Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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December is here! Start off the beginning of a new month with a weekend full of activities! Read on for our roundup of events and things to do in Vancouver this weekend!


Friday, November 29th

Christmas Tree Lot at Lonsdale Quay 12-8pm @ Lonsdale Quay
Free
Opening Day! New Christmas Tree Lot in the East Plaza! Tree Lot is open Monday, Thursday, Friday from 12pm-8pm, and Saturday & Sunday 10am-6pm.
This year Lonsdale Quay Market is proud to partner with Aunt Leah’s Place and offer quality Christmas trees for sale in our East Plaza. All tree sale proceeds will go to Aunt Leah’s Place, a charity that helps kids in foster care and teen moms achieve a better future. Tree sales start November 29th! Lonsdale Quay Market is your holiday destination for unique gift ideas, fresh food options for holiday meals, festive music, Santa photos, kids activities and holiday gift wrapping. Join us for a festive atmosphere and live holiday music all December long!

Make It! The Handmade Revolution 10am-9pm @ The PNE (Pacific National Exhibition) Forum (2901 E Hastings St.)
$7
Pay once, shop 4 days! Shop for one-of-a-kind handmade items from over  250 of Canada’s hottest urban artisans, designers & crafters. Make It is the ultimate upbeat shopping experience! There will be something for everyone from fashion, accessories, art, jewelry, baby items , home decor and stuff for the guys. Please help support the UGM & Variety – The Children’s Charity 100% of the proceeds for our silent auction and coat check will go to these worthy causes. Tickets $7 at the door or $5 online! Kids 12 & under are free. Running November 28-December 1.

Photo Credit: Make It: The Handmand Revolution Facebook

Photo Credit: Make It: The Handmand Revolution Facebook

2013 Gingerbread Lane – Culinary Showcase All Day @ Hyatt Regency Hotel (655 Burrard St.)
Free
It’s the sweet smell of the holidays in the lobby of the Hyatt Hotel.  Vote for your favourite gingerbread house creation from November 28 – December 27th with proceeds to Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon. The centrepiece is Executive Chef Thomas Heinrich’s gigantic gingerbread building that measures 11 feet tall and 16 feet wide. Ingredients include 500 pounds of gingerbread dough, 400 pounds of confection sugar and 1,400 egg whites, plus a few secret ingredients and a little help from Hyatt’s engineering department. Four foot tall cut outs of gingerbread families are also available for picture taking. More than 30 individually crafted gingerbread creations from culinary professionals, amature bakers, and secondary schools round out the sweet smelling lavish display.

Arts Club Theatre Company presents It’s Snowing on Saltspring 8pm @ Granville Island Stage (1585 Johnston St.)
Various ticket pricing
It’s Snowing on Saltspring By Nicola Cavendish. A Homegrown Christmas Tale Arts Club Classic. It’s Christmas Eve on Saltspring Island. The stockings aren’t hung by the chimney with care and disenchanted Bill Bannister hopes that St. Nick won’t be there. Will it take a reindeer-guided trip to the North Pole for Bill to rediscover the spirit of Christmas?

Arts Club Theatre Company presents The Santaland Diaries 8pm @ Revue Theatre (1601 Johnston St.)
Various ticket pricing
True Confessions of an Elf – From the popular humourist David Sedaris comes this merrily wicked tale of his tour of duty as an elf at Macy’s Santaland. From posts as Vomit Corner Elf to Water Cooler Elf to Cash Register Elf, Sedaris worked his way up the candy-cane ladder and lived to share his hysterical, behind-the-scenes anecdotes. Both outlandish and illuminating, this sardonic comedy is a holiday treat for adults. An Elfin Good Time for Mature Elves Only! This show is more naughty than nice—and less than politically correct!

Photo Credit: Arts ClubTheatre Company

Photo Credit: Arts Club Theatre Company

Christmas at FlyOver Canada 10am-9pm @ FlyOver Canada (201 – 999 Canada Place)
$19.95
Help Santa Save Christmas at FlyOver Canada this holiday season!  Enjoy a Christmas themed pre-show and pre-boarding experience including the Ultimate Flying Ride – FlyOver Canada. Share in the magic of Christmas at our free outdoor Christmas Plaza featuring: Live entertainment including holiday music favorites and more,  Santa’s Artic Art Workshop display with live ice carving shows every Friday at 5pm commencing from December 6 onwards, Delicious tastes of Christmas with waffles, drinks and candied nuts by Leonidas Belgian Chocolates and Swiss Style Nuts. December 25 closed at 5pm & December 25 closed.

16th Annual European Union Film Festival starting at 6:30pm @ Pacific Cinémathèque (200-1131 Howe Street)
$11 single bill; $14 double bill (both nightly movies); plus $3 Annual Membership required; other pricing in effect
This year’s 16th European Union Film Festival features entries from 27 of the newly-enlarged European Union’s 28 member states (only tiny Malta is not represented). Each country has carte blanche to choose the film that will represent them — and the variety, as always, is breathtaking! Selections this year include romantic comedies, historical sagas, thrillers, family dramas, coming-of-age tales, a surprising number of road movies, at least two films about juvenile offenders, more than a few first features by talented young directors, several official Oscar submissions, documentaries about music (from Ireland) and dance (from Spain), and even a pair of films (one a drama, the other a documentary, both from Baltic states) about basketball! Film Festivals runs from November 22 to December 5, showing 2 films a night.

