Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Happy New Year! Start planning your first weekend of 2015… read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday through Sunday!

For New Year’s Events – click here!  Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre and Tickets Tonight are closed on January 1st.

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Friday January 2nd

 

 

Arts Club - Avenue Q | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Arts Club Theatre Company (facebook)

Arts Club: Avenue Q; 8:00PM @ Granville Island Stage, Granville Island, Vancouver
$29-59
Irreverently witty and outright uproarious, Avenue Q is the musical story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate who arrives in New York City looking for love, a job, and his purpose in life. The only neighbourhood he can afford is the multicultural Avenue Q, where Sesame Street-esque puppets rub shoulders with humans. Part felt, part flesh, Avenue Q contains full puppet nudity and other vulgarities that will induce laughter. Get select tickets from Tickets Tonight!

Heritage Holiday at the Fort; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Fort Langley National Historic Site (23433 Mavis Ave), Fort Langley
Regular admission rates
Escape the holiday bustle and make memories with your family and friends at the fort! Join a guided intro tour, watch blacksmithing and barrel-making demos, join a costumed interpreter for chestnut roasting and stories around the cosy fireplace in the Cooperage. Don’t miss the flag lowering song at 4:30PM! On through January 4; click the link for the full list of activities.

Robson Square Ice Skating | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Vikki Leung (twitter)

Robson Square Ice Skating; 9:00AM-11:00PM @ Robson Square (800 Robson St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission; skate + helmet rentals $4
The Ice Rink is open again for the winter season! Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks. Open through February 28.

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Capilano Suspension Bridge (facebook)

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge; 11:00AM-9:00PM @ Capilano Suspension Bridge
$32.95, other pricing in effect; ticket valid for the whole day
Park guests will also be dazzled by hundreds of thousands of lights glittering throughout the rainforest, across the Suspension Bridge and on Cliffwalk. Featuring a children’s scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating, sing-a-long carols with the holiday band, create your own Christmas card, and holiday treats in the Winter Pavilion. On through January 3. Get exclusive discounted tickets through Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre!

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum (Last Day); 1:00PM-9:00PM @ Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake Ave), Burnaby
Free admission, $2.50 carousel rides
Featuring illuminated displays all over the village, theatre and marionette performances, live music, crafts, storytelling, baking, and visits with Father Christmas! Don’t miss out on the Twelve Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt!

VanDusen Botanical Gardens - Festival of Lights | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – VanDusen Botanical Gardens (facebook)

VanDusen Botanical Garden: 30th Anniversary Festival of Lights; 4:30PM-9:00PM @ VanDusen Botanical Garden (5251 Oak St at W 37th Ave), Vancouver
$15-17.50; other pricing in effect
Experience the Festival of Lights, a frozen winter wonderland with over one million lights decorating the garden.  Stroll through themed areas and enjoy the Dancing Lights show on Livingstone Lake, the gnome performances, and the shadow puppet show.  Have photos taken with Santa, savour holiday treats, and much more!  Take in the magic through January 4.  Tickets available through Tickets Tonight.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park; 10:00AM-2:45PM/3:00PM-11:00PM @ Stanley Park Miniature Train, Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
Matinee $6, night train $11; other pricing in effect
During the holiday season, the Bright Nights Train and Plaza at Stanley Park sparkles with three million twinkling lights, decorating the darkness that comes early at this time of year. Partial proceeds from the sale of Bright Nights tickets go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, which helps burn survivors and their families. $1.4 million has been raised over the past 16 years. On through January 4!

Vancouver Aquarium | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Vancouver Aquarium

Holidays At The Vancouver Aquarium; 9:30AM-6:00PM @ Vancouver Aquarium (845 Avison Way), Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
Regular admission rates
Celebrate the holidays with your aquatic friends and experience a winter wonderland like no other! Featuring a giant walk-through Christmas tree in the Ocean Courtyard, the Eel-ectric Lights show, and The Polar Express 4-D Experience! On daily through January 4. Get exclusive discounted tickets from Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre!

