5 Things to Do in Vancouver on Christmas Day 2010

A-Mazing Laughter, one of the art works from Vancouver Biennale, dressed for the holidays. Photo: Vancouver Biennale Blog

It’s true that most of Vancouver’s attractions and activities close down for Christmas Day—December 25, 2010—but there are still plenty of options for people who don’t want to stay home or who are visiting Vancouver.

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5 Things to Do in Vancouver on Christmas Day 2010

Top 5 Reasons to Shop in Gastown

New Boutique Anti-Hero in Gastown. Photo: Gastown Blog

Vancouver’s historic Gastown is one of the city’s most exciting neighbourhoods; not only is it experiencing a renaissance of restaurants and bars (see Remy’s recent post Who Loves Gastown?), it’s also one of the best, most unique places to shop in the entire city.

Gastown shopping is diverse, ranging from antiques and First Nations art to many of Vancouver’s leading, cutting-edge fashion and home design stores.

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Top 5 Reasons to Shop in Gastown

Top 5 FREE Vancouver Christmas & Holiday Events

Labyrinth of Light at the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival

Most of Vancouver’s best Christmas and holiday events and attractions are ticketed, but not all! The big Santa Parade is over, but there are still plenty of options for free Christmas and holiday events in Vancouver.

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Top 5 FREE Vancouver Christmas & Holiday Events

Top 5 Places to Shop for First Nations Art in Vancouver

Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, one of the 5 Best Places to Shop for First Nations Art. Photo: Inuit Gallery of Vancouver

From the Inukshuk that became the symbol of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics to the totems, eagles, and circular killer whales that appear everywhere from the Vancouver International Airport to the Vancouver Convention Centre, First Nations art holds an important place in our cultural aesthetic.

In both its traditional and contemporary modes, First Nations art—sculpture, graphics, bentwood boxes, jewelry—is an expression of the history and geography of our region. For anyone looking for a unique gift—something you won’t find anywhere else in the world—you need look no further than Vancouver’s amazing First Nations galleries and museums.

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Top 5 Places to Shop for First Nations Art in Vancouver

The Best of Beer: Vancouver’s Top 5 Local Microbrews

As loyal beer drinkers know, this weekend the largest beer festival of the year is in town.   Boasting more than 200 different brews from 30 vendors, Nando’s Canada Cup of Beer kicks off today at 4 p.m. at Matthews Field, next to Thunderbird Stadium at UBC.  Festivities continue tomorrow from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.  For info on tickets, check out their website.

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The Best of Beer: Vancouver’s Top 5 Local Microbrews

Free Jazz – Best FREE Venues for the Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Free concerts at the Market Stage on Granville Island, Vancouver International Jazz Festival

The annual Vancouver International Jazz Festival (June 25 – July 4, 2010) electrifies the whole of Vancouver by bringing some of the best jazz in the world to over 40 venues across the city, and a huge number of the over 400 shows and concerts are FREE.

So where are the Top 5 best places to catch FREE jazz during the Festival?

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Free Jazz – Best FREE Venues for the Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Top 5 Canada Day Events – Top 5 Things to Do on Canada Day in Vancouver

Canada Day Parade at Granville Island

Canada Day (July 1) is coming—Do you know how you’ll be celebrating the big day?

From Granville Island’s annual Truly Canadian Pancake Breakfast to Langley’s first-ever 1000-person Flash Mob Dance, Metro Vancouver’s Canada Day celebrations get bigger and better every year.

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Top 5 Canada Day Events – Top 5 Things to Do on Canada Day in Vancouver