Picture this: It’s Christmas Day. You’ve opened up your gifts and want to get away from way too much family crashing at your place.
Or perhaps you don’t celebrate Christmas and today is just another day off, albeit one where all the fun things are closed.
Or are they? If you need to just get out of the house on Christmas Day, here’s a few places you can count on.
1. The mountains
If you live in the Lower Mainland, the North Shore hills, as well as Whistler, are all open Christmas Day. Not on the south coast? Places like Big White in the Okanagan are open, too.
— Grouse Mountain (@grousemountain) December 20, 2019
2. Vancouver Aquarium
If you want to swim with the dolphins, well, you’re out of luck but you can look at some marine life at the Vancouver Aquarium. They’re open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Christmas Day.
#Pupdate: Taz met Katmai this week and things got hairy…er, fluffy?
Taz is practicing her grooming skills on a patient Katmai in this sweet clip 🥺 pic.twitter.com/yIA8boxiF3
— Vancouver Aquarium (@vanaqua) December 12, 2019
3. Movie theatres
Most movie theatres are open Christmas Day. Whether you want to watch something festive, or forget about Christmas altogether, there’s a spot – and a giant tub of popcorn – just waiting for you.
— Cineplex (@CineplexMovies) December 5, 2019
Don’t want to leave the house? We get it – baby, it’s cold outside. Netflix, Amazon Prime, Crave, Disney+ are all open 24/7, so you can catch the cheesiest holiday movie you can find, or binge that series you’ve been waiting to watch.
merry christmas eve eve
— Netflix Canada (@Netflix_CA) December 23, 2019
5. Play in the snow
This isn’t for those of us in the Lower Mainland, but if you’re in a place that gets snow – get out there! And even if there’s no snow, take a wander around your neighbourhood and check out the light displays.
6. Chinese food
This one’s a cliche, but it’s a cliche for a reason. There’s a good chance your local Chinese place joint will be open Christmas Day, so if you’re not cooking Christmas dinner – you’re welcome.
7. Grab the essentials
Finally, this isn’t as fun, but if you forgot to stock up on some essentials before Christmas Day, some stores will be open. Many 7/11 stores, Shoppers Drug Marts, Starbucks, McDonald’s, Tim Hortons and some Subways keep their doors open.