Vancouver’s festive season is a favourite thing

If Oprah was still on the air she’d definitely choose Vancouver’s festive season as one of her favourite things.  Here is our (gay) guide to what makes Vancouver’s holiday season so special.

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Holiday Libations

The 20th annual Diorma Party returns to Celebrities on December 8 with 21 intricate, handmade dioramas based on twisted holiday themes.

Not So Strictly Ballroom presents its seasonal dance party with DJ and host Kathy Bradley and a free waltz lesson.

On December 19 Celebrities will also play host to A Very Faded Christmas Party following a holiday edition of Gay Bingo.

Twinkling Lights

Bright Nights in Stanley Park returns with two million twinkling lights.  Ride the train, watch animated displays, listen to holiday classics, sip warm cocoa, and feast on fresh popcorn or roasted nuts.  Partial proceeds to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund.

The local waterways come alive as the Carol Ships Parade of Lights presents its 51st year of lighting up the night with over fifty decorated boats and more than 100,000 lights.

During December, VanDusen Botanical Garden is decorated with hundreds of thousands of lights for the Festival of Lights.

Visit the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge to see the Canyon of Lights and take a thrilling treetops adventure walk.

Holiday Crafts

On December 15 & 16, the Women’s Winter Faire features some of BC’s finest women artisans, artists and craftswomen.

Or check out our list of other craft fairs happening around town.

Santa Sightings

Christmas at Canada Place returns with its Woodward’s Window displays, breakfast with Santa and more!

The big guy arrives in town with the Rogers Santa Claus Parade on Sunday, December 2, 2012.

On Stage

Leaping Thespians, Vancouver’s only Lesbian theatre company, presents its new original comedy A Christmas Carol in Gay Apparel.

The Arts Club Theatre Company presents a triple dose of holiday magic on stage with White Christmas: The Musical, It’s A Wonderful Life and Santaland Diaries playing at its three theatres around town.

For the younger set, Carousel Theatre takes another trip down the Yellow Brick Road with The Wizard of Oz and the White Rock Player’s Club presents its annual Christmas pantomime with Pinocchio.

Pacific Theatre brings back its hit show The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe for another run before heading to the ‘burbs.

Enjoy a musical reading of Dicken’s Christmas Carol with funds raised supporting the Community Arts Council of Vancouver and the Heart of the City Festival.

Ruby Slippers Theatre’s Hotel Bethlehem provides an alternate interpretation of what actually happened that infamous silent night.

Music for the Season

The Vancouver Men’s Chorus continues its tradition of Making Spirits Bright in this annual holiday favourite.

Join host Christopher Gaze at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s A Traditional Christmas for an evening of heartwarming Christmas music and carols.

The Vancouver Chamber Choir presents Tenor Ben Heppner singing Benjamin Britten’s colourful Saint Nicolas Cantata and a return engagement of A Dylan Thomas Family Christmas.

Renaissance Christian Church presents annual Christmas Carols by Candlelight service on December 17, 2012.

Festive Dancers

Ballet BC once again presents Alberta Ballet’s The Nutcracker at Queen Elizabeth Theatre on December 14 – 16, 2012.

Vancouver’s Goh Ballet presents its own version of The Nutcracker from December 19 – 23, 2012 with Tchaikovsky’s memorable score performed live by members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra.

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