the Christmas Tree Lights at Jack Poole Plaza. The lighting ceremony took place on December 4, where four beautiful trees were lit up with festive lights (one that’s over 50 feet tall). So head out to Jack Poole Plaza and check them out – they’re up until the start of January. The Jack Poole Plaza is located at 1055 Canada Place.

A beloved western holiday tradition, eggnog. We’ve included a simple yet spectacular recipe compliments of Justin Taylor of Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Egg Nog Kiss Recipe

Simplicity is key for me for holiday entertaining, and this recipe only requires measuring cups and a blender to pull off in style. ~ Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 Large Eggs
  • ½ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tsp Fresh Ground Nutmeg
  • ½ tsp Fresh Ground Allspice
  • 8 oz Bourbon
  • 12 oz Whole Milk
  • 8 oz 36% Cream

Method:

In a standard kitchen blender, add eggs and sugar. Turn blender on the lowest setting to incorporate sugar and egg for 30 seconds. Add grated nutmeg, rum, milk and cream while blender is still running. Cover with lid and blend for an additional 20 seconds at high speed.
Place in refrigerator to chill for at least one hour before serving. Pour into your favourite holiday cocktail glasses and garnish with a touch more nutmeg.