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10 Ways to Get Festive at YVR

It’s getting chilly outside, but the holiday season is heating up here at YVR. Whether you’re on your way to a sunny destination, coming home from family holidays back east, or picking up Cousin Eddie at arrivals, there’s plenty to keep you feeling festive through your holiday journey.

  1. Treat yo-elf Allow extra time during the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season to browse great shops, find tax-free savings, grab a bite or a sip, and soak up some last-minute relaxation at the spa. 

    Location: Find shops, restaurants, and services on our website.  

  2. Get flippin’ festive! Check out YVR’s newest holiday activation - The YVR Cabin - a cozy west coast chalet built entirely upside down. Share your merry moment with @yvraiport for a chance to win a gift from one of YVR’s 200 shops, restaurants, or services.

    Location: Pre-security, International Food Court

  3. Sounds of the Season Enjoy live holiday hits from local musicians at pre- and post-security locations across the terminal, mornings December 13 – January 5th.

    Pre-security Locations: International Food Court, Domestic Food Court, Domestic Arrivals
    Post-security Locations: International Food Court near the aquarium, US Departures Food Court near Duty Free, Pier C Next to Air Canada Lounge

  4. Leave the wrapping to us Whether you’ve bought something at one of YVR’s shops, or if you’ve just been too busy at the workshop to get the wrapping done, enjoy free gift-wrapping services courtesy YVR from 9am – 7pm, December 14 – 24 at 4 locations post-security.

    Post-security Locations:
    International Food Court near the aquarium, US Departures near Canucks Bar & Grill, Pier C Next to Rogers Chocolate, Pier B Near the WestJet Customer Care Counter.

  5. Hang out with Santa. If you're passing through on December 17, 18, 23, or 24, you might just be able to negotiate your place on the “nice” list. Air Canada will be flying Santa to YVR and he’ll cruising around the terminal before heading back to the North Pole. Grab a photo before you both take-off!  
    Location: Throughout the terminal, pre- and post-security

  6. Cozy up with a book and a pup YVR has partnered with St. John Ambulance's therapy dog program to bring you Paws 4 Stories this holiday season. The Paws 4 Stories program is designed to assist in helping to improve the reading skills of children by having a child read to a Therapy dog.Find the pups post-security in domestic and international departures, Monday – Friday mornings, December 13 – 23.

    Find out more about the Paws 4 Stories program on the St. John’s Ambulance website.  

    Post-security Locations: International Departures Near Gate 54, Pier A near the Children’s Play Area, Pier C near the Children’s Play Area.

  7. Spend & Win at Duty Free Take part in Duty Free’s great holiday activation, where everyone is a winner!

    Spend $250 at the International Departures Duty Free store to participate in their Spend & Win promotion. You’ll have a chance to choose a ticket from our Gifts with Love activation and win from one of 20 or more different gifts.  From beauty gifts and trolley suitcases, to $50 off your next purchase, or a 2 hours Plaza Premium pass – everyone wins something!

    Post-security Location: Outside of Duty Free near Gucci.

  8. Soak up the Season Stop by to see Scuba Claus if you’re travelling internationally on Wednesday afternoons. SC will make an appearance at noon on December 4, 11, and 18. Pick up a sea-sonal colouring sheet while you’re there to enter our colouring contest, December 16 – 25.

    Post-security Location: International Departures at the Aquarium.

  9. Visit your home away from home

    Check out the Fairmont Vancouver Airport’s great seasonal offerings, including Tea with Santa, festive lunches, joyful entertainment, and exquisite holiday dinners.

    Learn more about the Fairmont Vancouver Airport’s holiday offerings on their website. Pre-Security Location: Level 4 above the US check-in area, at the east end of the terminal.

  10. Get crafty Visit our gift-wrapping stations to find cute holiday origami crafts for kids from 1 to 92.Available at the gift-wrapping stations, 9am – 7pm, December 14 – 24.

    Post-security Locations:
    International Food Court near the aquarium, US Departures near Canucks Bar & Grill, Pier C Next to Rogers Chocolate, Pier B Near the WestJet Customer Care Counter.

How did you get festive at YVR this year? Share your merry moments with us on twitter or Instagram @yvrairport.

Happy holidays from all of us at YVR.

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