Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Vancouver Tree Lighting Celebration 2013 5:30-7pm @ Jack Poole Plaza (1055 Canada Place)
Free
Don’t miss the official launch of the 2013 holiday season with live music and sweet treats at the 2013 Vancouver Tree Lighting Celebration.

Photo Credit: Amacon

Photo Credit: Amacon

CBC/Radio-Canada Open House & Food Bank Day 5:30am-7pm @ CBC Broadcast Centre (700 Hamilton St.)
Free
Donations Accepted from 5:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Open House from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
December 6, 2013 is the 27th annual CBC British Columbia Food Bank Day. We are excited to celebrate the incredible and continuing generosity of our CBC audience and family. Millions of dollars have been raised over the years, and hundreds of thousands of British Columbians, who need the services of food banks, have benefitted from our annual event. As it is our tradition, we are inviting the public to come to our Open House at the CBC Broadcast Centre in downtown Vancouver to join us behind the scenes and see how we make radio, television and digital programming. From 8 am to 6 pm you can tour CBC Vancouver’s integrated newsroom and meet your (many) favourite CBC on air personalities! View the list online!
New to the event this year is a special Canada Lives Here movie, Bo and Huckle Cat, photos with Santa and tours of the CBC Canada House in preparation for Sochi 2014.
You can make a contribution to the Food Bank of your choice at the Open House, online anytime or call our pledge lines 1-866-226-4642 or 604-662-6470 on Friday December 6, 2013.

Holiday Hi-Light Festival 6-9pm @ Park & Tilford Gardens (333 Brooksbank Ave., North Vancouver)
By Donation
The holiday Hi-Light Festival at Park & Tilford Gardens is one of the North Shore’s most majestic festival of lights with over 50,000 lights on display. Open nightly to December 31st. Santa himself will be visiting on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6pm-9pm until Christmas. 100% proceeds to the City and District of North Vancouver Firefighters Charitable Society. Until Christmas Family Friday Nights will include live entertainment and activities.

Arts Club Theatre Company presents It’s Snowing on Saltspring 8pm @ Granville Island Stage (1585 Johnston St.)
Various ticket pricing
A Homegrown Christmas Tale Arts Club Classic By Nicola Cavendish. It’s Christmas Eve on Saltspring Island. The stockings aren’t hung by the chimney with care and disenchanted Bill Bannister hopes that St. Nick won’t be there. Will it take a reindeer-guided trip to the North Pole for Bill to rediscover the spirit of Christmas?

Photo Credit: Arts Club Theatre Company

Photo Credit: Arts Club Theatre Company

TOQUE: Western Front Annual Fundraiser & Craft Sale 6-10pm @ Western Front (303 East 8th Ave.)
By Donation
The annual fundraiser and craft sale returns for the Western Front’s 40th Anniversary with an exciting showcase of artists, designers and artisans. The event kicks off Friday evening with celebratory cocktails, a backdeck barbecue and fantastic shopping. The festivities continue all day Saturday with new extended hours. Proceeds from TOQUE directly support Western Front’s year-round programming in Exhibitions, New Music and Media Arts. Great prizes to be won!

Christmas at FlyOver Canada 10am-9pm @ FlyOver Canada (201 – 999 Canada Place)
$19.95
Help Santa Save Christmas at FlyOver Canada this holiday season! Enjoy a Christmas themed pre-show and pre-boarding experience including the Ultimate Flying Ride – FlyOver Canada. Share in the magic of Christmas at our free outdoor Christmas Plaza featuring: Live entertainment including holiday music favorites and more, Santa’s Artic Art Workshop display with live ice carving shows every Friday at 5pm commencing from December 6 onwards, Delicious tastes of Christmas with waffles, drinks and candied nuts by Leonidas Belgian Chocolates and Swiss Style Nuts. December 25 closed at 5pm & December 25 closed.

Britannia Mine Museum presents Guided Underground Experience 11am-3pm @ Britannia Mine Museum (1 Forbes Way, Britannia Beach)
$21.50; other pricing in effect
Looking for something to do over the holidays? Britannia Mine Museum is open all through the festive season, except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Come for a guided underground experience: take a trip similar to miners in 1914, see demonstrations of actual working drills and equipment, hear the stories of early mining efforts, browse the exhibits and pan for real gold. In order to meet your Interpreter and desired tour time, please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour time. Tours are offered on a first come, first served basis. Running until December 31.
Monday – Friday: Tours are offered at 11am, 1pm, & 3pm (last tour).

Photo Credit: Britannia Mine Museum

Photo Credit: Britannia Mine Museum

Christmas Tree Lot at Lonsdale Quay 12-8pm @ Lonsdale Quay
Free
Still looking for your Christmas tree? New Christmas Tree Lot in the East Plaza! Tree Lot is open Monday, Thursday, Friday from 12pm-8pm, and Saturday & Sunday 10am-6pm.
This year Lonsdale Quay Market is proud to partner with Aunt Leah’s Place and offer quality Christmas trees for sale in our East Plaza. All tree sale proceeds will go to Aunt Leah’s Place, a charity that helps kids in foster care and teen moms achieve a better future. Tree sales start November 29th! Lonsdale Quay Market is your holiday destination for unique gift ideas, fresh food options for holiday meals, festive music, Santa photos, kids activities and holiday gift wrapping. Join us for a festive atmosphere and live holiday music all December long!

2013 Gingerbread Lane – Culinary Showcase All Day @ Hyatt Regency Hotel (655 Burrard St.)
Free
It’s the sweet smell of the holidays in the lobby of the Hyatt Hotel. Vote for your favourite gingerbread house creation from November 28 – December 27th with proceeds to Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon. The centrepiece is Executive Chef Thomas Heinrich’s gigantic gingerbread building that measures 11 feet tall and 16 feet wide. Ingredients include 500 pounds of gingerbread dough, 400 pounds of confection sugar and 1,400 egg whites, plus a few secret ingredients and a little help from Hyatt’s engineering department. Four foot tall cut outs of gingerbread families are also available for picture taking. More than 30 individually crafted gingerbread creations from culinary professionals, amature bakers, and secondary schools round out the sweet smelling lavish display.

