The 2017 Winter Solstice Lantern Festival Lights up the Darkest Day of the Year

winter solstice lantern festival 2017

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If the days are feeling shorter than usual, that’s because we’re slowly inching towards the shortest day of the year – winter solstice. Thursday, December 21 marks the start of the winter – the day with the smallest amount of daylight. Luckily, this just means that we’re getting closer and closer to summer!

To celebrate the winter solstice, Vancouver is hosting the 24th annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival, a series of community events on Thursday, December 21, 2017, that feature food, music and fire performances at night. The festival helps to make the ‘darkest day of the year’ a bit more bright.

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The 2017 Winter Solstice Lantern Festival Lights up the Darkest Day of the Year

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend: Dec. 14, 2017

A happy Hanukkah weekend! Read on to find out how you spend the next few days  wandering through giant lanterns, watching The Nutcracker, learning about Solstice, having breakfast with Santa, running with elves, or being delighted by drag.

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend: Dec. 14, 2017

18th Annual Chutzpah! Festival lineup announced

Michele Merola’s MM Contemporary Dance performs at this year’s Chutzpah! Festival. Enrico Morelli photo.

Tickets go on sale today (Dec. 13) for the 18th Annual Chutzpah! Festival. Organizers have also announced the lineup for the festival, aka the Lisa Nemetz International Jewish Performing Arts Festival. The arts festival takes place Feb. 15-March 15 2018 at various venues, including the Norman Rothstein Theatre, Scotiabank Dance Centre, Rickshaw Theatre, and Fox Cabaret.

One of the highlights of the annual event is its Dance Series. This year’s Chutzpah! features some of the most sought-after contemporary choreographers in the world, along with theatre, comedy and music. Here are some highlights.

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18th Annual Chutzpah! Festival lineup announced

Where to ring in the Lunar New Year in Vancouver

12 Girls Band performs at the Orpheum Feb. 19.

The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, is the most important traditional holiday in China. Also known as the Lunar New Year, it begins Feb. 16, 2018, and marks the beginning of the Year of the Dog. Here are a few ways to celebrate in Vancouver.

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Where to ring in the Lunar New Year in Vancouver

The Sleepy Girls X-Mas is a Drag Carol for All Ages in Vancouver

By Kendell Yan

If you haven’t been to a Sleepy Girls Show yet honey, then get those slay bells polished and sissy on down that snow-dusted lane to The Blenheim (Formerly the Displace Hashery) on December 17th because this is one you aren’t going to want to miss.

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The Sleepy Girls X-Mas is a Drag Carol for All Ages in Vancouver

Celebrity cats—yes, you read that right—heading to Vancouver for Meowfest

Meowfest is a celebration for cat lovers . This festival is the first of its kind to come to Canada’s West Coast, and it’s happening July 29, 2018 at the Roundhouse in Yaletown (181 Roundhouse Mews). The day will include celebrity cats, food trucks, speakers, entertainment, shopping, adoptable felines and more. Tickets go on sale in January. Below, find out more about some of the guests coming to Moewfest Vancouver 2018.

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Celebrity cats—yes, you read that right—heading to Vancouver for Meowfest

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend: Dec. 7, 2017

This weekend there are more lights, more carols, more festive plays, multiple craft markets, a holiday dinner cruise, Coast Salish art, music of all kinds, an outdoor dance party, and a play about the healing properties of Star Wars. So bundle up and head out to one of the many things happening this weekend.

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend: Dec. 7, 2017