The annual parade of Carol Ships lights up the harbour.

Forget decking the halls: in this seaside town, we deck the decks. An annual holiday tradition, the Carol Ships return December 2 to 23 to light up False Creek and Coal Harbour, decorated starboard to portside with displays festive enough to charm even the surliest of sailors. From a distance, the ships’ lights dazzle, but on board, there’s more revelry to be found as pro carolers (of course there are pro carolers) lead rousing singalongs.

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