Gateway Theatre presents The King and I 8pm @ Gateway Theatre (6500 Gilbert Rd.,  Richmond)
$49; other pricing in effect
Music by Richard Rodgers. Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Based on “Anna and the King of Siam” by Margaret Landon. Original Choreography by Jerome Robbins. Gateway Theatre Artistic Director Jovanni Sy makes his Vancouver stage debut as the King of Siam in this all new production of this Tony Award-winning smash. Audience favourite Barbara Tomasic (The Sound of Music) is Anna, hired to teach English and other Western ideas to the King’s many wives and many more children. Join us for lots of songs you love like “Getting to Know You,” “Shall We Dance?” and “Whistle A Happy Tune.” Gateway Theatre last produced The King and I in 2003 with John James Hong and Annabel Kershaw in the title roles. That production holds a Gateway record as our second highest selling show, after The Sound of Music. Performances running until December 31.

Photo Credit: Gateway Theatre

Photo Credit: Gateway Theatre

Ghost Light Projects Theatre presents Let’s Kill Grandma This Christmas  7pm @ Carousel Studio Theatre (Granville Island 1411 Cartwright St.)
$15-$45 Canadian premiere of the Off Broadway hit! Let’s Kill Grandma This Christmas by Brian Gianci offers something for everyone. Possessed by greed the family plots and schemes murder in order to get Grandma’s money. Let’s Kill Grandma This Christmas is a twisted black comedy that says there’s no place like six feet under for the holidays. Please note this play contains language which may not be suitable for all audiences… but frankly that’s to be expected when you’re trying to kill Grandma! Performances running until December 21.

December Donation Drive presented by Vancouver Lookout and Landsea Tours @ Harbour Centre (555 W Hastings St.)
Supported by “Stuff the Bus” in the downtown area, all donations to The Kettle Society.
From December 2 to December 20,  donation drop box is located in the Atrium lobby of Harbour Centre Tower and on the Observation Deck of the Vancouver Lookout. Special thanks to Landsea Tours for buses around to pick up donations for The Ketttle Society in East Vancouver, supporting people with mental illness to lead healthier lives by promoting inclusion, awareness and providing housing, employment, advocacy and support services.
While at Harbour Centre Mall, enter the Amazing Holiday Hunt contest to win “Experience Vancouver” Grand Prize, valued at $1000 with a special duplicate Grand Prize generously donated to The Kettle Society.

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Mary Poppins 8pm @ Stanley Alliance Industrial Stage (2750 Granville St.)
$29-$119
Another night of Mary Poppins (running until January 5)! A musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film Original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman Book by Julian Fellowes New songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. The Magical Broadway musical Watch Mary Poppins fly over the rooftops of London, and feel like a kid again! Remember, anything can happen if you let it. This family musical features the unforgettable songs from the popular Disney film-”A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”-plus some catchy new ones. Practically perfect in every way, the tale of everyone’s favourite magical nanny will sweep you off your feet.

Arts Club Theatre Company presents The Santaland Diaries 8pm @ Revue Theatre (1601 Johnston St.)
Various ticket pricing
True Confessions of an Elf – From the popular humourist David Sedaris comes this merrily wicked tale of his tour of duty as an elf at Macy’s Santaland. From posts as Vomit Corner Elf to Water Cooler Elf to Cash Register Elf, Sedaris worked his way up the candy-cane ladder and lived to share his hysterical, behind-the-scenes anecdotes. Both outlandish and illuminating, this sardonic comedy is a holiday treat for adults. An Elfin Good Time for Mature Elves Only! This show is more naughty than nice—and less than politically correct!

Photo Credit: Arts ClubTheatre Company

Photo Credit: Arts Club Theatre Company

Burnaby Arts Gallery presents Volumes: Works in Paper 10am-4:30pm @ Burnaby Art Gallery (6344 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby)
By Donation
Volumes explores sculptural and structural works on (and ‘in’) paper, including installation and large-scale printmaking, painting, ceramics and paper-cut. Featuring works from the permanent collection by Pat Martin Bates, Myra Eadie, Bob Evermon, Margaret May, Teresa Ilene Redden, Douglas Quiring, and others, as well as new works by emerging artists Maggie Boyd, Graham Landin, Nicole Ondre and Jennifer Rose Sciarrino.

Off the Eaten Track presents Culinary Christmas Walking Tours in Cambie Village 5-7pm @ Benton Brother Fine Cheese (3432 Cambie St.)
$45
It’s that time of year again—time to eat, drink, be merry and struggle to find gifts for friends, family, and co-workers. Join Off The Eaten Track for a delicious 2 hour tour of festive Cambie Village where you will be treated to over 6 tasting samples and given the opportunity to shop for some unique and tasty gifts. Full of funky boutique shops and amazing locally owned restaurants, Cambie Village is a trendy neighbourhood with a small town feel. November 20 – December 22, 2013; Wed & Fri: 5-7pm | Sun: 4-6 pm

Christmas Queen: Improv Comedy Fairytale 7:30pm at Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau St.)
$21; $26.50 including drink; other pricing in effect
Watch as our talented improvisors weave a magical Christmas story like you’ve never seen before. Each and every night the tale will take a different turn as you, the audience, help to save Christmas. Will the evil villain ruin this magical holiday season for the townsfolk? Will our reluctant hero return to save the day? Will the Christmas Queen awaken the spirit of Christmas in all of us? No matter your age, come down to The Improv Centre to watch your Christmas dreams come to life onstage. Show runs Wed, Thurs, Fri, & Sat from November 20 to December 21.

