Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Get into the holiday spirit with this week’s light displays, concerts, ballet, and markets!  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday through Sunday!

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Friday December 12th

 

Vancouver Chamber Choir - Handel's Messiah | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Vancouver Chamber Choir: Handel’s Messiah, The Christmas Masterpiece; 8:00PM @ Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St at Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$31.50-62.50
Experience the VCC’s fast-moving version of the world’s favourite choral masterwork.  Jon Washburn conducts the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Pacifica Singers and Vancouver Chamber Orchestra, with special guest soloists Monica Whicher, Allyson McHardy, Benjamin Butterfield, and Stephen Hegedus.

Timberline Country Christmas; 4:00PM-8:00PM @ Timberline Ranch (22351 144 Ave). Maple Ridge
$7; other pricing in effect
Leave the busy city behind, and enjoy the short trip to a 73 acre horse ranch transformed into a Christmas wonderland.  Be enchanted by glorious lights, beautiful trees, interactive scenes, lovely music, and delightful activities that remind us of times when Christmas was a lot simpler!  Click the link for the daily schedule.  On through December 21.

Beggars Banquet Holiday Shoppe | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Beggars Banquet Holiday Shoppe; 11:00AM-7:00PM, opening night party at 6:00PM @ Beggars Banquet (24 W 7th Ave), Vancouver
Free admission
Beggars Banquet began as a pop-up flea market taking place in beautiful centralized locations in Vancouver’s Gastown and has grown to include a more robust variety over the years.  A variety of interests and collectibles in an amazing roster of vendors at every event (some new, some returning, all incredible), featuring vintage fashion, retro collectibles, deadstock relics, locally produced specialties, and much much more make up the Beggars Banquet experience.  On through December 21.

Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir: Making Spirits Bright; 7:30PM @ Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard St), downtown Vancouver
$25; other pricing in effect
A joyful evening of boisterous holiday song. This year’s annual holiday celebration has the endlessly energetic ensemble joined by Canadian folk and fiddle icon Daniel Lapp, with musicians Michael Kalanij, Laurence Mollerup, Elliot Polsky, and Ingrid Stitt.  Click the link for alternate performances.

Ballet BC - Nutcracker | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Ballet BC/Royal Winnipeg Ballet: Nutcracker; 7:30PM @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (649 Cambie St), downtown Vancouver
Follow the fearless female heroine, Clara, as her Christmas dream becomes our magical reality.  Danced to Tchaikovsky’s glorious music, Clara’s turn-of-the-century stately mansion becomes a whirlwind fantasy of live toy soldiers, dancing mice and a mischievous bear who steals the Christmas pudding. With her Nutcracker Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy by her side, Clara overcomes all obstacles on this wild Christmas night!  On through December 14.

VSO: A Traditional Christmas; 4:00PM & 7:30PM @ St Andrew’s-Wesley United Church (1012 Nelson St), downtown Vancouver
$42; other pricing in effect
Metro Vancouver’s most beloved holiday music tradition!  Don’t miss this year’s shows all over Metro Vancouver.  Click the link for the full programme.

Lumiere | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Lumière; 5:00PM-9:00PM @ Yaletown and West End neighbourhoods, downtown Vancouver
Free admission
A special event connecting Yaletown and the West End with light during the darkest month of the year.  For one night only enjoy free street entertainment on Mainland, Hamilton, and Homer Street, trolley ride connecting Yaletown and the West End, exclusive shopping deals, and fabulous cocktails.  Other areas to check out include Davie Street, Denman Street, and Robson Street in the West End.

Music on Main: Music for the Winter Solstice; doors 7:00PM @ Heritage Hall (3102 Main St), Vancouver
$39; other pricing in effect
As the nights get cold and dark, great music brings us together.   Join new and old friends at Heritage Hall for a gorgeous programme including works by Arvo Pärt, Alfredo Santa Ana, and Music on Main’s Composer In Residence Caroline Shaw – the youngest ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music.  Tickets available from Tickets Tonight.