Burnaby Arts Gallery presents Volumes: Works in Paper 10am-4:30pm @ Burnaby Art Gallery (6344 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby)
By Donation
Opening Day! Volumes explores sculptural and structural works on (and ‘in’) paper, including installation and large-scale printmaking, painting, ceramics and paper-cut. Featuring works from the permanent collection by Pat Martin Bates, Myra Eadie, Bob Evermon, Margaret May, Teresa Ilene Redden, Douglas Quiring, and others, as well as new works by emerging artists Maggie Boyd, Graham Landin, Nicole Ondre and Jennifer Rose Sciarrino.

Photo Credit: City of Burnaby

Photo Credit: City of Burnaby

Off the Eaten Track presents Culinary Christmas Walking Tours in Cambie Village 5-7pm @ Benton Brother Fine Cheese (3432 Cambie St.)
$45
It’s that time of year again—time to eat, drink, be merry and struggle to find gifts for friends, family, and co-workers. Join Off The Eaten Track for a delicious 2 hour tour of festive Cambie Village where you will be treated to over 6 tasting samples and given the opportunity to shop for some unique and tasty gifts. Full of funky boutique shops and amazing locally owned restaurants, Cambie Village is a trendy neighbourhood with a small town feel. November 20 – December 22, 2013; Wed & Fri: 5-7pm | Sun: 4-6 pm

“Black Friday” in Yaletown various times; various stores
For the first time ever, twelve Vancouver area business improvement associations have united to kick off a city-wide initiative called Black Friday Vancouver. From November 29th to December 1st, Vancouver retailers, spas and restaurants will be offering amazing deals and activities to drive holiday sales and keep locals shopping at home. Support Yaletown and Vancouver by choosing to buy local and start your Christmas shopping.

Christmas Queen: Improv Comedy Fairytale 7:30pm at Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau St.)
$21; $26.50 including drink; other pricing in effect
Watch as our talented improvisors weave a magical Christmas story like you’ve never seen before. Each and every night the tale will take a different turn as you, the audience, help to save Christmas. Will the evil villain ruin this magical holiday season for the townsfolk? Will our reluctant hero return to save the day? Will the Christmas Queen awaken the spirit of Christmas in all of us? No matter your age, come down to The Improv Centre to watch your Christmas dreams come to life onstage. Show runs Wed, Thurs, Fri, & Sat from November 20 to December 21.

Photo Credit: Vancouver TheatreSports League Facebook

Photo Credit: Vancouver TheatreSports League Facebook

Vancouver Christmas Market 11am-9pm @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza (650 Hamilton St.)
$3 (11am-4pm Mon-Fri), $6 (4pm-9pm Mon-Fri); other pricing in effect
The Vancouver Christmas Market is an annual can’t-miss Vancouver Christmas event running from November 22 to December 24, 2013. More than just a craft fair, this authentic German Christmas Market creates the perfect atmosphere to mix and mingle with friends and family, strolling through romantic rows of little wooden huts decorated in pine branches and illuminated with strings of little white lights. In each hut discover terrific food and drink and a wonderful array of Christmas gifts. During the pre-Christmas season, the Market is the perfect destination for combining an outing with friends and family with some Christmas shopping. Business people will find it a fun meeting place for a quick bite during lunch time or a drink after work (be sure to use our 2 for 1 Lunch Pass!). With a wide variety of cultural activities and entertainment events, it also becomes a place for people to enjoy and mingle before a night on the town. A special children’s area known as the Kids’ Market will give youngsters the chance to make their own Christmas gifts and ride downtown Vancouver’s only Christmas Carousel.

2013 Play Festival presents Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo 8pm @ Studio 16 (1555 W 7th Ave.)
$15
Mitch and Murray Productions proudly presents the Vancouver premiere of Becky Shaw, by Gina Gionfriddo, a darkly hilarious tale of love, sex and ethics among a quartet of men and women in their 30′s. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, Becky Shaw is a wickedly funny play that asks what we owe the people we love and the strangers who land on our doorstep. “Blithely cynical and devastatingly funny…witty observations on the emotional damage inflicted by neurotic people in the name of love…Gionfriddo is some kind of genius.” (Variety) Directed by David Mackay, featuring Meghan Gardiner, Moya O’Connell, Aaron Craven, Charlie Gallant and Marilyn Norry. Tuesday – Saturday November 20 – December 7.

Photo Credit: Mitch and Murray Productions - Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo

Photo Credit: Mitch and Murray Productions – Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo

Exit 22 Production Pesents Pride and Prejudice 8pm @ Blueshore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts located in the Birch Building at Capilano University (2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver)
$22; other pricing in effect
“Sometimes the last person on earth you want to be with is the one person you can’t be without.” Exit 22 is thrilled to announce the second show of it’s 2013/2014 theatre season with a classic love story: “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, adapted by Janet Munsil and directed by Stuart Aikins. A staple for all romantics – see the wonderful adventures of the Bennet family, and the wild ride of Elizabeth and Darcy’s courtship, a couple who just hate to love each other. Laugh, cry and re-experience this classic love story. Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen Adapted by Janet Munsil Directed by Stuart Aikins.

