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Rest of the World, Vancouver — By thevancouverguide on December 15, 2009 at 10:10 pm

A Parade of Christmas Trees: The 12 Days of Christmas Has Begun!

DSC09959There was a dusting of fresh snowfall on Sunday when the 12 Days of Chritmas at GE Ice Plaza, Robson Square launched it’s Christmas celebrations.  Dozens of children cheered as Santa rode around the rink on a zamboni.  Families can have their photos taken with Santa and visit his workshop every day until December 24.  There’ll be live entertainment too.  So come on down to Robson Square, enjoy a spin around on the beautiful new skating rink, and take in all the festive sights.

Just a block away, on Georgia Street, in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery , Western Canada’s largest Christmas tree is twinkling with coloured lights.  And across the road at the Four Seasons Hotel, you can stroll around the Parade of Christmas Trees and vote for the best one.  Proceeds are for the BC Children’s Hospital.  DSC09953


The whole of downtown Vancouver is lit up with beautiful trees.  You only have to walk around and peek into lobbies or atriums and you’ll see an array of bright lights and a variety of unusual decorattions.

If you’re reluctant to buy a real tree, or if you are temporarily in town and would like a Christmas tree of your own to decorate,  you could buy an ornamental tree. But what to do with it when you have to leave?  So why not rent a real tree.  The Evergrow Christmas Tree Company provides and delivers live potted trees to homes and businesses in the Vancouver area.  After Christmas, Evergrow will pick up the trees and return them to their nursery in Langley where they will be cared for until the next Christmas.  Prices range from $90 to $150 plus a $50 returnable depost.  You can pick from several species of trees, ranging in size from four to seven feet. 

Trees in the lobby of the Marine Building

Trees in the lobby of the Marine Building

PHOTOS by Ruth Kozak

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