Festive Magic at the Castle in the City 2023

The decorations are out, the lights are twinkling, the scent of gingerbread is in the air, and the whole hotel is abuzz with holiday spirit. There is so much to do, see (and taste)! You don’t want to miss a thing, so read on for a what not to miss guide to all the holiday magic at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

Shop ‘Till You Drop

From December 8 – December 23, be sure to check out our holiday retail offerings located in the hotel lobby near the concierge desk. Explore a curated selection of Fairmont favourites including plush robes, in-house Pastry Shop confections (including a giant gingerbread person), Elly and Ella ‘Warm Buddies,’ and much more. For more memorable gift ideas, you can also browse the beautiful luxury retail shops on our lobby level, including Louis Vuitton, Dior, Gucci, Omega and St. John. LEARN MORE

Festive Gingerbread man at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Exterior view of Fairmont Hotel Vancouver reflection

Gingerbread Wonder

Speaking of gingerbread, as you stroll through the lobby you will find our incredible, giant gingerbread replica of Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, located in front of the Concierge Desk. The impressive creation (which took two pastry chefs almost three weeks to complete), even comes complete with our signature gargoyles and a model train! Can you spot The Lady In Red, peeking out of one of the windows?

Gingerbread Castle at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Gingerbread Castle at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Gingerbread Castle at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Santa’s Speakeasy

After all that shopping, you may have worked up a thirst for some holiday cheer. We know just the spot! Join us every Tuesday – Saturday from 5pm in Kringle’s, our little holiday pop-up bar with big festive vibes! Sip on festive cocktails such as our signature house made eggnog, the Starry Night Negroni or the Truffled Macallan. Savour nibbles fit for Saint Nick himself, such as Maple Garlic Glazed Chicken Fingers, Fried Brussel Sprouts or the Caramelized Onion Flatbread. Kringle’s offers a fun and jolly ambiance, in the style of Santa’s speak easy. Every day there’s a little treat from the life sized advent calendar. You don’t want to miss this one! LEARN MORE

Step into our Winter Wonderland

One of the community’s most cherished holiday traditions, Festival of Trees, presented by Scotiabank, returns to Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. With the help of generous local sponsors, our halls have transformed into a sparkling dreamland filled with cheer and festive spirit. Until January 1, 2024, stop by the hotel to vote for your favourite tree and to make a contribution towards BC Children’s Hospital in support of cancer research. LEARN MORE

Festival of Trees
Festival of Trees
Festival of Trees
2022 - Nutcracker Vancouver - Michel Lavoie and Emilie Lewis - Photo by Michelle Blais
The elegant Pacific Ballroom at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

A very special afternoon awaits…

A unique and festive afternoon awaits with Christmas Afternoon Tea in the Pacific Ballroom at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. We’re delighted to partner with Ballet BC for an exciting holiday presentation at the Christmas Afternoon Teas on December 23 & 24, with 11 am & 2 pm seatings available.  In conjunction with the Ballet BC presentation of Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker December 7-10, this special appearance will feature the dancers of Ballet BC Annex. LEARN MORE

2022 Nutcracker Vancouver - RWB Company and Students - Photo by Michelle Blais

A new Christmas Dinner Tradition?

Still looking for something special to do for Christmas Dinner? There are still a few spots left in our annual Christmas Dinner Buffet. Celebrate precious holiday moments with family and loved ones as you indulge in an extravagant buffet in the Pacific Ballroom, complete with all the festive fixings. LEARN MORE

Christmas event dinner at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Little girl relaxing on bed with Ella at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Have a Holiday Staycation

It’s a wonderful time of year to be a tourist in your own town (or even just recharge during the busy holiday season). Residents of British Columbia, Alberta and Washington State can enjoy complimentary parking plus up to 10% off our best available rate and late check-out of 2pm. LEARN MORE

Get the inside scoop on all the fun events, activities and experiences happening in the city from our friendly concierge team’s guide. LEARN MORE

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