Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: Dec. 22, 2016

Happy Holidays! Although the events slow down a bit this weekend, that’s not to say there’s nothing to do. There are many holiday light displays, shows, and markets for the whole family. And if the weather holds gorgeous, bundle up and head outside! Get some hot coffee to-go and a walk through one of the city’s many parks, or take a stroll through a neighborhood like Kitsilano, Commercial Drive, or the West End to see what shops and cafes are open to warm up in.

 

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Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: Dec. 22, 2016

The Winter Solstice Lantern Festival Celebrates the Shortest Day of the Year

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Image courtesy of ItzaFineDay | Flickr.com

The winter solstice officially marks the longest night of the year in Canada, and is known as the official start of the winter season. But, since it already seems like we’ve been in the winter season for quite awhile in Vancouver – let’s just say it’s the start of the official countdown back to summer!

This year, winter solstice is being held on Wednesday, December 21 and to mark the longest and darkest night of the year, Vancouver will be hosting a party. You are invited to light up the night on Wednesday with the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival, taking place in three neighbourhoods across the city for the 23rd year.

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The Winter Solstice Lantern Festival Celebrates the Shortest Day of the Year

All aboard the matinee train at Bright Nights in Vancouver’s Stanley Park

Photo Credit: Tara Lee

Every year, I take part in a series of Vancouver Christmas traditions (the list keeps on growing). The one I look forward to particularly is Bright Nights in Stanley Park (running until January 1, 2017, closed December 25), now in its nineteenth season.

Over three million sparkly lights await in the Train Plaza and during a fourteen minute train journey through Stanley Park. Depending on who your date is, it can be incredibly romantic (and bring out the kid in you, regardless of your age).

This year, for the first time, I took the matinee train (10am to 2:30pm) and had a wonderful experience.

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All aboard the matinee train at Bright Nights in Vancouver’s Stanley Park

Odysseo – ‘the best show ever’ comes to Vancouver

Photo courtesy Cavalia/Jak Wonderly.

Horse-lovers and big-top spectacle fans will want to gallop to Vancouver for the upcoming run of Odysseo by Cavalia.

Billed by its producers as “the best show ever,” Odysseo by Cavalia is returning to the city after a North American tour. The new run comes three years after the Cavalia last touched down in Vancouver.

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Odysseo – ‘the best show ever’ comes to Vancouver

Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: Dec. 15, 2016

‘Twas the weekend before Solstice and all through the night, Vancouver started looking forward to the idea of the sun not setting at 3:30 in the afternoon! Hey, it could be worse, – we’ve got pretty lights, and a comfortable dusting of snow (maybe it didn’t feel comfortable last week, but we’ve gotten used to the white stuff now, yes?) and snow happens so rarely around here, let’s just enjoy it before it melts completely. There are a lot of things to get out to this weekend in between the mulled wine and the snow angels.

 

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Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: Dec. 15, 2016

Where all the Cool Queers are Gonna Be This NYE: Up Yours 2016

By Casey Stepaniuk

If you’ve been following some of my other posts about queer parties in Vancouver, like Denim Vest and Queers and Beers, the organizers of Up Yours 2016, a queer New Year’s Eve party, will sound familiar. Up Yours 2016 is a one-time collaboration between Queers and Beers, Denim Vest, and Man Up, three rad groups doing late night queer party organizing with tons of experience. If you’ve been to events held by any of these three collectives, you know that their coming together for this NYE event is going to be epic.

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Where all the Cool Queers are Gonna Be This NYE: Up Yours 2016

JFL NorthWest to Include Jim Gaffigan, Colin Quinn, Michelle Wolf, Todd Glass, and More!

JFL NorthWest, taking place February 16-25 and presented in association with SiriusXM, announced today the following additions to the 2017 festival lineup:

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JFL NorthWest to Include Jim Gaffigan, Colin Quinn, Michelle Wolf, Todd Glass, and More!