 

 

 


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Saturday January 3rd

 

 

Arts Club - Avenue Q | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Arts Club Theatre Company (facebook)

Arts Club: Avenue Q; 2:00PM & 8:00PM @ Granville Island Stage, Granville Island, Vancouver
$29-59
Irreverently witty and outright uproarious, Avenue Q is the musical story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate who arrives in New York City looking for love, a job, and his purpose in life. The only neighbourhood he can afford is the multicultural Avenue Q, where Sesame Street-esque puppets rub shoulders with humans. Part felt, part flesh, Avenue Q contains full puppet nudity and other vulgarities that will induce laughter. Get select tickets from Tickets Tonight!

VanDusen Botanical Garden: 30th Anniversary Festival of Lights; 4:30PM-9:00PM @ VanDusen Botanical Garden (5251 Oak St at W 37th Ave), Vancouver
$15-17.50; other pricing in effect
Experience the Festival of Lights, a frozen winter wonderland with over one million lights decorating the garden.  Stroll through themed areas and enjoy the Dancing Lights show on Livingstone Lake, the gnome performances, and the shadow puppet show.  Have photos taken with Santa, savour holiday treats, and much more!  Take in the magic through January 4.  Tickets available through Tickets Tonight.

Robson Square Ice Skating | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Vikki Leung (twitter)

Robson Square Ice Skating; 9:00AM-11:00PM @ Robson Square (800 Robson St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission; skate + helmet rentals $4
The Ice Rink is open again for the winter season! Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks. Open through February 28.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park; 10:00AM-2:45PM/3:00PM-10:00PM @ Stanley Park Miniature Train, Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
Matinee $6, night train $11; other pricing in effect
During the holiday season, the Bright Nights Train and Plaza at Stanley Park sparkles with three million twinkling lights, decorating the darkness that comes early at this time of year. Partial proceeds from the sale of Bright Nights tickets go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, which helps burn survivors and their families. $1.4 million has been raised over the past 16 years. On through January 4!

Vancouver Farmers Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Vancouver Farmers Market (facebook)

Nat Bailey Winter Market (to April 25); 10:00AM-2:00PM @ Nat Bailey Stadium (4601 Ontario St), Vancouver
Free admission
Don’t miss this year’s winter produce at our local farmers’ markets! Check out the markets every Saturday for the freshest seasonal produce and products. Featuring live entertainment and a variety of different vendors. A great place to bring the whole family!

Heritage Holiday at the Fort; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Fort Langley National Historic Site (23433 Mavis Ave), Fort Langley
Regular admission rates
Escape the holiday bustle and make memories with your family and friends at the fort! Join a guided intro tour, watch blacksmithing and barrel-making demos, join a costumed interpreter for chestnut roasting and stories around the cosy fireplace in the Cooperage. Don’t miss the flag lowering song at 4:30PM! On through January 4; click the link for the full list of activities.

Vancouver Aquarium | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Vancouver Aquarium (facebook)

Holidays At The Vancouver Aquarium; 9:30AM-6:00PM @ Vancouver Aquarium (845 Avison Way), Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
Regular admission rates
Celebrate the holidays with your aquatic friends and experience a winter wonderland like no other! Featuring a giant walk-through Christmas tree in the Ocean Courtyard, the Eel-ectric Lights show, and The Polar Express 4-D Experience! On daily through January 4. Get exclusive discounted tickets from Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre!

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge; 11:00AM-9:00PM @ Capilano Suspension Bridge
$32.95, other pricing in effect; ticket valid for the whole day
Park guests will also be dazzled by hundreds of thousands of lights glittering throughout the rainforest, across the Suspension Bridge and on Cliffwalk. Featuring a children’s scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating, sing-a-long carols with the holiday band, create your own Christmas card, and holiday treats in the Winter Pavilion. On through January 3. Get exclusive discounted tickets through Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre!

