Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

title1203It is December, which marks the official socially acceptable release of a flood of holiday lights and sparkling displays that have burst into almost every public square, street, mall, and even some of our living rooms. This weekend is not only full of more craft fairs, a creepy Burtonesque version of The Nutcracker, a show of 40 stylish marionettes, and a karaoke trolley bus, but it also marks the beginning of Chanukah as well as Bodhi Day. So if all the glitz and glitter is too much too soon for you, borrow a page from Judaism and Buddhism for some serenity: light a candle and sit under a tree.


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Friday December 4

 

Nightmare Before the Nutcracker

Nightmare Before the Nutcracker

Nightmare Before the Nutcracker
Where: The Rio Theatre
What: This gothic reimagination is a unique twist on the beloved fable The Nutcracker as told through the music of Tchaikovsky and Danny Elfman, and features characters from both The Nutcracker and many of your favourite Tim Burton films.
Runs until: Saturday December 12, 2015

Festival of Lights | photo: TOTORORO.RORO | Flickr

Festival of Lights
Where: VanDusen Botanical Gardens
What: Weave your way through a twinkling winter wonderland where decorated trees shimmer over glistening ponds, fireflies dance, and hot cocoa warms you from the inside out.
Runs until: Thursday December 31, 2015

MakeItMake It Vancouver
Where: PNE Forum
What: You will find over 250 super awesome makers, crafters and artists from all over Canada. There are even food carts and a beer garden so you can party while you shop!
Runs until: Sunday December 6, 2015

Robson Square Ice Rink
Where: Robson Square
What: Ice skating downtown – whether it’s balmy or snowing! Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks.
Runs until: Friday January 1, 2016

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Enchanted Nights at Bloedel
Where: Bloedel Conservatory
What: Walk through a miniature world of artisan fairy and sprite villages with magical lights, holiday music, and live entertainment set amongst the dome’s tropical plants and exotic birds. The fun continues outside on the Queen Elizabeth Park plaza. Grab a treat, take a pony ride, and snap a selfie at the highest viewpoint in the city! Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.
Runs until: Sunday January 3, 2015

Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting
Where: Jack Poole Plaza at the Vancouver Convention Centre
What: Head to downtown Vancouver’s waterfront to watch the giant tree light up for the first time this year.

dickensA Dickens Christmas
Where: Britannia Mining Museum
What: Experience the warmth of the holidays with A Dickens Christmas at the Britannia Mine Museum. The historic machine shop is transformed into a nostalgic Christmas display. Explore a village based on A Christmas Carol, sit with Santa in the North Pole, make your own holiday crafts and more.
Runs until: Sunday January 3, 2016

James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach
Where: The Waterfront Theatre (Granville Island)
What: The hit family musical is back by popular demand! When James is shipped off to live with his wretched aunts he longs for a real family. All seems lost until he discovers a magical peach inhabited by fantastical creatures. Together with Grasshopper, Ladybug, Centipede, Spider and Earthworm, James embarks on an extraordinary adventure. James and the Giant Peach is a heartwarming musical that celebrates what it means to find a home.
Runs until: Sunday January 3, 2016

Catching Up with Tomorrow

Catching Up with Tomorrow

Catching Up With Tomorrow
Where: VIVO Media Arts Centre (2625 Kaslo)
What: Join I Braineater (featuring Jim and Phil Western), The Judys, Gerry Hannah and the New Questioning Coyote Brigade, BAMFF (in a rare public performance), AKA (returning after a 34 year hiatus), and The Salvos. This event is a benefit in support of digitizing the extensive archive of Vancouver’s notorious Lenore Herb (aka Doreen Gray).

radicarolA Christmas Carol: On the Air
Where: Pacific Theatre
What: We all know that Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserable, bitter old miser who hates irrational things like happiness, generosity, and Christmas. A tale almost as old as time, Pacific Theatre is giving this beloved holiday story new life by transforming it into a live 1940s radio show.
Runs until: Saturday January 2, 2016

Peter n' Chris and the Kinda OK Corral

Peter n’ Chris and the Kinda OK Corral

Peter n’ Chris and the Kinda OK Corral
Where: Studio 1938 (Granville Island)
What: These festival favs have earned several Best of Fest awards nationally and internationally, gaining a following for their hysterical, inventive and physical sketch comedy style. Peter n’ Chris also write for CBC’s The Irrelevant Show.
Runs until: Saturday December 5, 2015