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Mary Poppins 8pm @ Stanley Alliance Industrial Stage (2750 Granville St.)
$29-$119
Another night of Mary Poppins (running until January 5)! A musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film Original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman Book by Julian Fellowes New songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. The Magical Broadway musical Watch Mary Poppins fly over the rooftops of London, and feel like a kid again! Remember, anything can happen if you let it. This family musical features the unforgettable songs from the popular Disney film-“A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”-plus some catchy new ones. Practically perfect in every way, the tale of everyone’s favourite magical nanny will sweep you off your feet.

Give and Take: Works by Drew Young 12-5pm @ Hot Art Wet City Gallery (2206 Main St.)
A solo show by Drew Young featuring small experimental works on paper. Destruction and transposition are the crux for this series. Drew fractures his oil studies in order to force his figures into new and obscure contexts. He also draws from a bank of abstract marks to create balance between the erratically positioned subjects and the intangible. Young has exhibited locally and internationally and been featured by Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, Booooooom.com and BlueCanvas. He is also the curator and organizer for Snag, the worlds only weekly live-painting raffle.

Photo Credit: Hot Art Wet City

Photo Credit: Hot Art Wet City


Saturday, November 30th

2nd Annual Christmas on The Drive 1pm- 5pm @ Grandview Park (between Charles & Williams Street on Commercial Drive)
Free or By Donation
Santa Claus is taking a day off to visit the park, so BYOC (Bring Your Own Camera)! Activities include: Horse & Carriage Rides, Ice Sculptures, Photo Booth, The Vancouver Opera singing, Kids Activities, a goody bag for the first 200 hundred people, and the lighting of 60′ Christmas tree in the park around sunset. All activities are free or by donation with the donations going to The Kettle Friendship Society. Come and enjoy Festive Fun on The Drive!

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park open 11am-9pm @ Capilano Suspension Bridge Park (3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver)
$65.00 Family, $31.95 Adult; other pricing in effect
Opening Day! Capilano Suspension Bridge Park’s popular holiday event, Canyon Lights, has a tall order this year – laying claim to the home of the world’s tallest living Christmas tree?! Standing 46.4m (152 feet) tall, this Douglas-fir will be adorned in thousands of sparkling lights. Though other communities claim to have the tallest living Christmas tree, Capilano’s 250 year old Douglas-fir rises above the competition. (In 2012, Ferndale, California claimed the tallest living Christmas tree on record at 150ft.) Park guests will also be dazzled by the thousands of lights glittering throughout the rainforest, across the Suspension Bridge and on Cliffwalk. A children’s scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating, sing-a-long carols with the holiday band and glass blowing with Malcolm Macfadyen are all back by popular demand! Canyon Lights runs Saturday, November 30, 2013 to Saturday, January 4, 2014. Park is closed Christmas Day. Park Canyon Lights tickets are valid all day with holiday activities beginning at 4:00pm. Capilano will be operating free round trip shuttle service from Canada Place. Partial proceeds from admission will be donated to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. Capilano will continue hosting community nights for local charities including Canuck Place, Special Olympics BC, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, North Shore Neighbourhood House, Easter Seals and Kids Up Front. BC Residents will receive a Annual BC Membership with their park entrance ticket.

Photo Credit: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Photo Credit: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Christmas Tree Lot at Lonsdale Quay 10am-6pm @ Lonsdale Quay
Opening Weekend! New Christmas Tree Lot in the East Plaza! Tree Lot is open Monday, Thursday, Friday from 12pm-8pm, and Saturday & Sunday 10am-6pm.
This year Lonsdale Quay Market is proud to partner with Aunt Leah’s Place and offer quality Christmas trees for sale in our East Plaza. All tree sale proceeds will go to Aunt Leah’s Place, a charity that helps kids in foster care and teen moms achieve a better future. Tree sales start November 29th! Lonsdale Quay Market is your holiday destination for unique gift ideas, fresh food options for holiday meals, festive music, Santa photos, kids activities and holiday gift wrapping. Join us for a festive atmosphere and live holiday music all December long!

Simon Fraser University Hockey Club presents SFU vs. Victoria Vikes  7pm @ Bill Copeland Sports Centre (3676 Kensington Ave, Burnaby)
$10; other pricing in effect
Game nights at Copeland also include a food concession with beverages, 50/50, and intermission entertainment.

Steveston Christmas Craft Fair 10am-4pm @ Steveston Community Centre (4111 Moncton St., Richmond)
By Donation
Unique one-of-a-kind hand made items.  Admission by donation to the Steveston Community Society or a non-perishable item in support of the Richmond Food Bank.

