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


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

Grocery Stores

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 in Richmond stays open until 11pm!

Liquor Stores

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 12pm-7pm

Liberty Wine Merchants on Commercial Drive is open 12-6pm.

Drug Stores

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. I suspect that the ones located about a block away from hospitals such as St. Paul’s Hospital would be open on Christmas Day.


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 $69.95 for adults, seniors 60+ is $50 / children 4-10 is $35, children under 4 are free.

Want to spice up your turkey, Copper Chimney is offering a three course Indian style turkey dinner for $45 for adults and $22 for children 10 and under.

Downtown Asian Restaurants

Not thrilled about turkey?  Here are some downtown Asian restaurants open for Christmas:

All locations of Guu: All locations are open for business and there’s five downtown and one in Richmond.

Another great sushi place to go on Granville Street is ShuRaku who is open with a regular menu and you can make reservations on Open Table.

Last but not least both locations of Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ on Nelson Street and on West Broadway, are both open.

Christmas Lunches

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 14th year are open for lunch from 11am-3pm where staff donates their time and tips to local charities.

After lunch at the White Spot in Richmond, head for dessert at L’Opera Patissserie where you can enjoy decadent desserts such as macarons, croissants and even a mini croqembuche from 10am -5pm,

Okay back to downtown where The Park at English Bay has a breakfast buffet from 9:30am – 11:30am for $15.95 per person and there will be a turkey lunch/dinner (and a small select menu) from noon to 6:30pm for $18.95 per person. Reservations strongly recommended 604.682.1831

Richmond Restaurants

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:

Cavu Kitchen & Bar at Hilton Hotel has a Christmas Day Brunch Buffet at 10am, 12pm & 2pm for just $39.95/Adult / $35.95/Seniors / $19.95/Children (ages 3-12) and the price includes complimentary Starbucks coffee or TAZO tea, Taxes & Gratuities not included. For dinner, there’s a Christmas Day Dinner Buffet with seatings at 4:30 & 6:30 pm and the price is $42.95/Adult / $38.95/Seniors / $21.50/Children (ages 3-12). Price includes complimentary Starbucks coffee or TAZO tea, Taxes & Gratuities not included

The River Rock Casino has a Festival holiday buffet which I went to last year but beware, its about a 3 hour wait and there’s no reservations. Last year, there was lobster on the menu but I can’t guarantee what’s on the menu this year. Open from 11:30am – 10pm, Adults $37.95 | Seniors $32.26 | Child $18.95 and Encore Adult $34.16 | Encore Senior $29.03

Craving Seafood, Steveston Seafood House has a $69 set menu with 4 courses and one of the choices of entree is turkey.


Chain Restaurants

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.


Other Activities

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 with the Skyride open from 8:15am-10pm and the Ski/Ride open from 8:30am – 6pm

Want to be a Canadian Idol pop star? Sing your heart out at Millinieum Karoake in Richmond who is open from 2pm-2am.

But if you have happy feet, then head to Lulu’s Lounge at the River Rock Casino where Pop Junkies will be performing at 9:30pm and there’s no cover charge

And there’s also Dancing from Kisses of Fire, performing songs in Cantonese, Mandarin & English at Personas at The Grand Villa Casino

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!




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