Vancouver’s Weirdest Holiday Theatre Tradition Returns: Christmas Queen 2

Image from Vancouver TheatreSports League

Image from Vancouver TheatreSports League

Ho ho … ha? A new improv comedy show in Vancouver is promising to put an off-beat, off-kilter and laugh-out-loud funny spin on holiday theatre this Christmas season.

From the creative minds at Vancouver TheatreSports League comes Christmas Queen 2 – You Better Watch Out, on through Dec. 20 at the Improv Centre on Granville Island. This is the second incarnation of the Christmas Queen saga and has to rank among the weirdest, edgiest and most heartwarming holiday fare on offer in Vancouver this year.

The show is inspired by the venerable tradition of British pantomime or panto. This uniquely irreverent form of theatre is typically performed during the holidays and features plenty of characters in drag, lots of physical humour, plenty of ribald jokes and innuendo, some singing and, of course, a healthy dose of audience participation.   Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Weirdest Holiday Theatre Tradition Returns: Christmas Queen 2

Vancouver’s Sweetest Festival Returns to Yaletown, Nov 21

CandyTown

What: On Saturday November 21st, 2015, the fourth annual CandyTown festival will set up shop once again, as downtown Vancouver’s only free outdoor Christmas celebration. CandyTown will draw on a seasonal candy theme to deliver a fun, memorable day for kids of all ages—from families with young children to groups of adults who want to get in on the holiday spirit.

When: Saturday November 21st from 12pm to 7pm.

Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Sweetest Festival Returns to Yaletown, Nov 21

Ready for the Events During Vancouver’s Entertainment Season? Enter to Win Tickets and Accommodation!

Photo: TOTORORO.RORO | Flickr

From the bold colours of autumn to the sparkle of the holidays, Vancouver is illuminated with culture and festivities from our ocean-side downtown core, across our many parks, and up the mountains during Vancouver’s Entertainment Season. Theatre, dance, and music programs have launched for the season, sports enliven our stadiums and pubs, and the holidays are right ahead with twinkling displays, Christmas markets, holiday attractions and family fun. Get in on all of the biggest events – all on one page.

Want to bask in the glow of a couple of nights out on the town? Visit the Vancouver’s Entertainment Season page to win two nights at the Executive Hotel Le Soleil  (including breakfast) and a $500 Tickets Tonight gift card that is your ticket to arts, culture, sports, and events!

See Santa Swim Underwater in Full Scuba Gear at Vancouver Aquarium

Photo from Vancouver Aquarium

Photo from Vancouver Aquarium

Bored with all the standard holiday happenings in Vancouver?

Maybe an underwater Santa Claus – swimming amid giant halibut and sea stars in full Santa gear – will cheer you up.

Scuba Claus is back at the Vancouver Aquarium.  The uniquely amphibious Santa dons scuba gear and takes the plunge into the aquarium’s massive Georgia Strait tank once a day at 11:30 a.m. through Dec. 24.  With his long white beard trailing behind, the big man in red does a few laps with the exhibit’s resident rockfishes, giant sturgeon, crabs and other denizens of the deep.

It’s all part of the aquarium’s holiday celebrations, which seem to get bigger and fishier every year.   Continue reading:
See Santa Swim Underwater in Full Scuba Gear at Vancouver Aquarium

Where to watch holiday movies in Vancouver

Vancity Theatre is showing The Muppet Christmas Carol.

Vancity Theatre is showing The Muppet Christmas Carol Dec. 21.

Vancouver movie theatres are opening up their screens once again this holiday season. This year’s crop of special Christmas-y type screenings include a selection of free movies at the Vogue Theatre, a tussle between Vancity and Scotiabank to lure in people who can’t get enough of It’s a Wonderful Life, and perhaps the most faithful adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol ever attempted – by Muppets. But what we want to know is – who’s screening Bad Santa?

Continue reading:
Where to watch holiday movies in Vancouver

Local winter ales new and old

Photo: Granville Island Brewing.

Photo: Granville Island Brewing.

The winter months mean winter ales, and Vancouver craft breweries are quenching the thirsts of seasonal drinkers. This year, local brewers are bringing back some past favourites and introducing some new ones. Here are a few of the winter ales you can find on store shelves and at many local pubs and restaurants.

Continue reading:
Local winter ales new and old

Vancouver’s Only Karaoke Christmas Party on Wheels is Back

Photo sourced from Vancouver Trolley Company

Photo sourced from Vancouver Trolley Company

Like belting out holiday music in front of complete strangers? Like to look at Christmas lights? Fancy doing both things while inside a wooden trolley racing through the streets of downtown Vancouver?

Well, you’re in luck.  One of Vancouver’s more unusual holiday traditions is back for another year.

The Karaoke Christmas Lights Trolley will be crooning its way across the city once again, starting Dec. 11.  As the name suggests, the unique tour combines the joys of karaoke with a trolley ride to some of Vancouver’s best seasonal light displays.

Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Only Karaoke Christmas Party on Wheels is Back