Shine, Shop, & Dine Trolley Tour 4:30pm-9:30pm @ Georgia St. & Broughton St.
By Donation
This festive season it is the West End’s turn to shine. In support of the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation, the West End BIA and Robson Street are joining forces to kick off the holiday season in style with the Shine, Shop and Dine Trolley Tour. Anchored by the St. Paul’s Lights of Hope, residents and visitors alike can hop aboard the free trolleys from any of one 12 site Saturdays from 4:30pm to 9:30pm from November 23 to December 21.For five consecutive Saturdays, Shine, Shop & Dine will highlight the amazing work of St. Paul’s Hospital and the wonderful variety of shopping and dining found in the West End. Running at 10 minute intervals, three trolleys will take passengers on an animated hop on/hop off tour following the historic trolley routes along Davie, Denman, Robson and Burrard Streets. Decorative lighting displays will be set up around the route for passengers to enjoy as part of their holiday experience. Who knows, a few regular West End personalities might just sashay by or a sing a tune for you.

Photo Credit: West End BIA

Photo Credit: West End BIA

9th Annual Kids Help Phone Homes for the Holidays 11am-4pm @ Vancouver’s West Side
$50
Homes for the Holidays offers a peek into five distinct homes sensationally decorated for the holidays which will be certain to delight and evoke Christmas cheer. Themes ranging from Play Time at Grandmas, Traditional with a Hip Modern Twist, to the life style of a young thirty-something couple about to start a family, will inspire with holiday decorating tips and ideas – as well as sources where you can purchase many of the items seen in the homes. You will not want to miss this year’s Homes for the Holidays! All proceeds will support Kids Help Phone, Canada’s only toll-free, 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous professional phone and web counselling, referral and information service for children and youth.

Make It! Handmade Revolution 10am-6pm@ The PNE (Pacific National Exhibition) Forum (2901 E Hastings St.)
$7
Pay once, shop 4 days! Shop for one-of-a-kind handmade items from over  250 of Canada’s hottest urban artisans, designers & crafters. Make It is the ultimate upbeat shopping experience! There will be something for everyone from fashion, accessories, art, jewelry, baby items , home decor and stuff for the guys. Please help support the UGM & Variety – The Children’s Charity 100% of the proceeds for our silent auction and coat check will go to these worthy causes. Tickets $7 at the door or $5 online! Kids 12 & under are free. Running November 28-December 1.

Christmas at FlyOver Canada 10am-9pm @ FlyOver Canada (201 – 999 Canada Place) $19.95
Help Santa Save Christmas at FlyOver Canada this holiday season!  Enjoy a Christmas themed pre-show and pre-boarding experience including the Ultimate Flying Ride – FlyOver Canada. Share in the magic of Christmas at our free outdoor Christmas Plaza featuring: Live entertainment including holiday music favorites and more,  Santa’s Artic Art Workshop display with live ice carving shows every Friday at 5pm commencing from December 6 onwards, Delicious tastes of Christmas with waffles, drinks and candied nuts by Leonidas Belgian Chocolates and Swiss Style Nuts. December 25 closed at 5pm & December 25 closed.

Photo Credit: FlyOver Canada Facebook

Photo Credit: FlyOver Canada Facebook

Arts Club Theatre Company presents The Santaland Diaries 2pm & 8pm @ Revue Theatre (1601 Johnston St.)
Various ticket pricing
True Confessions of an Elf – From the popular humourist David Sedaris comes this merrily wicked tale of his tour of duty as an elf at Macy’s Santaland. From posts as Vomit Corner Elf to Water Cooler Elf to Cash Register Elf, Sedaris worked his way up the candy-cane ladder and lived to share his hysterical, behind-the-scenes anecdotes. Both outlandish and illuminating, this sardonic comedy is a holiday treat for adults. An Elfin Good Time for Mature Elves Only! This show is more naughty than nice—and less than politically correct!

Arts Club Theatre Company presents It’s Snowing on Saltspring 2pm & 8pm @ Granville Island Stage (1585 Johnston Street
Various ticket pricing
It’s Snowing on Saltspring By Nicola Cavendish. A Homegrown Christmas Tale Arts Club Classic. It’s Christmas Eve on Saltspring Island. The stockings aren’t hung by the chimney with care and disenchanted Bill Bannister hopes that St. Nick won’t be there. Will it take a reindeer-guided trip to the North Pole for Bill to rediscover the spirit of Christmas?

“Black Friday” in Yaletown various times; various stores
For the first time ever, twelve Vancouver area business improvement associations have united to kick off a city-wide initiative called Black Friday Vancouver. From November 29th to December 1st, Vancouver retailers, spas and restaurants will be offering amazing deals and activities to drive holiday sales and keep locals shopping at home.

Photo Credit: Yaletown BIA

Photo Credit: Yaletown BIA

Burnaby Arts Gallery presents Volumes: Works in Paper 12-5pm @ Burnaby Art Gallery (6344 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby)
Free by Donation
Volumes explores sculptural and structural works on (and ‘in’) paper, including installation and large-scale printmaking, painting, ceramics and paper-cut. Featuring works from the permanent collection by Pat Martin Bates, Myra Eadie, Bob Evermon, Margaret May, Teresa Ilene Redden, Douglas Quiring, and others, as well as new works by emerging artists Maggie Boyd, Graham Landin, Nicole Ondre and Jennifer Rose Sciarrino.

