5 Can’t-Miss Events at the 2015 Dine Out Vancouver Festival

platedThe 2015 Dine Out Vancouver Festival – Canada’s largest food and drink fest – is still a month away, but tickets for its biggest events are already selling fast.

This year’s festival, Jan. 16-Feb. 1, features hundreds of restaurants offering special three (or more) course menus at $18, $28 and $38 price points.  For epicures on a budget, it’s a great chance to “taste-drive” some of the city’s best restaurants, from simple bistros to fine-dining staples. (The list of participating restaurants will be revealed Jan. 7.)

But Dine Out is also known for its growing ensemble of special tastings, talks and tours. This year’s lineup features nearly three-dozen special events, tickets for which are on sale now. Here’s a quick look at 5 can’t-miss 2015 Dine Out events:

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5 Can’t-Miss Events at the 2015 Dine Out Vancouver Festival

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

It’s a weekend full of pre-Christmas fun, craft fairs, and music!  Check out our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday to Sunday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Vancouver’s Floating Christmas Parade is Back: Carol Ships, Dec 5

Photo credit: Vince alongi | Flickr

Photo credit: Vince alongi | Flickr

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

Dash and dance in an Ugly Christmas Sweater

Photo from Ugly Christmas Sweater Day on Facebook

Photo from Ugly Christmas Sweater Day on Facebook

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”.)

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Dash and dance in an Ugly Christmas Sweater

Find out what’s happening for the holidays, and enter to win during Vancouver’s Entertainment Season!

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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.