Holiday family activity ideas by Parks, Recreation and Culture


The City of Nanaimo understands that this holiday season will be different for many due to the pandemic. Events like the popular Winter Wonderland and Finale are unable to happen this year, but there are still many activities that families can participate in together while following Provincial Health Orders that will keep everyone active while on this year's winter break. Families needing some inspiration are invited to look at the "Family Activity Ideas" list that was compiled by Parks, Recreation and Culture staff.

This list contains a variety of options, including information on the "Holiday Skating Schedule", "The Frosty Bucket Challenge" and the "Light Up the Night Family Field Fun" where families can have unstructured play under the lights on some of Nanaimo's play fields. Other opportunities for holiday fun include visits to newly opened parks like Cambie Park and the Harewood Skate Park and watching videos of staff offering craft tips and explorations to local parks and trails. Other than the swimming and skating admission, all of the suggestions on the list are free.

Find and download the list on the City of Nanaimo website and follow Parks, Recreation and Culture on their Instagram page (@nanaimoparksandrec) for even more holiday fun.

Link to Strategic Plan: Providing low-cost recreation supports livability in the community.

Key Points

  • The list of free and low-cost Family Activity Ideas is comprised of things that families can do over the winter break.
  • The activities suggested all follow COVID-19 safety protocols.


"We are happy to be able to offer suggestions for families that are either free or low cost, that are following COVID-19 safety protocols and that will encourage our residents to be active over the winter break. We invite everyone to participate in as many of them as they can."

Director, Recreation and Culture
City of Nanaimo


Holiday Activities
Holiday Activities


Lynn Wark
Director, Recreation and Culture
City of Nanaimo

Print News Release

Help us improve our website

Don't include private or financial information in this form.
Collection and use of your personal information

Information collected on this form is done so under the general authority of the Community Charter and Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA), and is protected in accordance with FOIPPA. Questions about the collection of your personal information may be referred to the Legislative Services Department at (250) 755-4405, or via email at Please also see our Privacy Policy.