Hansel and Gretel: An East Van Panto

Hansel and Gretel: An East Van Panto

Hansel and Gretel: An East Van Panto
Where: York Theatre
What: Theatre Replacement steps way off the beaten path for this year’s edition with a weird and wonderful rendition of Hansel and Gretel. Complete with a gingerbread house, a butt-kicking brother and sister team, and a cute little cannibal witchthat will lure you deep into the East Van wilderness to deliver a holiday treat.
Runs until: Sunday January 3, 2016

The Daisy Theatre

The Daisy Theatre

The Daisy Theatre
Where: The Cultch Historic Theatre
What: Returning after two sold out runs, The Georgia Straight called this show “one of the best shows you’ll ever see.” Each performance will be different, daring, ridiculous, and on the edge of the hands of renowned puppeteer provocateur Ronnie Burkett and his resident company of over 40 marionettes. But no two performances will be the same, making this a performance to see more than once.
Runs until: Sunday December 20, 2015

Kim Boem

Kim Boem

Kim Boem
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: The Contemporary Art Gallery presents the first solo exhibition in Canada of work by Korean artist Kim Beom. Comprising a survey spanning over twenty years and made across a range of material and form, the exhibition presents characteristically humorous and inquisitive takes on the way we come to see and know things.
Runs until: Sunday January 17, 2016

BowenBowen Island Christmas Inspiration Weekend
Where: Bowen Island
What:Escape the city and get into the holiday spirit – island style – on beautiful Bowen Island. The first weekend of December is Bowen’s Christmas kick-off with special festivities to experience and enjoy. And if you’re looking for gifts, Bowen’s largest craft fair and unique shops offer a great selection of handmade one-of-a-kind items. From organic jams and chocolates to fine art and cashmere fashions, there truly is something for everyone and every pocketbook. Come for the day or plan a weekend getaway. Either way, Bowen Island will inspire the spirit of the season.
Runs until: Sunday December 6, 2015

Christmas Carol Ships
Where: Downtown Vancouver
What: Experience holiday lights while cruising the inlet! Carol Ships ‘Parade of Lights’ Society began over 50 years ago with one boat decorated with Christmas lights in Coal Harbour. On peak evenings, this holiday tradition has grown to more than 50 decorated boats, with in excess of 100,000 lights, and carries over 30,000 people during the month of December festival.
Runs until: Saturday December 19, 2015

Karaoke Christmas Lights Tours

Karaoke Christmas Lights Tours

Karaoke Christmas Lights Tours
Where: Vancouver Trolley
What: A holiday mash-up of a Christmas lights tour and karaoke party in one! Join the Vancouver Trolley Company on a tour of lights, boisterous sing-alongs, and probably some pretty amusing memories. Bring your weirdest and most fun friends and family members to this one.
Runs until: Wednesday December 30, 2015

Match Girl
Where: Pacific Theatre
What: The story was first published in 1845 and tells the tale of a young girl selling matches in her bare-feet on a cold New Year’s Eve. The audience will follow 6 match girls through several scenes taking place outside Pacific Theatre’s Heritage building. There will be live-music, as well as an opportunity to enjoy some hot beverages after the show.
Runs until: Friday December 18, 2015

BovaryMadame Bovary
Where: Studio 58
What: Studio 58 graduates and co-founders of New York City based performance company, AnimalParts –Anthony Johnston and Nathan Schwartz– return to their alma mater to create an experimental stage adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s 19th century French masterpiece, Madame Bovary. AnimalParts and the fourth term students of Studio 58 blur the lines between fantasy and reality in a provocative and confrontational exploration of love, escapism and the banalities of provincial life– starring a live poodle.
Runs until: Sunday December 6, 2015

Holiday Hooray

Holiday Hooray

Holiday Hooray
Where: The Vancouver Playhouse
What: Let’s play in the snow today! Celebrate the holiday season with a brass trio, sing-a-long snow songs, and move-along classics.

highstreetChristmas Market at Highstreet
Where: 3122 Mt Lehman (Abbotsford)
What: Enyoy some cider as you peruse over 25 Abbotsford artists and craftspeople.
Runs until: Sunday December 6, 2015


