Celebrate Keithmas in Vancouver: Boozy Keith Richards Tribute Bash is Back

Photo credit: Kelseytracey | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: Kelseytracey | Wikimedia Commons

It’s not your typical holiday celebration.

Since 2010, Vancouverites have gathered each December to celebrate the birth of Rolling Stones guitarist – and all-around bon vivant – Keith Richards.  For reasons not entirely clear, the unique celebration fuses Christmas themes with debauched live rock and roll music. It’s called Keithmas and – even if you’re an avowed Scrooge – it’s one holiday bash not to be missed.

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Celebrate Keithmas in Vancouver: Boozy Keith Richards Tribute Bash is Back

Vancouver’s Floating Christmas Parade is Back: Carol Ships, Dec 5

Photo credit: Vince alongi | Flickr

Photo credit: Vince alongi | Flickr

Vancouver’s floating holiday parade is back, and you can climb aboard.

The Carol Ships Parade of Lights sets sail on Dec. 5 and continues through Dec. 23. The uniquely Vancouver event sees more than 50 boats festooned with colourful lights motor around the city after dark in a festive flotilla. Larger boats host holiday dinner and dancing cruises and smaller vessels get in on the action, too.

The event got its start more than 50 years ago with a single boat decorated with a few lights in Coal Harbour. Today, more than 30,000 passengers participate in the Carol Ships Parade of Lights throughout the month of December.

Public cruises, offered by several local companies, generally last from two to three hours on vessels that accommodate from a few dozen to a few hundred people. Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Floating Christmas Parade is Back: Carol Ships, Dec 5

Winter Wonderland 1,000 Feet Above Vancouver: Peak of Christmas Returns

ddi131211_gmr_poc_0545Over the weekend, Vancouverites living downtown awoke to discover a rare dusting of snow on the streets and in the parks.  Overnight flurries had turned the city into a winter wonderland, at least for a couple of hours.

But for a real winter wonderland, complete with feet of fluffy snow, an outdoor skating pond and even a couple of live reindeer, there’s only one place to go in Vancouver: Grouse Mountain.

Grouse’s annual Peak of Christmas celebration is back, Nov. 28-Dec. 24.  The event turns the top of Grouse Mountain into a miniature North Pole, roughly 1,000 feet above Vancouver.  It makes a great escape from the grey winter doldrums in the city below and, with some incredible natural scenery, should get even the grinchiest of folks into the holiday spirit.

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Winter Wonderland 1,000 Feet Above Vancouver: Peak of Christmas Returns

Top 5 Holiday Light Displays in Vancouver

Photo sourced from Capilano Suspension Bridge

Photo sourced from Capilano Suspension Bridge

We’re in the home stretch now. With Christmas less than a month away, Vancouver is getting into the spirit with festive holiday light displays.

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Top 5 Holiday Light Displays in Vancouver

See the 2014 Rogers Santa Claus Parade in Vancouver, Dec 7

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, you can still get some quality time with the big man in red this Sunday, Dec. 7, at the 2014 Rogers Santa Claus Parade in Vancouver.

The 11th annual parade and food drive, which seems to get bigger and better every year, is expected to attract 300,000 spectators, turning downtown Vancouver into a sea of Christmas colours and jingling bells.

Festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. at Coast Capital Savings Christmas Square in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery.  Enjoy face painting, decorate gingerbread men, make Christmas tree ornaments and write letters to Santa, while listening to holiday grooves from Vancouver’s funky LeftCoast band. You can also donate non-perishable foods to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

The parade itself kicks off at 1 p.m. sharp from the corner of Georgia and Broughton Streets. The 1.8-kilometre route travels along Georgia Street before turning up Howe Street and finishing on Davie Street. (See map below.)

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See the 2014 Rogers Santa Claus Parade in Vancouver, Dec 7

Free Ice Skating Returns to Vancouver’s Robson Square

The Robson Square Ice Rink during the 2010 Olympics. Photo credit: Tim Shields | Flickr

The Robson Square Ice Rink during the 2010 Olympics. Photo credit: Tim Shields | Flickr

One of the best deals for holiday fun in Vancouver is back.

The Robson Square Ice Rink reopens for its 2014-2015 season on Dec. 1. Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the covered rink offers free iceskating and $4 skate rentals (If you don’t skate, you can also rent special ice cleats for just $2).

So just how good of a deal is that? Let’s compare Vancouver’s Robson Square with another world-famous inner city ice rink, New York’s Rockefeller Plaza.

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Free Ice Skating Returns to Vancouver’s Robson Square

The Musical with Full-Frontal (Puppet) Nudity is Back: Avenue Q in Vancouver starting Nov 20

Photo sourced from Artsclub.com. Photo by David Cooper.

Photo sourced from Artsclub.com. Photo by David Cooper.

If you loved Sesame Street as a kid and still cherish memories of Bert, Ernie and Cookie Monster, you’ll probably want to skip Avenue Q.

The raunchy, puppet musical that parodies Sesame Street and famously includes scenes of full-frontal (puppet) nudity is back in Vancouver, showing from Nov. 20-Jan. 3 on the Arts Club’s Granville Island Stage.

The Broadway smash hit, which has now had several runs in Vancouver, is a ribald, risque remix of Sesame Street, showing what happens when our favourite characters grow up and confront some very adult problems.   Continue reading:
The Musical with Full-Frontal (Puppet) Nudity is Back: Avenue Q in Vancouver starting Nov 20