Ring in the Holidays with the Rogers Santa Claus Parade

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Ring in the holiday season with the 10th annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade on Sunday, December 1st. Each year, 300,000 people turn out to see over sixty-five festival floats, marching bands, choirs, and community groups. The parade takes place in downtown Vancouver with over 3,500 participants and 300 volunteers. In addition to the parade, you can also bring the kids to meet Santa and enjoy some pre-parade fun.

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Ring in the Holidays with the Rogers Santa Claus Parade

CandyTown Holiday Festival Comes to Yaletown

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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

Luminescence at the Vancouver Aquarium – Aquatic Light & Holiday Fun

Jelly Swarm interactive art installation, part of Luminescence at the Vancouver Aquarium. Photo: Dana Lynch

It may not be the traditional holiday lights we’re used to seeing, but the Vancouver Aquarium is celebrating the winter holidays with a new exhibit that is all about light. Luminescence: A Celebration of Aquatic Light examines and demonstrates the way sea creatures create and reflect light, and—along with highlighting the displays that include aquatic light (like the bright colours of the sea anemones fluorescing under blue light)—this temporary exhibit also includes a breathtaking, interactive art installation called Jelly Swarm.

Featuring over 100 origami jelly fish with LED lights that illuminate the entire ceiling of the Aquarium’s entry-way gallery, Jelly Swarm was three months in the making! Created by Tangible Intervention, in collaboration with origami artist Joseph Wu, visitors can interact with this magnificent technological display by manipulating the lights and patterns of the Jelly Swarm.

Check out this time-lapse video of Jelly Swarm in action:

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Luminescence at the Vancouver Aquarium – Aquatic Light & Holiday Fun

Rogers Santa Claus Parade 2011 This Sunday, December 4

Photo: Rogers Santa Claus Parade

Vancouver’s Christmas and winter holiday season gets its official kick-off this weekend with one of the city’s best and biggest Christmas events: the 8th annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade on Sunday, December 4, 2011.

Back with a new route through downtown Vancouver (route details below), the annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade is a fabulous free event for all ages. Not only will the 300,000+ spectators enjoy a host of marching bands, Christmas dancers, elaborate floats, and—of course—an appearance by Santa himself, there are free festivities at the Coast Capital Christmas Square, too, including kids’ activities and live music on the outdoor entertainment stage.

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Rogers Santa Claus Parade 2011 This Sunday, December 4

Santa in Vancouver: Still Time to See Santa (And Take Pictures!) Before Christmas

Santa at the Steveston Santa Claus Parade. Photo: Rotary Club of Steveston

There’s so much going on at the holidays that it can be difficult to get everything done that we want. For those with kids who still need to tick “picture with Santa” off their holiday to-do lists, don’t worry: there’s still time—and plenty of opportunities—to see the big guy in red.

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Santa in Vancouver: Still Time to See Santa (And Take Pictures!) Before Christmas