 

Saturday December 5

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Olaka Iku Da Nala; It's a Good Day

Olaka Iku Da Nala; It’s a Good Day

Olaka Iku Da Nala; It’s a Good Day
Where: Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery (312 Water)
What: Coastal Peoples Gallery is proud to present renowned Kwakwaka’wakw/Tlingit artist Corrine Hunt who will showcase a selection of innovative and progressive new works from her latest jewelry and mixed-media collection. Corrine Hunt is recognized as the co-creator of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic medals.
Runs until: Saturday January 16, 2016

Sarah Chang plays Dvořák

Sarah Chang plays Dvořák

Sarah Chang plays Dvořák
Where: The Orpheum
What: The VSO welcomes back to the Orpheum stage one of the most exciting violinists on the scene today. Sarah plays Dvořák’s beautiful Violin Concerto, and renowned conductor Pietari Inkinen leads the orchestra in a performance of one of the most famous symphonies ever written, Tchaikovsky’s epic Symphony No. 4.

SFU Choir’s Winter Winds
Where: Ryerson United Church (2195 West 45th Ave)
What: The SFU Choir presents C.P.E. Bach’s timeless Magnificat in an unusual arrangement for choir and organ. And in their inaugural season, the new SFU Chamber Choir will be performing the Western Winds Mass by John Taverner. The Mass is based on a well-known song from the middle ages, made famous in the film The Other Boleyn Girl.

Architectural Tour of SFU

Architectural Tour of SFU

Architectural Tour of SFU
Where: SFU Gallery (Burnaby)
What: Trevor Boddy will lead a walking tour of SFU’s Burnaby campus architecture in relationship to Alex Morrison’s exhibition Phantoms of a Utopian Will, on at SFU Gallery until December 11. The exhibition starts from the architectural and cultural histories of Arthur Erickson’s Brutalist SFU campus. Morrison’s analysis of architectural styles, the historical context of their development and the evolution of their use over time, raises questions not only about historical and social narratives, but also the aesthetics of cultural identification.

CitySoulCity Soul Choir Presents: Never Give Up!
Where: Michael J. Fox Theatre (Burnaby)
What: At a time of year that can be challenging for many, the songs in ‘Never Give Up!’ have been chosen to empower and uplift. Come and get your joy on as the 100-voice choir performs gospel, R&B, pop and world music, accompanied by Michael Creber on piano, Bill Sample on keyboards, Brent Gubbels on bass, and Craig Scott on drums.


 

Sunday December 6

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Rogers Santa Clause Parade

Rogers Santa Clause Parade

Rogers Santa Clause Parade
Where: Downtown Vancouver, 1:00pm
What: This year will feature marching bands, dance troupes, festive floats and community groups, which entertain over 300,000 spectators. Arrive early for pre-parade fun at 10:30am at the Coast Capital Savings Christmas Square (in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery). The Christmas Square includes a Food Bank drop off, gingerbread decorating station, face painting, letters to Santa station, and an entertainment stage featuring exciting music and dancing performances.

Christmas with the Bach Choir
Where: The Orpheum, 2:00pm
What: Led by Music Directors Leslie Dala and Marisa Gaetanne, this singular afternoon of heartwarming classics and timeless seasonal works unites the glowing voices of the internationally renowned symphonic adult choir with Vancouver Bach Children’s Chorus, Youth Choir & Sarabande.

Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World

Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World

Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World
Where: The Rio Theatre
What: Director Charles Wilkinson (Oil Sands Karaoke, Peace Out), completes his environmental trilogy with Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World. Winner of the top prize at this year’s Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto and winner of Most Popular Canadian Documentary at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival, the film tells the story of a group of remarkable characters living on Haida Gwaii, a remote archipelago off the Northwest coast of B.C. Hip Hop artist Jerlyn Webster (aka “JB the first lady”) will be performing beforehand and introduce the film and director Charles Wilkinson will be in attendance to answer questions after the screening.

