Despite what it might be doing outside, Vancouver simply sparkles during the winter holiday season. Whether it is the annual Santa Claus Parade, the Vancouver Men’s Chorus’s annual show or one of many theatrical productions, we’ve got all kinds of ideas for you and yours during this festive season. Be sure to check back often as we add to our list!
Join other HIV+ guys and their friends for a holiday celebration at The Junction Pub on December 17th.
Experience the new holiday tradition of singing and dancing with the Queens at River Rock Casino on December 23rd.
Arts & Crafts
This popular annual Women’s Winter Faire is not your typical crafts fair. Features products for sale, made by many of BC’s gifted women artisans. November 27 & 28 and December 18 & 19, 2010.
This annual Vancouver tradition is a great place to purchase hand-made high quality unique craft items. November 17 – 21, 2010.
Now in its seventh year, the Rogers Santa Claus parade is a great way to kick off the season! The parade starts at 1pm on December 5th winding its way down Georgia and Howe Streets beginning at 1pm.
Get in the spirit of the holidays by taking a train ride aboard the Stanley Park Minature Railway with two million twinkling lights. Daily (except Christmas Day) from 3pm – 10pm November 26, 2010 to January 2, 2011.
Another annual twinkle-fest, explore the botanical gardens as they are transformed for the holidays. Daily from 4:30pm to 9pm (except Christmas Day) from December 10, 2010 to January 2, 2010.
Another winter celebration of lights throughout the Capilano Suspension Bridge park. Maybe even learn how to make a glass icicle ornament as well! December 3, 2010 to January 2, 2011 from 5:00 – 9:00pm daily (except Christmas Day).
The spirit of Christmas comes alive with a magical celebration and a multitude of festivities and activities on top of Grouse Mountain. November 27th through December 24th.
Ever Green is the Holiday Spirit! The Vancouver Men’s Chorus annual holiday concert plays St Paul’s Anglican Church on December 9, 11, 12 and 13.
The VSO travels the Lower Mainland spreading its annual cheer with its holiday concerts complete with carols, heart-warming music traditionally associated with Christmas, and plenty of audience sing-alongs.
Candlelight beckons, inviting you into a concert of reflection and calm amidst the busy days of December. Yuletide Fires is an opportunity to refocus on the original intent of the season. December 17 – 18.
Featuring André Rieu accompanied by his 55-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra and six powerful soloists. Fans will hear favourites and selections from his latest release Forever Vienna, as well as holiday classics.
The Vancouver Bach Choir offers a variety of holidays traditions including Handel’s Messiah and the ever-popular Sing Along Messiah.
Celebrate Christmas with the Vancouver Children’s Choir annual concert on Wednesday, 12 December 2010.
The Arts Club brings back its annual holiday favourite to the Granville Island Stage. Who hasn’t shed a tear or two as Clarence gets his wings! November 18, 2010 – January 2, 2011
Meanwhile, on the Stanley Theatre stage the Arts Club returns with another holiday classic based on the movie. December 4, 2010 through January 2nd, 2011.
The newest edition to the Arts Club Christmas line-up is a new work with a local flavour. November 25th through December 26th at the Arts Club Revue Stage on Granville Island.
The funny folk from Vancouver Theatresports presents their own brand of seasonal fun. At the Improv Centre on Granville Island from November 18th through December 23rd.
Pacific Theatre plays host to this holiday treat as we journey back to the days when radio was king. December 9, 2010 though January 1, 2011.
A dark Christmas comedy ensues when scandal erupts at the North Pole. 16-19 December 2010.
With the feel of an invited jam session, Christmas Presence is storytelling at its best with readings and music that mix the nostalgic with the contemporary, the heartfelt with the comedic. 14-17 December 2010.
Renaissance Christian Church hosts its annual candelight service on December 19th.
Christalive Community Church hosts its annual Christmas Eve service on December 24th at 11pm.
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