VanDusen Botanical Gardens - Festival of Lights | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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VanDusen Botanical Garden: 30th Anniversary Festival of Lights; 4:30PM-9:00PM @ VanDusen Botanical Garden (5251 Oak St at W 37th Ave), Vancouver
$15-17.50; other pricing in effect
Experience the Festival of Lights, a frozen winter wonderland with over one million lights decorating the garden.  Stroll through themed areas and enjoy the Dancing Lights show on Livingstone Lake, the gnome performances, and the shadow puppet show.  Have photos taken with Santa, savour holiday treats, and much more!  Take in the magic through January 4.  Tickets available through Tickets Tonight.

Robson Square Ice Skating; 9:00AM-11:00PM @ Robson Square (800 Robson St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission; skate + helmet rentals $4
The Ice Rink is open again for the winter season! Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks. Open through February 28.

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge; 11:00AM-9:00PM @ Capilano Suspension Bridge
$32.95, other pricing in effect; ticket valid for the whole day
Park guests will also be dazzled by hundreds of thousands of lights glittering throughout the rainforest, across the Suspension Bridge and on Cliffwalk. Featuring a children’s scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating, sing-a-long carols with the holiday band, create your own Christmas card, and holiday treats in the Winter Pavilion. On through January 3. Get exclusive discounted tickets through Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre!

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum; 1:00PM-5:30PM @ Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake Ave), Burnaby
Free admission, $2.50 carousel rides
Featuring illuminated displays all over the village, theatre and marionette performances, live music, crafts, storytelling, baking, and visits with Father Christmas! Don’t miss out on the Twelve Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt! On through January 2.

Music In The Morning - John O'Conor | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Music In The Morning: John O’Conor; doors 10:00AM @ Vancouver Academy of Music (1270 Chestnut St), Vanier Park, Vancouver
$35; other pricing in effect
John O’Conor is a master pianist known for his “unbounding sensitivity” who has garnered extraordinary reviews for the past 40 years.  Irish born and trained, Mr. O’Conor has appeared with orchestras and in concert throughout the world and has been decorated with L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government, the Ehrenkreuz für Wissenschaft und Kunst by the Austrian Government and the Order of the Rising Sun by the Japanese Government.  Known for his interpretations of Beethoven, in his Music in the Morning debut he will be performing the Moonlight Sonata, one of Beethoven’s most popular works.

Bright Nights at Stanley Park; 10:00AM-1:45PM/3:00PM-10:00PM @ Stanley Park Miniature Train, Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
Matinee $6, night train $11; other pricing in effect
During the holiday season, the Bright Nights Train and Plaza at Stanley Park sparkles with three million twinkling lights, decorating the darkness that comes early at this time of year. Partial proceeds from the sale of Bright Nights tickets go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, which helps burn survivors and their families. $1.4 million has been raised over the past 16 years. On through January 4!

Holidays At The Vancouver Aquarium | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Holidays At The Vancouver Aquarium; 9:30AM-5:00PM @ Vancouver Aquarium (845 Avison Way), Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
Regular admission rates
Celebrate the holidays with your aquatic friends and experience a winter wonderland like no other! Featuring a giant walk-through Christmas tree in the Ocean Courtyard, Scuba Claus appearances at 11:30AM, the Eel-ectric Lights show, and The Polar Express 4-D Experience! On daily through January 4. Get exclusive discounted tickets from Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre!

Grouse Mountain: Peak of Christmas; 9:00AM-10:00PM @ Grouse Mountain (6400 Nancy Greene Way), North Vancouver
Regular admission rates
See how magical elves have transformed Grouse Mountain into the North Pole where you can have breakfast with Santa, visit his workshop, meet real reindeer or vote for your favourite creation in the Gingerbread Village. Don’t miss out on the mountaintop sleigh rides and skate under the stars in the outdoor skating pond! Full schedule on the website. On through December 24.