 


 

Ongoing

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MakeItMake It Vancouver (ends this weekend)
Where: PNE Forum
What: You will find over 250 super awesome makers, crafters and artists from all over Canada. There are even food carts and a beer garden so you can party while you shop!
Runs until: Sunday December 6, 2015

Peter n' Chris and the Kinda OK Corral

Peter n’ Chris and the Kinda OK Corral

Peter n’ Chris and the Kinda OK Corral (this weekend only)
Where: Studio 1938 (Granville Island)
What: These festival favs have earned several Best of Fest awards nationally and internationally, gaining a following for their hysterical, inventive and physical sketch comedy style. Peter n’ Chris also write for CBC’s The Irrelevant Show.
Runs until: Saturday December 5, 2015

Social Studies

Social Studies

Social Studies (ends this weekend)
Where: Firehall Arts Centre
What: A very timely piece about the aftermath of genocide and refugees, this heart-warming comedy written by actor and comedian Trish Cooper is about a South Sudanese “Lost Boy” who is adopted by the well-intentioned Wilson family of Winnipeg. It yields hilarious results when it takes on Canadian values and cultural differences.
Runs until: Saturday December 5, 2015

yettobeA Yet to be Titled Art Show (ends this weekend)
Where: Hot Art Wet City (opening reception at 7:00pm)
What: To celebrate the 400th episode of local comedy podcast Stop Podcasting Yourself, we’re hosting an art show dedicated to Canadian comedians! Art inspired by Canadian comedians and art made by Canadian comedians in honour of Graham Clark and Dave Shumka’s beloved podcast.
Runs until: Saturday December 5, 2015

kimotoNew Works by Mike Soloman and Reuben Kambeitz (ends this weekend)
Where: Kimoto Gallery
What: A joint exhibition of two Vancouver artists Mike Soloman with his newest series of oil paintings titled “Avian Deities” & Reuben Kambeitz with his newest series of mixed media paintings titled “Home.”
Runs until:Saturday December 5, 2015

MurderballadsMurder Ballad (ends this weekend)
Where: Vancouver Odd Fellows Lodge (1443 West 8th, upstairs)
What: A love triangle gone wrong, this is the story of Sara and her two lives: the former a hard-drinking party girl, and the current a hardworking mother of one married to a NYU Literature professor. When her past and current lives explode one person will not be leaving alive. This new rock musical features music by two-time Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist and Jonathan Larson Award winner Julia Jordan and music/lyrics by indie rock singer/songwriter Juliana Nash. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.
Runs until: Sunday December 6, 2015

BovaryMadame Bovary (this weekend only)
Where: Studio 58
What: Studio 58 graduates and co-founders of New York City based performance company, AnimalParts –Anthony Johnston and Nathan Schwartz– return to their alma mater to create an experimental stage adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s 19th century French masterpiece, Madame Bovary. AnimalParts and the fourth term students of Studio 58 blur the lines between fantasy and reality in a provocative and confrontational exploration of love, escapism and the banalities of provincial life– starring a live poodle.
Runs until: Sunday December 6, 2015

BowenBowen Island Christmas Inspiration Weekend (this weekend only)
Where: Bowen Island
What:Escape the city and get into the holiday spirit – island style – on beautiful Bowen Island. The first weekend of December is Bowen’s Christmas kick-off with special festivities to experience and enjoy. And if you’re looking for gifts, Bowen’s largest craft fair and unique shops offer a great selection of handmade one-of-a-kind items. From organic jams and chocolates to fine art and cashmere fashions, there truly is something for everyone and every pocketbook. Come for the day or plan a weekend getaway. Either way, Bowen Island will inspire the spirit of the season.
Runs until: Sunday December 6, 2015

Flee3Flee (ends this weekend)
Where: The Fox
What: Archibald Twill, a destitute watchmaker down on his luck discovers a secret pool of talented fleas on a stray dog. When he creates a teeny tiny big top out of a shoebox to promote the insects, his fortunes turn. But this is no ordinary flea circus; the show becomes a cult hit, gaining a group of devoted followers who call themselves “Fleaks.” Soon, the flophouse where Twill rents a room is infested and becomes the scene of a counterculture outbreak. That is, until the humans who created it become aware that they are no longer running the show.
Runs until: Sunday December 6, 2015

Nightmare Before the Nutcracker

Nightmare Before the Nutcracker

Nightmare Before the Nutcracker
Where: The Rio Theatre
What: This gothic reimagination is a unique twist on the beloved fable The Nutcracker as told through the music of Tchaikovsky and Danny Elfman, and features characters from both The Nutcracker and many of your favourite Tim Burton films.
Runs until: Saturday December 12, 2015

