Monday, November 30, 2015

Hit the slopes, take in the city's festive
lights, and leave the meals to the locals for this ideal holiday plan.
Christmas may be about gathering and celebrating family,
but the festivities don't necessarily have to take place at home.
A holiday
vacation can strengthen the ties that bind, as well as open new horizons.
You
can spend a perfect Christmas Day in Vancouver by leaving the meals to the
professionals and hitting the slopes for outdoor adventure.
Power Up Treat the family to an upscale brunch at ARC restaurant, located
at the Fairmont Waterfront hotel at Canada Place, with panoramic views of the
water and mountains in Coal Harbour.
The Happy Christmas Morning Buffet Brunch
features a wide variety of offerings, including a cured and dried meat
platter, omelets made with organic eggs, Fraser Valley roasted turkey, and
British Columbia oysters.
Hit the Slopes Vancouver is surrounded by mountains, and Grouse, fully
operational on Christmas Day until 5 p.m., is only about 15 minutes from
downtown.
It's where NBC's "Today" show set up camp while broadcasting during
the 2010 Winter Olympics.
The top of Grouse is decorated to look like the
North Pole as part of the "Peak of Christmas" holiday-long celebration.
The
ski season is already underway, and the mountain offers runs for all skill
levels, from beginner to back-country.
The most popular, and longest, run is
"The Cut." Snack and Sleigh Ride Grouse's cafes and restaurants will be
open on Christmas, which will be a welcome fallback after you work up an
appetite on the slopes.
You can take a break for coffee and a snack at the
Grind Coffee Bar.
After you've warmed up, it's well worth heading back out
again for a holiday sleigh ride.
These rides run every 20 minutes and follow a
loop through alpine forest.
If you'd like an even more festive touch, you can
arrange to have hot cocoa during your trip.
Drinks and Dinner For an après-ski aperitif, come back downtown and get
comfortable at Market by Jean-Georges, a restaurant of celebrity chef
Jean-Georges Vongerichten located at the Shangri-La Hotel.
Order the Market
Mochaccino, an original Christmas cocktail made with Jamaican black rum and
chocolate mole bitters.
With your appetite stimulated, savor a four-course
Christmas dinner with the family, courtesy of Ken Nakano, Market's new
executive chef, featuring heirloom tomato and burrata, seared Pacific
scallops, roasted Rossdown Farms turkey, and the restaurant's candy cane
cheesecake to finish.
Light Show After dinner, take a stroll to view the city's impressive
array of Christmas lights.
You can see them at Stanley Park and Canada Place,
but if you're looking for something more unique, check out the Trinity Street
Christmas Light Festival, taking place on blocks 2400 through 2900.
This
annual residential light show has become so popular, visitors are encouraged
to walk instead of drive to minimize road traffic.
The bright displays of
multi-colored lights and other Christmas decor, such as giant snowmen and
candy canes, are inviting and entertaining for all.
Aileen Torres-Bennett covers the Vancouver beat for Travel + Leisure.
Follow
her blog at: abttorres.wordpress.com.
How to Have a Perfect Holiday Away From Home

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