5th Vancouver Christmas Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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5th Vancouver Christmas Market; 11:00AM-9:00PM @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza (650 Hamilton St), downtown Vancouver
$7, other pricing in effect; unlimited market re-entry with regular admission
Inspired by traditional European Christmas markets, the Vancouver Christmas Market is the perfect place to get into the spirit of the holiday season by eating delicious food, shopping for authentic gifts, and watching family-friendly entertainment! On through December 24. Check the website for the daily entertainment and vendor list!

Royal City Youth Ballet: The Nutcracker; 7:00PM @ Surrey Arts Centre (13750 88 Ave), Surrey
$35; other pricing in effect
This production delights all ages with its beautiful sets and extravagant costumes that illuminate the magic of the toy soldiers, Sugar Plum Fairy, and a growing Christmas tree. Talented and enthusiastic young dancers perform to Tchaikovsky’s classic score with its favourites such as Waltz of Flowers and Dance of the Reed Pipes.

 


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Saturday December 13th

 

 

Beggars Banquet Holiday Shoppe | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Beggars Banquet Holiday Shoppe Opening Night; 11:00AM-7:00PM @ Beggars Banquet (24 W 7th Ave), Vancouver
Free admission
Beggars Banquet began as a pop-up flea market taking place in beautiful centralized locations in Vancouver’s Gastown and has grown to include a more robust variety over the years.  A variety of interests and collectibles in an amazing roster of vendors at every event (some new, some returning, all incredible), featuring vintage fashion, retro collectibles, deadstock relics, locally produced specialties, and much much more make up the Beggars Banquet experience.  On through December 21.

Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir: Making Spirits Bright; 7:30PM @ Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard St), downtown Vancouver
$25; other pricing in effect
A joyful evening of boisterous holiday song. This year’s annual holiday celebration has the endlessly energetic ensemble joined by Canadian folk and fiddle icon Daniel Lapp, with musicians Michael Kalanij, Laurence Mollerup, Elliot Polsky, and Ingrid Stitt.  Click the link for alternate performances.

Got Craft | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Got Craft?; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Maritime Labour Centre (1880 Triumph St), Vancouver
$3 at the door
Vancouver’s largest indie craft fair is celebrating its 16th show this year!  Got Craft? aims to bring together a community that fosters handmade and DIY culture. Shop independent from a wide variety of curated handmade goods ranging from jewelry, clothing, ceramics, stationery, housewares, plush toys, and more.  Enjoy tasty eats, DIY workshops, and if you’re one of the first 50 through the door you get a free swag bag!  On through December 14.

Timberline Country Christmas; 9:00AM-8:00PM @ Timberline Ranch (22351 144 Ave). Maple Ridge
$7; other pricing in effect
Leave the busy city behind, and enjoy the short trip to a 73 acre horse ranch transformed into a Christmas wonderland.  Be enchanted by glorious lights, beautiful trees, interactive scenes, lovely music, and delightful activities that remind us of times when Christmas was a lot simpler!  Click the link for the daily schedule.  On through December 21.

5th Vancouver Christmas Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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5th Vancouver Christmas Market; 11:00AM-9:00PM @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza (650 Hamilton St), downtown Vancouver
$7, other pricing in effect; unlimited market re-entry with regular admission
Inspired by traditional European Christmas markets, the Vancouver Christmas Market is the perfect place to get into the spirit of the holiday season by eating delicious food, shopping for authentic gifts, and watching family-friendly entertainment! On through December 24. Check the website for the daily entertainment and vendor list!

Lumière: Comox Winter Jam; 3:30PM-6:30PM @ Comox St (between Bute & Thurlow St), West End, downtown Vancouver
Free admission
An afternoon street festival on the Comox-Helmcken Greenway.  Free arts and crafts, lantern making, children’s story time, learning stations and live music!  Don’t miss the Carnival Band’s lantern procession at 5:30PM.

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Shiny Fuzzy Muddy; 11:00AM-7:00PM @ Heritage Hall (3102 Main St), Vancouver
$2
A carefully curated collection of fine craft, art, and design.  Bonus: no Christmas music!  On through December 14.