Photo Credit: Vancouver TheatreSports League Facebook

Photo Credit: Vancouver TheatreSports League Facebook

Vancouver Christmas Market 11am-9pm @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza (650 Hamilton St.)
$3 (11am-4pm Mon-Fri), $6 (4pm-9pm Mon-Fri); other pricing in effect
The Vancouver Christmas Market is an annual can’t-miss Vancouver Christmas event running from November 22 to December 24, 2013. More than just a craft fair, this authentic German Christmas Market creates the perfect atmosphere to mix and mingle with friends and family, strolling through romantic rows of little wooden huts decorated in pine branches and illuminated with strings of little white lights. In each hut discover terrific food and drink and a wonderful array of Christmas gifts. During the pre-Christmas season, the Market is the perfect destination for combining an outing with friends and family with some Christmas shopping. Business people will find it a fun meeting place for a quick bite during lunch time or a drink after work (be sure to use our 2 for 1 Lunch Pass!). With a wide variety of cultural activities and entertainment events, it also becomes a place for people to enjoy and mingle before a night on the town. A special children’s area known as the Kids’ Market will give youngsters the chance to make their own Christmas gifts and ride downtown Vancouver’s only Christmas Carousel.

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park open 11am-9pm @ Capilano Suspension Bridge Park (3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver)
$65.00 Family, $31.95 Adult; other pricing in effect
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park’s popular holiday event, Canyon Lights, has a tall order this year – laying claim to the home of the world’s tallest living Christmas tree?! Standing 46.4m (152 feet) tall, this Douglas-fir will be adorned in thousands of sparkling lights. Though other communities claim to have the tallest living Christmas tree, Capilano’s 250 year old Douglas-fir rises above the competition. (In 2012, Ferndale, California claimed the tallest living Christmas tree on record at 150ft.) Park guests will also be dazzled by the thousands of lights glittering throughout the rainforest, across the Suspension Bridge and on Cliffwalk. A children’s scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating, sing-a-long carols with the holiday band and glass blowing with Malcolm Macfadyen are all back by popular demand! Canyon Lights runs Saturday, November 30, 2013 to Saturday, January 4, 2014. Park is closed Christmas Day. Park Canyon Lights tickets are valid all day with holiday activities beginning at 4:00pm. Capilano will be operating free round trip shuttle service from Canada Place. Partial proceeds from admission will be donated to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. Capilano will continue hosting community nights for local charities including Canuck Place, Special Olympics BC, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, North Shore Neighbourhood House, Easter Seals and Kids Up Front. BC Residents will receive a Annual BC Membership with their park entrance ticket.

2013 Play Festival presents Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo 8pm @ Studio 16 (1555 W 7th Ave.)
$31
Mitch and Murray Productions proudly presents the Vancouver premiere of Becky Shaw, by Gina Gionfriddo, a darkly hilarious tale of love, sex and ethics among a quartet of men and women in their 30′s. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, Becky Shaw is a wickedly funny play that asks what we owe the people we love and the strangers who land on our doorstep. “Blithely cynical and devastatingly funny…witty observations on the emotional damage inflicted by neurotic people in the name of love…Gionfriddo is some kind of genius.” (Variety) Directed by David Mackay, featuring Meghan Gardiner, Moya O’Connell, Aaron Craven, Charlie Gallant and Marilyn Norry.

Photo Credit: Mitch and Murray Productions - Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo

Photo Credit: Mitch and Murray Productions – Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo

 


Saturday, December 7th

Annual North Vancouver Christmas Festival at the Shipyards 4:30-8pm @ The Shipyards (foot of Lonsdale Ave.)
Come Share in the Holiday Spirit. Shipbuilders’ Square will be transformed into a sparkling Christmas wonderland complete with lights and carolers. Enjoy fun family entertainment and activities. Activities include a bug lantern building workshop, gingerbread man decorating station and festive crafts. Complimentary hot chocolate, coffee and cookies will be served during the festivities.

Photo Credit: North Shore Tourism

Photo Credit: North Shore Tourism

Santa Shuffle 10am-12pm @ Stanley Park (3301 Stanley Park Dr.)
Various Registration Prices
The Santa Shuffle is a 5k Fun Run & 1k Elf Walk that takes place the first Saturday in December in 39 cities across Canada, supporting The Salvation Army. This merry event helps The Salvation Army to assist families and individuals in need during the Christmas season and throughout the year. Registration closed on December 4, but runners need supporters. Cheer! Cheer! Cheer!

December Donation Drive presented by Vancouver Lookout and Landsea Tours @ Harbour Centre (555 W Hastings St.)
Supported by “Stuff the Bus” in the downtown area, all donations to The Kettle Society.
From December 2 to December 20,  donation drop box is located in the Atrium lobby of Harbour Centre Tower and on the Observation Deck of the Vancouver Lookout. Special thanks to Landsea Tours for buses around to pick up donations for The Ketttle Society in East Vancouver, supporting people with mental illness to lead healthier lives by promoting inclusion, awareness and providing housing, employment, advocacy and support services.
While at Harbour Centre Mall, enter the Amazing Holiday Hunt contest to win “Experience Vancouver” Grand Prize, valued at $1000 with a special duplicate Grand Prize generously donated to The Kettle Society.

Ghost Light Projects Theatre presents Let’s Kill Grandma This  7pmChristmas @ Carousel Studio Theatre (Granville Island 1411 Cartwright St.)
$15-$45 Canadian premiere of the Off Broadway hit! Let’s Kill Grandma This Christmas by Brian Gianci offers something for everyone. Possessed by greed the family plots and schemes murder in order to get Grandma’s money. Let’s Kill Grandma This Christmas is a twisted black comedy that says there’s no place like six feet under for the holidays. Please note this play contains language which may not be suitable for all audiences… but frankly that’s to be expected when you’re trying to kill Grandma! Performances running until December 21.

2013 Play Festival presents Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo 8pm @ Studio 16 (1555 W 7th Ave.)
$31
Final Performance! Mitch and Murray Productions proudly presents the Vancouver premiere of Becky Shaw, by Gina Gionfriddo, a darkly hilarious tale of love, sex and ethics among a quartet of men and women in their 30′s. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, Becky Shaw is a wickedly funny play that asks what we owe the people we love and the strangers who land on our doorstep. “Blithely cynical and devastatingly funny…witty observations on the emotional damage inflicted by neurotic people in the name of love…Gionfriddo is some kind of genius.” (Variety) Directed by David Mackay, featuring Meghan Gardiner, Moya O’Connell, Aaron Craven, Charlie Gallant and Marilyn Norry.

