Monday, December 21, 2015

Vancouver Winter Wonderland 2015 [Recap] #VWW15

Vancouver Winter Wonderland is an indoor Christmas festival that was held at the PNE forum from December 11th - December 20th. Admission was $5 per person, but there was a limited time that individuals can purchase tickets for a discounted price of $5 for 2 through SocialShopper.com or Groupon. This Christmas event was the first year ever organized.

There were fun-filled activities, arts and crafts, attractions, performance stage, displays, vendor booths, photo opportunities with Santa, and Beanie the Bear in a walk-through snow globe. The displays were amazing. I saw some people had the adorable Beanie the Bear plushies, but I didn't see where we could purchase one.

Christmas Tree displays:

We got there just after 11am when the venue opened to the public. I saw the snow globe with Beanie the Bear in it and decide to go there first. The line up for the photo op took forever until it was our turn. I think we spent the longest time waiting there than walking around. Since we were already there, I didn't want to miss it. At first I was expecting the photographers with their professional cameras, but they were using iPads to take the photos. I also had a friend take our photos with my camera.

Treats that we can buy from some of the vendors:

A fun slide for the little kids:

I missed the photo op with Santa because we didn't want to wait as we had other scheduled plans to do after. I wanted to tell Santa to smile a bit more (*laughs*). Also, we were told at the entrance by the staff that the Disney Frozen performance was rescheduled for the next day instead, so I was sad to have missed it.

The highlights of our visit were the walk-in snow globe, meeting Beanie the Bear, and the personalized wrapping paper courtesy of Telus.

Carnival games on the opposite end from the entrance:

The stage with musicians performing Christmas music:

Overall, it was an ok event for me. I wish there were some swag for attendees, more Christmas products from vendors, and I'd like to see more activities if the organizers plan to have this event again next year.

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