Robson Square Ice Skating; 9:00AM-11:00PM @ Robson Square (800 Robson St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission; skate + helmet rentals $4
The Ice Rink is open again for the winter season! Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks. Open through February 28.

VanDusen Botanical Gardens - Festival of Lights | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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VanDusen Botanical Garden: 30th Anniversary Festival of Lights; 4:30PM-9:00PM @ VanDusen Botanical Garden (5251 Oak St at W 37th Ave), Vancouver
$15-17.50; other pricing in effect
Experience the Festival of Lights, a frozen winter wonderland with over one million lights decorating the garden.  Stroll through themed areas and enjoy the Dancing Lights show on Livingstone Lake, the gnome performances, and the shadow puppet show.  Have photos taken with Santa, savour holiday treats, and much more!  Take in the magic through January 4.  Tickets available through Tickets Tonight.

Nat Bailey Winter Market (to April 25); 10:00AM-2:00PM @ Nat Bailey Stadium (4601 Ontario St), Vancouver
Free admission
Don’t miss this year’s winter produce at our local farmers’ markets! Check out the markets every Saturday for the freshest seasonal produce and products. Featuring live entertainment and a variety of different vendors. A great place to bring the whole family!

Grouse Mountain - Peak of Christmas | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Grouse Mountain: Peak of Christmas; 9:00AM-10:00PM @ Grouse Mountain (6400 Nancy Greene Way), North Vancouver
Regular admission rates
See how magical elves have transformed Grouse Mountain into the North Pole where you can have breakfast with Santa, visit his workshop, meet real reindeer or vote for your favourite creation in the Gingerbread Village. Don’t miss out on the mountaintop sleigh rides and skate under the stars in the outdoor skating pond! Full schedule on the website. On through December 24.

VSO: A Traditional Christmas; 4:00PM & 7:30PM @ St Andrew’s-Wesley United Church (1012 Nelson St), downtown Vancouver
$42; other pricing in effect
Metro Vancouver’s most beloved holiday music tradition!  Don’t miss this year’s shows all over Metro Vancouver.  Click the link for the full programme.

Bright Nights at Stanley Park | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Bright Nights at Stanley Park; 10:00AM-1:45PM/3:00PM-10:00PM @ Stanley Park Miniature Train, Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
Matinee $6, night train $11; other pricing in effect
During the holiday season, the Bright Nights Train and Plaza at Stanley Park sparkles with three million twinkling lights, decorating the darkness that comes early at this time of year. Partial proceeds from the sale of Bright Nights tickets go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, which helps burn survivors and their families. $1.4 million has been raised over the past 16 years. On through January 4!

Holidays At The Vancouver Aquarium; 9:30AM-5:00PM @ Vancouver Aquarium (845 Avison Way), Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
Regular admission rates
Celebrate the holidays with your aquatic friends and experience a winter wonderland like no other! Featuring a giant walk-through Christmas tree in the Ocean Courtyard, Scuba Claus appearances at 11:30AM, the Eel-ectric Lights show, and The Polar Express 4-D Experience! On daily through January 4. Get exclusive discounted tickets from Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre!

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge; 11:00AM-9:00PM @ Capilano Suspension Bridge
$32.95, other pricing in effect; ticket valid for the whole day
Park guests will also be dazzled by hundreds of thousands of lights glittering throughout the rainforest, across the Suspension Bridge and on Cliffwalk. Featuring a children’s scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating, sing-a-long carols with the holiday band, create your own Christmas card, and holiday treats in the Winter Pavilion. On through January 3. Get exclusive discounted tickets through Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre!

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum; 1:00PM-9:00PM @ Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake Ave), Burnaby
Free admission, $2.50 carousel rides
Featuring illuminated displays all over the village, theatre and marionette performances, live music, crafts, storytelling, baking, and visits with Father Christmas! Don’t miss out on the Twelve Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt! On through January 2.