Cavalia’s Odysseo 2pm & 8pm @ Cavalia - Under the Big Top in Olympic Village (299 West 1st Ave.)
$54.50-$229.50; other pricing in effect
The internationally acclaimed Cavalia pushes the limits of live entertainment with its newest production that is now touring the globe. Cavalia Odysseo is a theatrical experience, an ode to horse and man that marries the equestrian arts, awe inspiring acrobatics and high-tech theatrical effects. Set under a 38-meter tall White Big Top, audiences will be transported around the world as more than 50 horses and an international cast play and demonstrate their intimate bond. The 1,393 square meter stage features a real carousel and a magically appearing 302,000-litre lake in front of a stunning video backdrop the size of three IMAX screens. Odysseo is a two-hour dream that will move the heart and touch the soul. It is an evening that the audience will never forget.

Photo Credit: Cavalia Inc.

Photo Credit: Cavalia Inc.

Portobello West presents Holiday Market 11am-5pm @ Creekside Community Recreation Centre (1 Athletes Way in Olympic Village)
$2.00
Biggest Holiday Market in the Olympic Village yet. Vancouver’s Favourite Artisan/Craft Fair is back for its final show of 2013 this December 7th & 8th! Shop from a wide variety of  local goods ranging from Fashion, Jewelry, Accessories, Art, Sweets, Baby & Kids items, and more, from the featuring 90+ artisans and designers. Be one of the first 25 people each day to receive a free swag bag filled with goodies from our wonderful vendors and sponsors! Grab a bite to eat from the food trucks!
Portobello West is a non-profit society that aims to support local artisans by helping them connect with their community. Our goal is to create a legion of shoppers that are committed to purchasing from our amazing Canadian and Pacific Northwest designers, artists, and producers. We promise to create an atmosphere of exploration and excitement at each  of our seasonal events!

Britannia Mine Museum presents Guided Underground Experience 10am-3pm @ Britannia Mine Museum (1 Forbes Way, Britannia Beach)
$21.50; other pricing in effect
Looking for something to do over the holidays? Britannia Mine Museum is open all through the festive season, except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Come for a guided underground experience: take a trip similar to miners in 1914, see demonstrations of actual working drills and equipment, hear the stories of early mining efforts, browse the exhibits and pan for real gold. In order to meet your Interpreter and desired tour time, please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour time. Tours are offered on a first come, first served basis. Running until December 31.
Saturday – Sunday: Tours are offered every 1 hour between 10am-3:00pm (last tour).

Bright Nights at the Stanley Park Miniature Train 11am – 11pm @ Stanley Park Train Plaza
$11; other pricing in effect
It’s that wonderfully festive time of year again! This wildly popular event will be running from December 5th to January 5th. Come see this loveable scamp’s antics and mishaps, as you ride the beautifully decorated Bright Nights train through, our Stanley Park forest. Perfect for all ages.  Advance tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster (online or at Tourism Vancouver’s Tickets Tonight) or on site the day off. Tickets have specific train times.
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday 3pm-10pm (Ticket sales begin at 12noon)
Friday – Sunday 11am-3pm Matinee train (No live actors during matinee trains)
Friday – Sunday 3pm – 11pm (Ticket sales begin at 12 noon)
From Dec 20-Jan 5th we will be open every day from 11am – 11pm
Walk around the plaza to enjoy more lights and holiday activities. There may be a special guest in a red suit…

Photo Credit: Sunshine Brit | Flickr

Photo Credit: Sunshine Brit | Flickr

TOQUE: Western Front Annual Fundraiser & Craft Sale 11am-7pm@ Western Front (303 East 8th Ave.)
By Donation
The annual fundraiser and craft sale returns for the Western Front’s 40th Anniversary with an exciting showcase of artists, designers and artisans. The festivities continue all day Saturday with new extended hours. Proceeds from TOQUE directly support Western Front’s year-round programming in Exhibitions, New Music and Media Arts. Great prizes to be won!

Gateway Theatre presents The King and I 2pm& 8pm @ Gateway Theatre (6500 Gilbert Rd., Richmond)
$49; other pricing in effect
Music by Richard Rodgers. Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Based on “Anna and the King of Siam” by Margaret Landon. Original Choreography by Jerome Robbins. Gateway Theatre Artistic Director Jovanni Sy makes his Vancouver stage debut as the King of Siam in this all new production of this Tony Award-winning smash. Audience favourite Barbara Tomasic (The Sound of Music) is Anna, hired to teach English and other Western ideas to the King’s many wives and many more children. Join us for lots of songs you love like “Getting to Know You,” “Shall We Dance?” and “Whistle A Happy Tune.” Gateway Theatre last produced The King and I in 2003 with John James Hong and Annabel Kershaw in the title roles. That production holds a Gateway record as our second highest selling show, after The Sound of Music. Performances running until December 31.

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park open 11am-9pm @ Capilano Suspension Bridge Park (3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver)
$65.00 Family, $31.95 Adult; other pricing in effect
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park’s popular holiday event, Canyon Lights, has a tall order this year – laying claim to the home of the world’s tallest living Christmas tree?! Standing 46.4m (152 feet) tall, this Douglas-fir will be adorned in thousands of sparkling lights. Though other communities claim to have the tallest living Christmas tree, Capilano’s 250 year old Douglas-fir rises above the competition. (In 2012, Ferndale, California claimed the tallest living Christmas tree on record at 150ft.) Park guests will also be dazzled by the thousands of lights glittering throughout the rainforest, across the Suspension Bridge and on Cliffwalk. A children’s scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating, sing-a-long carols with the holiday band and glass blowing with Malcolm Macfadyen are all back by popular demand! Canyon Lights runs Saturday, November 30, 2013 to Saturday, January 4, 2014. Park is closed Christmas Day. Park Canyon Lights tickets are valid all day with holiday activities beginning at 4:00pm. Capilano will be operating free round trip shuttle service from Canada Place. Partial proceeds from admission will be donated to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. Capilano will continue hosting community nights for local charities including Canuck Place, Special Olympics BC, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, North Shore Neighbourhood House, Easter Seals and Kids Up Front. BC Residents will receive a Annual BC Membership with their park entrance ticket.

