(GIVEAWAY!) Enchant Christmas Light Maze – Vancouver

Enchant, the world’s largest Christmas light maze will be coming to Vancouver for its inaugural event, starting November 25th, 2016.

Enchant Christmas Light Maze and Market

The family-friendly festival will include a 55,000 square foot maze of light sculptures, a 64-foot Christmas Tree, live performances, an outdoor fire pit, and a sprawling marketplace including food and drink vendors serving mulled wine, specialty coffees, and holiday beers. Enchant will run from November 25th and end on New Year’s Eve with a firework finale.

Enchant Christmas Light Maze

Enchant’s Christmas market will combine a variety of local vendors and artisans for holiday shopping, and guests will get a chance to browse speciality products from talented craftsmen/women, as well as enjoy delicious seasonal treats from 12 food trucks. There will also be a licensed eating area where of-age guests can enjoy a sip of their favorite holiday drink, including mulled wine, craft beers, buttered rum, eggnog, and much more.


Enchant will also feature a VIP lounge for private parties and holiday get-togethers. Guests can enjoy a private lounge with a beautiful atmosphere where they can relax, socialize and celebrate in style. The VIP Lounge includes an exclusive entrance into the light maze, a private bar, access to all of the food trucks, and customizable entertainment options.


Lastly, Enchant 2016 will debut a special new Christmas storybook written by local storyteller Leanne Johnston and illustrated by Sebastian S.C. The story follows the aftermath of a disastrous snowstorm that hits the North Pole the night before Christmas. Children around the world are asked to explore the enchanted light fields of the North and search for the missing reindeer in an attempt to help Santa and save the world’s biggest holiday.

Guests will be able to bring home this beautifully illustrated storybook as a souvenir of this unforgettable event. It’ll be available for purchase at the exit of the light maze or can be pre-ordered with tickets.

You can find more information here:


Event Details:

When: November 25th, 2016 to New Year’s Eve

Where: 1st and Crowe Street, between the Cambie Street Bridge and Olympic Village

Time: 4pm-10pm each day

Ticket Information: http://enchantchristmas.com/ticket-info/

And here’s the info about the giveaway! 

Thanks to Enchant, I am giving away two pairs of tickets to the Enchant Premiere on November 24.  These tickets are good for adult admission.  Kids under 16 are free for the premiere (under 6 are free on regular event days).  Giveaway closes November 13, 2016 12:00 AM PST.  This contest is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver Area and Sea to Sky Corridor only! Winners announced November 15th, 2016.

Enter via the link here.

Weekend Trip from Vancouver: Victoria, BC

One of the best things about living in Vancouver is how many places there are to explore that can be done within a day or weekend trip.  One of my favourite places is Victoria.  Recently, my parents came up for a visit and we met in Victoria.  I flew via seaplane from the South YVR seaplane terminal on Harbour Air, and they came across on the M/V Coho from Port Angeles in Washington state.


Our first stop was the world-famous Butchart Gardens.  They have nearly a million visitors per year and it’s easy to see why, the gardens are impeccable and absolutely stunning.  We spent a few hours here and enjoyed a picnic on the grounds.


On our way back to Victoria, we stopped at Sea Cider for cider tasting on their outside deck.

We stopped to drop off our things at the hotel: the Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel & Marina.  We were given a great room with a balcony overlooking the marina.  After a quick break and a swim in the pool, we decided to head down towards Fisherman’s Wharf to check out the dinner options, as well as visit the houseboat community.  There is a resident harbour seal community and you can purchase fresh fish to feed them.  We had fish & chips (gluten free for my sis!), wandered around a bit, and headed back to the hotel for an early night.


Gluten free fish & chips!
Gluten free fish & chips!

The next day we had already decided to try The Blue Fox Cafe for breakfast.  There was a bit of a wait, but was well worth it.  We had booked afternoon tea at the Fairmont later in the day, so we spent the midday going around downtown Victoria, visiting various shops etc.

The Blue Fox Cafe
Fan Tan Alley

And soon it was time for afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress!  It was so yummy!!

Orange Pineapple Tea


Here is a photo of the view from our hotel balcony of the marina as the sun was setting – what a great Saturday!


On Sunday morning, we went off to explore Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site, and the Fisgard Lighthouse. This was the first lighthouse built on the west coast of Canada, back in 1860.   You can explore the fort which includes gun batteries, guardhouses, barracks etc.   This area is also a great birdwatching spot.


Inside the Fisgard Lighthouse

After lunch at the Four Mile House, we went around Beacon Hill Park before the trip back home.  As always, the weekend was too short, but we did a lot and had a wonderful time.

Four Mile House Restaurant
Beacon Hill Park
Peacock in a tree!


Harbour Air seaplane trip back to YVR

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