Burnaby Village Museum presents Illuminations at Heritage Christmas 12:00pm – 4:30pm @ Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby)
Free
Stroll through the streets of the Village to enjoy the traditional sights and sounds of Christmases past—wreaths, cedar swags and seasonal displays. Unique and shimming lights display are throughout the Village including the opportunity for you to create your own magical holiday show with sound-reactive lights at the bandstand. Make a noise then watch the lights transform. Over 400 lights twinkle and change colours in response to sound. Come try it out! Pick up the new Twelve Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt sheet and start exploring for the answers. There’s a new menagerie of transformed Eco-sculptures this season. They’re decoratively lit and beautifully adorned. Look for a grouping of eagles with their artist-made playable instruments. Check the online schedule for special seasonal entertainment including live theatre shows, carollers, artisans, musicians and more. Running from November 23 – December 13 (12pm-4:30pm) and December 14 – January 3, 2014 (12pm-9pm). Closed December 24 & 25.

Dundarave Festival of Lights noon-dusk @ Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver
Free
Dundarave Christmas Fair – Fabulous, festive and absolutely free, the Dundarave Festival is your passport to Christmas as you may never have seen it before – the season of light, love and joy that leaves no one out in the cold.  Bring everyone you love and connect with the exuberant, eclectic and wild heart of Christmas at the Dundarave Festival. Running from November 30-January 4.

Photo Credit: Dundarave Festival

Photo Credit: Dundarave Festival

Grouse Mountain presents Peak of Christmas 2013, Celebrate the Magic of Snow! open 9am-10pm @ Grouse Mountain, The Peak of Vancouver
Various ticket prices
Treat the kids (or the kid in you) to our annual holiday festivities begin November 23. Bring your family to Santa’s Workshop and meet reindeer, or take a sleigh-ride through our mystical alpine forest. You can also experience the tranquil beauty of skating on our 8,000 square foot mountaintop Ice Skating Pond, surrounded by snow-topped trees. Learn more about Santa’s reindeer at our daily ranger interpretive talks or have a digital photo taken with Santa to keep a memento of your Peak of Christmas visit! Visit the Theatre in the Sky to enjoy classic Christmas movies on our large high-definition screen. Or listen to joyful Christmas carols sung by the enchanting voices of Vancouver choirs. Walk through the spectacular SOS Children’s Village Gingerbread Village in the Spirit Gallery. These fabulous Peak of Christmas activities are all complimentary with your Grouse Mountain Alpine Experience ticket, Annual Membership, Winter Season Pass, or Lift Ticket. Peak of Christmas Family Ticket is also available. Snow much fun with just one ticket!

Artisan Fair 12-5pm @ River Market (810 Quayside Drive New Westminster)
Free
Come join for the first Holiday Artisan’s Fair at the River Market. Artisans from New Westminster and beyond will be showcasing their wares including jewellery, quilting, books, beadwork, knitwear, painting, soapstone carving and more. Looking for something unique for that special someone? Get your holiday shopping done, or do a little for yourself, and shop local, handmade and spectacular…all within the incredible River Market. Great food, local goods…great time.

16th Annual European Union Film Festival starting at 6:30pm @ Pacific Cinémathèque (200-1131 Howe Street)
$11 single bill; $14 double bill (both nightly movies); plus $3 Annual Membership required; other pricing in effect
This year’s 16th European Union Film Festival features entries from 27 of the newly-enlarged European Union’s 28 member states (only tiny Malta is not represented). Each country has carte blanche to choose the film that will represent them — and the variety, as always, is breathtaking! Selections this year include romantic comedies, historical sagas, thrillers, family dramas, coming-of-age tales, a surprising number of road movies, at least two films about juvenile offenders, more than a few first features by talented young directors, several official Oscar submissions, documentaries about music (from Ireland) and dance (from Spain), and even a pair of films (one a drama, the other a documentary, both from Baltic states) about basketball! Film Festivals runs from November 22 to December 5, showing 2 films a night.

Photo Credit: 16th Annual European Union Film Festival

Photo Credit: 16th Annual European Union Film Festival

Christmas Queen: Improv Comedy Fairytale 7:30pm at Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau St.)
$21; $26.50 including drink;other pricing in effect
Watch as our talented improvisors weave a magical Christmas story like you’ve never seen before. Each and every night the tale will take a different turn as you, the audience, help to save Christmas. Will the evil villain ruin this magical holiday season for the townsfolk? Will our reluctant hero return to save the day? Will the Christmas Queen awaken the spirit of Christmas in all of us? No matter your age, come down to The Improv Centre to watch your Christmas dreams come to life onstage. Show runs Wed, Thurs, Fri, & Sat from November 20 to December 21.

