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On Sunday, we kicked off our Holiday celebrations. We ventured out to the Vancouver Christmas Market, followed by dinner with my family before heading to Bright Nights at Stanley Park. It was a very busy day.

Here’s a quick review of the events, along with your photo tips that I missed yesterday! If you have recommendations for things to do during the Holidays, I would love to hear from you… so please post a comment or send me an email.

The Christmas market was okay, if you don’t mind crowds and line ups. I wouldn’t recommend it for little kids, simply because it’s crowded and there’s not much for them to do. If your kids are a little older (I’d guess over 5 would be best), there is a crafting area for them and I saw quite a few kids enjoying that, although it is an extra fee. I liked the concept of it, but I think the venue was a little too small for what they were trying to do. While you’re there, be sure to take a few “unusual” photographs to round out the regular family photos of your excursion.

This particular ornament reminded me of ones that my grandma made for her tree when we were kids.

I loved this star on top of the center booth. When photographing lights, if you have exposure control, try to photograph them at -1 stop, it makes the lights pop a little more.

After the market, we headed to White Spot for dinner. With 9 adults and 3 kids, it’s feels like a bit of a challenge to find a family friendly restaurant. White Spot is great for atmosphere and kid friendliness, but the last couple of times I’ve been, the food hasn’t been great. So I’m on the hunt for great family restaurant recommendations and would appreciate any and all suggestions.

Bright nights was lots of fun once the train got underway, but there was also LOTS of waiting in lines. We’d purchased tickets for the 8-8:30 trains, and didn’t end up getting on the train until 8:45. Ella was fascinated by all the lights and loved dancing to the music. Despite his┬áscepticism, even Eric had a good time. The display is really quite spectacular and I love the atmosphere.

Also, don’t be afraid to have a little fun with your family photos…SURPRISE!!

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