Dundarave Festival of Lights - World Christmas | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Dundarave Festival of Lights; 12:00PM @ Dundarave Village & Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver
Free admission
The World Christmas celebrates the richness of Canada’s cultural diversity.  From the Francophone roots of our country, to the heat of Mariachi and foot stomping Celtic chords, the World Christmas brings you the season as you may have never seen it before.

Ballet BC/Royal Winnipeg Ballet: Nutcracker; 2:00PM & 7:30PM @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (649 Cambie St), downtown Vancouver
Follow the fearless female heroine, Clara, as her Christmas dream becomes our magical reality.  Danced to Tchaikovsky’s glorious music, Clara’s turn-of-the-century stately mansion becomes a whirlwind fantasy of live toy soldiers, dancing mice and a mischievous bear who steals the Christmas pudding. With her Nutcracker Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy by her side, Clara overcomes all obstacles on this wild Christmas night!  On through December 14.

Cloverdale Christmas Craft Fair | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Cloverdale Christmas Craft Fair; 11:00AM-5:00PM @ Showbarn, Cloverdale Rodeo (17798 62 Ave), Surrey
Early bird tix are free!
A Christmas shopping weekend of over 150 talented artisans and crafters from all over the Lower Mainland and BC.  Meet the designers and makers of the gifts you give this holiday season as you support local small business!  Partial proceeds go to the Surrey Food Bank Society.  First 50 entrants each day receive a free swag bag loaded with goodies!

Brewery District Christmas Gift & Craft Fair; 10:00AM-3:00PM @ Sapperton Pensioners Hall (318 Keary St), New Westminster
Free admission
The Brewery District Christmas Gift and Craft Fair will bring dozens of local crafters and vendors together for one grand day of Christmas shopping and a good old dose of Christmas spirit. Enjoy the festively decorated centre as you shop the halls with boughs of holly.

Richmond Olympic Oval Holiday Skating Party | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Holiday Skating Party; 12:00PM-2:00PM @ Richmond Olympic Oval (6111 River Rd), Richmond
$16.50; other pricing in effect 
The Christmas Skate will have Christmas card crafts, candy canes, as well as an appearance by Santa Claus!  Bring a non-perishable food item for donations to the Richmond Food Bank Society.

Royal City Youth Ballet: The Nutcracker; 1:00PM & 4:00PM @ Surrey Arts Centre (13750 88 Ave), Surrey
$35; other pricing in effect
This production delights all ages with its beautiful sets and extravagant costumes that illuminate the magic of the toy soldiers, Sugar Plum Fairy, and a growing Christmas tree. Talented and enthusiastic young dancers perform to Tchaikovsky’s classic score with its favourites such as Waltz of Flowers and Dance of the Reed Pipes.


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Sunday December 14th

 

Got Craft | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Got Craft?; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Maritime Labour Centre (1880 Triumph St), Vancouver
$3 at the door
Vancouver’s largest indie craft fair is celebrating its 16th show this year!  Got Craft? aims to bring together a community that fosters handmade and DIY culture. Shop independent from a wide variety of curated handmade goods ranging from jewelry, clothing, ceramics, stationery, housewares, plush toys, and more.  Enjoy tasty eats, DIY workshops, and if you’re one of the first 50 through the door you get a free swag bag!

Timberline Country Christmas; 1:00PM-8:00PM @ Timberline Ranch (22351 144 Ave). Maple Ridge
$7; other pricing in effect
Leave the busy city behind, and enjoy the short trip to a 73 acre horse ranch transformed into a Christmas wonderland.  Be enchanted by glorious lights, beautiful trees, interactive scenes, lovely music, and delightful activities that remind us of times when Christmas was a lot simpler!  Click the link for the daily schedule.  On through December 21.

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Shiny Fuzzy Muddy; 11:00AM-7:00PM @ Heritage Hall (3102 Main St), Vancouver
$2
A carefully curated collection of fine craft, art, and design.  Bonus: no Christmas music!