Vancouver Christmas Market 11am-9pm @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza (650 Hamilton St.)
$6; other pricing in effect
The Vancouver Christmas Market is an annual can’t-miss Vancouver Christmas event running from November 22 to December 24, 2013. More than just a craft fair, this authentic German Christmas Market creates the perfect atmosphere to mix and mingle with friends and family, strolling through romantic rows of little wooden huts decorated in pine branches and illuminated with strings of little white lights. In each hut discover terrific food and drink and a wonderful array of Christmas gifts. During the pre-Christmas season, the Market is the perfect destination for combining an outing with friends and family with some Christmas shopping. Business people will find it a fun meeting place for a quick bite during lunch time or a drink after work (be sure to use our 2 for 1 Lunch Pass!). With a wide variety of cultural activities and entertainment events, it also becomes a place for people to enjoy and mingle before a night on the town. A special children’s area known as the Kids’ Market will give youngsters the chance to make their own Christmas gifts and ride downtown Vancouver’s only Christmas Carousel.

Photo Credit: The Vancouver Christmas Market

Photo Credit: The Vancouver Christmas Market

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Mary Poppins 2pm & 8pm@ Stanley Alliance Industrial Stage (2750 Granville St.)
$29-$119
Another night of Mary Poppins (running until January 5)! A musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film Original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman Book by Julian Fellowes New songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. The Magical Broadway musical Watch Mary Poppins fly over the rooftops of London, and feel like a kid again! Remember, anything can happen if you let it. This family musical features the unforgettable songs from the popular Disney film-“A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”-plus some catchy new ones. Practically perfect in every way, the tale of everyone’s favourite magical nanny will sweep you off your feet.

2013 Play Festival presents Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo 8pm @ Studio 16 (1555 W 7th Ave.)
$15
Mitch and Murray Productions proudly presents the Vancouver premiere of Becky Shaw, by Gina Gionfriddo, a darkly hilarious tale of love, sex and ethics among a quartet of men and women in their 30′s. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, Becky Shaw is a wickedly funny play that asks what we owe the people we love and the strangers who land on our doorstep. “Blithely cynical and devastatingly funny…witty observations on the emotional damage inflicted by neurotic people in the name of love…Gionfriddo is some kind of genius.” (Variety) Directed by David Mackay, featuring Meghan Gardiner, Moya O’Connell, Aaron Craven, Charlie Gallant and Marilyn Norry. Tuesday – Saturday November 20 – December 7.

Winter’s Farmer Market at Nat Bailey 10am-2pm @ Nat Bailey Stadium (30th & Ontario Street)
Free
Weekly farmer’s market with 60-75 different vendors and up to 10 food vendors in the east parking lot of Nat Bailey Stadium. Please bring your own shopping or reusable bag!

 


Sunday, December 1st

10th Annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade 1-4pm @ Georgia St. & Broughton St.
Free
The 10th Annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade takes place in downtown Vancouver and features more than 65 marching bands, choirs, festival floats and community groups.
Each year the parade attracts 300,000 spectators to downtown Vancouver and is made possible by the work of over 350 volunteers. The Parade is one of the largest food and fund raising events for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Since 2004, the Parade has collected $110,000 and more than 67,380 lbs. of food for hungry families in the Lower Mainland. On Parade day, we encourage spectators to bring a monetary or non-perishable food donation for the Food Bank. For each dollar donated, the food Bank can purchase three dollars’ worth of food. Parade route: Starts at Georgia & Broughton, travels east on Georgia & Howe, turns south on Howe and finishes at Howe & Davie.

Photo Credit: Rogers Santa Claus Parade

Photo Credit: Rogers Santa Claus Parade

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park open 11am-9pm @ Capilano Suspension Bridge Park (3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver)
$65.00 Family, $31.95 Adult; other pricing in effect
Opening Weekend! Capilano Suspension Bridge Park’s popular holiday event, Canyon Lights, has a tall order this year – laying claim to the home of the world’s tallest living Christmas tree?! Standing 46.4m (152 feet) tall, this Douglas-fir will be adorned in thousands of sparkling lights. Though other communities claim to have the tallest living Christmas tree, Capilano’s 250 year old Douglas-fir rises above the competition. (In 2012, Ferndale, California claimed the tallest living Christmas tree on record at 150ft.) Park guests will also be dazzled by the thousands of lights glittering throughout the rainforest, across the Suspension Bridge and on CLIFFWALK, the Park’s newest attraction. A children’s scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating, sing-a-long carols with the holiday band and glass blowing with Malcolm Macfadyen are all back by popular demand! Canyon Lights runs Saturday, November 30, 2013 to Saturday, January 4, 2014. Park is closed Christmas Day. Park hours are 11:00am – 9:00pm. Canyon Lights tickets are valid all day with holiday activities beginning at 4:00pm. Capilano will be operating free round trip shuttle service from Canada Place. Partial proceeds from admission will be donated to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. Capilano will continue hosting community nights for local charities including Canuck Place, Special Olympics BC, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, North Shore Neighbourhood House, Easter Seals and Kids Up Front. BC Residents will receive a Annual BC Membership with their park entrance ticket.

