Vancouver does the holidays up right

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Vancouver does the holidays up just right, making it a festive holiday destination or a great excuse to explore your own city!

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Holiday Parties

The 21st Diorama Party gets the holiday party season off just right with this annual fundraiser on December 3rd.

For those that might like a little kink in their Christmas, the Pacific Association of Nudists presents its annual party for gay men on December 16.

On December 20, the cast of Vancouver Playhouse’s La Cage aux Folles hosts its official after-party complete with a midnight cabaret. Proceeds to benefit the 2011/2012 Dogwood Monarchist Society charities.

Celebrities Nightclub wants you to put on your favourite boxers and head on over to Its a Boxer Party on, you guessed it, Boxing Day.

Where the girls are!  Hershe Bar returns on December 26 with DJs Soulfunkee, Kasey Riot and Miss M.

Sparkly Lights

Stanley Park’s minature railway is decked out in two million twinkling lights and animated displays as the Vancouver Park Board and British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund presents the 14th annual Bright Nights.

The local waterways come alive during the holidays as the Carol Ships Parade of Lights light up the night with over 50 decorated boats and more than 100,000 lights.

The VanDusen Botanical Gardens get a holiday makeover with its annual Festival of Lights.

Holiday Shopping

On December 17 & 18, the Women’s Winter Faire features some of BC’s finest women artisans, artists and craftswomen.

Outdoor Fun

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

Enjoy a scenic ride on the aerial Skyride to the top of Grouse Mountain for lunch and an exploration of the festive Peak of Christmas activities. An array of winter activities including skiing, snowshoeing and ice skating are also available at Grouse Mountain.

Here Comes Santa Claus!

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 4, 2011.

Holiday Magic On Stage

The Bobbers hosts Christmas Bites, its Tops & Bottoms holiday show for those who hate holidays. Bring something you got but didn’t like and trade it for something else. Monday December 26th at 7pm at the Oasis Ultra Lounge (1240 Thurlow Street).

Off-White Christmas takes a humorous, alternative look at Christmas that turns the snowy-white holiday on its head (hence “off-white”).

It may not be a traditional Christmas show but with its wonderful story of family La Cage aux Folles is  tuneful and touching tale perfect for the season.

Pacific Theatre promises A Christmas Carol unlike you have seen before in Ron Reed’s adaptation of this classic holiday story.

In After Jerusalem a middle-aged woman travels to Israel during Christmas to find love and adventure only to get tangled up with an ambitious Israeli soldier with big dreams.

The Arts Club returns with two holiday favorites: The Patron Saint of Stanley Park helps a struggling family to see that Christmas really can illuminate the strength of the human spirit and the popular White Christmas will fill you with the joy of the season.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Carousel Theatre for Young People as it presents the classic musical Wizard of Oz.

Five actors and a piano re-imagine Dylan Thomas’ classic Christmas celebration with A Child’s Christmas in Wales in Concert.

A musical version of Dickens’ tale, The Christmas Carol Project is a unique and captivating blend of classic literature and contemporary music.

Ruby Slippers presents Hotel Bethlehem, a satirical look at another interpretation of what happened that fateful night at The Inn.

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 once again at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s A Traditional Christmas for this evening of heartwarming Christmas music and carols.

Festive Dancers

Vancouver’s Goh Ballet presents the holiday favourite The Nutcracker from December 15 – 18, with Tchaikovsky’s memorable score performed live by members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra.

Ballet BC presents Alberta Ballet’s magical version of the delightful Christmas classic The Nutcracker on December 28 – 31.

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