The Winter Solstice Lantern Festival Goes Digital for 2020

Winter Solstice Virtual Lantern Festival

Photo: Secret Lantern Society

Like many events this year, the popular Winter Solstice Lantern Festival has gone digital to commemorate the first day of winter and celebrate the light. Vancouverites can join in the fun on Monday, December 21 from the comfort of home with lantern and food video tutorials, and a live stream celebration.

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The Winter Solstice Lantern Festival Goes Digital for 2020

CandyTown Holiday Festival Comes to Yaletown

Photo credit: Yaletown Business Improvement Association | Flickr

Santa’s coming to town! The 2nd annual CandyTown comes to Yaletown this weekend to kick-start the holidays. Last year, 15,000 people visited the outdoor Christmas festival to shop, enjoy live music, go for horse-drawn carriage rides, and of course, visit with Santa. CandyTown is the only free winter festival in downtown Vancouver and promises to get visitors into the Christmas spirit. Candy canes and Christmas lights will line Mainland St while costumed characters parade along, transforming Yaletown into a winter wonderland.

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CandyTown Holiday Festival Comes to Yaletown

B.C.’s New ‘Family Day’: New B.C. Holiday Starts Feb. 11, 2013

You may have heard the news: B.C. will get its own Family Day statutory holiday on the second Monday in February, starting February 11, 2013. (If you’re counting, that makes 10 annual stat holidays in B.C., the same as Saskatchewan and Ontario.)

Premier Christy Clark announced the new holiday on Monday, after asking B.C. citizens to “vote” online (between May 8 – 22) for which Monday in February they wanted the new holiday to fall on. Out of 31,146 votes, 18,202 voted for the second Monday, which is great for ski/snow sport tourism, since the third Monday is already a high-traffic holiday for the U.S. (President’s Day) and Alberta (Albertan Family Day). By avoiding competing with those holidays directly, B.C. Family Day should enable B.C. families to take advantage of our nearby ski resorts without the resorts being overcrowded.

But the new Family Day is not without controversy:

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B.C.’s New ‘Family Day’: New B.C. Holiday Starts Feb. 11, 2013

Vancouver Wellness Show 2012 – February 17 – 19

Photo: Vancouver Wellness Show

The 20th annual Vancouver Wellness Show is back at the Vancouver Convention Centre this weekend, with three days of exhibits, workshops, demos, and products designed to help you “find balance in life,” with a focus on nutrition, wellness, health, exercise, emotional well-being, and personal growth.

The 300+ exhibitors include Integrative Health Services, Choices Market, Genuine Health, Health Products for Pets, and the now-famous Holy Crap cereal from the Sunshine Coast. The big names on stage include top chefs Hidekazu Tojo (of Tojo’s Restaurant) and Ned Bell (formerly of Lumiere), Lorne Cardinal of Corner Gas, Michael D’Alton, and CTV’s Dr. Rhonda Low. For exercise, demos include dancing, Sufi whirling, “speedminton” (a fast version of badminton), pole walking, yoga, and Pilates.

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Vancouver Wellness Show 2012 – February 17 – 19