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Vancouver’s floating holiday parade is back, and you can climb aboard.
The Carol Ships Parade of Lights sets sail on Dec. 5 and continues through Dec. 23. The uniquely Vancouver event sees more than 50 boats festooned with colourful lights motor around the city after dark in a festive flotilla. Larger boats host holiday dinner and dancing cruises and smaller vessels get in on the action, too.
The event got its start more than 50 years ago with a single boat decorated with a few lights in Coal Harbour. Today, more than 30,000 passengers participate in the Carol Ships Parade of Lights throughout the month of December.
Public cruises, offered by several local companies, generally last from two to three hours on vessels that accommodate from a few dozen to a few hundred people. Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Floating Christmas Parade is Back: Carol Ships, Dec 5
At some point in December the Christmas kitsch can start to get to you. You can either bemoan it or embrace it—and the latter is much more fun.
So dig out your best, most gaudy Christmas sweater, and get ready to run! Or dance– whichever you prefer.
Promising “the most fun you can have with your knitwear on”, the Ugly Christmas Sweater Dash takes place on Saturday, December 13. (Full disclosure: it also promises to be “the hottest and itchiest 5K ever”.)
From fall through festive December, Vancouver launches the city’s great theatrical, dance and musical programming, Christmassy attractions, glittering displays, NHL Hockey and more. Vancouver’s Entertainment Season celebrates it all on one page, featuring the best this time of year has to offer.
It’s also one way to pre-book your Dine Out Vancouver 2015 experience by booking a special Dine Out Vancouver hotel rate or package, even though the restaurant reservations don’t officially open until January (pssst….makes a great Christmas gift for someone special).
And right now, when you check out Vancouver’s Entertainment Season, you will also find your chance to win the VES Prize, including two night’s stay, theatre experience and public market tour. So take in the lights, the sights, the ice, the treats and the eats, but find it all in one place… Vancouver’s Entertainment Season.
The arrival of the venerable Canadian exotic rock trio’s highly anticipated new studio album, The Ocean At The End, marks the official end of the 10-year vacuum of fresh The Tea Party original material. “The Black Sea,” a stellar track from the 11-song-deep effort and the electrifying tandem of Jeff Martin (vocals, guitars, producer, songwriter); Stuart Chatwood (bass, keyboards) and Jeff Burrows (drums, percussion), completes the band’s cycle of resurrection, some of the first new music we’ve heard from them since 2004’s Seven Circles and the first project since the double-disc Live From Australia: The Reformation Tour 2012.
“The three of us probably never thought we’d be sitting here right now,” admits Martin, whose booming baritone, emotionally candid and mystical songwriting and string-bending guitar prowess has served as the creative catalyst for eight platinum and gold studio albums, one EP, one greatest hits collection, a live disc and over 2 million in global album sales.