Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: November 30, 2017

There is a whole lot to sing about in Vancouver lately, and a whole lot being sung this weekend. Both Stanley Park and VanDusen have come alight with thousands of bulbs, and you can see both while singing all the way on a karaoke trolley. Or have a listen to some powerful spoken word, a choir of protest songs,  or a symphony of Broadway show tunes.

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Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: November 30, 2017

Vancouver’s Best Light Displays + Christmas Karaoke in 1 Tour: 2014 Trolley Tour is Back

Photo from Vancouver Trolley Company

Photo from Vancouver Trolley Company

Like karaoke and love Christmas lights? Then this is probably the event for you.

The Vancouver Trolley Company has decked out its wooden trolleys and dragged out its karaoke machines again this year for the one-and-only Karaoke Christmas Lights tour. As the name suggests, this tour brings together the joys of belting out Christmas carols in a moving trolley with chances to see some of the best holiday light displays in town.

Guests can hop aboard the old-fashioned trolleys at 6:30 p.m. every night through Dec. 30 (except Christmas) outside Canada Place for the three-hour musical journey.  Inside you’ll find festive holiday lights, coloured bows and a karaoke machine charged up and ready to rock.

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Vancouver’s Best Light Displays + Christmas Karaoke in 1 Tour: 2014 Trolley Tour is Back

See Scuba Claus and Holiday Jellyfish at the Vancouver Aquarium, Nov 22

Photo credit: Screenshot from www.vanaqua.org

There’s snow on the North Shore mountains and a nip in the air.  ‘Tis the season . . . for Scuba Claus.

The Vancouver Aquarium is bringing back its popular underwater Santa this year as part of Luminescence, perhaps the world’s only aquatic-themed holiday light show.

From Nov. 22 to Jan. 22, the aquarium will be transformed with displays dedicated to showing how sea creatures create and reflect light.

Apart from Scuba Claus (who’s not a sea creature but a diver in full Santa suit), the stars of the show are the aquarium’s resident electric eels.  Their charges will be set to activate a stunning overhead display of 100 origami jellyfish – meticulously folded over the course of three months in collaboration with origami artist Joseph Wu.  Known as Jelly Swarm, the display pulses with light and colour in time with the eels’ natural electrical charges.

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See Scuba Claus and Holiday Jellyfish at the Vancouver Aquarium, Nov 22

Top 5 Holiday Light Displays in Vancouver

During the month of December, Vancouver averages just 8.5 hours of daylight per day.  But don’t let the darkness get you down.  One surefire way to stave off seasonal affective disorder is by visiting some of the brilliant holiday light displays around town.

1) Bright Nights in Stanley Park:  An estimated two million twinkling lights are hung in Stanley Park for this kid-friendly seasonal favourite, now in its 14th year.  The display is centred around the miniature train line, which chugs deep into a holiday fantasy-land, complete with carolers and animated and live action.  This year, there’s also a North Pole exhibit, featuring Santa and a parade of trees.  Runs through Jan. 2. Free to look; $9 adults, $6 kids to ride the train. 

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Top 5 Holiday Light Displays in Vancouver

Canyon Lights Returns to Capilano Suspension Bridge

Photo Credit: Capilano Suspension Bridge

Now, there are lots of great light displays in Vancouver this year, Bright Nights in Stanley Park, Festival of Lights in VanDusen Garden, even the floating Carol Ships Parade of Lights.  But no display combines beautiful illumination with terrifying heights quite like Canyon Lights out at the Capilano Supension Bridge in North Vancouver, running from Dec. 2-Jan. 1.

The bridge itself is 136 metres (446 feet) long and is suspended 70 metres (230 feet) above the rushing Capilano River.  Every year some 800,000 people from around the world work up the courage to dart across the swaying, rocking span. And, believe me, it’s no easy task – especially if you have any fear of heights.

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Canyon Lights Returns to Capilano Suspension Bridge