20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in November 2012

Hopscotch, Canada’s premier Scotch, whisky, beer, and spirits festival comes to Vancouver Nov. 12-19. Photo credit: Flickr user Lan Bui

Still raining? No biggie. The fun has moved inside. November brings Vancouver an onslaught of irresistible events, including Hopscotch, Canada’s premier Scotch and whisky festival, Vancouver Asian Film Festival, the record-setting Yoga Vancouver Show,  Cirque du Soleil’s dazzling Amaluna and Circle Craft’s annual Christmas Market.

Yes, I said it. And I’ll say it again: Christmas. You may still have zombie face paint on and a bowlful of Halloween candy leftovers, but it’s time to break out the seasonal cheer.

Other Christmas events starting in November include the German-style Vancouver Christmas Market, twinkly Bright Nights at Stanley Park and the Amacon Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration at Jack Poole Plaza.

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 20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in November 2012

1) FOOD & DRINK | Festa del Fungo at CinCin | Nov. 1-30
Vancouver diners are going wild for wild mushrooms, and there’s nowhere better to sample them than at CinCin during their 8th annual mushroom festival. “Among the rarities on hand are spicy and aromatic matsutakes, golden and bluefoot chanterelles and lobster, trumpet, oyster and cauliflower mushrooms… But for true fungus snobs, the real highlight of the festival are the truffles,” blogged Remy. Read more here. Continue reading:
20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in November 2012

The Vancouver Trolley Company’s Karaoke Christmas Lights Tour (Free Tickets!)

Trolley, Vancouver.

 

December 9th– 24th, 2011 Join The Vancouver Trolley Company and sing your favourite holiday carols while visiting two of Vancouver’s most spectacular light displays. Festively decorated Trolleys equipped with karaoke machines for your seasonal singing enjoyment will depart from the Vancouver Christmas Market on Hamilton Street (Queen Elizabeth Theatre) at 6:30PM.

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The Vancouver Trolley Company’s Karaoke Christmas Lights Tour (Free Tickets!)

Bright Nights in Stanley Park 2011 – A Magical Ride Through A Holiday Wonderland

Bright Nights at Stanley Park

When it comes to holiday attractions for families and kids, Stanley Park’s Miniature Train always provides the perfect venue. At Halloween, the train, forest and grounds transform into the spooky Ghost Train; for Christmas and the winter holidays, the train and its environs transform again—courtesy of over two million twinkling lights—into the delightful holiday wonderland of Bright Nights.

Now in its 14th year, Bright Nights in Stanley Park is one of the top Vancouver Christmas Attractions for kids and their parents. Visitors hop aboard the Bright Nights train for a holiday-music-filled journey through the brightly-decorated woods, passing by animated and live action tableaux from the incredible Mortal Coil (the same folks who perform at the Ghost Train).

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Bright Nights in Stanley Park 2011 – A Magical Ride Through A Holiday Wonderland

Bright Nights in Stanley Park 2010 – A Winter Wonderland for Kids & Adults

Bright Nights in Stanley Park

I love the way Stanley Park’s Miniature Train morphs into different holiday-themed rides at different times of the year. For Halloween, the train transforms into the Ghost Train and the woods it rides through are full of (slightly) scary tableaux. For Christmas and the December holidays, the train and woods transform again—thanks to over 2 million brightly-coloured lights—into the amazing winter wonderland of Bright Nights.

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Stanley Park’s Bright Nights 2009

Julie just wrote a great post on the grown-up romance of the VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights, but what about a holiday light show that’s all about the kids?

Stanley Park’s Miniature Train and Children’s Farmyard have that covered with their annual tradition, Stanley Park’s Bright Nights.

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Stanley Park’s Bright Nights 2009

An Insider’s Guide to the Perfect Christmas Day…

This guest post is brought to you by Tourism Vancouver’s own Kathy Nicolay. Coordinator of the Be A Host program, Kathy works with local “hosts” to assist in bringing their national or international conferences to Vancouver.

Christmas in Vancouver is truly a magical time of the year. Natives of Vancouver know that the chance of being treated to a white Christmas (except on the ski hills!) is rare but numerous festive activities are guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit. Putting aside a night to view the Christmas lights of Vancouver has been an annual pilgrimage since I was a little girl. The days of the magical Woodward’s windows and Santa’s Toyland at Eaton’s may be gone but I highly recommend taking a trip to the city to see the splendor of the glitter, fun, and magic of Christmas in Vancouver.

Traditionally Christmas is a time when many charities make the most of their fundraising campaigns. By making a donation at any of these holiday events, you have the opportunity to give back at this special time of the year. Here are just a few of my favourite ways to spread the holiday cheer:

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An Insider’s Guide to the Perfect Christmas Day…