Last year, I was contacted recently by CKNW to talk about what do on Christmas Day in Vancouver on December 24, 2015 at 3:30 pm and as I decided to have a staycation in downtown Vancouver (I live in Richmond), I had already started a list of restaurants open on Christmas Day and a list of activities for Christmas Day. Here’s the podcast https://t.co/E0EepW7MQ8. So each year, I’ll be posting this list and here it is for December 2016.
Okay first things first, for you bad boys that haven’t done your shopping, have no fear the Chinese are here… Abderdeen Mall is open on Christmas Day from 11am -6pm
Not wild about turkey? Start a new tradition with pig’s feet with egg tarts from T&T. But have no fear as T&T also sells a cheater’s version of roasted turkey and all the T&T’s are most are open until 9pm but the one on Marine Gateway stays open until midnight.
Central City Store: 9am-9pm
First Ave Store: 9am-9:30pm
Marine Gateway: 8am-midnight
Park Royal: 9am-9pm
Surrey Store: 9am-9pm
Yaohan Centre: 8:30am-11pm
What is a Christmas party without plenty of wine and eggnog? Well, if you run out, I found quite a few liquor stores that are open on Christmas Day.
Coal Harbour Liquor Store is open from 11am – 7pm
Darby’s Liquor Store is open from 9am-11pm
Denman Beer Wine Spirits: 9am-11pm
Firefly Fine Wines and Ales on Cambie Street is open with regular hours on Christmas day from 10am to 11pm
Legacy Liquor is open from 11am-7pm
Liquor Depot: 11am-6pm
Apparently, according to Shoppers Drug Mart’s Facebook Page, there are some locations open on Christmas Day but you’ll have to call the one closer to you to find out the details. Last year on Christmas Day, I shopped at the one on Davie Street which is close to St. Paul’s hospital leading me to suspect that the ones located close to hospitals would be open..
Okay, let’s talk about dinner at restaurants open in Vancouver on Christmas Day. For those of you who want a fabulous Christmas dinner and screw the price, well, there’s Christmas brunches and dinners at the hotels such as the Hyatt, Four Seasons, Wedgewood, Fairmont Hotels and Sutton Hotel where Christmas Day brunch averages around $85 and dinner at $125 or more. Incidentally, my favorite hotel restaurant would Baachus at the Wedgewood Hotel as every meal I have ever eaten there has been nothing short of spectacular.
For dinner and a view though, head to Cloud 9 at Empire Landmark who has spectacular views as it’s a revolving restaurant with window views for all diners. Christmas dinner is offered from 5:30-9pm for $69 for adults, seniors 60+ is $50 / children 4-10 is $35, children under 4 are free and it’s the last Christmas this will be offered.
CHARQUI GRILL: Open at 4pm until late. Happy hour is 4-6pm
Open for breakfast 8am-10am / Brunch 10am-2pm / Dinner 4pm-10pm Prix fixe menu only, seating at 4pm/6pm/8pm – $60 at dinner, $40 for lunch – kale salad / charcuterie board / Fraser Valley turkey / sticky toffee pudding
SHERATON WALL CENTRE – CAFE ONE
Dec 25: Chef Stuart has prepared a traditional festive feast for christmas dinner.
$44 per person, $16 kids (12 or under) This will be a plated meal
Want to spice up your turkey, Copper Chimney is offering a three course Indian style turkey dinner for $55 for adults / $28 for children 10 years and under
Downtown Asian Restaurants
Not thrilled about turkey? Here are some downtown Asian restaurants open for Christmas:
Although I can’t find information about the Christmas hours of all locations of Dinesty, they were open on Christmas Day last year and I’m assuming they will be open again this year
All locations of Guu: All locations are open for business and there’s five downtown and one in Richmond.
Last but not least both locations of Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ on Nelson Street and on West Broadway, are both open.
Don’t want to go out for Christmas dinner? Then how about lunch? Of worthy mention is White Spot in Richmond Centre and Knight Street who for the 15th year are open for lunch from 11am-3pm where staff donates their time and tips to local charities.
Christmas to Asian people is not a big deal so if you head to No. 3 Road or Alexandra Road in Richmond, you won’t have a lack of restaurants to choose from. But here’s my recommendations:
Dinner Buffet Seatings: 4:30 pm & 7:30 pm | $44.95/Adult | $40.95/Seniors | $23.50/Children (ages 3-12)
RIVER ROCK CASINO (Richmond):
Dec 24-26: 11am-10pm
Brunch through Dinner
11:30am Brunch / 3pm Dinner
Adults $45.95 / Senior: $40.95
Craving Seafood, Steveston Seafood House has two seatings at 5:30 and 7:30 a $69 set menu with 4 courses and one of the choices of entree is turkey.
7-11 is usually open, but I’m not sure if Tim Horton’s or McDonald’s are open, but I’m thinking that they might be open in Richmond.
According to Denny’s Canada Facebook, the Lower Mainland locations are open during their usual hours.
Free Xmas Activities
The Robson Square Ice Rink is open on Christmas Day: noon to 5pm for those who want some physical activity.
And if you’re downtown on Christmas Day, the following free Christmas displays are open:
Woodward’s Windows at Canada Place open from 9am-10pm
Christmas trees at the Four Seasons Hotel,
Gingerbread lane at the Hyatt Hotel,
Lights of Hope at St. Paul’s Hospital
Luna the Whale display at Morton Park
Or if you have a car, The Province has a list of houses with spectacular Christmas light displays or just drive around Shaughnessy as there doesn’t seem to be a lack of mansions with big Christmas light displays.
For family fun, it’s movie time as Cineplex Theatres are open and you can buy movie tickets online as certain movies such as the Star Wars Force Awakens are bound to be sell out shows.
Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver is open for skiing from 9am-10pm
Want to be a Canadian Idol pop star? Sing your heart out at Millinieum Karoake in Richmond who is open from 2pm-2am. They were open last Christmas Day so I’m assuming they are open this year too.
But if you have happy feet, then head to Lulu’s Lounge at the River Rock Casino where David Capper will be performing at 9:30pm and there’s no cover charge
And for the really young at heart, Pierres in Yaletown is having a dance party from 10pm-3am with DJ Zak Santiago. For reservations: VIP@YLTWN.COM or call 604-767-3911, 1028 Hamilton Street.
Come Lounge with Me
And after Christmas dinner, it’s time to get together with old friends at cozy lounges at any of the hotels in downtown Vancouver whose restaurants and lounges are open to accommodate hotel guests. My favorites: Notch8 at the Fairmont Vancouver where the big plush armchairs are so comfortable that I could stay forever or the fabulous Gerard Lounge at the Sutton Hotel where you might spot a celebrity or two and where I almost ran over Mini Me in his miniature wheel chair at the front of the hotel – true story!