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From the Polar Bear Swim on January 1 to the Festival of Lights in late December, festivals and other exciting events are happening all the time in Vancouver.

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28th Annual Festival of Trees

28th annual Festival of Trees For the past 27 years, the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver has been transformed into a forest of beautifully decorated trees, all in support of BC Children's Hospital. In 2008, the festival expanded to include the main area of Pacific Centre Mall.  The trees are generously sponsored and decorated by individuals and corporations who are committed to ... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents A Twisted Christmas Carol

  • Thursday, November 27, 2014 - Saturday, December 27, 2014 (Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Revue Theatre
  • Location: Revue Stage
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A TWISTED CHRISTMAS CAROL THE HOLIDAY ANTI-CLASSIC   "You haven't really lived until you've seen Helen Keller as the Ghost of Christmas Past" -The Georgia Straight   A hilarious take on the Christmas favourite! Using your suggestions and Dickens's holiday classic, a group of talented, nutty, and inspired actors will improvise their hearts out and create a new comedy ev... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Avenue Q

AVENUE Q Music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Book by Jeff Whitty "What a show. The guy beside me almost fell out of his seat laughing" -The Vancouver Courier   Irreverently witty and outright uproarious, Avenue Q is the musical story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate who arrives in New York City looking for love, a job, and his purpose in life. The ... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Mary Poppins

MARY POPPINS THE MAGICAL BROADWAY MUSICAL   "Sumptuous production...beautifully reacquaints audiences with a beloved old friend" -The Vancouver Sun   A musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film Original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman Book by Julian Fellowes New songs and additional music and lyrics by George S... Visit Website

Canadian Ski Patrol's present Winter Extreme Vancouver

  • Sunday, October 19, 2014 - Friday, October 20, 2023 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Pacific National Exhibition
  • Time: October 19th 9:00AM to 6:00PM; October 20th 10:00AM to 5:00PM
  • Location: North Forum Building
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The Canadian Ski Patrol's Winter Extreme Ski & Board Swaps were started over 30 years ago. It raises funds to provide volunteer first aid and rescue services to the public. A swap is an event to which vendors and public consign their equipment for sale. It is in turn sold to the public for a small commission. 100% of swap proceeds support local volunteer first aid and rescue services. Date&... Visit Website

Chelsea Hotel - The Songs of Leonard Cohen

A special Christmas run of the Firehall's smash hit musical! Leonard Cohen's powerful and inspirational music is the heartbeat of Chelsea Hotel, as six performers play seventeen different instruments in a rollicking tribute to the remarkable writer. Through Cohen's transcendent songs and the honesty of his lyrics, you will be transfixed by this eclectic cabaret of loves won and lost. Saturday, ... Visit Website

Christmas at FlyOver Canada 2014

  • Thursday, December 18, 2014 - Sunday, January 04, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: FlyOver Canada
  • Time: 10:00AM - 9:00PM
  • Location: FlyOver Canada
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Christmas at FlyOver Canada From December 5, 2014 until January 4, 2015 Celebrate Christmas at FlyOver Canada transformed into a winter wonderland this holiday season. Take a magical journey with Santa across Canada and on to the North Pole. The complete Christmas at FlyOver Canada experience will last between 20 – 25 minutes. The Christmas edition will include FlyOver Canada, the ... Visit Website

Christmas at Lonsdale Quay Market 2014

Christmas at Lonsdale Quay Market   Lonsdale Quay Market is gearing up for a busy and spirited Christmas, filled with exciting activities, live festive music, kids crafts, and of course, visits from the big man with the bear-Santa Claus. This year at the Market, you can enjoy live performances, pick-up your perfect Christmas Tree at Aunt Leah's Tree Lot, and finish all your shopping in one t... Visit Website

Contemporary Art Gallery New Exhibition: Shimabuku - When Sky Was Sea

NEW EXHIBITION Shimabuku When Sky Was Sea November 21, 2014 to January 11, 2015 Opening reception: Thursday, November 20, 7-10pm. The exhibition When Sky was Sea demonstrates the breadth of the artist's practice, works in the exhibition reveal an essential correspondence to things elsewhere in a wider world, insisting on our grasp of the continuity that exists between art and (non-art) life. Shim... Visit Website

Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink!

  • Monday, December 01, 2014 - Saturday, February 28, 2015
  • Location: Robson Square
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obson Square Ice Rink Open for Free Skating The Government of British Columbia's Robson Square Ice Rink, located in downtown Vancouver, is opening on December 1, 2014 and will be open all through the Christmas Holidays, including Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm... Visit Website

Gateway Theatre presents Crazy For You - The New Gershwin Musical

Gateway Theatre presents Crazy For You - The New Gershwin Musical A toe tapping good time. Who could ask for anything more? 1930s New York swings to life in this high-octane, tap dancing musical! Bachelor Bobby Child begrudgingly works at the family bank while he plugs away at his theatre career, but after he's forced to foreclose on a property in the middle of nowhere, Bobby finds that his l... Visit Website

Heritage Christmas

Heritage Christmas There are more shimmering lights to enjoy this year. New lighting around the parking lot welcome visitors and sets the mood for what's to come inside the gates The new menagerie of transformed Eco-sculptures is creative and fun: our Eagle musicians are dressed in a 1920s jazz-style, parked on Elworth lawn is a unique team ready to pull a sleigh, look for a partridge hiding in... Visit Website

