Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: Dec. 8, 2016

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The holiday classics and the craft markets just keep coming – along with festive things to do both outdoors and indoors. Adding to the many outdoor light displays from the top of North Shore mountains to Vancouver’s waterfront, you can also keep warm while getting into the holiday spirit in the Bloedel Conservatory starting this weekend and pretend, just for a little while, that you are in a tropical climate.

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Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: Dec. 8, 2016

Gastown Cabaret | Sleigh All Day, December 13th

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The holidays are here and no matter what you celebrate it’s time to get festive! That’s why party planners April O’Peel, Sweet Munish and Sparkle Plenty will present an evening of exciting experiences certain to make your spirits bright. Get ready for a very merry edition of Gastown Cabaret on Tuesday, December 13th at Guilt & Company located in Downtown Vancouver’s historical Gastown district.

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Gastown Cabaret | Sleigh All Day, December 13th

Psyche-rock rescue mission this weekend!

Black Mountain at Levitation Vancouver 2015. Audrey Alexandrescu photo for thesnipenews.com.

Black Mountain at Levitation Vancouver 2015.
Audrey Alexandrescu photo for thesnipenews.com.

This Sunday offers a rare chance to see some of Vancouver’s top indie musicians on one stage, in a Dec. 4 benefit to raise money for one of their own.

Black Mountain is an internationally acclaimed psyche-rock unit from Vancouver. But, as the band learned on a recent European tour, glowing 7.5 reviews from music authorities like pitchfork.com are no protection against malfeasance and theft.

On a tour stop in Gothenburg, Black Mountain were dealt a major setback when thieves made off with a bunch of the band’s gear, including synths, guitars and more. To help out, musician friends of the group are taking part in a benefit at the Cobalt (917 Main. St.) to raise money for the band.

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Psyche-rock rescue mission this weekend!

Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: Dec. 1, 2016

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December is here, and there are definitely ways to be festive and cheer the chill away this weekend. Grab your hot chocolate thermos, and start the month off by watching a giant tree come alight with decorations in the heart of downtown on Friday, then stick around for some ice skating, music, theatre, and craft markets on Saturday, and finish it all off with the annual Santa Claus parade on Sunday before checking out even more craft markets, bake sales on Sunday.

 

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Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: Dec. 1, 2016

Santa’s Coming to Downtown Vancouver on Sunday, December 4

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Image sourced from Rogers Santa Claus Parade

Santa Claus is coming to town! This Sunday, December 4 the annual Santa Claus Parade will be coming to Vancouver to take over the streets with some holiday cheer. Just in time for the snow that’s in the forecast for Monday!

Each year the Parade attracts 300,000 spectators to downtown Vancouver. The parade takes place in Downtown, just blocks from the Burrard City Centre, Granville and Waterfront SkyTrain stations. The parade starts at a new time this year and will kick off at noon on Sunday, December 4.

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Santa’s Coming to Downtown Vancouver on Sunday, December 4

Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting Festival Dazzles on Dec 2, 2016

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Image courtesy of TOTORORO.RORO | Inside Vancouver Flickr Pool

No need to fly to New York, Vancouver has its own Christmas Tree Lighting celebration that takes place every year to mark the official start of the holiday season… (despite the fact that stores were already full of Christmas decorations just after Halloween).

Back for its 10th year, the 2016 Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting celebration will be taking place on Friday, December 2nd from 5:00 – 7:00pm at Robson Square. This free public festival is a highlight for kids of all ages and includes music, crafts, free hot chocolate and cookies, and even a visit from Santa himself!

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Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting Festival Dazzles on Dec 2, 2016

Hey that’s the way to say goodbye – Vancouver salutes Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen at Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Nov 12 2012.

Leonard Cohen at Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Nov 12 2012. Christine Redmond photo/thesnipenews.com.

Many music fans – and, dare we say, Canadian music fans especially – are still mourning the death of Leonard Cohen. The Montreal-born-and-raised singer’s death at 82 (announced Nov. 10) came to a shock to many, even though he seemed prepared to go, at least according to statements he made in an interview around the release of his 2016 album You Want It Darker.

As people have coped with the news, tributes have been pouring in. And Vancouver musicians and fans have begun planning their own salutes to the poet/writer/singer/songwriter. Here are two December events, a special movie screening and a musical tribute,that have been announced in the wake of his passing. If you know of any more, please leave a comment below so we can add to this post.

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Hey that’s the way to say goodbye – Vancouver salutes Leonard Cohen