The weather forecast was less than promising, so I wasn't too hopeful about the turnout. When we got to Science World a bit after 5pm, Nicole & her two girls were waiting, all snuggled up in their bakfiets. After a few minutes of playing & chatting, we headed off, just the seven of us, Christmas lights shining on our cargo bikes & kids belting out their versions of Christmas carols along the Dunsmuir viaduct bike track & down Hornby to the plaza.
The bike racks we could see were behind stairs & a thick crowd of people, so we parked at the hotel across the street, which had a nice corral of widely spaced rings, perfect for getting even a bakfiets into. The kids danced & sang, ignoring most of what was on stage, since they couldn't see it through the crowd anyway. They particularly enjoyed the mascots & numerous stilt performers at the show, as well as a few very friendly dogs who also attended. There was hot chocolate by donation & elves handing out candy canes & then at 7pm, thousands of lights all came on to illuminate the three large & one massive tree set up in the square.
I hadn't been to this event before, but we'll definitely go back again next year. It is so simple to ride to--parking bikes is a breeze right there. The kids had fun & we got them home by 8pm, so it wasn't a particularly late night.
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