This week in (gay) Vancouver: traditions, lights and a finale

This week in (gay) Vancouver features some musical traditions, some holiday lights and the end of quarter century tradition.

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s holiday-favourite Traditional Christmas (Dec 11-21) concerts get into full swing this week.  One of the hottest tickets in Vancouver during the Christmas season, the concerts feature the orchestra live in 15 performances at six different venues across the Lower Mainland to help you get in the mood for the holiday season. Led by the VSO’s Associate Conductor, Gordon Gerrard, the concerts include music, seasonal readings, as well as the UBC Opera Ensemble and Enchor.  With every performance sold out last year you may want to get your tickets early.

This holiday season, the Lumière Festival Vancouver Society teams up with the West End and Yaletown Business Improvement Associations for Lumière 2014 (Dec 11-13).  Highlights include Symone’s Lumiere Christmas Cabaret (Dec 12) and the Drag Trolley Tour (Dec 11-13) hosted by Conni Smudge and Peach Cobblah.

This year’s Diorama Party (Dec 13), the final edition in its current form after 25 years, benefits the Huntington Society of Canada.  Barb Snelgrove hosts a huge line-up of entertainment that includes $3Bill, Andrew Alcalde, Austin Reid, Carlott Gurl, Iona Whipp, Mandy Camp, Symone, Vera Way and many more. Donations of toys and toiletries for the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre will also accepted.

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