Festive lights on Granville Island. A perfect evening holiday walk or Drive-thru.

December 7, 2020

This season, until January 3rd, people living in the Vancouver Coastal Health region can take an evening stroll to enjoy Granville Island’s Festive Lights (following updated Covid protocols below). For those outside the Vancouver Coastal Health region, you are invited to drive-thru the "Island" (Directions here)  

Please enjoy the holiday season with care and consideration. Remain in your bubble and keep Granville Island safe for everyone. *Updated Covid protocols and restrictions below.

From November 12th to January 3rd, daily from sunset, we invite you to stroll our warm and elegant holiday light display. With complimentary parking, and of course no entrance fee, *family and friends can walk the expansive grounds of Granville Island’s almost 40 acres, under the stars, or under an umbrella (after all, it is winter in Vancouver), and take in a relaxed  evening without crowds among the lights, restaurants, bars and taprooms. With multiple entrances on to the "Island" and wide open spaces, it's a perfect holiday walk.

Come early to check out the many retail shops, unique local goods and artist studios, open until 6 pm, and of course, the famous Granville Island Public Market – and if you’re coming from downtown, why not take one of the little ferry boats over from the west end.  

Highlights include a stunning oversized star in the center of the Public Market courtyard, which changes colour for the occasion, the jewel tones along Railspur Alley (artisan district), giant musical notes among the trees that surround the theatres, Granville Island’s historic yellow crane all lit up, and a canopy of lights hidden in a secret location - or simply enjoy all the trees wrapped in warm lights making Granville Island glow.

Live music is on nightly at the Sandbar restaurant and “All Aboard” returns this winter, offering kids and youth a free mini skateboard ramp, covered and secured, supervised by volunteers from the Vancouver Skateboard Coalition from 4 pm – 7 pm daily. (Check website as hours subject to change)   

Restaurants, cafes and Public Market food stalls are open daily, with dozens of excellent takeout options - and many restaurants and bars open late. Those include;  

Artisan Sake (Railspur Alley) Daily 11:30 am - 6 pm with Japanese appetizers and sake tastings. Winter patio open    

Bridges Restaurant   Mon-Fri 11:30 am - 10 pm; weekends 10 am - 10 pm. winter patio open

Beanstock (kids) Bistro (upper floor, Kids Market) Daily 10 am - 6 pm

Blue Parrot (Public Market) Daily 7 am - 8pm (own entrance before and after hours)

Dockside (Granville Island Hotel) Daily Breakfast at 8:30 am; lunch and dinner 11:30 am - 9:30 pm. Happy Hour 3pm-5pm

Granville Island Brewery Tap Room + Winter Patio, Daily 12 pm - 8 pm 

Granville Island Gelato & Coffee House (Creekhouse) Daily 11: 30 am - 8 pm

Kaisereck Delicatessen (Public Market) Covered patio open until 7 pm (own entrance after hours)

The Keg   Daily 4 pm - 10 pm

Liberty Distillery   Mon-Thurs 12 pm - 6 pm; Fr i- Sun 11 am - 8 pm. Bottle sales and cocktails

Off the Tracks Bistro Mon- Fri 9 am - 4 pm; Sat/Sun 9 am - 5 pm. Both patios open

Pedro's Organic Coffee (beside Kid's Market) Mon – Fri 9 am – 3 pm; Sat/Sun 9 am - 6 pm. Patio open at rear

Pizza Pzazz (Public Market) open daily, 10 am - 6 pm - Takeout/delivery available until 9 pm

Popina Canteen   Wed-Sun 12 pm - 6 pm.  Patio open

Popina Cantina (NEW in the Net Loft) (Taco and Mexican cantina) Wed-Sun 10 am - 5 pm

Sandbar Restaurant Mon-Thursday 3 pm -10 pm; Fri-Sun 11:30 am - 10 pm.  Patio open/Happy Hour 

Tony's Fish and Oyster Café   Daily 12 pm - 7 pm. Dine in + Takeaway

Vancouver Fish Co.    Mon-Fri 11:30 am - late; Sat/Sun 11 am – late. Patio open


All COVID-19 protocol and current restrictions* are in affect across Granville Island exterior and interior locations. Masks must be worn at all times in public indoor locations. Social distancing must be observed.  No tours, tour buses, groups or gatherings.

*November 7-Dec 7 - Temporary Covid restrictions include no visitors from outside the Vancouver Coastal Health region. Visitors may socialize, shop, walk and dine up to a maximum of 5 other persons in your immediate family or household, or, if you live on your own, two persons from your core bubble. 



December 1st – December 23rd 9 AM – 6 PM

December 24th- 9 AM – 5 PM

December 25th & 26th Closed

December 27th- 30th 9AM - 6PM

December 31st 9 AM – 5 PM

January 1st Closed



December 1st – December 23rd 10 AM - 6 PM (individual store hours may vary)

December 24th:  10 AM – 4 PM

December 25th & 26th:  Closed

December 27th - 30th 10 am - 6 PM

December 31st:  10 AM – 4 PM

January 1st Closed