Photo Credit: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Photo Credit: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Christmas Tree Lot at Lonsdale Quay 10am-6pm @ Lonsdale Quay
New Christmas Tree Lot in the East Plaza! Tree Lot is open Monday, Thursday, Friday from 12pm-8pm, and Saturday & Sunday 10am-6pm.
This year Lonsdale Quay Market is proud to partner with Aunt Leah’s Place and offer quality Christmas trees for sale in our East Plaza. All tree sale proceeds will go to Aunt Leah’s Place, a charity that helps kids in foster care and teen moms achieve a better future. Tree sales start November 29th! Lonsdale Quay Market is your holiday destination for unique gift ideas, fresh food options for holiday meals, festive music, Santa photos, kids activities and holiday gift wrapping. Join us for a festive atmosphere and live holiday music all December long!

Vancouver Christmas Market 11am-9pm @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza (650 Hamilton St.)
$6; other pricing in effect
The Vancouver Christmas Market is an annual can’t-miss Vancouver Christmas event running from November 22 to December 24, 2013. More than just a craft fair, this authentic German Christmas Market creates the perfect atmosphere to mix and mingle with friends and family, strolling through romantic rows of little wooden huts decorated in pine branches and illuminated with strings of little white lights. In each hut discover terrific food and drink and a wonderful array of Christmas gifts. During the pre-Christmas season, the Market is the perfect destination for combining an outing with friends and family with some Christmas shopping. Business people will find it a fun meeting place for a quick bite during lunch time or a drink after work (be sure to use our 2 for 1 Lunch Pass!). With a wide variety of cultural activities and entertainment events, it also becomes a place for people to enjoy and mingle before a night on the town. A special children’s area known as the Kids’ Market will give youngsters the chance to make their own Christmas gifts and ride downtown Vancouver’s only Christmas Carousel.

Shine, Shop, & Dine Trolley Tour 4:30pm-9:30pm @ Georgia St. & Broughton St.
By Donation
This festive season it is the West End’s turn to shine. In support of the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation, the West End BIA and Robson Street are joining forces to kick off the holiday season in style with the Shine, Shop and Dine Trolley Tour. Anchored by the St. Paul’s Lights of Hope, residents and visitors alike can hop aboard the free trolleys from any of one 12 site Saturdays from 4:30pm to 9:30pm from November 23 to December 21.For five consecutive Saturdays, Shine, Shop & Dine will highlight the amazing work of St. Paul’s Hospital and the wonderful variety of shopping and dining found in the West End. Running at 10 minute intervals, three trolleys will take passengers on an animated hop on/hop off tour following the historic trolley routes along Davie, Denman, Robson and Burrard Streets. Decorative lighting displays will be set up around the route for passengers to enjoy as part of their holiday experience. Who knows, a few regular West End personalities might just sashay by or a sing a tune for you.

Photo Credit: West End BIA

Photo Credit: West End BIA

Holiday Hi-Light Festival 6pm-9pm @ Park & Tilford Gardens (333 Brooksbank Ave., North Vancouver)
By Donation
The holiday Hi-Light Festival at Park & Tilford Gardens is one of the North Shore’s most majestic festival of lights with over 50,000 lights on display. Open nightly to December 31st. Santa himself will be visiting on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6pm-9pm until Christmas. 100% proceeds to the City and District of North Vancouver Firefighters Charitable Society.

Arts Club Theatre Company presents It’s Snowing on Saltspring 2pm & 8pm @ Granville Island Stage (1585 Johnston Street)
Various ticket pricing
It’s Snowing on Saltspring By Nicola Cavendish. A Homegrown Christmas Tale Arts Club Classic. It’s Christmas Eve on Saltspring Island. The stockings aren’t hung by the chimney with care and disenchanted Bill Bannister hopes that St. Nick won’t be there. Will it take a reindeer-guided trip to the North Pole for Bill to rediscover the spirit of Christmas?

Christmas at FlyOver Canada 10am-9pm @ FlyOver Canada (201 – 999 Canada Place) $19.95
Help Santa Save Christmas at FlyOver Canada this holiday season! Enjoy a Christmas themed pre-show and pre-boarding experience including the Ultimate Flying Ride – FlyOver Canada. Share in the magic of Christmas at our free outdoor Christmas Plaza featuring: Live entertainment including holiday music favorites and more, Santa’s Artic Art Workshop display with live ice carving shows every Friday at 5pm commencing from December 6 onwards, Delicious tastes of Christmas with waffles, drinks and candied nuts by Leonidas Belgian Chocolates and Swiss Style Nuts. December 25 closed at 5pm & December 25 closed.

Photo Credit: FlyOver Canada Facebook

Photo Credit: FlyOver Canada Facebook

Arts Club Theatre Company presents The Santaland Diaries 2pm & 8pm @ Revue Theatre (1601 Johnston St.)
Various ticket pricing
True Confessions of an Elf – From the popular humourist David Sedaris comes this merrily wicked tale of his tour of duty as an elf at Macy’s Santaland. From posts as Vomit Corner Elf to Water Cooler Elf to Cash Register Elf, Sedaris worked his way up the candy-cane ladder and lived to share his hysterical, behind-the-scenes anecdotes. Both outlandish and illuminating, this sardonic comedy is a holiday treat for adults. An Elfin Good Time for Mature Elves Only! This show is more naughty than nice—and less than politically correct!

Burnaby Village Museum presents Illuminations at Heritage Christmas 12:00pm – 4:30pm @ Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby)
Free
Stroll through the streets of the Village to enjoy the traditional sights and sounds of Christmases past—wreaths, cedar swags and seasonal displays. Unique and shimming lights display are throughout the Village including the opportunity for you to create your own magical holiday show with sound-reactive lights at the bandstand. Make a noise then watch the lights transform. Over 400 lights twinkle and change colours in response to sound. Come try it out! Pick up the new Twelve Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt sheet and start exploring for the answers. There’s a new menagerie of transformed Eco-sculptures this season. They’re decoratively lit and beautifully adorned. Look for a grouping of eagles with their artist-made playable instruments. Check the online schedule for special seasonal entertainment including live theatre shows, carollers, artisans, musicians and more. Running from November 23 – December 13 (12pm-4:30pm) and December 14 – January 3, 2014 (12pm-9pm). Closed December 24 & 25.

