A beloved West Vancouver tradition is the Dundarave Festival of Lights. An annual holiday celebration, taking place from the end of November through to January each Saturday Dundarave Park hosts another unique holiday event. There may be changes to this year’s schedule due to COVID-19. Please check dundaravefestival.com for the most up-to-date information.
At the Christmas Fair enjoy a free afternoon of music at the Longhouse and Dundarave Nativity Pavilion. Once the sun goes down, the Christmas Tree Forest will be officially lit. Dubbed “The Forest of Miracles” this collection of live, planted Christmas trees is locally grown by Valley View Trees, and decorated by hundreds of volunteers often making it the largest outdoor display of Christmas trees in British Columbia!
The next Saturday visit Dundarave Nativity, and Paddle Songs from Squamish Elders. Carved from old growth cedar, the origins of the Dundarave Nativity are still unknown. The original carvings feature the scene of Jesus’ birth portrayed by an Aboriginal Holy Family, complete with angel, shepherd, and kings. The carvings were restored by Master Carver Bill Seminoff, who added new carvings of his own design. Master Storyteller Wendy Charbonneau of the Squamish First Nation will also be on hand to present traditional paddle songs and dances.
The next Saturday World Christmas celebrates the diverse cultural fabric of West Vancouver with a variety of free musical performances, from Celtic jaunts to Mariachi masters.
The Christmas Wassail & Bonfire is the perfect way to celebrate the closeness and friendship the holiday season hopes to foster.