Beggars Banquet Holiday Shoppe Opening Night; 11:00AM-7:00PM @ Beggars Banquet (24 W 7th Ave), Vancouver
Free admission
Beggars Banquet began as a pop-up flea market taking place in beautiful centralized locations in Vancouver’s Gastown and has grown to include a more robust variety over the years.  A variety of interests and collectibles in an amazing roster of vendors at every event (some new, some returning, all incredible), featuring vintage fashion, retro collectibles, deadstock relics, locally produced specialties, and much much more make up the Beggars Banquet experience.  On through December 21.

Ballet BC - Nutcracker | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Ballet BC (facebook)

Ballet BC/Royal Winnipeg Ballet: Nutcracker; 2:00PM & 7:30PM @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (649 Cambie St), downtown Vancouver
Follow the fearless female heroine, Clara, as her Christmas dream becomes our magical reality.  Danced to Tchaikovsky’s glorious music, Clara’s turn-of-the-century stately mansion becomes a whirlwind fantasy of live toy soldiers, dancing mice and a mischievous bear who steals the Christmas pudding. With her Nutcracker Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy by her side, Clara overcomes all obstacles on this wild Christmas night!  On through December 14.

VSO: A Traditional Christmas; 7:30PM @ St Andrew’s-Wesley United Church (1012 Nelson St), downtown Vancouver
$42; other pricing in effect
Metro Vancouver’s most beloved holiday music tradition!  Don’t miss this year’s shows all over Metro Vancouver.  Click the link for the full programme.

Cloverdale Christmas Craft Fair | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Great Canadian Craft (facebook)

Cloverdale Christmas Craft Fair; 11:00AM-5:00PM @ Showbarn, Cloverdale Rodeo (17798 62 Ave), Surrey
Early bird tix are free!
A Christmas shopping weekend of over 150 talented artisans and crafters from all over the Lower Mainland and BC.  Meet the designers and makers of the gifts you give this holiday season as you support local small business!  Partial proceeds go to the Surrey Food Bank Society.  First 50 entrants each day receive a free swag bag loaded with goodies!

Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir: Making Spirits Bright; 3:00PM @ Fraserview Church (11295 Mellis Dr), Richmond
$25; other pricing in effect
A joyful evening of boisterous holiday song. This year’s annual holiday celebration has the endlessly energetic ensemble joined by Canadian folk and fiddle icon Daniel Lapp, with musicians Michael Kalanij, Laurence Mollerup, Elliot Polsky, and Ingrid Stitt.  Click the link for alternate performances.

VanDusen Botanical Gardens - Festival of Lights | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Karen Lee (flickr)

VanDusen Botanical Garden: 30th Anniversary Festival of Lights; 4:30PM-9:00PM @ VanDusen Botanical Garden (5251 Oak St at W 37th Ave), Vancouver
$15-17.50; other pricing in effect
Experience the Festival of Lights, a frozen winter wonderland with over one million lights decorating the garden.  Stroll through themed areas and enjoy the Dancing Lights show on Livingstone Lake, the gnome performances, and the shadow puppet show.  Have photos taken with Santa, savour holiday treats, and much more!  Take in the magic through January 4.  Tickets available through Tickets Tonight.

Second Sunday Concert Series: Kallisto Trio; tea at 1:00PM @ Roedde House Museum (1415 Barclay St), West End, downtown Vancouver
$10
These three ladies provide a perfect antidote to the cold weather with a warm and mellow selection of music to suit the season.  Lovely arrangements of old favourites are combined with songs which are sure to become new favourites.  If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to hear Kallisto, give yourself an early Christmas gift when Catherine Laub, Leora Joy Perrie, and Fabiana Katz will sing their way right into your hearts.

5th Vancouver Christmas Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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5th Vancouver Christmas Market; 11:00AM-9:00PM @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza (650 Hamilton St), downtown Vancouver
$7, other pricing in effect; unlimited market re-entry with regular admission
Inspired by traditional European Christmas markets, the Vancouver Christmas Market is the perfect place to get into the spirit of the holiday season by eating delicious food, shopping for authentic gifts, and watching family-friendly entertainment! On through December 24. Check the website for the daily entertainment and vendor list!

