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If you're planning a trip to Richmond or the MetroVancouver area and looking for information on events in Richmond, BC, bookmark this calendar for the most complete view of performances, activities and special celebrations during your stay,from opera in the historic Minoru Chapel to our Asian summer markets to the many sporting events that Richmond hosts each year.


The residents, businesses and attractions of Richmond mark the changing seasons with cultural performances, food booths and family activities. Cookouts and outdoor concerts make the most of Richmond's mild spring and summer months. As the year comes to a close, fireworks, "haunted" National Historic Sites and Steveston Christmas traditions make Richmond a special place to spend the fall and winter holidays in BC.

Special Celebrations

Large local celebrations - including our annual Canada Day Salmon Festival, Maritime Festival, Ships to Shore event - draw huge crowds to Richmond every year. Just as important, Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations ring through the city each year as spring approaches. Thousands of flowers perfume the air, restaurants offer sumptuous 10- and 12-course new year's feasts, and lion and dragon dancers take to the streets, undulating to the beats of drums and cymbals to chase away evil spirits and make way for prosperity in the new year.

Agricultural Events

Because Richmond is a mix of rural and urban areas, agriculture also plays an important role in the city's annual events. U-pick farms open to visitors with each new crop: berries in spring and summer, apples and pumpkins in the fall. Some offer kid-friendly petting zoos and play areas, and in both summer and winter, the Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market offers up their best fruits and produce alongside jams, honeys, jewelry, crafts, soaps and other handmade items.

Check our list of annual events to learn more about celebrations throughout the seasons, but whenever you visit, check the calendar below for the full range of upcoming Richmond, BC, events.


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Special Events

"Scuba Claus" at Vancouver Aquarium

  • November 27, 2014 to January 04, 2015
  • Venue: Vancouver Aquarium
  • Address: 845 Avison Way, Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: General Admission Prices apply
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Celebrate the holiday season with everyone's favourite holiday guest "Scuba Claus" for his annual visit at the expanded Vancouver Aquarium. Enjoy the return of nostalgic memories as you re... more

Adults only Gingerbread House Night

Bell's Bake Shop will be hosting an adults only gingerbread house decorating evening. This is a 2 hour event that will include your house, baked and assembled by us on a board ready to decorate, and a... more

Annual Mistletoe Lunch Buffet

December 12th through 20th we are running our Annual Mistletoe Lunch Buffet.  We run this from 11:30am to 2:30pm on those dates.  Price is all inclusive at $27 per adult and $18 for children... more

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park's popular holiday event, Canyon Lights, has a tall order this year - laying claim once again to be the home of the world's tallest living Christmas tree?! Standing 46... more

Celebrate the Longest Night

Richmond Nature Park celebrates the longest night of the year on Saturday, December 20 from 1 – 4 pm with lanterns, drumming, a wildlife tree, roasted marshmallows, fire wishes, crafts and a lan... more

Christmas at American Grille

  • December 24, 2014 to December 25, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Address: 7571 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC V6X 1A3
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Enjoy your holiday dining at American Grille Dec. 24th - Christmas Eve Dinner -  A la carte menu and 3 course turkey dinner - 5:00pm - 9:00pm Dec. 25th - Christmas Day Brunch Buffet fro... more

Christmas at FlyOver Canada

  • December 05, 2014 to January 06, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: FlyOver Canada
  • Address: 201-999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1
  • Admission: General Admission Prices: - Adults $19.95 + Tax - Seniors, Youth and Students $17.95 + Tax - Children $14.95 + Tax * Priority boarding for an extra $2
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FlyOver Canada transforms into a Winter Wonderland this holiday season as we take guests on a magical journey with Santa across Canada and on to the North Pole - from December 5, 2014 to January 6, ... more

Christmas at Harold's

Let us do the cooking - and the cleaning - for you this holiday season! December 24th - Christmas Eve Buffet:  5:00pm - 9:00pm December 25th - Christmas Day Brunch:  11:00am - 3:00... more

Christmas Brunch and Christmas Dinner Buffet

Enjoy a festive Christmas Brunch from 11:30am to 3pm and Christmas Dinner Buffet from 5:30pm to 9:30pm. All Seating's are by Reservations Only. Parking is complimentary for all Special Holiday Buffe... more

Christmas Day Brunch

Head over with the entire family to Semiahmoo Resort on Christmas Day. Savor an amazingly delicious and delightfully seasonal buffet menu presented in Semiahmoo Ballroom. Prices, excluding tax and s... more

Christmas Day Dining

Come fa la la la la with us on Christmas Day evening. Dine at either Pierside Kitchen or Packers Oyster Bar from...relax following the hustle of the earlier part of this special day. A scrumptious t... more