Dark-SistersThe Vancouver Opera: Dark Sisters
Where: Vancouver Playhouse
What: In a renegade Mormon community of the American southwest, brave Eliza attempts to escape her life as one of five “sister wives” in a polygamous marriage and save her daughter from the same fate. The women’s children have been removed by state authorities and their husband, known as the Prophet, has retreated to the desert, seeking divine guidance. In desperation, the women subject themselves to the glare of the media. While the world watches on television, Eliza bares her heart, unleashes her condemnation of the community’s patriarchy, and pleads with her sister wives to break free.
Runs until: Saturday December 12, 2015

Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15

Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15

Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15
Where: Museum of Vancouver
What: A century of arctic architecture, an urbanizing present, and a projected near future of adaptive architecture in Nunavut. Each of these components documents architectural history in this remarkable but relatively little known region of Canada, describes the contemporary realities of life in its communities, and examines an adapting role for architecture moving forward.
Runs until: Sunday December 13, 2015

Blue Refuge

Blue Refuge

Blue Refuge
Where: Fazakas Gallery
What: This empathetic imagined narrative takes the viewer on an emotive visual journey using colour, canvas and brush. The abstract works reference the envisioned flight of a group of Jewish refugees, from Nazi Germany to the safe haven of a Moroccan city. A secular Jew herself, the artist was inspired by the beauty and history of the blue city, Chefchauen.
Runs until: Thursday December 17, 2015

Match Girl
Where: Pacific Theatre
What: The story was first published in 1845 and tells the tale of a young girl selling matches in her bare-feet on a cold New Year’s Eve. The audience will follow 6 match girls through several scenes taking place outside Pacific Theatre’s Heritage building. There will be live-music, as well as an opportunity to enjoy some hot beverages after the show.
Runs until: Friday December 18, 2015

Christmas Carol Ships
Where: Downtown Vancouver
What: Experience holiday lights while cruising the inlet! Carol Ships ‘Parade of Lights’ Society began over 50 years ago with one boat decorated with Christmas lights in Coal Harbour. On peak evenings, this holiday tradition has grown to more than 50 decorated boats, with in excess of 100,000 lights, and carries over 30,000 people during the month of December festival.
Runs until: Saturday December 19, 2015

The Daisy Theatre

The Daisy Theatre

The Daisy Theatre
Where: The Cultch Historic Theatre
What: Returning after two sold out runs, The Georgia Straight called this show “one of the best shows you’ll ever see.” Each performance will be different, daring, ridiculous, and on the edge of the hands of renowned puppeteer provocateur Ronnie Burkett and his resident company of over 40 marionettes. But no two performances will be the same, making this a performance to see more than once.
Runs until: Sunday December 20, 2015

christmasqueenVancouver TheatreSports presents: Christmas Queen 2
Where: Granville Island
What: VTSL’s popular improvised fairy tale sees the larger-than-life, blue-haired Christmas Queen drop in on ol’ Santa and create a little chaos in the week leading to the BIG DAY. Will Rudolph guide the sleigh that night? Will all the toys be finished on time? Why has the Queen got Santa locked in a store room? All the twists and turns of the plot and the answers to these questions and more are determined by the audience. Along the way, the audience can expect to meet the quirky inhabitants of the North Pole who must band together to rescue Santa and save their jobs.
Runs until: Sunday December 20, 2015

Vancouver Christmas Market

Vancouver Christmas Market

Vancouver Christmas Market
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza (650 Hamilton)
What: The aroma of mulled wine, authentic savoury foods and sweet baking dominates this market of activities, events, and of course, holiday shopping for unique gifts! There’s something to suit all your loved ones, yourself, and your secret Santa recipients.
Runs until: Thursday December 24, 2015

Peak of Christmas

Peak of Christmas

Peak of Christmas
Where: Grouse Mountain
What: Sleigh bells ring and choirs sing high above the city! Grouse Mountain presents a magical celebration and a multitude of festivities. Bring your family to Santa’s workshop and meet reindeer, or take a sleigh-ride through the mystical alpine forest. You can also experience the tranquil beauty of skating on an outdoor mountaintop ice skating pond surrounded by snow-topped trees.
Runs until: Thursday December 24, 2015