9th Annual Kids Help Phone Homes for the Holidays 11am-4pm @ Vancouver’s West Side
$50
Homes for the Holidays offers a peek into five distinct homes sensationally decorated for the holidays which will be certain to delight and evoke Christmas cheer. Themes ranging from Play Time at Grandmas, Traditional with a Hip Modern Twist, to the life style of a young thirty-something couple about to start a family, will inspire with holiday decorating tips and ideas – as well as sources where you can purchase many of the items seen in the homes. You will not want to miss this year’s Homes for the Holidays! All proceeds will support Kids Help Phone, Canada’s only toll-free, 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous professional phone and web counselling, referral and information service for children and youth.

Photo Credit: Homes for the Holidays

Photo Credit: Homes for the Holidays

Make It! Handmade Revolution 11am-5pm @ The PNE (Pacific National Exhibition) Forum (2901 E Hastings St.)
$7
Pay once, shop 4 days! Shop for one-of-a-kind handmade items from over  250 of Canada’s hottest urban artisans, designers & crafters. Make It is the ultimate upbeat shopping experience! There will be something for everyone from fashion, accessories, art, jewelry, baby items , home decor and stuff for the guys. Please help support the UGM & Variety – The Children’s Charity 100% of the proceeds for our silent auction and coat check will go to these worthy causes. Tickets $7 at the door or $5 online! Kids 12 & under are free. Running November 28-December 1.

“Black Friday” in Yaletown various times; various stores
For the first time ever, twelve Vancouver area business improvement associations have united to kick off a city-wide initiative called Black Friday Vancouver. From November 29th to December 1st, Vancouver retailers, spas and restaurants will be offering amazing deals and activities to drive holiday sales and keep locals shopping at home.

Burnaby Arts Gallery presents Volumes: Works in Paper 12-5pm @ Burnaby Art Gallery (6344 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby)
By Donation
Volumes explores sculptural and structural works on (and ‘in’) paper, including installation and large-scale printmaking, painting, ceramics and paper-cut. Featuring works from the permanent collection by Pat Martin Bates, Myra Eadie, Bob Evermon, Margaret May, Teresa Ilene Redden, Douglas Quiring, and others, as well as new works by emerging artists Maggie Boyd, Graham Landin, Nicole Ondre and Jennifer Rose Sciarrino.

Christmas at Canada Place 10am-7pm @ Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal (999 Canada Place)
Free
Opening Day! Enjoy Christmas in Canada undercover in the Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal. It’s your chance to share your favourite Canadian Christmas memories and make new ones.  to enjoy Christmas in Canada undercover in the Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal. All these great Canadian holiday activities to the Waterfront: Skating Rink sponsored by Northwest Territories generously provided by Park Royal, Holiday Train sponsored by Park Roya,l Historic Woodwards Windows, Santa’s Worskhop, Curling, Festive performances, Avenue of Christmas Trees, Fill a Container with Dreams, and Winter Waterfront District. Visit Canada Place from various hours December 1 – 31 (Closed Dec. 25).

Photo Credit: Port Metro Vancouver: Christmas at Canada Place

Photo Credit: Port Metro Vancouver: Christmas at Canada Place

Christmas Tree Lot at Lonsdale Quay 10am-6pm @ Lonsdale Quay
Opening Weekend! New Christmas Tree Lot in the East Plaza! Tree Lot is open Monday, Thursday, Friday from 12pm-8pm, and Saturday & Sunday 10am-6pm.
This year Lonsdale Quay Market is proud to partner with Aunt Leah’s Place and offer quality Christmas trees for sale in our East Plaza. All tree sale proceeds will go to Aunt Leah’s Place, a charity that helps kids in foster care and teen moms achieve a better future. Tree sales start November 29th! Lonsdale Quay Market is your holiday destination for unique gift ideas, fresh food options for holiday meals, festive music, Santa photos, kids activities and holiday gift wrapping. Join us for a festive atmosphere and live holiday music all December long!

10th Annual Christmas in Steveston Village 1-5pm @ Steveston Village at the Steveston Public Wharf
Free or By Donation
Annual Christmas in Steveston Village hosted by Steveston Merchants Association. Steveston is preparing to welcome the holiday season with a community display of lights, music, horse-drawn carriage rides, carollers, and the arrival of Santa! Bring your camera! Watch for the Classic Christmas Car Cruise at 12:30pm.  Cars assemble at the behind the Buck & Ear Bar & Grill.  Santa arrives by boat at 1:00 pm at the Steveston Public Wharf and then heads to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery for photos until 4:00pm.  Old-fashioned horse drawn carriage rides will circle the village from 1:00 – 5:00pm. Santa will be delighted to have children sit on his lap, tell him their Christmas wishes and have a photo taken. The Gift Shop inside the Cannery will be open for business. Old Fashioned Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides – Bayview Street (across from Blenz). Bring the family and transport them back in time with an old-fashioned horse & carriage ride operated by Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours through historic Steveston while listening to your favourite Christmas music! Rides are by donation (suggested $5 minimum) with all proceeds going to the Richmond Christmas Fund. Pick up and drop off is in on Bayview Street every 20 minutes.

