Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Merry Christmas!  Start planning the weekend after your Christmas get-togethers… read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver from Boxing Day Friday to Sunday!

Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre and Tickets Tonight are closed for the holidays on December 25th, 26th, and January 1st.

Friday (Boxing Day) | Saturday | Sunday


 

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; on through January 4th (closed December 25th), 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.

 


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Friday December 26th (Boxing Day)

 

 

CONTACT Winter Music Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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CONTACT Winter Music Festival; 5:00PM @ BC Place Stadium (777 Pacific Blvd), downtown Vancouver
$115+; 2 day passes still available
Guests of this year’s CONTACT Festival will be blown away by performances from headliners Armin van Buuren and Zedd, with support from Gramatik, Griz, W&W, Nervo, Showtek, Morgan Page, Kaytranada, TJR, What So Not, Thomas Jack, Lunice, and more.  New this year, a second indoor separate stage with a more diverse program of music.  On through December 27; limited tickets still available.

Arts Club: Avenue Q; 2:00PM & 8:00PM @ Granville Island Stage, Granville Island, Vancouver
$29-59
Irreverently witty and outright uproarious, Avenue Q is the musical story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate who arrives in New York City looking for love, a job, and his purpose in life.  The only neighbourhood he can afford is the multicultural Avenue Q, where Sesame Street-esque puppets rub shoulders with humans.  Part felt, part flesh, Avenue Q contains full puppet nudity and other vulgarities that will induce laughter.  Get select tickets from Tickets Tonight!

Christmas at Canada Place | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Canada Place (facebook)

27th Annual Christmas at Canada Place; 9:00AM-10:00PM @ Canada Place (999 Canada Place Way), downtown Vancouver
Free admission
Feature the historic Woodward’s Windows displays, Christmas crafts, the Avenue of Christmas Trees, films at Rudolph’s Theatre, and more! On through December 31st; click the link for more info!

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-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.

Vancouver Theatresports League - Year In Review | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Vancouver TheatreSports League: Year In Review; 7:30PM-9:00PM @ The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau St), Granville Island, Vancouver
$22; other pricing in effect
VTSL’s improvisers will take you on a journey back through the headlines of 2014.  Who was in the news?  What was hot?  Who got arrested?  Who got married?  Who had a baby? In true TheatreSports™ style, suggestions from the audience will be used, along with the improvisers’ own quick wit to mold the scenes.  On through December 31.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park; 10:00AM-2:45PM/3:00PM-11:00PM @ 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

Photo Credit – Vancouver Aquarium

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!

Heritage Holiday at the Fort; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Fort Langley National Historic Site (23433 Mavis Ave), Fort Langley
Regular admission rates
Escape the holiday bustle and make memories with your family and friends at the fort!  Join a guided intro tour, watch blacksmithing and barrel-making demos, join a costumed interpreter for chestnut roasting and stories around the cosy fireplace in the Cooperage. Don’t miss the flag lowering song at 4:30PM!  On through January 4; click the link for the full list of activities.

 

 


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Saturday December 27th

 

Arts Club - Avenue Q | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Arts Club

Arts Club: Avenue Q; 2:00PM & 8:00PM @ Granville Island Stage, Granville Island, Vancouver
$29-59
Irreverently witty and outright uproarious, Avenue Q is the musical story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate who arrives in New York City looking for love, a job, and his purpose in life.  The only neighbourhood he can afford is the multicultural Avenue Q, where Sesame Street-esque puppets rub shoulders with humans.  Part felt, part flesh, Avenue Q contains full puppet nudity and other vulgarities that will induce laughter.  Get select tickets from Tickets Tonight!

Vancouver TheatreSports League: Year In Review; 7:30PM-9:00PM @ The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau St), Granville Island, Vancouver
$22; other pricing in effect
VTSL’s improvisers will take you on a journey back through the headlines of 2014.  Who was in the news?  What was hot?  Who got arrested?  Who got married?  Who had a baby? In true TheatreSports™ style, suggestions from the audience will be used, along with the improvisers’ own quick wit to mold the scenes.  On through December 31.

Christmas at Canada Place | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Canada Place (facebook)

27th Annual Christmas at Canada Place; 9:00AM-10:00PM @ Canada Place (999 Canada Place Way), downtown Vancouver
Free admission
Feature the historic Woodward’s Windows displays, Christmas crafts, the Avenue of Christmas Trees, films at Rudolph’s Theatre, and more! On through December 31st; click the link for more info!

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.