Winter Art Market

Winter Art Market

Winter Art Market
Where: UBC Museum of Anthropology
What: Find presents reflecting current and past exhibits and support the museum by shopping! Featuring a selection of the year’s most popular items, sourced from the Northwest Coast and all around the world. Unusual gifts and original artwork for all ages and budgets.
Runs until: Thursday December 24, 2015

Santa’s Winter Wonderland at Metrotown
Where: Metropolis at Metrotown Mall
What: Santa returns to the highly popular Winter Wonderland set complete with digital game kiosks and an interactive 70-foot column of magical dancing lights. New this year, shoppers are able to choose their favourite snowflake pattern to illuminate the giant light curtain. Photos with Santa are by donation (minimum of $2.00 per photo) with all proceeds going to the Burnaby Christmas Bureau.
Runs until: Thursday December 24, 2015

its-a-wonderful-lifeIt’s a Wonderful Life
Where: Artsclub Theatre
What: “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings” – the Arts Club’s acclaimed holiday production is back. George Bailey performs countless good deeds for friends and townsfolk in Bedford Falls, yet all that seems to count for naught when he faces financial adversity. At George’s most woeful moment, his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody, swoops in to remind him that faith, hope, and family make life truly wonderful.
Runs until: Saturday December 26, 2015

A Christmas StoryA Christmas Story, The Musical
Where: Artsclub Theatre
What: Based on the popular film, this festive musical tells a tale familiar to anyone who has ever been a kid: the dogged pursuit of acquiring a desired toy. It’s the 1940s and for 9-year-old Ralphie nothing under the tree will satisfy-save for an Official Red Ryder carbine-action BB gun.
Runs until: Sunday December 27, 2015

peter-and-the-starcatcherPeter and the Starcatcher
Where: Arts Club Theatre
What: How did Peter Pan become, well, Peter Pan? This story of the celebrated character with the never-ending childhood traces his journey from lonely orphan to beloved boy hero. Audiences are transported to a magical, whimsical world filled with swashbuckling pirates, magic amulets, and singing mermaids.
Runs until: Sunday December 27, 2015

Karaoke Christmas Lights Tours

Karaoke Christmas Lights Tours

Karaoke Christmas Lights Tours
Where: Vancouver Trolley
What: A holiday mash-up of a Christmas lights tour and karaoke party in one! Join the Vancouver Trolley Company on a tour of lights, boisterous sing-alongs, and probably some pretty amusing memories. Bring your weirdest and most fun friends and family members to this one.
Runs until: Wednesday December 30, 2015

Cesna?em, the City Before the City
Where: Museum of Anthropology, Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Centre, Museum of Vancouver
What: A transformative journey to explore an ancient landscape and living culture that can be found right underneath Vancouver’s nose.
Runs until: December 30, 2015

Festival of Lights | photo: TOTORORO.RORO | Flickr

Festival of Lights
Where: VanDusen Botanical Gardens
What: Weave your way through a twinkling winter wonderland where decorated trees shimmer over glistening ponds, fireflies dance, and hot cocoa warms you from the inside out.
Runs until: Thursday December 31, 2015

Robson Square Ice Rink
Where: Robson Square
What: Ice skating downtown – whether it’s balmy or snowing! Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks.
Runs until: Friday January 1, 2016

radicarolA Christmas Carol: On the Air
Where: Pacific Theatre
What: We all know that Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserable, bitter old miser who hates irrational things like happiness, generosity, and Christmas. A tale almost as old as time, Pacific Theatre is giving this beloved holiday story new life by transforming it into a live 1940s radio show.
Runs until: Saturday January 2, 2016

bright-nightsBright Nights at Stanley Park
Where: Stanley Park
What: The Bright Nights Christmas Train and Stanley Park Train Plaza sparkle with three million twinkling lights this holiday season. Bring your friends, family, and loved ones for a ride on the Bright Nights Train to experience the lights, breathtaking displays, and live performers. The show can also be viewed from the plaza by donation.
Runs until: Saturday January 2, 2016