Exhibition Interweavings - Richmond Art Gallery

  • November 15, 2014 to January 11, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Richmond Art Gallery
  • Address: 180 - 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC V6Y 1R9
  • Admission: Free
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The Richmond Art Gallery in partnership with YVR Art Foundation is pleased to present Interweavings, an exhibition featuring the artwork of seven emerging BC First Nations artists and their mentors. T... more

Festive Dinner Buffet

Celebrate Christmas Ever on December 24th and enjoy our Festive Dinner Buffet from 5:30pm to 9:30pm. Seating is by Reservation Only. Parking is complimentary for all Special Holiday Buffet Date... more

Festive Prime Rib Dinner Buffet

On New Years Eve enjoy our Festive Prime Rib dinner Buffet from 5:30pm to 9:30pm.  Seating is by Reservation Only. Parking is complimentary for all Special Holiday Buffet Dates. more

Harbour Cruises & Events present Family Carol Ship Cruises Sunday through Thursday

  • December 07, 2014 to December 23, 2014 (Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
  • Venue: Harbour Cruises Ltd
  • Address: Harbour Cruises Marina, Vancouver, BC V6G 2W9
  • Admission: $68.95 Adults, $58.95 Child (age 3 - 11)
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Join Vancouver's unique celebration of the Holidays.  The waters of Vancouver harbour and surrounding communities come alive with luminous colour of the Carol Ships Parade of Lights.  Part... more

Harbour Cruises & Events presents Weekend Dinner/Dance Cruises on Friday & Saturday Nights

  • December 05, 2014 to December 20, 2014 (Every Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Harbour Cruises Ltd
  • Address: Harbour Cruises Marina, Vancouver, BC V6G 2W9
  • Admission: $82.95 Adults/Seniors, $72.95 Child (age 3 - 11)
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Come dance the night away, and join Vancouver's unique celebration of the Holidays.  The waters of Vancouver harbour and surrounding communities come alive with luminous colour of the Carol Shi... more

Interwoven World - Identity and Fashion

  • November 06, 2014 to July 05, 2015
  • Address: 180 - 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC V6Y 1R9
  • Admission: No charge
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What we wear reveals a lot about us.  Our fashion choices have evolved over many centuries, often inspired by ideas about our cultural and individual identities.  Join us as we learn more ab... more

Karaoke Christmas Lights Trolley Tour

  • December 10, 2014 to December 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Vancouver Trolley Company
  • Address: 875 Terminal Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6A 2M9
  • Admission: Adults - $40; Seniors - $35; Children - $25; Family (2 adults and 2 children) - $110. Price includes tax.
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Join The Vancouver Trolley Company and sing your favourite holiday carols while visiting two of Vancouver’s most spectacular light displays. Festively decorated Trolleys, equipped with karaoke m... more

New Year's Eve Celebration

Want to celebrate this New Year's Eve complete with all the bells and whistles? Then look no further than Semiahmoo Resort. Savor a scrumptious and lavish buffet prepared and presented by Culin... more

New Years at CAVU

Join us on December 31st for our New Years Eve Dinner & Dance Party! 1st Seating:  5:00pm - 9:00pm (4-course Table d'Hote Menu) - $39.00 (all ages) 2nd Seating:  9:00pm - 1... more

New Years's Eve Dining

Want to begin your 2014 New Year's Eve celebration in an amazingly relaxed yet awesome culinary fashion? Then look no further than Pierside Kitchen. Savor a scrumptious seasonal five-course me... more

Peak of Christmas At Grouse Mountain

  • November 28, 2014 to December 24, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Grouse Mountain Resort
  • Address: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, BC V7R4K9
  • Admission: Regular Alpine Experience Ticket Rates Apply
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See how magical elves have transformed Grouse Mountain into the North Pole where you can have breakfast with  Santa, visit his workshop, meet real reindeer or vote for your favourite creation i... more

Richmond Art Gallery Presents: Interweavings

Interweavings features the work of emerging BC First Nations artists and their mentors.  The emerging artists were selected from past recipients of the YVR Art Foundation Youth Scholarship. The... more

Steveston Santa Claus Parade

A small parade winding through the streets of Steveston bringing Santa Claus and friends to the children and adults.  This event is for all ages.  Disability access is available.  This ... more

The Magic of Christmas at The Butchart Gardens

  • December 01, 2014 to January 06, 2015
  • Venue: Butchart Gardens
  • Address: 800 Benvenuto Ave., Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J8
  • Admission: Adults - $25.50; Youth - $12.75; Child - $3
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From December 1st until Twelfth Night on January 6th, thousands of lights twinkle and glow throughout The Gardens. Christmas at the Gardens is a time to celebrate the spectacular year gone by, enjoy... more

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