Holiday Magic at River Rock

Holiday Magic at River Rock Join the River Rock Resort this holiday season to enjoy a truly magical holiday experience! Complete with beautifully adorned Christmas trees, twinkling lights and more, welcome in the season by indulging in one of our signature restaurants, unwind and have fun at the Casino or be entertained with live music at Lulu's lounge. Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - Wednesday, ... Visit Website

Holidays at the Vancouver Aquarium

  • Thursday, November 27, 2014 - Monday, January 04, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Vancouver Aquarium
  • Time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Location: Vancouver Aquarium
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Celebrate the holiday season with everyone's favourite holiday guest, Scuba Claus where he takes a daily dip with his aquatic friends in the Strait of Georgia exhibit. Don't miss Scuba Claus' little helpers for craft time and Stories with Scuba Elves. Bring back nostalgic memories and rediscover the wonder of our electric eel-powered holiday tree and our ever-popular interactive Jelly Swarm exhib... Visit Website

Pacific Theatre presents CHRISTMAS PRESENCE

CHRISTMAS PRESENCE December 11-22, 2014 A rag-tag gathering of musicians and actors sharing songs and stories for the holiday season. The perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit. Featuring: Ron Reed, Nelson Boschman, Sherri Plett, Jeremy Eisenhauer, Lance Odegard, Laurell, and more. For more information please visit http://pacifictheatre.org/announcing-the-2014-2015-season  

Pacific Theatre presents It's a Wonderful Life Radio Show

It's A Wonderful Life Radio Show by Peter Church Dec 5-30, 2014 Wed-Sat 8pm, with 2pm Saturday matinees   It's Christmas Eve in a war time New England town. Faced with a life of dreams deferred, George Bailey sets out to throw himself from a bridge - until a dotty angel-in-waiting shows him what might have been. A beloved holiday classic brought to captivating life as a live 1940s radio b... Visit Website

The Cultch presents Cinderella: An East Van Panto

December 3 - 28, 2014 Presented with Theatre Replacement (Vancouver) York Theatre Theatre Replacement's An East Van Panto is back! The top team of Amiel Gladstone, Veda Hille, and Charles Demers return to the York with a way beyond Disney retelling of sweet little Cinderella. Have you ever read the original version? It's messed up! Bring the family back to the York for some upside-down holi... Visit Website

The Cultch presents Dylan Thomas: Return Journey

December 9 - 21, 2014 Richard Jordan Productions (UK) Historic Theatre Over 80,000 people around the world have enjoyed this critically acclaimed production. Critics worldwide have heralded the production as a "lyrical tour-de-force," commending Bob Kingdom's electrifying performance as Dylan Thomas en route to the White Horse Tavern in Anthony Hopkins' celebrated directorial debut.... Visit Website

The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors

The Vancouver Art Gallery will be transformed into the Court of China's Emperors for the landmark exhibition The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors. From October 18, 2014 to January 11, 2015, nearly 200 treasured objects from the collections of Beijing's Palace Museum will come under the spotlight at the Gallery. This exhibition will mark another important milestone in the Vanco... Visit Website

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) presents Piga Picha!

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) presents the North American premiere of Piga Picha!  Originally conceived and presented in Nairobi in 2009, the exhibition shines a light on the evolution of one century of West African portrait photography. Piga Picha! - which literally translates to "can you take a photograph?" - is a photographic portrayal of societal transformation in Kenya f... Visit Website

Vancouver Art Gallery presents In Dialogue with Carr: Landon Mackenzie

Over the past three decades, Vancouver-based painter Landon Mackenzie has produced an impressive body of large-scale painting that addresses mechanisms of perception and the way we situate ourselves in the world. This exhibition traces correlations between different bodies of her work and the paintings of Emily Carr, an artist who has been a touchstone for Mackenzie throughout her career. Sept... Visit Website

Vancouver Christmas Market 2014

Vancouver Christmas Market From November 22nd to December 24th, 2014 visit the 2014 Vancouver Christmas Market taking place at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza right in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Inspired by traditional European Christmas markets, the Vancouver Christmas Market is the perfect place to get into the spirit of the holiday season by eating delicious food, shopping for authentic ... Visit Website

VanDusen Botanical Garden presents Festival of Lights 2014

December 10, 2014 - January 4, 2015 except December 25th when the Garden is closed. From December 10 through to January 4, experience a winter wonderland with over 1 million lights decorating VanDusen Garden. Take a stroll through themed areas and enjoy the Dancing Lights show on Livingstone Lake, gnome performances, shadow puppet shows, photos with Santa, holiday treats and much more! For... Visit Website

Western Waters: The Royal Canadian Navy On Our Coast

Western Waters: The Royal Canadian Navy On Our Coast The Vancouver Maritime Museum invites you to explore the Royal Canadian Navy, from its inception in 1910 to today. Western Waters: The Royal Canadian Navy On Our Coast is a journey through the individual stories, strategic operations and accomplishments of our local RCN during the wars of the 20th century. Thrusday, November 27, 2014 - Spr... Visit Website