940x320_TicketTonightCirque du Soleil presents Kooza
Where: The Cirque tents!
What: KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: It combines two circus traditions – acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor. The Innocent’s journey brings him into contact with a panoply of comic characters such as the King, the Trickster and the Obnoxious Tourist and his Bad Dog. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.
Runs until: Sunday January 3, 2016

James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach
Where: The Waterfront Theatre (Granville Island)
What: The hit family musical is back by popular demand! When James is shipped off to live with his wretched aunts he longs for a real family. All seems lost until he discovers a magical peach inhabited by fantastical creatures. Together with Grasshopper, Ladybug, Centipede, Spider and Earthworm, James embarks on an extraordinary adventure. James and the Giant Peach is a heartwarming musical that celebrates what it means to find a home.
Runs until: Sunday January 3, 2016

Canyon Lights

Canyon Lights

Canyon Lights
Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
What: Re-capture the feeling of wonder and excitement of the holiday season and be amazed by the hundreds of thousands of lights throughout the park. The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon are transformed into a world of festive lights and visual enchantment. See the world’s tallest living Christmas tree (153 ft) go on a snowy owl prowl, decorate gingerbread cookies and make your own Christmas card in the winter pavilion while singing along with the holiday band.
Runs until: Sunday January 3, 2016

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Enchanted Nights at Bloedel
Where: Bloedel Conservatory
What: Walk through a miniature world of artisan fairy and sprite villages with magical lights, holiday music, and live entertainment set amongst the dome’s tropical plants and exotic birds. The fun continues outside on the Queen Elizabeth Park plaza. Grab a treat, take a pony ride, and snap a selfie at the highest viewpoint in the city! Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.
Runs until: Sunday January 3, 2015

Hansel and Gretel: An East Van Panto

Hansel and Gretel: An East Van Panto

Hansel and Gretel: An East Van Panto
Where: York Theatre
What: Theatre Replacement steps way off the beaten path for this year’s edition with a weird and wonderful rendition of Hansel and Gretel. Complete with a gingerbread house, a butt-kicking brother and sister team, and a cute little cannibal witchthat will lure you deep into the East Van wilderness to deliver a holiday treat.
Runs until: Sunday January 3, 2016

dickensA Dickens Christmas
Where: Britannia Mining Museum
What: Experience the warmth of the holidays with A Dickens Christmas at the Britannia Mine Museum. The historic machine shop is transformed into a nostalgic Christmas display. Explore a village based on A Christmas Carol, sit with Santa in the North Pole, make your own holiday crafts and more.
Runs until: Sunday January 3, 2016

Christmas at FlyOver Canada

Christmas at FlyOver Canada

Christmas at Flyover Canada
Where: FlyOverCanada at Canada Place
What: This Christmas FlyOver Canada will light up the season. First help Santa find his elves throughout Canada, and end with a special flight over Santa’s North Pole.
Runs until: Tuesday January 5, 2016

Lee Bul

Lee Bul

Lee Bul
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: The Vancouver Art Gallery presents a survey exhibition of recent works by Korean artist Lee Bul, one of the most important artists of her generation. Early drawings and models are paired with ambitious sculptures revealing Bul’s visually and conceptually compelling practice.
Runs until: Sunday January 10, 2015

Olaka Iku Da Nala; It's a Good Day

Olaka Iku Da Nala; It’s a Good Day

Olaka Iku Da Nala; It’s a Good Day
Where: Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery (312 Water)
What: Coastal Peoples Gallery is proud to present renowned Kwakwaka’wakw/Tlingit artist Corrine Hunt who will showcase a selection of innovative and progressive new works from her latest jewelry and mixed-media collection. Corrine Hunt is recognized as the co-creator of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic medals.
Runs until: Saturday January 16, 2016

Kim Boem

Kim Boem

Kim Boem
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: The Contemporary Art Gallery presents the first solo exhibition in Canada of work by Korean artist Kim Beom. Comprising a survey spanning over twenty years and made across a range of material and form, the exhibition presents characteristically humorous and inquisitive takes on the way we come to see and know things.
Runs until: Sunday January 17, 2016

Embracing Canada

Embracing Canada

Embracing Canada
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: For over a century the natural world and our relationship to it was a major subject for Canadian artists. Through paintings in the 1800s by Cornelius Krieghoff, Zacharie Vincent and others, Embracing Canada begins with early depictions of Indigenous peoples. European settlers in the Canadian landscape are also depicted by the artists such as Charlotte Schreiber and Homer Watson, who are associated with the founding of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1880, as well as the artists associated with the expanding Canadian Pacific Railway including Frederick M. Bell-Smith. As the exhibition progresses, artists’ paintings of Canada shift toward the landscape itself rather than human activity within it, as demonstrated by extraordinary works by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. They and other figures such as Emily Carr, David Milne and Jock Macdonald, who begin to define a unique modern Canadian style.