 

 


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Sunday January 4th

 

 

 

Beatty Biodiveristy Museum - Moon Wrasse | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Moon Wrasse – Photo Credit – Wikipedia

Learn About Wrasses; 1:00PM @ Beatty Biodiversity Museum (2212 Main Mall), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Regular admission rates
They are the most diverse group of marine fish, and they have evolved an amazing array reproductive and parental care behaviours.  Bring the family and learn about how wrasses and their cousins the parrotfishes use tactics like sex change, female mate choice copying, male sneaking, and cooperation among dominant males in their quest to raise young.

Robson Square Ice Skating; 9:00AM-9:00PM @ Robson Square (800 Robson St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission; skate + helmet rentals $4
The Ice Rink is open again for the winter season! Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks. Open through February 28.

VanDusen Botanical Gardens - Festival of Lights | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – VanDusen Botanical Gardens (facebook)

VanDusen Botanical Garden: 30th Anniversary Festival of Lights (last day); 4:30PM-9:00PM @ VanDusen Botanical Garden (5251 Oak St at W 37th Ave), Vancouver
$15-17.50; other pricing in effect
Experience the Festival of Lights, a frozen winter wonderland with over one million lights decorating the garden.  Stroll through themed areas and enjoy the Dancing Lights show on Livingstone Lake, the gnome performances, and the shadow puppet show.  Have photos taken with Santa, savour holiday treats, and much more!  Tickets available through Tickets Tonight.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park; 10:00AM-2:45PM/3:00PM-10:00PM @ Stanley Park Miniature Train, Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
Matinee $6, night train $11; other pricing in effect
During the holiday season, the Bright Nights Train and Plaza at Stanley Park sparkles with three million twinkling lights, decorating the darkness that comes early at this time of year. Partial proceeds from the sale of Bright Nights tickets go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, which helps burn survivors and their families. $1.4 million has been raised over the past 16 years. On through January 4!

Holidays At The Vancouver Aquarium | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Vancouver Aquarium

Holidays At The Vancouver Aquarium; 9:30AM-6:00PM @ Vancouver Aquarium (845 Avison Way), Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
Regular admission rates
Celebrate the holidays with your aquatic friends and experience a winter wonderland like no other! Featuring a giant walk-through Christmas tree in the Ocean Courtyard, the Eel-ectric Lights show, and The Polar Express 4-D Experience! On daily through January 4. Get exclusive discounted tickets from Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre!

Port Moody Winter Farmers Market (til April 26); 10:00AM-2:00PM @ Port Moody Recreation Complex (300 Ioco Rd), Port Moody
Free admission
Don’t miss this year’s produce and artisanal products at our local farmers’ markets! Check out the markets on Sundays for the freshest seasonal produce and products. Featuring entertainment and a variety of different vendors. A great place to bring the whole family!

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge; 11:00AM-9:00PM @ Capilano Suspension Bridge
$32.95, other pricing in effect; ticket valid for the whole day
Park guests will also be dazzled by hundreds of thousands of lights glittering throughout the rainforest, across the Suspension Bridge and on Cliffwalk. Featuring a children’s scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating, sing-a-long carols with the holiday band, create your own Christmas card, and holiday treats in the Winter Pavilion. On through January 3. Get exclusive discounted tickets through Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre!

Heritage Holiday at the Fort | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Scott Munn – Fort Langley National Historic Site

Heritage Holiday at the Fort; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Fort Langley National Historic Site (23433 Mavis Ave), Fort Langley
Regular admission rates
Escape the holiday bustle and make memories with your family and friends at the fort! Join a guided intro tour, watch blacksmithing and barrel-making demos, join a costumed interpreter for chestnut roasting and stories around the cosy fireplace in the Cooperage. Don’t miss the flag lowering song at 4:30PM! On through January 4; click the link for the full list of activities.

 

 

 

 


More events on our events calendar here and here. Where will you be this weekend? Leave a comment below, or tweet me at @vikkiwkl!

 


 

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