Dundarave Festival of Lights noon-dusk @ Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver
Free
Dundarave Christmas Fair – Fabulous, festive and absolutely free, the Dundarave Festival is your passport to Christmas as you may never have seen it before – the season of light, love and joy that leaves no one out in the cold. Bring everyone you love and connect with the exuberant, eclectic and wild heart of Christmas at the Dundarave Festival. Running from November 30-January 4.

Photo Credit: Dundarave Festival

Photo Credit: Dundarave Festival

Grouse Mountain presents Peak of Christmas 2013, Celebrate the Magic of Snow! open 9am-10pm @ Grouse Mountain, The Peak of Vancouver
Various ticket prices
Treat the kids (or the kid in you) to our annual holiday festivities begin November 23. Bring your family to Santa’s Workshop and meet reindeer, or take a sleigh-ride through our mystical alpine forest. You can also experience the tranquil beauty of skating on our 8,000 square foot mountaintop Ice Skating Pond, surrounded by snow-topped trees. Learn more about Santa’s reindeer at our daily ranger interpretive talks or have a digital photo taken with Santa to keep a memento of your Peak of Christmas visit! Visit the Theatre in the Sky to enjoy classic Christmas movies on our large high-definition screen. Or listen to joyful Christmas carols sung by the enchanting voices of Vancouver choirs. Walk through the spectacular SOS Children’s Village Gingerbread Village in the Spirit Gallery. These fabulous Peak of Christmas activities are all complimentary with your Grouse Mountain Alpine Experience ticket, Annual Membership, Winter Season Pass, or Lift Ticket. Peak of Christmas Family Ticket is also available. Snow much fun with just one ticket!

Christmas Queen: Improv Comedy Fairytale 7:30pm at Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau St.)
$21; $26.50 including drink;other pricing in effect
Watch as our talented improvisors weave a magical Christmas story like you’ve never seen before. Each and every night the tale will take a different turn as you, the audience, help to save Christmas. Will the evil villain ruin this magical holiday season for the townsfolk? Will our reluctant hero return to save the day? Will the Christmas Queen awaken the spirit of Christmas in all of us? No matter your age, come down to The Improv Centre to watch your Christmas dreams come to life onstage. Show runs Wed, Thurs, Fri, & Sat from November 20 to December 21.

Britannia Mine Museum presents Guided Underground Experience 10am-3pm @ Britannia Mine Museum (1 Forbes Way, Britannia Beach)
$21.50; other pricing in effect
Looking for something to do over the holidays? Britannia Mine Museum is open all through the festive season, except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Come for a guided underground experience: take a trip similar to miners in 1914, see demonstrations of actual working drills and equipment, hear the stories of early mining efforts, browse the exhibits and pan for real gold. In order to meet your Interpreter and desired tour time, please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour time. Tours are offered on a first come, first served basis. Running until December 31.
Saturday – Sunday: Tours are offered every 1 hour between 10am-3:00pm (last tour).

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Mary Poppins 2pm & 8pm@ Stanley Alliance Industrial Stage (2750 Granville St.)
$29-$119
Another night of Mary Poppins (running until January 5)! A musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film Original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman Book by Julian Fellowes New songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. The Magical Broadway musical Watch Mary Poppins fly over the rooftops of London, and feel like a kid again! Remember, anything can happen if you let it. This family musical features the unforgettable songs from the popular Disney film-”A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”-plus some catchy new ones. Practically perfect in every way, the tale of everyone’s favourite magical nanny will sweep you off your feet.

Photo Credit: Arts Club Theatre Company

Photo Credit: Arts Club Theatre Company

Art for Impact presents Redacted 7:30-10pm @ Tian Jin Temple (3426 Smith Ave.  Burnaby)
$15-$20
Art for Impact is thrilled to present Redacted, an exciting gallery-style event where guests will be invited to roam the venue and encounter performances and visual art exploring the implications of censorship.Featuring exciting new work by BLuRS, Daisy Thompson, Resounding Scream Theatre, Elee Kraljii Gardiner and many more. There will also be a raffle draw, food and drinks!


 

Sunday, December 8th

Cavalia’s Odysseo 2pm @ Cavalia - Under the Big Top in Olympic Village (299 West 1st Ave.)
$54.50-$229.50; other pricing in effect
The internationally acclaimed Cavalia pushes the limits of live entertainment with its newest production that is now touring the globe. Cavalia Odysseo is a theatrical experience, an ode to horse and man that marries the equestrian arts, awe inspiring acrobatics and high-tech theatrical effects. Set under a 38-meter tall White Big Top, audiences will be transported around the world as more than 50 horses and an international cast play and demonstrate their intimate bond. The 1,393 square meter stage features a real carousel and a magically appearing 302,000-litre lake in front of a stunning video backdrop the size of three IMAX screens. Odysseo is a two-hour dream that will move the heart and touch the soul. It is an evening that the audience will never forget.

Winter Solstice Lantern Making Workshops 2-4pm @ Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden
$15 (per lantern)
This holiday take the opportunity to create a one of a kind lantern with workshops led by lantern artist and Director of the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival Naomi Singer. Each workshop will begin with a book reading of Paper Lanterns by renown writer and artist Stefan Czernecki. There are only 20 spaces available per workshop so be sure to reserve your spot soon! Tickets can be purchased the day of or ahead of time by visiting the front desk or paying by phone (604-662-3207).

Photo Credit: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen  Classical Chinese Garden

Photo Credit: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Portobello West presents Holiday Market 11am-5pm @ Creekside Community Recreation Centre (1 Athletes Way in Olympic Village)
$2.00
Biggest Holiday Market in the Olympic Village yet. Vancouver’s Favourite Artisan/Craft Fair is back for its final show of 2013 this December 7th & 8th! Shop from a wide variety of  local goods ranging from Fashion, Jewelry, Accessories, Art, Sweets, Baby & Kids items, and more, from the featuring 90+ artisans and designers. Be one of the first 25 people each day to receive a free swag bag filled with goodies from our wonderful vendors and sponsors! Grab a bite to eat from the food trucks!
Portobello West is a non-profit society that aims to support local artisans by helping them connect with their community. Our goal is to create a legion of shoppers that are committed to purchasing from our amazing Canadian and Pacific Northwest designers, artists, and producers. We promise to create an atmosphere of exploration and excitement at each  of our seasonal events!