Traces That Resemble Us
Where: The Monte Clark Gallery and The Cinematheque
What: Motivated by Jeff Wall’s history as a former film programmer at The Cinematheque, Traces That Resemble Us invites twelve prominent Vancouver-based artists to each program a film that has been influential to his or her practice, and to exhibit artwork for a corresponding group exhibition at Monte Clark Gallery.
Runs until: Saturday January 30, 2016

The Gund Collection

The Gund Collection

The Gund Collection: Contemporary and Historical Art from the Northwest Coast
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: The Gund collection includes magnificent nineteenth-century masks, feast bowls, argillite carvings and other objects from across the region, including from the Haida, Nuu-chahnulth, Kwawaka’wakw, Tlingit, Heiltsuk and Nuxalk First Nations.
Runs until: January 31, 2016

Regular Expressions

Regular Expressions

Regular Expressions
Where: 221A (221 E Georgia) opening reception at 7:00pm
What: Not readymades, but ready-to-be-mades. These objects and images that have been called, for the moment, “art” seem too strange and slick to have simply been picked from the mundane cache of the “real world;” they smack of a virtual well of potential forms that is somehow both more generic and at the same time more customized.
Runs until: Saturday February 6, 2016

Walking on the Line

Walking on the Line

Walking on the Line
Where: Centre A
What: Through large-scale re-assemblages of his ongoing photographic documentation of urban environments and architectural structures, Seung Woo Back investigates the precarious nature of the medium of photography, while offering an opportunity to gain a fresh perspective regarding our relationship to our built environment.
Runs until: February 20, 2016

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Gwaii Haanas: Land Sea People
Photo: Jason Shafto

Gwaii Haanas: Land Sea People
Where: Bill Reid Gallery
What: Stories of the only place in Canada protected from mountaintop to seafloor. Thirty years after the Haida took a stand at Lyell Island, this unique place exists as an unprecedented example of cooperative management, between the Haida Nation and the Government of Canada.
Runs until: March 27, 2016

Body Worlds: Animals Inside Out

Body Worlds: Animals Inside Out

Body Worlds: Animals Inside Out
Where: Science World
What: Body Worlds creator and anatomist, Dr Gunther von Hagens takes you on an anatomical safari. As you explore this captivating exhibition, you will experience the intricate biology, zoology and physiology of a variety of the world’s most spectacular creatures.
Runs until: Sunday March 28, 2016

(In)Visable: The Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art

(In)Visable: The Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art

(In)Visable: The Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art
Where: UBC Museum of Anthropology
What: Against a backdrop of skyscrapers and mountains, ghosts and spirits haunt the island of Taiwan. Taiwan’s urban and rural life cycles are filled with rituals and ceremonies of various faiths ranging from Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism to Christianity, Chinese folk religions and animistic beliefs of Taiwan’s Aboriginal peoples. While religion affects, challenges and intermingles with the secular world, myths, legends and fairytales add other layers to the spiritual world of Taiwan.
Runs until: April 3, 2016

Winter Farmers Market

Winter Farmers Market

Winter Farmers Market
Where: Nat Bailey Stadium
What: Each week you can look forward to finding locally grown vegetables and fruit, meat and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, artisan cheese and bread, herbs and seasonal nursery items, baked goods, prepared foods and artisanal craft.
Runs until: Saturday April 23, 2016 (Saturdays)

Across the Top:

Across the Top: The Quest for the Northwest Passage

Across The Top: The Quest for the Northwest Passage
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum
What: This exhibit will transport you to the Arctic where you will learn about its environment and people; the many voyages of discovery; the search for John Franklin’s lost expedition (both historical and modern), and the ultimate discovery of HMS Erebus by Parks Canada.
Runs until: May 2016

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