Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Happy Solstice, Yule, Dongzhi Festival and Yaldā, and a merry upcoming Christmas! This year the full moon will brighten the longest nights of the year, and so will a beach bonfire, a lantern festival and thousands of holiday lights in parks, up mountains and strung across canyons.

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Last Chance for Vancouver Holiday Attractions

Bright Nights at Stanley Park ends January 2, 2012

By the end of December there are two kinds of people: people who can’t wait for the holidays to end and people who wish they would last just a little bit longer. For those in the latter category, the next few days are your last chance to eek out a bit more holiday fun by catching Vancouver’s biggest holiday attractions before they end their 2011 run.

White Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life & The Patron Saint of Stanley Park – Arts Club Theatre Holiday Shows 2010

Arts Club Theatre Company’s White Christmas. Photo: David Cooper

The winter holidays in Vancouver are packed with wonderful theatre, ballet and musical productions to help you celebrate the season and give you something warm and cosy to do when the weather outside is “frightful.”  There’s Ballet BC’s presentation of the Alberta Ballet’s Nutcracker, the VSO’s Traditional Christmas concerts, and the family-friendly perennial favourites from the Arts Club Theatre Company, the largest theatre company in Western Canada.

When it comes to theatre that embodies the spirit of the season and pleases audience of all ages, you can’t beat the Arts Club Theatre Company’s holiday offerings: White Christmas: The Musical, It’s a Wonderful Life, and The Patron Saint of Stanley Park.

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White Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life & The Patron Saint of Stanley Park – Arts Club Theatre Holiday Shows 2010

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

Plunge into the New Year – Vancouver Polar Bear Swim 2010

Crowds gather for the annual Polar Bear Swim in English Bay on New Year’s Day

Kick off the New Year with Vancouver’s crazy, beloved tradition of jumping into English Bay on New Year’s Day for the Polar Bear Swim.

Every January 1 in Vancouver, the Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Club leads a crowd of thousands into the chilly winter waters off English Bay Beach. Costumes encouraged!

To take the plunge, register in front of the English Bay Bathhouse 12:30pm – 2:30pm on January 1, 2010. The Polar Bear Swim happens at 2:30pm sharp!

New Year’s Eve for All Ages & Families

It’s not easy to find New Year’s Eve activities and parties for all ages and families, but there are a few options in or around Vancouver. (And if you have more ideas, please share them!)

Whistler’s First Night — If you want to party with the whole family, why not head up to Whistler? This 100% alcohol-free event is the premiere New Year’s Eve party for kids and familes, with loads of live music performances, kids’ activities, parent-free ballroom dancing, and more.

Solid NYE 2010 @ Maritime Labour Centre in Vancouver — For teens who want to celebrate without mom and dad, this all-ages event is just like Vancouver’s adult-only parties. There’s a strict dress code, so make sure you know in advance what you can and can’t wear.

Holiday Events in Vancouver — Several of Vancouver’s big holiday attractions are open December 31 (and on January 1, too) and can make a great night out for families with young children. Those open on New Year’s Eve include Stanley Park’s Bright Nights, Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge, and the VanDusen Botanical Garden Festival of Lights. Catch them before they close on January 2 – 3.


Top 5 New Year’s Eve Parties in Vancouver

Telus World of Science celebrates NYE 2010

Vancouver is packed with New Year’s Eve parties, from the raucous and raunchy to the high-gloss, red-carpet galas. All at least 19+, all happening December 31, 2009, and all likely to sell out (so get your tickets now!), these bashes are the way to ring in 2010 in style.

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Top 5 New Year’s Eve Parties in Vancouver