I have a confession to make. I’m one of those annoying people that starts listening to Christmas music on November 1st and secretly loves it when the decorations at the mall go up at Halloween. Even with all my love for Christmas, I can’t believe it’s just two weeks away. This year has been an especially busy one, filled with change. It seems, that with every passing year, Christmas sneaks up on me more and more quickly. For this reason, I think it’s so important to schedule in a few holiday activities. A few sips of mulled wine at the Vancouver Christmas Market, a walk through the Enchanted Christmas Light Maze or a leisurely ride on the Stanley Park Christmas Train will you put anyone in the Christmas spirit in no time!
Here’s my guide to the activities I am most excited about this December.
Sip Holiday Inspired Lattes
As busy as the Christmas season is, I still like to set aside some time to connect with friends for some much needed girl talk and catch up time. I recently had a coffee date at Vancouver’s Olive and Ruby Café and their new holiday beverages did not disappoint. Served up in locally made ceramics, Olive and Ruby’s Peppermint Hot Chocolate, Gingerbread Latte and Eggnog Latte taste like Christmas in your mouth. An even bigger plus, these lattes are made with natural ingredients so it’s practically healthy right? It doesn’t hurt that Olive and Ruby’s space is designed and decorated so beautifully, it’s worth going for the Instagram worthy shots alone.
Wreath Making Workshops
Last year I attended a holiday wreath making workshop at Vancouver’s Celsia Florist, and this year I was fortunate enough to participate in a workshop lead by the lovely Lauren of Botany and Co. at a Robson Street event. Making your own wreath is so much easier than you think and just can’t beat the look and smell of fresh pine and eucalyptus. Turn your wreath making into a girls night in complete with some festive cocktails. For step by step instructions on how to create your wreath check out this post on Robson Street’s blog. You can also check out some of my other favourite wreath making tutorials on my Pinterest page pinned to my holiday board.
Okay, I may be a little biased here, since I did get engaged last Christmas Eve while snowshoeing in Whistler (at Lost Lake pictured above), but there is nothing that says Canadian winter holidays like strapping on some snowshoes and heading out into the wilderness. Lost Lake will always have a special place in my heart for obvious reasons but if you can’t make it out to Whistler, Cypress Mountain here in Vancouver has evening snow shoe tours to the Hollyburn Heritage Lodge. Spend an evening show shoeing with your girls or your sweetie and once you reach the lodge, you can warm up with fondue, enjoy glass of wine and, on Saturdays, listen to live music.