Best Family Friendly Winter Events in Prince George - Christmas 2023

by Bailey Bouwman

With pumpkin patch season behind us, it’s time to start thinking about winter. One of the disadvantages of Prince George is that while we are a small city, we are fairly isolated and our nearest neighbouring towns are a few hours away. When you’re in the lower mainland, it’s easy to do all the things because all the things are smushed together.

This list of things to do this Christmas season in Prince George includes things we’ve tried, things we haven’t tried, and thing you should check out in neighbouring regions. Explore Prince George, BC this winter - and if you need to bundle up your babies or big kids, we’ve got the outerwear to help them stay warm. 

This is not an exhaustive list of idea - and many events in Prince George will pop up at the last minute. The last minute nature of our town can make things challenging at times.

Family Friendly Winter Events in Prince George - Christmas 2023

Studio Fair 2023
November 3-5
CN Centre
Children under 12 are Free, $5 Cash

This might not be entirely kid-friendly, it is one of the premiere holiday markets of the year. It's a busy crowded place, and be fully expected to drag a child who can't handle not getting something (don't ask how I know)

Discover the finest artisan products from across Canada at Studio Fair 2023. This event showcases unique, handcrafted items, including gourmet food, luxurious soaps, fashionable clothing, home decor, pottery, and more.

Cirque Musica - Holiday Wonderland
Saturday, November 25, 2023
CN Centre - Tickets Here

Don't miss the breathtaking Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland at the CN Centre on November 25. This all-new musical journey transports you to a magical world filled with acrobatics and timeless seasonal music. It's a world-class circus experience with a holiday twist, making it a must-see event for the whole family.

 Plaid Friday
Downtown Prince George
November 24, 2023

Plaid Friday offers a refreshing and enjoyable alternative to the hectic "Black Friday" shopping experience. Join the community in "Shopping Downtown Deals" on this special day. Celebrate local businesses and find fantastic holiday shopping opportunities while escaping the chaos.

Spirit of the North Festival of Trees
November 29 - December 23, 2023
Prince George Civic Centre

Get into the holiday spirit by attending the Spirit of the North Festival of Trees. This cherished 30th-anniversary tradition offers a winter wonderland filled with attractions for all ages. Explore beautifully decorated trees and bid on silent auction creations to bring the Festival magic home. Best of all, your participation supports healthcare improvements in Northern BC.

Candy Cane Lane
Starts December 1 and continues throughout the Christmas season
Street between Wilson Crescent, McKenzie Avenue, and Aitken Crescent near Upland.

Candy Cane Lane in the neighborhood near Upland Street is a true winter wonderland. Enjoy the festive displays and Christmas lights on every house. Take a leisurely drive or walk through this delightful neighborhood with a hot chocolate in hand to kindle your holiday spirit -

I would recommend wearing hivis if walking - maybe you needed a reason for these dinosaur winter boots - as it can be quite busy with drivers but it s a fantastic walk. If you park at Van Bien Elementary and wander through the neighbourhoods to Candy Cane Lane.

Celebration of Lights at Central BC Railway & Forestry Museum
Throughout December

Delight in the mesmerizing glow of over 150,000 lights and enchanting light displays at the Celebration of Lights. Explore the railway and forestry museum's park, where rail cars and buildings are adorned with festive decorations. It's a visual spectacle that your children will adore.

This is my favourite tradition - my partners work often does the family holiday party here so the ride on the train and gathering is something we look forward to each year.

Parade of LIghts
Saturday December  22023

In celebration of the holiday season and Christmas, the Vanderhoof Parade of Lights is one of the largest of its kind in BC, with floats of all shapes and sizes shining bright down the streets of Vanderhoof! The parade is followed by Midnight Madness downtown.

Barkerville Olde-Fashioned Christmas

December 16 & 17, 2023
Barkerville Historic Site

Start your winter festivities with the charming Barkerville Olde-Fashioned Christmas. Travel back in time and experience the enchanting world of a traditional Christmas in the historic town of Barkerville. It's a unique opportunity for your family to relive the past and create lasting memories.

Downtown Winterfest
February 2024
Downtown Prince George

Something extraordinary is brewing for Downtown Winterfest 2024. This February, witness the downtown area transform into the ultimate winter playground. Even on the chilliest days, you can enjoy various fun winter activities suitable for all ages. It's the ideal opportunity for your family to embrace the beauty of winter.


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