Christmas on stage is back in Metro Vancouver

James: James & Jamesy star in O Christmas Tea. PHOTO CREDIT: Thaddeus Hink.

Live shows are the best part of the festive season for many of us. From uplifting plays to sparkling pantos and from toe-tapping concerts to velvet-voiced choirs, in-person performances can add an extra layer of chestnut-warming fun to anyone’s holiday plans.

But while last year’s live events were mostly cancelled, the 2021 Christmas season is promising a tinsel-tastic return. When I started researching the new edition of my annual Vancouver Christmas Guide site––now in its fifth year––I found a full menu of Yuletide shows gearing up to hit our local stages.

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Christmas on stage is back in Metro Vancouver

The Vancouver Christmas Market Returns with an Expanded Season

After a one-year hiatus, the Vancouver Christmas Market is delighted to return to its seaside home at Jack Poole Plaza (downtown at the Olympic Cauldron). Vancouver’s largest and longest-running Christmas Market – and only European Christmas Market – invites families and friends to reconnect and celebrate the spirit of the holiday season with an expanded six-week schedule from November 13th to December 24th.

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The Vancouver Christmas Market Returns with an Expanded Season

Thanksgiving in Vancouver

Thanksgiving is a busy travel weekend around Vancouver in any regular year, but this year as more of us venture out to feast with family and friends we haven’t seen for a while, it makes this one that much more special. If you’re planning on coming to the city for Thanksgiving, why not plan on an extended stay, and enjoy the best that this cool, cozy season has to offer around the city.

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Thanksgiving in Vancouver

Explore South Asian Heritage and Public Art at the Revitalized Punjabi Market

In 1993, the Punjabi Market featured the first Punjabi street signs beyond Asia. Photo Source: Pabla Family

Gulzar Nanda has a deep and enduring love for the Punjabi Market. The area, located on Main Street, from roughly East 48th to East 51st Avenue, represents the historical heart of Vancouver’s South Asian community. Nanda’s parents immigrated to Canada from India, and opened Hi-Class Jewellers in the neighbourhood in 1989. During his lunchtime break from school, Nanda would run down with his friends to the Punjabi Market, buying chips and candy from Punjab Food Centre, owned by Harinder Toor. Because many of his friends also had parents who owned businesses in the area, they quickly established camaraderie. “The Punjabi Market was like a playground for us. We’d come after school to our parents’ shops, and we’d hang out together while our parents worked,” he says.

Nanda, now co-manager of his family’s jewelry shop, is on a mission to rejuvenate this important neighbourhood through his work as chair of the Punjabi Market Regeneration Collective (PMRC).

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Explore South Asian Heritage and Public Art at the Revitalized Punjabi Market

#LoveVancouver Neighbourhoods: Gastown & Hastings Crossing

Our final two neighbourhoods in our #LoveVancouver series have a rich history tied to the very first days of our burgeoning city. Gastown has lived many lives since it began as Granville, Vancouver’s first “downtown.” Its neighbour, Hastings Crossing has seen similar growth over the years but retains its rank as a centre for Vancouver’s arts and culture.

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#LoveVancouver Neighbourhoods: Gastown & Hastings Crossing

Get Out Around Town and #LoveVancouver, with TransLink

What better way to celebrate living in a world-class city, than by exploring it again?

Reconnect with your routes by hopping on a bus, SkyTrain, or/and SeaBus and get access to exclusive deals at Vancouver’s favourite tours and attractions. When you flash your Compass card to any of these businesses, you’ll immediately get perks that only locals in the know will receive.

So plan out your trip and grab your card, because your next stop is adventure!

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Get Out Around Town and #LoveVancouver, with TransLink

#LoveVancouver Neighbourhoods: Victoria Drive + West 4th Ave

We’re getting down to the final weeks of our #LoveVancouver Neighbourhood series! It says something that we’ve been able to fill this many articles with outstanding YVR districts, and this week is no different. We’ll be headed to one of East Van’s hidden gem neighbourhoods, as well as a neighbourhood that’s been called the yoga capital of North America. So roll out your mat, do a few stretches, and let’s head out!

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#LoveVancouver Neighbourhoods: Victoria Drive + West 4th Ave