Dueling carolers bring Christmas competition to Gastown

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The first annual Yule Duel is coming to Gastown Dec. 3. The caroling competition is expected to draw thousands of people together. Funds raised will go to May’s Place, a hospice in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighbourhood.

Over 20 choirs will gather in Gastown with a goal to raise $20,000. Choir styles will include everything from barbershop harmony to gospel, and will showcase festive costumes, choreographed dances and holiday lyrics.

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Dueling carolers bring Christmas competition to Gastown

Sea To Sky Gondola re-opens for winter with Christmas cheer

Snowshoeing is coming soon to the top of the Sea To Sky Gondola. Photo credit: Sea To Sky Gondola/Paul Bride.

Snowshoeing is coming soon to the top of the Sea To Sky Gondola. Photo credit: Sea To Sky Gondola/Paul Bride.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Sea to Sky Gondola, which just re-opened for its winter season on November 27. And while there’s not quite enough snow yet to strap on the snowshoes, rest assured that it’s coming…. and so is Santa.

Located in Squamish, about an hour north of Vancouver, the Sea To Sky Gondola made its debut last May and drew summer hikers and sightseers from far and wide.

After closing for a few weeks of maintenance in November, it’s now up and running and poised to launch new snowshoe trails and a new tube park for kids. There will also be backcountry ski touring for experienced skiers around and on Sky Pilot Mountain, Co-Pilot, Skyline Ridge, and Goat Ridge.

And this Friday (December 5), holiday activities kick off at the Summit Lodge to get everybody into the Christmas spirit. Fondue, anyone?

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Sea To Sky Gondola re-opens for winter with Christmas cheer