Central City’s Big Rigs for Kids 6:30-8pm Holland Park (13428 Old Yale Rd., Surrey)
Free
Central City’s fourth Big Rigs for Kids Lighted Truck Parade will illuminate the streets of Surrey on Sunday, December 8th and be displayed in Holland Park between 6:30 – 8pm. Consisting of over forty local and Vancouver Island Trucks, start the Surrey Santa Parade in Cloverdale at 5pm then travel west on Highway 10.The convoy will then head north on King George Boulevard towards Old Yale Road and arrive in Holland Park at approximately 6:30pm. There will be a number of special activities taking part at the north/west corner of Holland Park, including: face painting, the band “Drift Away”, food by the North Surrey Lions Club, a special visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus themselves! Spectators will be able to vote for their favourite decorated truck by donating loonies into containers located by each vehicle with proceeds in support of the Surrey Food Bank and the Surrey Christmas Bureau.

Off the Eaten Track presents Culinary Christmas Walking Tours in Cambie Village 4-6pm @ Benton Brother Fine Cheese (3432 Cambie St.)
$45
It’s that time of year again—time to eat, drink, be merry and struggle to find gifts for friends, family, and co-workers. Join Off The Eaten Track for a delicious 2 hour tour of festive Cambie Village where you will be treated to over 6 tasting samples and given the opportunity to shop for some unique and tasty gifts. Full of funky boutique shops and amazing locally owned restaurants, Cambie Village is a trendy neighbourhood with a small town feel. November 20 – December 22, 2013; Wed & Fri: 5-7pm | Sun: 4-6 pm

Robson Square Ice Rink 9am-11pm @ Robson Square Free skating if you have your own skates; rentals are $4 The fun outdoor skating rink at Robson Square is open for another winter season until February 28, 2014. The ice rink is open 7 days a week: Sunday-Thursday 9am-9pm, Friday & Saturday 9am-11pm. Helmets are mandatory for children 12 years and under. There are skate and helment rentals, and a concession booth on site. Cash only. Skate rentals end 30minutes before closing. Dress warmly and have fun!

Photo Credit: Vancity Buzz

Photo Credit: Vancity Buzz

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park open 11am-9pm @ Capilano Suspension Bridge Park (3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver)
$65.00 Family, $31.95 Adult; other pricing in effect
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park’s popular holiday event, Canyon Lights, has a tall order this year – laying claim to the home of the world’s tallest living Christmas tree?! Standing 46.4m (152 feet) tall, this Douglas-fir will be adorned in thousands of sparkling lights. Though other communities claim to have the tallest living Christmas tree, Capilano’s 250 year old Douglas-fir rises above the competition. (In 2012, Ferndale, California claimed the tallest living Christmas tree on record at 150ft.) Park guests will also be dazzled by the thousands of lights glittering throughout the rainforest, across the Suspension Bridge and on CLIFFWALK, the Park’s newest attraction. A children’s scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating, sing-a-long carols with the holiday band and glass blowing with Malcolm Macfadyen are all back by popular demand! Canyon Lights runs Saturday, November 30, 2013 to Saturday, January 4, 2014. Park is closed Christmas Day. Park hours are 11:00am – 9:00pm. Canyon Lights tickets are valid all day with holiday activities beginning at 4:00pm. Capilano will be operating free round trip shuttle service from Canada Place. Partial proceeds from admission will be donated to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. Capilano will continue hosting community nights for local charities including Canuck Place, Special Olympics BC, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, North Shore Neighbourhood House, Easter Seals and Kids Up Front. BC Residents will receive a Annual BC Membership with their park entrance ticket.

2013 Gingerbread Lane All Day @ Hyatt Regency Vancouver (655 Burrard St.)
Free
It’s the sweet smell of the holidays in the lobby of the Hyatt Hotel.  Vote for your favourite gingerbread house creation from November 28 – December 27th with proceeds to Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon. The centrepiece is Executive Chef Thomas Heinrich’s gigantic gingerbread building that measures 11 feet tall and 16 feet wide. Ingredients include 500 pounds of gingerbread dough, 400 pounds of confection sugar and 1,400 egg whites, plus a few secret ingredients and a little help from Hyatt’s engineering department. Four foot tall cut outs of gingerbread families are also available for picture taking. More than 30 individually crafted gingerbread creations from culinary professionals, amateur bakers, and secondary schools round out the sweet smelling lavish display.

December Donation Drive presented by Vancouver Lookout and Landsea Tours @ Harbour Centre (555 W Hastings St.)
Supported by “Stuff the Bus” in the downtown area, all donations to The Kettle Society.
From December 2 to December 20,  donation drop box is located in the Atrium lobby of Harbour Centre Tower and on the Observation Deck of the Vancouver Lookout. Special thanks to Landsea Tours for buses around to pick up donations for The Ketttle Society in East Vancouver, supporting people with mental illness to lead healthier lives by promoting inclusion, awareness and providing housing, employment, advocacy and support services.
While at Harbour Centre Mall, enter the Amazing Holiday Hunt contest to win “Experience Vancouver” Grand Prize, valued at $1000 with a special duplicate Grand Prize generously donated to The Kettle Society.

Ghost Light Projects Theatre presents Let’s Kill Grandma This Christmas  1pm @ Carousel Studio Theatre (Granville Island 1411 Cartwright St.)
$15-$45
Canadian premiere of the Off Broadway hit! Let’s Kill Grandma This Christmas by Brian Gianci offers something for everyone. Possessed by greed the family plots and schemes murder in order to get Grandma’s money. Let’s Kill Grandma This Christmas is a twisted black comedy that says there’s no place like six feet under for the holidays. Please note this play contains language which may not be suitable for all audiences… but frankly that’s to be expected when you’re trying to kill Grandma! Performances running until December 21.

