Celebrate Christmas at Robson Square

Photo courtesy of GlacierTim.

Why not mosey over to the Christmasfied Robson Square after work for the "Twelve Days of Christmas"?

The celebrations begin Tuesday night in the heart of downtown Vancouver, and "nowhere will [the holiday] be more publicly celebrated than at Robson Square," according to the Government of British Columbia website.

Feel the magic of Christmas as carollers belt out favourite seasonal tunes every night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m until Dec. 24.

There will be entertainment and live music nightly, and on Christmas eve, free hot chocolate will be served from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Ho, ho, ho...

Vancouver's outdoor ice rink at GE Plaza is now open, too. Skating is free if you bring your own skates, and rentals are available. There is also a concession stand, which offers snacks and warm drinks, at the rink.

Here are the hours of operation:

Sun. to Thurs.:  9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Fri. to Sat.:  9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The skating rink at Robson Square will be open daily to the end of February 2012, weather permitting.

Photo courtesy of briantolin.

Here's the calendar, from the government source mentioned above:

12 Days of Christmas (Dec. 13-24)

Christmas Day (Dec. 25)

The skating rink will be open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31)

Once again, the Province will be throwing a family-friendly 2012 New Year’s party filled with stilt walkers, sorcerers, witches and magicians. There will be free glow sticks and noisemakers for kids as we countdown to an early New Year at 8 p.m.

New Year’s Day (Jan. 1)

The rink will be open regular hours for skating, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Last winter, more than 150,000 people visited the Square plaza for concerts, skating and special events, BC Government News tweeted.

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