Robson Square Ice Skating; 9:00AM-9:00PM @ Robson Square (800 Robson St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission; skate + helmet rentals $4
The Ice Rink is open again for the winter season! Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks. Open through February 28.

Holidays At The Vancouver Aquarium | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Holidays At The Vancouver Aquarium; 9:30AM-5:00PM @ Vancouver Aquarium (845 Avison Way), Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
Regular admission rates
Celebrate the holidays with your aquatic friends and experience a winter wonderland like no other! Featuring a giant walk-through Christmas tree in the Ocean Courtyard, Scuba Claus appearances at 11:30AM, the Eel-ectric Lights show, and The Polar Express 4-D Experience! On daily through January 4. Get exclusive discounted tickets from Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre!

XMas Market Pub Crawl; 5:30PM-9:00PM, meet @ Library Square (300 W Georgia St), downtown Vancouver
$31-53; 19+ only
A holiday adventure exploring the Vancouver Christmas Market while connecting with new people.  Start the night at Library Square and then make your way to the Vancouver Christmas Market for some mulled wine!  More details at the link.

Port Moody Winter Farmers Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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White Rock Farmers Market (til Dec 14); 9:00AM-1:00PM @ The Elks Hall (1469 George St), White Rock
Port Moody Winter Farmers Market (til April 26); 10:00AM-2:00PM @ Port Moody Recreation Complex (300 Ioco Rd), Port Moody
Free admission
Don’t miss this year’s fresh fall produce at our local farmers’ markets! Check out the markets on Sundays for the freshest seasonal produce and products. Featuring entertainment and a variety of different vendors. A great place to bring the whole family!

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum; 1:00PM-9:00PM @ Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake Ave), Burnaby
Free admission, $2.50 carousel rides
Featuring illuminated displays all over the village, theatre and marionette performances, live music, crafts, storytelling, baking, and visits with Father Christmas! Don’t miss out on the Twelve Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt! On through January 2.

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge; 11:00AM-9:00PM @ Capilano Suspension Bridge
$32.95, other pricing in effect; ticket valid for the whole day
Park guests will also be dazzled by hundreds of thousands of lights glittering throughout the rainforest, across the Suspension Bridge and on Cliffwalk. Featuring a children’s scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating, sing-a-long carols with the holiday band, create your own Christmas card, and holiday treats in the Winter Pavilion. On through January 3. Get exclusive discounted tickets through Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre!

Bright Nights at Stanley Park; 10:00AM-1:45PM/3:00PM-10:00PM @ Stanley Park Miniature Train, Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
Matinee $6, night train $11; other pricing in effect
During the holiday season, the Bright Nights Train and Plaza at Stanley Park sparkles with three million twinkling lights, decorating the darkness that comes early at this time of year. Partial proceeds from the sale of Bright Nights tickets go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, which helps burn survivors and their families. $1.4 million has been raised over the past 16 years. On through January 4!

Royal City Youth Ballet - The Nutcracker | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Royal City Youth Ballet: The Nutcracker; 1:00PM & 4:00PM @ Surrey Arts Centre (13750 88 Ave), Surrey
$35; other pricing in effect
This production delights all ages with its beautiful sets and extravagant costumes that illuminate the magic of the toy soldiers, Sugar Plum Fairy, and a growing Christmas tree. Talented and enthusiastic young dancers perform to Tchaikovsky’s classic score with its favourites such as Waltz of Flowers and Dance of the Reed Pipes.

Horse & Carriage Rides on 4th; 12:00PM-4:00pm @ W 4th Ave at Yew St, Vancouver
Free
Get into the spirit of the season and take a Horse & Carriage Ride along West 4th Ave. Pick up and drop off will be between Vine and Yew on West 4th Ave.

 

 


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