This holiday season, Vancouver’s Coal Harbour is set to sparkle with a month-long, free family-friendly affair: “Liven UP – Coal Harbour.” From December 1 to 30, 2023, families can embark on a magical journey along the iconic seawall, adorned with dazzling lighting installations, live performances, and captivating storytellers, transforming the walk from Canada Place to Cardero Park into a whimsical winter wonderland.
Captivating Lighting Installations
Aiming to captivate and ignite a sense of awe, Liven UP offers so much more than a mere stroll—it is a vibrant tribute to Vancouver’s rich cultural heritage. With the breathtaking Vancouver Convention Centre and Coal Harbour as its majestic stage, the event unveils the city’s allure in an entirely extraordinary way.
The true essence of this celebration lies within the marvelous display of luminous art. Prepare to be spellbound by the astonishing lighting installations that showcase the beloved Luna the Whale and the magnificent Davie the Grizzly Bear. These awe-inspiring creations, thoughtfully scattered along the scenic seawall, will imbue the festive season with a touch of pure wonderment, enveloping all who witness them in a dazzling glow.
Music and Warmth and Cultural Connections
Every Friday and Saturday evening, from 5-10 pm, Harbour Green Park will burst with life and excitement. Brace yourselves for a remarkable transformation as it morphs into a vibrant epicenter of activity. Prepare to be captivated by an extraordinary live music stage that will showcase over 150 incredibly talented musicians. And hold your breath for the legendary JUNO Award-winning artist Cory Weeds, whose melodious tunes will transport you to another world.
But that’s not all; the magic doesn’t stop there. Families will have the incredible opportunity to immerse themselves in a symphony of the senses as they revel in the enchanting sounds of the season. Laughter, joy, and music will fill the air as you gather with your loved ones and embrace the festivities.
As the night’s chill starts to set in, fret not! A delightful specialty bar awaits, providing a tantalizing array of exquisite hot beverages. Whether you desire a heartwarming alcoholic concoction or a comforting non-alcoholic alternative, this haven of warmth and comfort will transform the tented hub into a cozy retreat. Wrap your fingers around a steaming cup, let the aromatic flavors tease your senses, and feel an undeniable sense of bliss envelop you.
So mark your calendars and indulge in this one-of-a-kind experience that will touch your heart and ignite your soul. Join us at Harbour Green Park, where music, warmth, and passion intertwine to create an unforgettable evening.
Beyond the music and lights, Liven UP promises diverse cultural experiences, including nightly fire performances at Canada Place Plaza, cultural storytellers at Komagata Maru Memorial, and enchanting live opera and classical singing at Cardero Park. Additionally, walks and talks will uncover the lesser-known and fascinating history of Vancouver, providing an educational yet entertaining aspect to the festivities.
Presented by the Vancouver Hotel Destination Association / StayVancouverHotels and supported by event partners like the Vancouver Convention Centre, Port of Vancouver, Canada Place, City of Vancouver, Vancouver Parks Board, Destination Vancouver, MK Illumination, and EventLAB, Liven UP is made possible by a collaboration of passionate entities committed to making this holiday season unforgettable.
For more information and to plan your magical journey, visit the official website livenup.ca and follow @LivenUP.Van on social media. Get ready to unwrap the gift of unforgettable family moments and create lasting memories at Liven UP – Coal Harbour, Vancouver’s ultimate festive family extravaganza.