Send Free Christmas Cards of Vancouver Canucks in Ugly Sweaters

Photo sourced from holidays.canucks.com

Photo sourced from holidays.canucks.com

And now for some silly, holiday fun.

To help fans get in the Christmas spirit, the Vancouver Canucks have launched a special website featuring some of the goofiest photos of Luongo, Bieksa, Burrows, Kesler and the Sedin twins you’ve ever seen.  The best part: You can create and send personalized cards of your own featuring the players.

The team got out their ugliest Christmas sweaters for the special photo shoot.  The result is a truly awful series of holiday cards, showing the Canucks stars hamming it up for the camera in festive poses.  In one memorable shot, goalie Roberto Luongo – dressed in a v-neck, button-down sweater – puts his arm in a fatherly pose around right winger Alex Burrows, who smiles like a schoolboy on Christmas morning.

There’s also a three-minute-long holiday greeting from the Canucks stars, which is a bit painful to watch but fun nonetheless.  In it, we learn that Luongo’s favourite Christmas present was, in fact, an Edmonton Oilers jersey he received as a child.  Kesler confesses that the weirdest gift his kids ever asked for was a hamster.  And both of the Sedin twins claim their favourite holiday food is ham.

But easily the highlight of the site is the free holiday card maker.   Continue reading:
Send Free Christmas Cards of Vancouver Canucks in Ugly Sweaters

Top 5 Alternative and Weird Holiday Shows in Vancouver

Ryan Beil in the Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of The Santaland Diaries. Photo by David Cooper

With Christmas just days away, there’s no shortage of holiday shows and musicals in Vancouver, from performances of the classic Nutcracker to Christmas concerts with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and stagings of White Christmas.

But for holiday lovers seeking some alternative seasonal charms, Vancouver has plenty to offer, as well.  Here’s a look at five less-than-traditional, slightly skewed Christmas shows gracing Vancouver stages this month:

The Christmas Carol ProjectTake Dickens’ timeless holiday fable and set it to live  blues, folk and Celtic music and you get the Christmas Carol Project.  Who knew the Ghost of Christmas Past could boogie down?  The Cultch; Dec. 16-18 Continue reading:
Top 5 Alternative and Weird Holiday Shows in Vancouver

Top 5 Holiday Light Displays in Vancouver for 2012

Photo credit: Capilano Suspension Bridge

Now that we’ve made it through Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there’s nothing left to do but admit it: Holiday season is officially here.

Over the next month, expect to see the streets, parks and even ships of Vancouver come alive with millions of multicoloured lights in celebration of the season.  Here are the top five holiday light displays around town:

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical GardenEvery year, the stately botanical garden in the heart of Vancouver is decorated with thousands of strings of coloured lights.  The centrepiece is a “dancing lights” display over Livingstone Lake, a choreographed light dance set to seasonal music that illuminates every half hour.  Also on hand are roving elves and food vendors serving holiday treats.  Dec. 7 – Jan. 1, 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.  Closed Christmas.  Adult $14.25; Senior and Youth $10.50; Child $7.75.  

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension BridgeThe iconic, 137-metre suspension bridge is decked out with  lights every December – forming a glittering string of pearls over the Capilano River.  Walk across and step into an enchanted rainforest, bedazzled with hundreds of thousands of lights.  There’s also a scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating, glass blowing demos and sing-along carols.  Dec. 1 – Jan. 5, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.  Closed Christmas.  Adult $31.95; Child $12; $65 per family (2 adults and 2 kids).   Continue reading:
Top 5 Holiday Light Displays in Vancouver for 2012

See Scuba Claus and Holiday Jellyfish at the Vancouver Aquarium, Nov 22

Photo credit: Screenshot from www.vanaqua.org

There’s snow on the North Shore mountains and a nip in the air.  ‘Tis the season . . . for Scuba Claus.

The Vancouver Aquarium is bringing back its popular underwater Santa this year as part of Luminescence, perhaps the world’s only aquatic-themed holiday light show.

From Nov. 22 to Jan. 22, the aquarium will be transformed with displays dedicated to showing how sea creatures create and reflect light.

Apart from Scuba Claus (who’s not a sea creature but a diver in full Santa suit), the stars of the show are the aquarium’s resident electric eels.  Their charges will be set to activate a stunning overhead display of 100 origami jellyfish – meticulously folded over the course of three months in collaboration with origami artist Joseph Wu.  Known as Jelly Swarm, the display pulses with light and colour in time with the eels’ natural electrical charges.

Other exhibits throughout the aquarium illustrate the wonders of aquatic light in action. Continue reading:
See Scuba Claus and Holiday Jellyfish at the Vancouver Aquarium, Nov 22