Christmas at FlyOver Canada 10am-9pm @ FlyOver Canada (201 – 999 Canada Place)
$19.95
Help Santa Save Christmas at FlyOver Canada this holiday season!  Enjoy a Christmas themed pre-show and pre-boarding experience including the Ultimate Flying Ride – FlyOver Canada. Share in the magic of Christmas at our free outdoor Christmas Plaza featuring: Live entertainment including holiday music favorites and more,  Santa’s Artic Art Workshop display with live ice carving shows every Friday at 5pm commencing from December 6 onwards, Delicious tastes of Christmas with waffles, drinks and candied nuts by Leonidas Belgian Chocolates and Swiss Style Nuts. December 25 closed at 5pm & December 25 closed.

Christmas with the Bach Choir 2pm @ Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St.)
$25-$59
Spend an uplifting afternoon immersed in the sound of 400 soaring voices performing timeless Christmas carols and newer seasonal works with the Vancouver Bach Choir. This beloved annual tradition is a highly-anticipated opportunity to hear all levels of the Vancouver Bach Choir “Family of Choirs” in one concert – including the Adult Choir, Children’s Chorus, Youth Choir, and Sarabande.

Photo Credit: Vancouver Bach Choir

Photo Credit: Vancouver Bach Choir

16th Annual European Union Film Festival starting at 6pm @ Pacific Cinémathèque (200-1131 Howe Street)
$11 single bill; $14 double bill (both nightly movies); plus $3 Annual Membership required; other pricing in effect
This year’s 16th European Union Film Festival features entries from 27 of the newly-enlarged European Union’s 28 member states (only tiny Malta is not represented). Each country has carte blanche to choose the film that will represent them — and the variety, as always, is breathtaking! Selections this year include romantic comedies, historical sagas, thrillers, family dramas, coming-of-age tales, a surprising number of road movies, at least two films about juvenile offenders, more than a few first features by talented young directors, several official Oscar submissions, documentaries about music (from Ireland) and dance (from Spain), and even a pair of films (one a drama, the other a documentary, both from Baltic states) about basketball! Film Festivals runs from November 22 to December 5, showing 2 films a night.

Off the Eaten Track presents Culinary Christmas Walking Tours in Cambie Village 4-6pm @ Benton Brother Fine Cheese (3432 Cambie St.)
$45
It’s that time of year again—time to eat, drink, be merry and struggle to find gifts for friends, family, and co-workers. Join Off The Eaten Track for a delicious 2 hour tour of festive Cambie Village where you will be treated to over 6 tasting samples and given the opportunity to shop for some unique and tasty gifts. Full of funky boutique shops and amazing locally owned restaurants, Cambie Village is a trendy neighbourhood with a small town feel. November 20 – December 22, 2013; Wed & Fri: 5-7pm | Sun: 4-6 pm

Burnaby Village Museum presents Illuminations at Heritage Christmas 12:00pm – 4:30pm @ Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake)
Free
Stroll through the streets of the Village to enjoy the traditional sights and sounds of Christmases past—wreaths, cedar swags and seasonal displays. Unique and shimming lights display are throughout the Village including the opportunity for you to create your own magical holiday show with sound-reactive lights at the bandstand. Make a noise then watch the lights transform. Over 400 lights twinkle and change colours in response to sound. Come try it out! Pick up the new Twelve Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt sheet and start exploring for the answers. There’s a new menagerie of transformed Eco-sculptures this season. They’re decoratively lit and beautifully adorned. Look for a grouping of eagles with their artist-made playable instruments. Check the online schedule for special seasonal entertainment including live theatre shows, carollers, artisans, musicians and more. Running from November 23 – December 13 (12pm-4:30pm) and December 14 – January 3, 2014 (12pm-9pm). Closed December 24 & 25.

Photo Credit: City of Burnaby

Photo Credit: City of Burnaby

Vancouver Christmas Market 11am-9pm @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza (650 Hamilton St.)
$6; other pricing in effect
The Vancouver Christmas Market is an annual can’t-miss Vancouver Christmas event running from November 22 to December 24, 2013. More than just a craft fair, this authentic German Christmas Market creates the perfect atmosphere to mix and mingle with friends and family, strolling through romantic rows of little wooden huts decorated in pine branches and illuminated with strings of little white lights. In each hut discover terrific food and drink and a wonderful array of Christmas gifts. During the pre-Christmas season, the Market is the perfect destination for combining an outing with friends and family with some Christmas shopping. Business people will find it a fun meeting place for a quick bite during lunch time or a drink after work (be sure to use our 2 for 1 Lunch Pass!). With a wide variety of cultural activities and entertainment events, it also becomes a place for people to enjoy and mingle before a night on the town. A special children’s area known as the Kids’ Market will give youngsters the chance to make their own Christmas gifts and ride downtown Vancouver’s only Christmas Carousel.

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Mary Poppins 2pm @ Stanley Alliance Industrial Stage (2750 Granville St.)
$89-$119
Another night of Mary Poppins (running until January 5)! A musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film Original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman Book by Julian Fellowes New songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. The Magical Broadway musical Watch Mary Poppins fly over the rooftops of London, and feel like a kid again! Remember, anything can happen if you let it. This family musical features the unforgettable songs from the popular Disney film-“A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”-plus some catchy new ones. Practically perfect in every way, the tale of everyone’s favourite magical nanny will sweep you off your feet.



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