CONTACT Winter Music Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – CONTACT Winter Music Festival

CONTACT Winter Music Festival; 5:00PM @ BC Place Stadium (777 Pacific Blvd), downtown Vancouver
$115+; 2 day passes still available
Guests of this year’s CONTACT Festival will be blown away by performances from headliners Armin van Buuren and Zedd, with support from Gramatik, Griz, W&W, Nervo, Showtek, Morgan Page, Kaytranada, TJR, What So Not, Thomas Jack, Lunice, and more.  New this year, a second indoor separate stage with a more diverse program of music.  On through December 27; limited tickets still available.

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!

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

Photo Credit – Georgia Straight

Bright Nights in Stanley Park; 10:00AM-2:45PM/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!

Heritage Holiday at the Fort; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Fort Langley National Historic Site (23433 Mavis Ave), Fort Langley
Regular admission rates
Escape the holiday bustle and make memories with your family and friends at the fort!  Join a guided intro tour, watch blacksmithing and barrel-making demos, join a costumed interpreter for chestnut roasting and stories around the cosy fireplace in the Cooperage. Don’t miss the flag lowering song at 4:30PM!  On through January 4; click the link for the full list of activities.

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

Photo Credit – Vancouver Aquarium

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!

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

Photo Credit – Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

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!

 

 


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Sunday December 28th

 

Choose Your Own Adventure - The Christmas Edition | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Choose Your Own Adventure – The Christmas Edition (facebook)

Choose Your Own Adventure: The Christmas Edition; 8:00PM-11:30PM @ Astoria Pub (769 E Hastings), Vancouver
Free admission; ugly Christmas sweaters strongly encouraged
Are you an employer looking over resumes from elves that are out of work for the next few months?  Are you the manager of a dog kennel receiving all the puppies children didn’t want to keep?  Are you a mall Santa doing everything you can not to be recognized in public by those who’s wishes were not answered?  There’s only one way to find out!   An evening of fun, hi-jinx and hilarity… let the adventure begin!

Vancouver TheatreSports League: Year In Review; 7:30PM & 9:15PM @ The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau St), Granville Island, Vancouver
$10-15; other pricing in effect
VTSL’s improvisers will take you on a journey back through the headlines of 2014.  Who was in the news?  What was hot?  Who got arrested?  Who got married?  Who had a baby? In true TheatreSports™ style, suggestions from the audience will be used, along with the improvisers’ own quick wit to mold the scenes.  On through December 31.

Christmas at Canada Place | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Canada Place (facebook)

27th Annual Christmas at Canada Place; 9:00AM-10:00PM @ Canada Place (999 Canada Place Way), downtown Vancouver
Free admission
Feature the historic Woodward’s Windows displays, Christmas crafts, the Avenue of Christmas Trees, films at Rudolph’s Theatre, and more! On through December 31st; click the link for more info!

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

Photo Credit – Vancouver Aquarium

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!

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 produce and artisanal products 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!

Stanley Park's Secrets Historical Walking Tour | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Lumbermen’s Arch at old site of Whoi Whoi village, 1913. Photo Credit – Vancouver Archives Arch P40

Stanley Park’s Secrets Historical Walking Tour; 1:00PM-2:30PM, meet @ Lost Lagoon viewing plaza (foot of Alberni St at Chilco St), Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
$10 cash, drop in only
There are countless mysteries, myths, and misconceptions about the history of Stanley Park.  Whose park is it?  Why is Lost Lagoon lost?  Where was the forgotten Fisherman’s Cove settlement?  Find the answers to these questions and more on this historical tour.

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

Photo Credit – Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

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 | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Bright Nights in Stanley Park (facebook)

Bright Nights in Stanley Park; 10:00AM-2:45PM/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!

Vancouver Adapted Music Society: Christmas Concert; doors 7:00PM @ Backstage Lounge (1585 Johnston St), Granville Island, Vancouver
Enjoy an evening of world, jazz, and blues music performed by Rolf Kempf, Dave Symington and Ron Samworth.  Arrive before 7:30PM and receive a complimentary glass of beer, wine, or soft drink.

Heritage Holiday at the Fort | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Scott Munn – Fort Langley National Historic Site

Heritage Holiday at the Fort; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Fort Langley National Historic Site (23433 Mavis Ave), Fort Langley
Regular admission rates
Escape the holiday bustle and make memories with your family and friends at the fort!  Join a guided intro tour, watch blacksmithing and barrel-making demos, join a costumed interpreter for chestnut roasting and stories around the cosy fireplace in the Cooperage. Don’t miss the flag lowering song at 4:30PM!  On through January 4; click the link for the full list of activities.

 

 

 


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