Photo Credit: Carousel Studio Theatre

Photo Credit: Carousel Studio Theatre

Gateway Theatre presents The King and I 2pm & 8pm @ Gateway Theatre (6500 Gilbert Rd.,  Richmond)
$49; other pricing in effect
Music by Richard Rodgers. Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Based on “Anna and the King of Siam” by Margaret Landon. Original Choreography by Jerome Robbins. Gateway Theatre Artistic Director Jovanni Sy makes his Vancouver stage debut as the King of Siam in this all new production of this Tony Award-winning smash. Audience favourite Barbara Tomasic (The Sound of Music) is Anna, hired to teach English and other Western ideas to the King’s many wives and many more children. Join us for lots of songs you love like “Getting to Know You,” “Shall We Dance?” and “Whistle A Happy Tune.” Gateway Theatre last produced The King and I in 2003 with John James Hong and Annabel Kershaw in the title roles. That production holds a Gateway record as our second highest selling show, after The Sound of Music. Performances running until December 31.

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Mary Poppins 2pm @ Stanley Alliance Industrial Stage (2750 Granville St.)
$89-$119
Another night of Mary Poppins (running until January 5)! A musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film Original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman Book by Julian Fellowes New songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. The Magical Broadway musical Watch Mary Poppins fly over the rooftops of London, and feel like a kid again! Remember, anything can happen if you let it. This family musical features the unforgettable songs from the popular Disney film-”A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”-plus some catchy new ones. Practically perfect in every way, the tale of everyone’s favourite magical nanny will sweep you off your feet.

Christmas at Canada Place 10am-7pm @ Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal (999 Canada Place)
Free
Enjoy Christmas in Canada undercover in the Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal. It’s your chance to share your favourite Canadian Christmas memories and make new ones. to enjoy Christmas in Canada undercover in the Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal. All these great Canadian holiday activities to the Waterfront: Skating Rink sponsored by Northwest Territories generously provided by Park Royal, Holiday Train sponsored by Park Roya,l Historic Woodwards Windows, Santa’s Worskhop, Curling, Festive performances, Avenue of Christmas Trees, Fill a Container with Dreams, and Winter Waterfront District. Visit Canada Place from various hours December 1 – 31 (Closed Dec. 25).

Photo Credit: Port Metro Vancouver: Christmas at Canada Place

Photo Credit: Port Metro Vancouver: Christmas at Canada Place

Christmas Tree Lot at Lonsdale Quay 10am-6pm @ Lonsdale Quay
New Christmas Tree Lot in the East Plaza! Tree Lot is open Monday, Thursday, Friday from 12pm-8pm, and Saturday & Sunday 10am-6pm.
This year Lonsdale Quay Market is proud to partner with Aunt Leah’s Place and offer quality Christmas trees for sale in our East Plaza. All tree sale proceeds will go to Aunt Leah’s Place, a charity that helps kids in foster care and teen moms achieve a better future. Tree sales start November 29th! Lonsdale Quay Market is your holiday destination for unique gift ideas, fresh food options for holiday meals, festive music, Santa photos, kids activities and holiday gift wrapping. Join us for a festive atmosphere and live holiday music all December long!

Christmas at FlyOver Canada 10am-9pm @ FlyOver Canada (201 – 999 Canada Place)
$19.95
Help Santa Save Christmas at FlyOver Canada this holiday season! Enjoy a Christmas themed pre-show and pre-boarding experience including the Ultimate Flying Ride – FlyOver Canada. Share in the magic of Christmas at our free outdoor Christmas Plaza featuring: Live entertainment including holiday music favorites and more, Santa’s Artic Art Workshop display with live ice carving shows every Friday at 5pm commencing from December 6 onwards, Delicious tastes of Christmas with waffles, drinks and candied nuts by Leonidas Belgian Chocolates and Swiss Style Nuts. December 25 closed at 5pm & December 25 closed.

Burnaby Village Museum presents Illuminations at Heritage Christmas 12:00pm – 4:30pm @ Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake)
Free
Stroll through the streets of the Village to enjoy the traditional sights and sounds of Christmases past—wreaths, cedar swags and seasonal displays. Unique and shimming lights display are throughout the Village including the opportunity for you to create your own magical holiday show with sound-reactive lights at the bandstand. Make a noise then watch the lights transform. Over 400 lights twinkle and change colours in response to sound. Come try it out! Pick up the new Twelve Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt sheet and start exploring for the answers. There’s a new menagerie of transformed Eco-sculptures this season. They’re decoratively lit and beautifully adorned. Look for a grouping of eagles with their artist-made playable instruments. Check the online schedule for special seasonal entertainment including live theatre shows, carollers, artisans, musicians and more. Running from November 23 – December 13 (12pm-4:30pm) and December 14 – January 3, 2014 (12pm-9pm). Closed December 24 & 25.

Photo Credit: City of Burnaby

Photo Credit: City of Burnaby

Vancouver Christmas Market 11am-9pm @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza (650 Hamilton St.)
$6; other pricing in effect
The Vancouver Christmas Market is an annual can’t-miss Vancouver Christmas event running from November 22 to December 24, 2013. More than just a craft fair, this authentic German Christmas Market creates the perfect atmosphere to mix and mingle with friends and family, strolling through romantic rows of little wooden huts decorated in pine branches and illuminated with strings of little white lights. In each hut discover terrific food and drink and a wonderful array of Christmas gifts. During the pre-Christmas season, the Market is the perfect destination for combining an outing with friends and family with some Christmas shopping. Business people will find it a fun meeting place for a quick bite during lunch time or a drink after work (be sure to use our 2 for 1 Lunch Pass!). With a wide variety of cultural activities and entertainment events, it also becomes a place for people to enjoy and mingle before a night on the town. A special children’s area known as the Kids’ Market will give youngsters the chance to make their own Christmas gifts and ride downtown Vancouver’s only Christmas Carousel.

2013 Vancouver Festival of Trees All Day @ Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver (791 Georgia St.)
Free
Set in the hallways of the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and Pacific Centre Mall, this event is a must-see holiday tradition in Vancouver. For information on how to sponsor your own tree, please review the Festival of Trees Vancouver sponsorship package. Will remain on display until January 2, 2014.



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